Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres has welcomed the launch of the NSW Government’s $5 million Small Biz Connect program.
The NSW Government will expand small business support services across the State through the redevelopment of the existing Business Advisory Service (which expires on 30 June 2012) into the Small Biz Connect program.
Mr Ayres met with John Todd, Executive Officer of the Penrith Business Advisory Service to discuss the changes and encourage him to seek funding under the new program.
\”John Todd has made an amazing contribution to small businesses in Penrith. The advice provided by his organisation has given small and start-up businesses the confidence they need to expand and create more jobs.\” Mr Ayres said.
“The NSW Government is backing small business and as part of this commitment we are allocating $5 million for the delivery of small business support services under the new Small Biz Connect program.
\”This new funding program, came as the result of findings from the Small Business Commissioner’s listening tour where small businesses across NSW said they were seeking a boost in support and advisory services, along similar levels to those provided by Mr Todd’s organisation.
“In these times of economic uncertainty, it is important for small businesses right across the State to know that the NSW Government is standing alongside them for support and advice to help them start, grow and prosper.\”