ON A ROLL: Business adviser Ty Peterson with Lismore Council business facilitator Mark Batten at the Small Biz Bus.
ON A ROLL: Business adviser Ty Peterson with Lismore Council business facilitator Mark Batten at the Small Biz Bus. Andy Parks

Free advice on the Small Biz Bus

BUSINESS adviser Ty Peterson saw everyone from massage therapists to farm equipment wholesalers in Lismore last Friday, giving free advice as part of the NSW government's Small Biz Bus.

The bus was in Ballina, Kyogle and Tweed Heads last week and Mr Peterson said there was a range of inquiries from people with existing businesses and those thinking about starting or buying one.

People were able to have up to an hour consultation where they could seek general advice on a range of business issues from employment contracts to marketing. They could then be referred to a specialist.

"Often business owners don't know the problems... I can usually tell enough about a business owner without seeing their books because it is pretty much written on their faces. There is a scientific formula that I apply to any business when diagnosing it, but they are not aware of that when I'm speaking to them.

"Every business is very different, but business theory applies to all of them. Good business theory always works if applied correctly."

After running his own video production company for 10 years, Mr Peterson did a Bachelor of Entrepreneurship at RMIT University and now works for Nortec, which co-ordinates Small Business Connect.

Lismore City Council business facilitator Mark Batten was also at the bus.

"Lismore City Council is one of four councils in NSW piloting the new Small Business Friendly Councils initiative, where we pro- actively engage and help small businesses cut through red tape and be as successful as they can.

"Communities like ours are built on small business - the more successful they are, the more prosperous and resilient our economy becomes and the more jobs we create for local people."



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