Member for Goulburn Pru Goward has congratulated local councils for taking part in a new initiative being driven by the NSW Government to improve relationships with local small businesses.


The Small Business Friendly Councils (SBFC) Program aims to increase the number of NSW councils working proactively with the small business sector.


Councils in the SBFC Program must make five key commitments, including:

  • reporting on business improvement processes and on-time payment policies in their operational plans;
  • establishing a business advisory board in conjunction with key stakeholders from the local business community; and
  • implementing new initiatives such as streamlining procurement or establishing pre-lodgement DA meetings.


Ms Goward said the SBFC Program has been developed by the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner in partnership with the NSW Business Chamber.


“The SBFC Program is the first of its kind in Australia and I commend both Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Wingecarribee Shire Council for their willingness to take part in this exciting new initiative,” Ms Goward said.


“Councils that have signed up will now have the opportunity to review their procedures and practices in dealing with small businesses, make improvements where needed and share ‘small business friendly’ strategies with other councils.


“Around 36 NSW councils are now on board and have committed to participate in the SBFC Program.


“They will now be able to have a hand in this very collaborative approach and develop greater outreach with local small businesses, which are part of the 689,000 operating in NSW.


“I encourage local councils not yet on board to do really consider looking into this worthwhile program by contacting the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner. Working effectively with small business operators should be a priority for all NSW councils.”


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Pru Goward

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