Gerard Klinkers (Committee)
Gerard is the Small Business Manager with Enterprise & Training Company Limited (ETC). ETC has been providing services to support the small business community on the Coffs Coast since 1989. Currently servicing a footprint extending along the East Coast from Bulahdelah to the Gold Coast, ETC delivers Australian and State Government funded employment, training and small business services. Gerard manages the following Federal Government programs for ETC: New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) and the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) program, as well as the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) program.
After graduating at university in The Netherlands, Gerard started his professional career in Europe in the fields of urban & regional planning and economic development. He has assisted many international and local businesses and governments with their strategic location strategies. In Australia Gerard has been working in the Vocational Educational Training (VET) and Apprenticeship/Traineeship sectors for more than a decade. He has also set up and owned a business in child care in Coffs Harbour.
Gerard is currently in his second term as a member of the Chamber committee. Areas of expertise are employment & training as well as business consulting and economic development.
Surf life saving is a great passion for Gerard. You will see him and his family a lot on the beautiful beaches on the Coffs Coast. He has been a volunteer patrol member for years and is involved in the Sawtell SLSC.