Posts Tagged ‘NSW’

BECs in NSW going deeper for better small business outcomes

September 5, 2012

Australia’s peak body for small business has welcomed the selection of so many Business Enterprise Centres as Advisors under the newly relaunched Small Biz Connect program in New South Wales, says Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.

Small Biz Connect is a practical program that links small business owners in NSW with local business advisors, to help them plan for their business’ success.

“The NSW Government funds Small Biz Connect and we’re heartened to see it increase its stake further after Federal Government funding for such programs was reduced in 2012,” said Mr Hughes.



NSW Government Sends Profound Message of Hope to Small Business

February 23, 2012

Australia’s peak body for small business advice congratulates the NSW Government’s decision to expand funding of Small Business support services, especially because the new Small Biz Connect program will be focussed at “grass roots level”, says Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, and Minister for Small Business, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced $5 million funding for the program today and called for Expressions of Interest from service providers such as Business Enterprise Centres.

“BEC Australia finds it profoundly encouraging that Minister Hodgkinson made particular reference to research that showed small business owners prefer advice delivery to take place face-to-face,” said Mr Hughes.

“This is a crucial insight because it shows that Small Biz Connect is a program set up to succeed from the outset.


Bleak Outlook for Sydney as NSW Government Slashes Small Businesses Support

June 17, 2009

At a time when NSW needs small business the most, the Department of State and Regional Development is proposing to bite $1.5 million dollars from the hand that feeds the economy, by reducing the grass roots small business advisory service across Sydney and instead funding a one-size-fits-all website, says Business Enterprise Centres Australia.

“We understand the state government is feeling the heat of the GFC, but what we can’t understand is why Premier Nathan Rees is allowing bureaucrats to rip away support for the very sector that is helping to insulate the state from the economic downturn,” says BEC Australia chair, Peter Murray. (more…)