Forbes Shire Council has been commended for its leadership in making it easier for local businesses to start and grow at the inaugural Small Business Friendly Councils Conference in Sydney on 16-17 May.
NSW Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said Forbes was one of 69 NSW councils to join business leaders, mayors and experts from across the country to plan and discuss strategies to stimulate local economies.
“The Small Business Friendly Councils is a fantastic initiative that provides all NSW councils with information, workshops, networking opportunities and resources to support local businesses,” Mr Tudehope said.
NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello also attended the conference to acknowledge Forbes Shire Council joining the Easy to do Business program. “This award-winning program puts customers at the heart of everything we do and transforms small business owners transact with government.”
“Easy to do Business has been a huge success, with 108 NSW councils now on board, covering two-thirds of the state.
Small business owners can access free online and phone support from Service NSW’s Business Concierge, which means they can start, open and grow much faster,” Mr Dominello said.
Forbes Shire Council was presented with a plaque to recognise its commitment to the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative and Easy to do Business.
“We are pleased to be part of an initiative that helps small businesses navigate their way through red tape to get started quickly and succeed,” said Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller OAM.
“More small businesses are being created in NSW than any other state, with a net growth of close to 30,000 businesses in 2017-18,” Mr Tudehope said.