Federal funding shows small business is key to Australia’s big picture

Australia’s peak body for small business advice says the Gillard Government’s decision to renew funding of the Small Business Advisory Services program shows it understands how vital small business is to the nation’s future, says Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.

The Small Business Advisory Service has provided advice and assistance to more than 207,000 small businesses around the country since it began in 2008, with Business Enterprise Centres at the forefront of service delivery thanks to a network of experience business advisors who understand small business at grass roots level.

“This decision to inject $12 million in funding over the next two years when external factors are placing great stress on the Australian budget, should send a strong signal to the small business sector that the government understands it is worthy of support for its significant role in our economy,” said Mr Hughes.

“As successful Business Enterprise Centres announce to their regions they will be continuing their advisory services, it will give small business operators a sense of certainty and comfort that their endeavours are very highly valued by the Federal Government.

“Much credit must go to Minister for Small Business, Brendan O’Connor, who has always signaled strong support for the sector when dealing with Business Enterprise Centres Australia.

“And it is now clear that he has been able to mount a persuasive argument inside cabinet to win some security for this vital support service.

“It is also heartening that in his announcement of funding the Minister referred to the government’s white paper, Australia in the Asian Century, and noted how crucial small business will be in ensuring Australia will be a major player in this new era of economic change,” he said.

ENDS

CONTACT: Jack Hughes, national chairman, BEC Australia on 0408 837 032 or jack@becnt.com.au

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