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Funding granted to assist disaster-hit small businesses

25 not-for-profit business advisory organisations have been granted $2.5 million worth of Government funding, slated to help small businesses impacted by recent natural disasters.

Small Business Minister Senator Nick Sherry has revealed the $100,000 grants will be given away under the Small Business Advisory Services (SBAS) – National Disaster Assistance program.

The 25 organisations will support small businesses hit by natural disasters since October last year, including the Queensland and Victorian floods, as well as Cyclone Yasi

“The 25 organisations are spread across the country, with the great majority in regional areas. They will provide advice on business planning, finance, marketing, legal and accounting matters, government regulation and referrals,” Sherry said.

“We wanted this additional funding in place so the affected small businesses could have access to the advisory services as soon possible,” he added.

To ensure all disaster affected regions get the assistance they require, businesses that don’t access to an organisation in their area can tap into the services provided by the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre in Perth.

“Their services are provided online, so any small business not in close proximity to government funded business advisory services can make use of their resources,” Sherry said.

For more information about the SBAS program visit www.ausindustry.gov.au

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Lorna Brett

Lorna Brett

Lorna was Dynamic Business’ Social Web Editor in 2011/12. She’s a social media obsessed journalist, who has a passion for small business. Outside the 9 to 5, you’re likely to find her trawling the web for online bargains, perfecting her amateur photography skills or enjoying one too many cappucinos. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/dynamicbusiness">Twitter @DynamicBusiness</a>

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