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In response to the current uncertainty and the impact on businesses, Clarence Valley Council has been funding business support via the Clarence Business: Plan Act Rebuild initiative.
Local businesses, from a range of industries, are able to access personalised one-to-one support from a business specialist, at no cost as the program is being funded by Clarence Valley Council. The business specialist, Courtney Tune from Alt Collective, is a consultant with the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurship Facilitators program. Alt Collective was already working with local businesses hurt by the bushfires.
“Over the past 10-days we’ve been fortunate to have connected with 115 businesses in the Clarence Valley, and are currently working closely with over 30 of those businesses as they look to adapt their offerings in light of these crazy times. It’s been really inspiring to see the positive approach being taken by local businesses to the current challenging circumstances.” Mr Tune said.
“We’re just the first touch point; we’ll always refer businesses to their own local experts like accountants and web designers.”
From Zoom appointments with clients to online tutoring, establishing and promoting e-commerce sites, and home delivery services – these are just some of the initiatives that local businesses are undertaking to ensure that their businesses can survive in isolation and hopefully come out the end of this with a more dynamic business model.
“If you are a business owner, we encourage you to take up this offer, to talk to someone who can listen and provide individual, personalised help.” Council General Manager Ashley Lindsay said. “If you’re on the edge of considering closing or just not sure what your best next steps are, get in touch first.”
Council has other channels for business support, including From the Couch and the Clarence Valley Grant Finder. Visit clarence.nsw.gov.au/businesshelp to find out more and to register for a business specialist appointment.
Released 16 April 2020