From 2017 small businesses in NSW will be eligible for training and specialist advice to compete in the modern digital economy under the new $30 million program.
NSW Government is working with Business Connect to provide small business advisory services. 70 per cent of these services are targeted at regional businesses.
“Many small businesses often find it difficult to access affordable, high-quality professional advice and struggle to compete in the digital economy,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro said.
“In outer suburbs and regional areas particularly, small businesses can often face additional hurdles in accessing the information they need to make informed business decisions and planning- skills which are essential for success whether you are a start-up or looking to grow,” Mr Barilaro added.
Business Connect will offer local advisors, digital and creative sector specialists, digital skill training, services in languages other than English and support for disrupted industries.
The $30 million program will be available for four-and-a-half years. The NSW Department of Industry will oversee this NSW Government initiative.
Moreover, it is a follow up of the Small Biz Connect program that launched in 2012 and ended in 2016. Business Connect builds on the strengths and success of Small Biz Connect, ensuring more support for small businesses.
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