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A message from the Acting Small Business Commissioner - December 2019

Portrait of Steve Brady, acting commissioner

As we are all aware the fire emergency continues across NSW. The NSW Small Business Commission has been on the ground talking to small business owners affected by the fires while the ATO is making things a little easier for them. We would like to hear from affected small businesses via this surveyFeedback will be shared with NSW Government agencies to help them understand how best to respond during recovery efforts. Please distribute this survey in your LGA.

The drought continues to hurt regional NSW and the pain doesn’t end at the farm gate. From Walgett to Walcha, Menindee to Murrurundi and Bathurst to Broken Hill, the flow on from the big dry has been devastating for small businesses. The NSW Government has set up the Buy Regional website so those in the city can buy from those in the bush this Christmas.

As the drought continues to bite, we are encouraging local councils to consider innovative ways to boost local economies through a clever ‘buy local’ scheme and our online visual merchandising guide.

We have everything you need to know about starting a small business at home with a new online guide. We can report on some great news for NSW councils and local businesses with a new local procurement pilot program underway. Meanwhile, we are encouraging small businesses to take note of our top tips for using the media to boost their business.

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) is calling for feedback from small or family business which have experienced supply chain financing.

From all of us at the NSW Small Business Commission we wish you and your families a merry Christmas and a safe festive season.  



Steve Brady