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Barwon Councils to Support Small Business

Minister for Small Business John Barilaro, Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries welcomed Broken Hill City, Warren and Warrumbungle Shire Councils to the Small Business Friendly Councils program, an initiative that is transforming how local councils work with their small business communities.

Mr Barilaro said the program is an Australian first, giving councils in NSW the opportunity to be formally recognised as ‘Small Business Friendly’ and demonstrate their commitment to their local small business community.

“Just six months after launching in September 2014, the program has attracted over 60 participating councils, which represents around 315,000 small businesses and almost 50 per cent of all NSW small businesses,” he said.

Mr Toole said the program also provides opportunities for neighbouring Small Business Friendly Councils to share information, initiatives and strategies that strengthen the small business sector.

“A series of Small Business Friendly Councils conferences will be held across NSW in April and May giving local councils the opportunity to share programs, ideas and success stories with neighbouring councils,” Mr Toole said.

“Key note speakers will present on working together for the benefit of small business, procurement and public domain activation, three topics identified by the Small Business Friendly Councils as key to improving their engagement with small businesses.”

Mr Humphries said Broken Hill City, Warren and Warrumbungle Shire Councils have taken that extra step to support small businesses, joining Coonamble and Gilgandra Shire Councils who are already participating in the program.

“This program demonstrates how working together can make a real difference to the NSW community. Each of these local councils is looking into ways to make the day-to-day operation of a small business easier and I commend them for joining such a valuable program,” he said.

The program was developed by the NSW Government in partnership with the NSW Business Chamber.

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