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Mike Curtain

With varied experience in advertising and a range of manufacturing businesses, Mike has a passion for customer service and a strong belief in the viability of small business directed to niche markets. He knows about all aspects of running a successful business, particularly in manufacturing.


  • Management-
  • Finance-
  • Marketing-
  • Sales-
  • HR-


  • Financial and insurance services-
  • Retail trade-
  • Tourism, hospitality, accommodation and food services-
  • Wholesale trade-
  • Electricity, gas, water and waste services-
  • Construction-
  • Public administration inc. Government relationships-
  • Rental, hiring and real estate services-
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and rural-
  • Manufacturing-
  • Transport, postal and warehousing-
  • Information media and telecommunications-

Spoken Languages:

Primary Locations:

  • Mornington Peninsula-
  • South Gippsland-

Current Occupation:

Investor, SBMS Mentor.

Detailed CV:

Mike spent his first 14 years in the full-time workforce in the advertising industry. Starting as a marketing cadet with GMH, he moved to advertising agencies in Australia and in the UK, working on consumer and industrial products. A desire to work closer to the coalface led Mike to work in manufacturing as the Australian sales manager for the launch of a range of leisure products for the Australian subsidiary of a European metal fabricating company. After succeeding in this, he was assigned to improve customer service in one of the company’s jobbing manufacturing arms. This led to the role of Victorian factory manager, with a peak workforce of 120 people.

Mike trained in production, financial and manufacturing management and later became a general manager of a smaller division. He then became national sales manager of a UK-owned Australian manufacturer of industrial textiles, entering new markets for the company and exporting to China, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

As National Marketing Manager and later Divisional General Manager of a UK owned service industry company, Mike successfully improved sales, profitability and market share to the extent that the company was purchased by its larger Australian competitor. The amalgamation of production and distribution facilities made him redundant.

After a short time as freelance consultant, Mike became General Manager of a privately owned company with a range of interests in beverage manufacture, property and marine products. This involved export, product development and financial and cash flow management as well as sales, marketing and business planning.

Mike later joined the Victorian State Government, working on economic development. From 1998 until 2006 he was Business Manager with the Victorian Department of Justice, looking after manufacturing industries in Victorian Government prisons. This covered metal working, furniture manufacture, printing, woodworking and industrial coating.


  • AAIM - Quality Auditor
  • Advanced course in manufacturing management
  • Mt Eliza Business School Finance Course

SBMS is proudly supported by the Victorian Government & Small Business Victoria