Posts Tagged ‘Small Business Support’

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

April 1, 2012

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.

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New Small Business Minister Knows the Ropes

December 16, 2011

Australia’s peak body for small business advice welcomes the decision to appoint Senator Mark Arbib to the role of Australia’s Small Business Minister given his experience with the sector during his time as Minister for Employment Participation during which he played a significant role in ensuring the continuation of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), according to Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.

Funded by the Federal Government, NEIS has helped more than 100,000 people in Australia set up viable businesses.

“A lot of our Business Enterprise Centres around Australia deliver NEIS and when its future was under review it was extremely pleasing to see Senator Arbib recognize the value of the program and ensure it remained a high priority for the Gillard Government,” said Mr Hughes. (more…)

Sun is Rising in the West for Small Business

May 30, 2011

Australia’s peak body for small business advice says the decision by the West Australian government to boost funding for its Small Business Centres with a $500,000 increase in this year’s budget, shows leadership worthy of the national stage, according to Business Enterprise Centres Australia chairman, Jack Hughes.

“Western Australia is currently the envy of many other states over its resources boom, but a string of decisions by Premier Barnett show WA is strengthening its economic foundations for the future by creating a new dawn of hope for its small businesses,” says Mr Hughes.

“The decision to appoint Simon O’Brien as a dedicated Small Business minister and now this extra funding to support the state’s 25 Small Business Centres puts WA in its own league when it comes to finetuning the economic engine room which is the small business sectors. (more…)

Judge, Jury, or Dispute Resolution Service for Small Business?

May 27, 2011

BEC Managers and clients, you have the opportunity to contribute towards the development of a very important policy decision being considered by the Gillard Government.

Small Business Minister, Senator Nick Sherry, has released an options paper designed to generate comment on ways to help small businesses resolve disputes. We know this is a topic very dear to the hearts of the small business operators we talk to all the time.

The paper is the result of 2010 research by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) which found around 20 per cent of surveyed small businesses had experienced a dispute with another business in the previous five years.

Senator Sherry has put four options up for discussion: (more…)