Disaster-hit Tasmanian businesses granted mentoring services

Small businesses impacted by recent natural disasters in north-east Tasmania have been given access to tailored, low-cost or free one-on-one mentoring.

The Tasmania Community Potential Foundation (CPF) is one of 25 not-for-profit business advisory organisations to receive Australian Government funding totalling $2.5 million under the Small Business Advisory Services program Natural Disaster Assistance (SBAS NDA) initiative.

Small Business Minister Nick Sherry and Member for Bass Geoff Lyons, launched the $100,000 North East Tasmania SBAS NDA project today – providing services for small businesses in the Scottsdale, Branxholm, Winnaleah, Ledgerwood, Ringarooma, Gladstone, Bridport and Derby regions.

“The project will provide on-the-ground advisory services delivering high-quality information and referral services by specialist industry professionals,” Sherry said.

According to Lyons, small businesses in the region have been under stress following recent flooding.

“This service will focus on improving the knowledge and business skills of small business operators with specific, tailored and in-depth advice.”

The CPF project has a small business consultant, supported by nine more consultants within the Hobart, Launceston and Devonport Business Enterprise Centres.

For more information about the SBAS NDA and SBAS BEC initiatives, or the Small Business Support Line, visit www.ausindustry.gov.au http://www.ausindustry.gov.au/smallbusiness/smallbusinessadvisoryservices/pages/smallbusinessadvisoryservices(sbas).aspx or call the Hotline 13 28 46.

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