Access to Finance Program

Supporting small business owners in working towards and attaining strong financially sustainable businesses

What's This Program All About?

We’ve heard your calls for a stronger financial foundation for your business. That’s why we’re introducing this pilot program to boost your financial know-how, covering: 

– Building a financial mindset
– Crafting & tracking a workable budget
– Mastering cash flow management.

You’ll join a small group of fellow entrepreneurs for a unique chance to learn and forge lasting connections with peers. And guess what? It’s absolutely free for this pilot phase!

Are you ready to be challenged, learn and build relationships with other small business owners? Through this first-ever peer-to-peer learning program, small business owners are presented with the unique opportunity not only to learn new skills, which will improve financial capability, but also significantly expand their professional network.

Are you willing and able to commit for the entirety of the program?

The success of this program is 100% dependent upon participating business owners attendance (and participation) at each of the three (3-hour) sessions, which will commence promptly at the designated time.

If, for any reason, you feel that you are unable to attend any of the sessions, or won’t be able to stay for the duration of each session, we respectfully request that you refrain from applying for this program.

Are you registered with Business Connect? A perquisite for accessing this pilot program free-of-charge is to be registered with the NSW Government-funded Business Connect Program. If you haven’t already done so, sign up  here.

Meet the Facilitators

Cathy Dimarchos – With 30 years of experience, Cathy blends finance, business, and people skills to make a real impact. She’s passionate about financial literacy, especially for women and the next generation.
Anastasia Theodoropoulos – A finance sector veteran with over 15 years of experience, Anastasia brings a wealth of knowledge, negotiation skills, and financial insight.

What Will You Learn In Our Access to Finance
Focused Training Course

Building a financial mindset

Crafting & tracking a workable budget

Mastering cash flow management

Want In? Here's How

You’ll need to:

– Be registered with Business Connect. (Click here to register now)

– Be eager to learn, share, and network.

– Commit to all three sessions for the full time.

More Information on the Group Sessions

We’re rolling out four pilot groups through to 30 June 2024, each with three sessions spread over six weeks.

Group #1 (Anastasia): March 19, April 2, April 23 (9am-12pm) held at Level 5 / 115 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Group #2 (Anastasia): March 20, April 3, April 24 (12pm-3pm) held at Level 5 / 115 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Group #3 (Cathy): April 4, April 18, May 2nd (5pm-8pm) held at Level 26, 1 Bligh, 1 Bligh St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Group #4 (Cathy): April 5, May 3, May 17th (2pm-5pm) held @ Level 5 / 115 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Martin Rogers
Chief Executive Officer

Martin holds an extensive background and certification in Business, Marketing, and Strategy with over 20 years’ experience specialising in Strategic Thinking, Business Growth, Leadership and Team Development, across a number of industries. Martin utilises a collaborative leadership style and has a thirst for problem solving, understanding the latest trends and identifying the uniqueness that gives businesses their edge.

Mark McCrea
Chief Operations Officer

Mark McCrae stands out as a highly efficient Operations professional, known for his strategic oversight and management prowess within the corporate landscape. With years of experience under his belt, Mark has become synonymous with operational excellence, streamlining processes to enhance productivity and drive sustainable growth. Mark's forward-thinking approach and unwavering commitment to excellence have solidified his reputation as a cornerstone of operational success.

Razz Khan
Chief Marketing Officer

With over a decade of experience, Razz has a proven track record of driving growth and enhancing the digital footprint of various brands across multiple industries. His expertise spans across SEO, PPC, content marketing, social media strategies, and analytics. Razz is known for his innovative approaches to solving complex marketing challenges. Razz's passion for digital marketing, combined with his commitment to client success, makes him a valuable asset to any team looking to elevate their digital presence..

Greg Kay
Chief Commercial Officer

Greg has more than 25 years success in working with many for the development and implementation of growth strategies for businesses by building strong relationships through effective partnerships. Greg constantly strives for opportunities to have a positive influence in the personal and business lives of the people he works with.

Chris Wilborn
Contracts Manager And Advisor

Chris is a results-driven leader with a wealth of knowledge derived from his more than two decades in the NGO, corporate and government sectors. As a current business owner, from his prior work as a growth-minded CEO and a background working with disability organisations, Chris is deeply passionate about the NDIS, small business community and the central role they play in the fabric of our society.

Lindsay Munns

As a long term member of the Realise Business Board, Lindsay has temporarily stepped into this key role to facilitate the changeover of Chief Executive as part of our CEO succession strategy. Additionally he is busy leading the roll out of a major new Government contract that will take Realise Business up to the next level of its vital place in the NSW Small Business Advisory scene.

Marisa Barresi
Office / Client Coordinator
- Business Connect

Shanice Bangar
Events / Client Coordinator - Digital Solutions

Mona Bucog
Event Coordinator

Over the past 12 years, Mona has honed her skills in customer service, specializing in managing and addressing a wide range of customer needs. She’s dedicated to providing exceptional service and ensuring customer satisfaction. Her experiences have helped her develop skills that assist organizations in achieving their goals. Her ultimate aim is to help them focus on what they love, and she will take care of the rest!

Maricor Alzola
Marketing Coordinator