The NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) has partnered with the NSW Business Chamber to develop this ground-breaking new program to increase the number of Councils working proactively with small businesses.
Launched on the 17th September last year, Councils that sign up to the program commit to improving the overall climate for small businesses in NSW and raise awareness of the difference Local Government can make by better engaging with small business.
Wakool Shire Council Mayor Neil Gorey said the SBFC Program provided a great opportunity for Council to demonstrate its commitment to the lifeblood of its communities – small business owners and their employees.
“Small businesses are the powerhouse of our economy and it’s vital we ensure they have ample opportunity for growth and sustainability through improved relationships with Council,” Cr Gorey said.
“Through the SBFC Program, the OSBC and the NSW Business Chamber will work closely and collaboratively with us so we are better placed to support and promote our local small businesses.”
By participating in the SBFC Program, Council is required to commit to a charter which sets out a number of benchmarks that foster and supports small businesses in its area.
These benchmarks involve on-time payment policy, business improvement processes, dispute resolution services and establishment of a Business Advisory Board.