Small businesses make a huge contribution to national prosperity and supporting Australian jobs.
The Liberal National Government is raising small business awareness of the range of incentives, funding and programs available to support them with its national Small Business Fairs.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey MP will open a Small Business Fair to be held in Port Lincoln on Saturday 16 February 2018 at 12:00pm.
Mr Ramsey said the Small Business Fair will help existing businesses tap into timesaving incentives and Federal Government initiatives, as well as give those looking to start their own small business a chance to talk to government representatives and officials from agencies including the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
“There are around 14,000 small and family businesses in the Grey electorate, with a higher than average proportion of these on the Lower EP, so it is important to provide support to help foster growth within the community,” he said.
“Small business is the lifeblood of our communities, our industry and our economy and we know if they are doing well they are employing more people and that’s exactly what we want”, Mr Ramsey said. Our local small businesses are working hard and can’t afford long periods away from work which is why we are talking the forum to them rather than the other way around.
“Whether you’re in retail, hospitality, agriculture, trades and services, the Small Business Fair is an excellent opportunity for business owners, or those looking to get into small business, to know what support and initiatives out there for you to do what you do best – create more local jobs.”
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Senator Michaelia Cash said the Liberal National Government is investing in Australia’s small businesses to foster an environment of confidence, increased investment, economic growth and employment.
“The Government understands that when businesses grow, they create more jobs. We also understand the daily challenges of running a small business, so the Government has a number of programs to make it easier for Australian small business owners to get on with the job.” Minister Cash said.
“Over the last 12 months we have delivered on tax relief, extended the instant asset write-off to 30 June 2020 and increased the amount from $20,000 to $25,000, made it easier for small business to access finance with the $2 billion securitisation fund, slashed red tape and streamlined GST reporting so businesses can easily and quickly lodge their business activity statements online.
“The Liberal National Government is also helping improve cash flow by committing to pay Government contracts up to $1 million in 20 days, requiring large businesses tendering for Government contracts to match the Government’s 20 day payment terms and has launched the Future Female Entrepreneurs Program focused on engaging 55,000 women and girls, particularly in rural and regional communities.”
The Small Business Fair will be held at the Hilton Motel, Boston & Lincoln Rooms, 11/13 King Street, Port Lincoln on Saturday 16 February 2019 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. For further information or to register your attendance visit http://smallbusinessfair.jobs.gov.au.
Senator Cash: Kristy McSweeney 0427 172 796 / Jessica Cole 0417 220 338
Mr Ramsey: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 8633 1744