$30m invested in NSW small business
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey announced today that small businesses are set to benefit from a new $30 million NSW Government investment in Business Connect – a new advisory service specifically designed to help businesses with the digital economy.
“Mid North Coast small businesses will be able to access affordable, high-quality professional advice and specialist digital information through Business Connect which officially opened on 1 January 2017,” Melinda Pavey said.
Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the program addresses the needs of all NSW small businesses, while giving priority to regional NSW.
“In regional areas, small businesses can often face additional hurdles in accessing the vital information they need to make informed business decisions and planning – skills which are essential for success whether you are a start-up or looking to grow,” Mr Barilaro said.
Business Connect will deliver 70 per cent of its services to small businesses across regional NSW.
The program will specifically focus on digital skills to help the 78 per cent of NSW small businesses which are not yet fully digital1.
“With this investment we can help them embrace the digital economy to drive growth and create jobs,” Mr Barilaro added.
The program includes:
- A network of local and specialist advisors across NSW, providing mobile, independent and face-to-face business advice
- Advisors with experience and knowledge to tackle a range of issues from business planning and marketing strategy to finance access and business structure
- Skills training in workshops, seminars and events to help businesses with the next step
- Specialist support from new digital and creative industries experts
- Support for disrupted industries
- Assistance for businesses affected by emergencies and natural disasters
- Services in languages other than English; including Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Korean
The NSW Department of Industry will oversee the Government’s $30 million four-and-a-half year Business Connect program that builds on the strengths and success of the award-winning Small Biz Connect program, which supported nearly 40,000 small businesses since it began in 2012. The program ends on 31 December 2016 to make way for Business Connect.
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*Reference: 1. State of the Nation 2016 – Small Business Digital Engagement in Australia