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Small business friendly councils building a stronger NSW

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead, Minister for Small Business John Barilaro and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole welcome Greater Taree City Council and Great Lakes Council 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 to be held across NSW in April and May giving local councils the opportunity to share programs, ideas and success storied 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 Bromhead said Greater Taree City Council and Great Lakes Council have taken that extra step to support small businesses in the Manning / Great Lakes Area.

“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,” Mr Bromhead said.

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

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