Small Business Fair taking care of business

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Australian small business owners can learn the secrets to making their business work smarter at a series of Small Business Fairs launching on Tuesday 5 February.

Hosted by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, the fairs will showcase Australian Government services helping businesses grow, with live presentations and valuable advice from the people delivering those services.

There are about 20 events planned nationally throughout February and March, with the fairs focusing on helping existing businesses tap into initiatives, benefits and tools.

The fairs will also help people keen to start their own small business learn about setting a strong foundation in their first year of operation.

The Department’s Small Business Group Manager, Peter Cully, said the fairs would give small business owners information that will help them get on with growing their business.

“This is a great chance for small and family business owners to access Australian Government incentives and benefits that will help them work smarter,” Mr Cully said.

“The fairs will also focus on digital tools used to connect with customers and the importance of self-care and wellbeing in the small business environment.”

With Australia’s 3.3 million small businesses under pressure to carve out their success alongside rapidly changing technology, many first-time entrepreneurs can struggle to keep their business afloat in the first 12 months.

The fairs are geared towards easing that pressure.

Attendees will get hands-on digital coaching in business management and marketing, advice on simplifying tax, tips to be competitive in securing Government contracts, information to access wage subsidies and guidance to build a business from scratch.

Part of the Government’s suite of initiatives to help make small businesses grow include streamlining GST reporting, supporting business owners through their transition to digital formats and easing regulatory constraints.

The Government has also extended immediate deductions on full-cost assets costing less than $20,000 to 30 June 2019. It has also launched the Future Female Entrepreneurs Program focused on engaging 55,000 women and girls, particularly in rural and regional communities.

To register for the fairs, visit the Small Business Fair website. You can also contact (02) 6121 3979 for further information. Attendance at the fairs is free with light refreshments available.

Correct at time of publication.