The Business Bus from the NSW Department of Industry will be in Dungog again on Wednesday, August.16.
Ivan Skaines, Economic Development and Tourism Co-ordinator for Dungog Shire Council encouraged business people to take advantage of the resource.
“The Bus is a mobile advisory and information service for small business that travels across NSW, delivering face to face, personalised assistance”, he said.
“At each stop, experts help local people to gain a new perspective on their business, as well as giving them additional tools and insights on their path to success.”
This is an initiative of the NSW Government and services on the bus are available at no cost to small business operators.
The bus will be in Dowling Street, Dungog (outside the Dungog Shire Visitor Centre, near the intersection with Brown Street) from 9am to 3pm and no appointment is necessary.
The new Business Connect program was launched on 1 January 2017.
Business Connect aims to support small businesses to startup, create jobs through growth, help established small to medium enterprises become sustainable and increase business confidence across NSW.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said the bus would travel across the State with experts on board to share advice on small business strategies including marketing, financial and legal advice and business planning.
"The Business Bus provides small businesses with access to independent, experienced advisors, plus specialists in the digital and creative sector," Mr Barilaro said.
"Speaking to an advisor can help a business operator take the vital next step, whether they're just starting out, wanting to ensure their business is sustainable or aiming to go global.”
The 710,000 small businesses across NSW are considered the lifeblood of the State’s economy.
They represent almost 98 per cent of all NSW businesses; employ almost half the State's workforce and generate $47 billion in annual wages and salaries.
"The Business Bus is part of the Business Connect advisory program which will help to ensure that small businesses continue to be the engine room of Australia's best performing economy," Mr Barilaro said.
Day: Wednesday August 16
Location: 198 Dowling Street (Outside Visitors Information Centre), Dungog
Time: 9am – 3pm
The first four hours of one-to-one business advice is free.
To book a session with a trusted advisor, businesses can call 1300 134 359 or visit industry.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect for more information
Having grown up with parents who were small business owners, Jelinda has always had a personal connection with small business and an interest in helping small businesses succeed.
Jelinda has a background in regional print media and television advertising, in both sales and management roles.
She has predominantly worked with small business throughout her career and has extensive experience in business development, marketing, sponsorship, public relations, engagement strategy, relationship management, networking, event management, project management, customer service, strategic planning and leadership. She also has experience successfully managing her own hotel business in the Upper Hunter.
Jelinda holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media Communications) from Southern Cross University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), specialising in marketing, from The University of Newcastle.
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