In the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, Australia’s peak body for small business advice says its members are ready to support a Federal Government initiative to help affected small businesses in Queensland get back on their feet quickly, says Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Small Business Chris Bowen have announced a new $2 million Queensland Natural Disaster Assistance program to help small businesses impacted by recent natural disasters to access expert advice and assistance so they can recover and grow.
“In a critical restoration mission like this, local, well-seasoned advice is crucial in helping small businesses find their footing and play their important roles in towns and suburbs,” says Mr Hughes.
“Business Enterprise Centres are ready to support this important, Federal Government initiative, with their practical, grass-roots approach to solving business problems and creating opportunities for growth.
“Our member bodies know how important small businesses are to the everyday lives of people in these affected communities and we believe that is why the Gillard Government is treating the situation seriously," he says.
The program – part of the Australian Government’s Small Business Advisory Services initiative – will provide access to expert advice and tailored business services, and Business Enterprise Centres will be among the applicants.
Business Enterprise Centres Australia
BACKGROUND BEC AUSTRALIA INFORMATION FROM www.becaustralia.org.au
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
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