Emerging entrepreneurs can set up a small business faster and with less hassle thanks to the Nationals in Government’s Easy to do Business program.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said more than 100 councils had signed up to the program, which made it easier for business owners in the cafe, restaurant and small bar industry to engage with all levels of Government. He said the decision by MidCoast Council to join the program provided a boost to the local dining scene and well-regarded cafe culture.

“With Easy to do Business, business owners in Forster and Taree and surrounds can now access one digital platform which has all the information they need, call one phone number and start a small business faster,” Mr Bromhead said. “Navigating all the rules to start up a cafe, restaurant or small bar was complicated and time consuming, but this initiative means a small bar could be up and running six months faster.”

“Business owners will be able to spend more time planning their business, and less time on paperwork.”

The program includes a personalised digital platform and an over-the-phone Business Concierge support service. The Business Concierge team has already helped more than 2000 people start or grow their business.

The service can help with everything from getting a council development application right the first time, to applying for a liquor licence for a small bar.

The initiative is delivered by Service NSW in partnership with the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner and the Better Regulation Division.

Click here for more information or call 13 77 88.