Friday, May 15th, 2009

As the dust begins to settle amid the hype of Federal Budget week, there is a particular gem that many commentators have overlooked and for which the Rudd Government needs congratulations, according to Australia’s Peak Body for Small Business Advice, BEC Australia.

Among a number of welcome measures for “the backbone of the Australian economy”, $10 million has been set aside for a Small Business Support Line that will link business people to their local support and advice network.

“In today’s fast-changing environment, a well-managed support line could be just the thing small business owners need to guide them through the turbulence,” says BEC Australia Chairperson, Peter Murray.

“We are looking forward to working with the government on the finer details of the proposal because it makes sense for Support Line advisors to be based in local BEC offices in each state.

“In fact, the BEC network has experience in running similar services and in this climate when every penny counts it would be prudent to exploit the BEC network’s existing infrastructure rather than create a new tier of bureaucracy for Small Business to negotiate.

“BEC Australia has the knowhow, the Federal Government has pledged the funding, and soon Small Businesses in Australia will have a convenient hotline for extra support as they keep the wheels of our economy turning,” he says.


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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.

BECA 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.

BECA 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.

Peter Murray
P: 0402 722 788


Rudd Government initiative of a Small Business Support Line utilising the Business Enterprise Centre national network makes good sense and is a robust, practical measure in the Federal Budget that will support Small Business during this period.


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