GFC Demands Higher Standards for Australian Small Business Advisors

To coincide with the National Small Business Summit, Australia’s peak body for small business advice, Business Enterprise Centres Australia, says while “national” standards provide an acceptable measure for business advisors, the post-GFC world will demand higher, “international” levels.

“We have an intelligent group of small business advisors who understand the grass roots issues facing small businesses in Australia,” says BEC Australia chair, Peter Murray.

“Our challenge is to make sure we are helping small businesses be the best they can be to compete globally, especially in the wake of the GFC, which is why we are formalising our strategic alliance with the Australasian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators (AIEF).

“In a memorandum of understanding being signed in Melbourne today, BEC Australia officially takes responsibility for providing APEC program training for business advisors across Australia, and the AIEF confirms its role as the body providing accreditation. This training has been devised by an international panel of experts and ratified by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation nations including Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the USA.

“AIEF accreditation is giving small businesses even greater confidence in advice received through the BEC network because accredited advisors will have their experience formally acknowledged, they will be equipped through further business counselling courses, and will have to apply themselves to ongoing professional development.

“While it is vital that leaders like Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, address the national small business summit on ‘major policy issues’ in Melbourne this week, we believe the BEC Australia alliance with AIEF promises tangible outcomes for small business owners and will pay dividends to the national economy for generations to come,” he says.

The agreement is due to commence on July 1, 2009 for an initial period of two years.

ENDS

CONTACT: Peter Murray, national chairman, BEC Australia on 0402 722 788 or chair@beca.org.au

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