State Government partnership to drive local economic development provides funding and programs to greatly assist rural communities and their businesses

Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has thanked the NSW Government and local MP, Michael Johnsen, for the financial and other support they have provided to Council and the local community to assist drive economic development across the Liverpool Plains Shire.

“They have provided funding to assist us stage Back to Business Week events, to develop a Local Business Directory and vitally to create an economic development strategy. We’ve also received funding for tourism projects whilst a number of local organisations have received funding for projects that stimulate economic growth and improve the social fabric.

“Given the importance of partnerships to regional economic development I am grateful for their effective and ongoing engagement with rural communities like ours that underpins commitment to localism and achieving long-lasting change. This partnership allows local and regional stakeholders to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities facing their communities and to work towards developing and implementing local solutions. Incorporating local decision-making helps achieve a shared commitment and sense of responsibility and ownership,” he said.

“These partnerships provide many opportunities for local businesses. The Business Connect program for example provides business advisory services and business skills training. It supports small businesses to startup, create jobs through growth, help established small to medium enterprises become sustainable and assists to increase business confidence. More information is available at http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/businessconnect/about-the-business-connect-program. Additionally, The Business Connect Bus visits the Shire a couple of times a year and delivers highly subsidised face-to-face business advice,” he continued. 

“Other support comes through the Jobs Action Plan (JAP), Small Business Employment IncentivesThe Small Business Rebate, Accelerating Growth Loans, the Export Capability Building ProgramAustrade’s TradeStart Network, and the Boosting Business Innovation Program (BBIP). More information on these and other programs that may assist your business can be found at http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/businessconnect/grow-your-business.  

“Also during Back To Business Week a free webinar The Power of Positioning will be held on Wednesday 1 March from 10am. You’ll learn proven yet simple marketing ideas and business strategies to stand out from the crowd and attract profitable long-term customers. Register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3761257035822288386,” he said.

“The reality is there is a great deal on offer to support business development and growth but it will only aid local economic development if people seize the initiative and build on it,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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