We're providing free advice to help small businesses reach their potential

The Project Lab are delivering the Department of State Growth’s Enterprise Centre Tasmania (“ECT”) Program for Northern Tasmania until 30 June 2023.

We would like to share how we are delivering the program, understand more about the needs in your region and the key stakeholders that we need to engage throughout the process.

What is the ECT Program?

The ECT Program provides free business advice for businesses with less than 20 employees. The Project Lab are delivering the program across the north of Tasmania, including Launceston, Meander Valley, West Tamar, George Town, Dorset, Northern Midlands,and Flinders Island.

Want to be part of the ECT Program?


Understand what you need

by diving deep into you and your business

Find the right help

from across our team of 50+ specialist consultants or other external programs

Take action

to address specific problems

Provide ongoing mentoring and coaching

to support you on your journey

Who is it for and what do they get?

New businesses

If you are a new business (start-ups or trading <12 months) with less than 20 employees, we can provide you with up to two hours of FREE business advice and support.

Existing businesses

If you are an existing small business with less than 20 employees, we can provide you with up to five hours of FREE business advice and support.

How are The Project Lab delivering the program?

The ECT program will be delivered by the following advisors from The Project Lab:
Ben Jones
Head of Growth

Ben Jones

Ben has over 10 years experience growing and improving SMEs, tertiary institutions and ASX-listed companies using a unique mixture of business, financial and technology skills to unlock untapped potential. Ben is a CPA and GAICD, passionate about providing teams with the confidence, clarity and capabilities to execute on the most challenging of ideas.

Greg Turner
Principal Consultant

Greg Turner

Greg has over 22 Years’ experience in the Mining, Processing and Manufacturing Industries as a Senior Leader in Operations, Technical, Sales and Commercial Management roles. Passionate about continuous improvement, Greg has led Business Transformation activities in both Australia and the USA.

Roland Hanekroot
Senior Consultant

Roland Hanekroot

Who is Roland?

Roland lives in Launceston Tasmania with his wife Daniela Cavalletti and has three adult children and 4 grandchildren living in various places on the mainland. He previously lived and worked in Sydney, Italy, The Caribbean, Greece, and was born and raised in Holland. Started the working life as a journalist in Holland and via a number of roundabouts ended up as a carpenter and builder. During 20 years in Sydney, he started, grew and later sold a building company. After selling the building company in 2003, the business was developed. Working with business owners to help them make their business and life work better together is a passion.

 What is Roland passionate about in his work? 

The Purpose of Roland's coaching practice is to help business owners feel great about themselves and their business but making business fun again. That statement reflects pretty well with what Roland is passionate about. Finds that business owners often feel overwhelmed and stressed and often also feel they're not "cutting it" as business owners. He loves seeing people he works with start the process of changing their outlook and feel pleased about their achievements and what they've created in their businesses.

 What is Roland passionate about outside of work:

Roland has a some activates he likes to do outside of work. Just to name a few; cooking and feeding people he cares about, hiking and exploring nature, reading (fiction mostly these days), learning stuff, family and friends and supporting people who are passionate about stuff and like doing their own thing.

As part of the program, our advisors are supported by The Project Lab’s team of 50+ specialist consultants to help us identify and solve specific challenges.

What can we help with?

Under the ECT Program, The Project Lab can assist small businesses that need help with:
Innovation/validating an idea
Developing a product
Creating a Business Plan
Creating a Budget or Financial Model
Creating a marketing strategy
Defining the potential market for your business
Understanding the competitive landscape
Getting better returns from advertising
Improving social media/online presence
Improving business processes
Improving quality management
Responding to grants and tenders
Mentoring/coaching for management skills
Making better business decisions
Understanding business financials
Improving profitability (volume and/or margin)
Improving how digital technology is used
Improving business intelligence and reporting
Protecting the business from cyber risks
Getting and/or keeping new employees
Valuing and/or selling the business

Want to be part of the ECT Program?

Register via the button below, or by calling us on 1300 293 763 and letting the team member who answers know that you are interested in making a booking to participate in the ECT Program.