Small Business Conferences to be held across the state

A SERIES of Small Business Friendly Councils conferences will be held across NSW this month and in May.

Minister for Small Business John Barilaro and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said the Small Business Friendly Councils Program is the first of its kind in Australia and supports local councils to work closely with their local small businesses.

"Since launching in September 2014 the number of councils participating has reached over 60, which represents over 315,000 small businesses and almost 50 per cent of all NSW small businesses," Mr Barilaro said.

"By participating in the Small Business Friendly Council Program and attending the conferences local councils have the opportunity to share programs, ideas and success stories with neighbouring councils.

"Key note speakers will present on working together for the benefit of small business, procurement and public domain activation, three topics identified by the Small Business Friendly Councils as key to improving their engagement with small businesses," he said.

A Small Business Friendly Council conference will be held in Ballina on April 27.

Mr Toole said the collaboration between local government and key organisations such as the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner and the NSW Business Chamber will ensure councils are better placed to promote their local businesses.

"This program supports councils to develop programs focused on helping small businesses, making it easier for them to navigate through local council processes more easily and is especially helpful for new businesses just starting out," Mr Toole said.

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