Rising to the Challenge: Small Business Ideas for Minister O’Connor

Australia’s peak body for small business will be submitting new ideas for the sector directly to government, after an open invitation was made by Australia’s first Small Business Minister with a seat in Cabinet, Brendan O’Connor, says Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.

Small Business Minister, Brendan O’Connor, has thrown down the gauntlet to critics who have bemoaned the fact he has never run a small business himself, by saying his door is open and he is ready to listen to arguments and suggestions from small business for new ideas and better ways for government to support the sector.

“BEC Australia is greatly encouraged by Minister O’Connor’s frankness and approach to his portfolio,” said Mr Hughes.

“Our members and managers operate at the grassroots level nationwide and this level of direct insight gives us a unique privilege for speaking with authority about what is being faced in the ‘real world’ by ‘ordinary’ small businesses.

“The obstacles, questions and constraints faced by the millions of small businesses in Australia, form the very basis of daily discussion and planning at Business Enterprise Centres around the country.

“This enables BEC Australia to not only view an accurate picture of small business needs but also to piece together creative and practical solutions, mindful of national, regional and local challenges.

“We are looking forward to working with Minister O’Connor and providing him with a source of reliable and down-to-earth feedback and small business initiatives so that together we can ensure Australia’s economic engine room is performing at its best,” says Mr Hughes.

ENDS

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

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