Monday, August 1st, 2011
Small Business Minister, Senator the Hon Nick Sherry, officially launched the ‘My business incubator ONLINE Natural Disaster Assistance Project’ at the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre (Belmont BEC) on 25th of July 2011

The event was opened by Belmont BEC Chair Tim Hammond, and other special guests included;
  • Minister for Small Business - Senator the Hon Nick Sherry
  • Senator Mark Bishop 
  • Mayor City of Belmont Cr Glenys Godfrey and Cr. Gerard Dornford
  • Member for Cannington - Bill Johnston MLA
  • Belmont BEC committee members 
  • TCF WA Chair Theo Pabst & committee members 
  • Chair, Citizens Advocacy Centre - Anne Griffiths
  • President Belmont Business & Professional Women - Shirley Lancaster
  • AusIndustry - Holly Walton and Roban Clarke 
  • WA Small Enterprise Network CCI - Andrew Canion
  • CEO of Australian Asian Association - Olga Ramasamy 

A grant of $100,000 was offered to Belmont BEC under the Small Business Advisory Services – National Disaster Assistance (SBAS-NDA) program. Belmont BEC will provide the national assistance ‘virtually’ through 'My business incubator' which will deliver support via one-on-one telephone assistance, email, mentoring through web meetings and group training webinars. All services will be provided free or low cost, by specialist business advisors in the creative industry, with assistance from specialist industry professionals.

The SBAS-NDA program was set up to provide support to small businesses directly or indirectly impacted by the natural disasters that have occurred in Australia since October 2010. Webinars will be offered to small businesses by the Belmont BEC in disciplines such as business planning, finance, marketing, ecommerce, HR, websites and social media. Legal and accounting support will also be available to those needing specialist advice.

The Belmont BEC is one of twenty-five not-for-profit business advisory organisations that have received Australian Government funding totalling $2.5 million to assist small businesses affected by recent natural disasters across Australia.

Small Business Minister, Senator the Hon Nick Sherry said, ”Belmont BEC was chosen to provide advisory services under the Small Business Advisory Services – National Disaster Assistance program because it is in the unique position of being able to provide it’s services online. No matter where small businesses are located, they will be able to access much needed help if they have been directly or indirectly affected by some of the tragic natural disasters that have occurred across Australia in the last 12 months. I encourage small businesses to contact the ‘My business incubator’ project.”

Carol Hanlon, CEO of Belmont BEC said, “In the last year we have serviced more than 1,500 small businesses and presented more than 50 different workshop and webinar topics regularly. Our programs are all low cost or no cost, and it’s fantastic to be recognised as a BEC that can help small businesses online in a variety of ways across the nation.”

More information about other organisations that were successful in obtaining SBAS-NDA funding grants is available at, via the Hotline 13 28 46, or by emailing [email protected]

To find out more about the business advisory services offered by Belmont BEC or to find out about the project, log onto or

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Belmont Business Enterprise Centre

Belmont BEC is a non profit community based organisation established, in 1994, to assist in the growth and development of small business. Over the years it has originated a large range of well known projects and programs for the benefit of its small business clients that have included Belmont Small Business Awards, Designedge Innovation Festival, Multicultural Business Support Services, WA Racing Industry Project and the Belmont BEC is also an industry specialist on creative industry, fashion and TCFL industries.

Carol Hanlon
P: +61 417 963 231


Senator the Hon Nick Sherry, small business, Belmont Business Enterprise Centre



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