Hilltops businesses encouraged to register for small business advisory program

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke at the Cootamundra Butchery in March 2019.
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Businesses in the Hilltops region affected by the coronavirus pandemic are being encouraged to register for the NSW Government’s small business advisory program after it received a $14m boost.

The NSW Government has allocated $4.6 million to engage an additional 30 advisors, on top of $9.8 million to continue the program until June 2021. Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said local small businesses could meet with a Business Connect advisor for help dealing with the current situation. “Business Connect advisors have been supporting a number of small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in recent weeks and the advice they give is free of charge,” Ms Cooke said.

“I encourage small businesses to get in touch with Business Connect to find out what ideas one of their experienced advisors can provide.”

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the NSW Government was injecting more than $14 million into Business Connect to help small and medium businesses navigate this challenging time. “Business Connect is a powerful tool, with advisors having assisted more than 28,000 businesses over the past three years, providing advice and skills training for small businesses. As a result, business owners have reported increased confidence and stronger finances. We’ve also seen these businesses create and support more than 15,000 additional jobs since 2017.”

“And now Business Connect will be here to assist small businesses during this tough time with the support and information they need.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the funding would support Business Connect until June 2021, helping provide NSW businesses with the tools they need to stay in business, rethink their model and boost their digital presence. “As a result of COVID-19, more than 60 webinars are available through Business Connect to support businesses in developing a road map for success and managing cash flow amid challenging conditions.

“In addition, a series of COVID-19 Business Information Session webinars with representatives from various government agencies will be rolled out soon, to provide information about stimulus and support initiatives.

Businesses can access support by visiting business.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect or call 1300 134 359.

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