$30 million invested in NSW small business

Media release | 1 January 2017

Small businesses across the State will receive specialist advice and training on how to best compete in the growing digital economy under a new $30 million NSW Government program.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the program, Business Connect, is a NSW Government investment in small business advisory services.

Business Connect will tackle the needs of small business across the State, with 70 per cent of services aimed at regional businesses.

“Many small businesses often find it difficult to access affordable, high-quality professional advice and struggle to compete in the digital economy,” Mr Barilaro said.

“In outer suburbs and regional areas particularly, small businesses can often face additional hurdles in accessing the 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.”

Launching on 1 January 2017, Business Connect offers NSW businesses access to local advisors, digital and creative sector specialists and help to those disrupted by infrastructure.

The program will focus on digital skills, to help the 78 per cent of NSW small businesses, which are not yet fully digital1.

“It will help them embrace the digital economy to drive growth and create jobs,” Mr Barilaro said.

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, including the taxi and hire car industry and businesses affected by the construction of Sydney Light Rail
  • 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.

For more information on visit Business Connect.

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