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Federal funding helps small business

SMALL businesses in the Clarence Valley will soon have an extra helping hand, courtesy of the Federal Government.

Small Business Minister Dr Craig Emerson said yesterday a small business advisory service will receive $75,000 in federal funding.

The Clarence Business Enterprise Advisory Service will act as a go-to service for new and existing small businesses by offering the support of mentors and advice on the legalities of owning and operating a small business.

It will also act as a one-stop-shop for local small business seeking advice on tax, legal matters, accounting, marketing and staffing.

“As the economy in the Clarence Valley is so dependent on small business, the Rudd Government is determined to do everything we can to help small business in a global recession,” Mr Emerson said.

“These funds were supplied on a basis of merit and public support and the committee for the Grafton advisory service were successful in their application.

“We also see the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers small business as a great and worthwhile investment.”

The Clarence Business Enterprise Advisory Service will provide a range of beneficial services to local small businesses including monthly seminars and information on a street-smart marketing plan.

Mr Emerson said services already in place were having a positive effect within the region.

“Since the implementation of these services, we have created more than 100 jobs and provided skills training to more than 230 small business operators,” he said.

“I firmly believe that if we can create jobs in a regional area, like Grafton, during a global recession that we should have a fair chance in maintaining existing positions of employment.”

Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin expressed support for the program, and the individuals who took it upon themselves to apply for the funding.

“I feel that I really know the history of the application as my email has been inundated with countless letters of support and demonstrating need for the service,” Ms Saffin said yesterday.

“I am also very pleased and proud to see a small group of people going after something that will support the entire community.”

The Northern Rivers Business Enterprise Centre, in Lismore, will receive $1 million of funding under the same program.

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