BUSINESS CONNECT BACKS 24,000 NSW BUSINESSES
The NSW Government’s $30 million Business Connect program has marked a major milestone, helping more than 24,000 small businesses since 2017.
Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said Business Connect provided advice and training for small businesses across the state through a network of more than 80 independent advisors, helping small businesses to get started, grow, innovate and create jobs.
“Business Connect has now helped 24,000 small businesses in NSW to get ahead since it began in January 2017 and those businesses have together created about 15,000 new jobs,” Mr Tudehope said.
“This major milestone for Business Connect has been achieved through our advisors delivering more than 110,000 hours of face-to-face advice across NSW. There have also been more than 1,500 business training events to upskill business owners.
“Business Connect offers advice on all aspects of starting, running and growing a small business. This includes specialist topics such as access to finance, digital business strategy, developing a creative business, winning government contracts, and support for multicultural businesses,” he said.
Purrfect Pet Products in Penrith is one of the thousands helped by Business Connect, with local provider Western Sydney Business Centre offering advice on growth plans, book-keeping, finance, staffing and business connections.
“I owe a lot to Business Connect and would strongly advise other small businesses to tap into this great support network”, Purrfect Pet Products General Manager Daniel Romerio said.
“I started making cat scratching posts from recycled materials in my garage but now we have 13 staff and are supplying 35 pallets of products each week to pet businesses across the nation,” he said.
“We’ll need to hire between 10 and 20 more staff. We want to find a 700 metre manufacturing factory in Penrith to more than double our current 300 square metres.”