Friday, February 24th, 2012 - Business Enterprise Centres Australia

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.

“I know from speaking with Business Enterprise Centre managers in NSW that they are champing at the bit to apply to take the reins of this new program so they can help local small business operators steer the state’s economy to prosperity.

“Years of delivering advice and involvement in the Business Advisory Services Inc means this new chapter is an opportunity for BECs to shine as their on the ground knowledge in the micro business sector in NSW is outstanding and unique,” says Mr Hughes.


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Business Enterprise Centres Australia

Business Enterprise Centres operate throughout all states and territories in Australia endeavouring to work with and on behalf of the micro and small business sectors.

BEC Australia Charter: -
BEC Australia is a not-for-profit organisation whose primary role is to support and grow the national network of Business Enterprise Centres and provide representation on behalf of its members to key stakeholders.

BEC Australia Vision:-
A nationwide network of Business Enterprise Centres that are recognised as the first and best point of contact for small business operators seeking quality business information, advice and guidance.

Jack Hughes, national chairman, BEC Australia
P: 0408 837 032


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