Posts Tagged ‘GFC’

Australian small businesses hungry for advice post-GFC

March 3, 2010

Australia’s peak body for small business advice has surveyed its managers from 132 Business Enterprise Centres (BEC) nationwide and found that demand for advice and support is on the rise, says Business Enterprise Centres Australia.

The BEC survey found demand for advice and training rose an average of 9 percent in calendar year 2009, and that more small and micro businesses are engaged in planning to deal with GFC-related threats and opportunities than 12 months ago, up 7 percentage points from 29 to 36.

“These findings are encouraging from a national point of view because Australia is dependent upon its small business sector to drive the economy,” says BECA chair, Peter Murray.

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GFC Demands Higher Standards for Australian Small Business Advisors

June 10, 2009

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). (more…)