Getting down to business
GLEN Searle was one of the many small business owners who took advantage of the Small Biz Bus as it pulled into Maclean.
Mr Searle, who owns Searle Aquaculture - Marine and Freshwater Fish Hatchery, spent a fast-paced 15 minutes with Nortec business advisor Janniene McDonald on Monday.
"It was great. There are always ways to improve a business," Mr Searle said.
He used his meeting with Ms McDonald to ask questions about ways to further his business economically.
"One of our biggest costs is electricity, so I wanted to see if we could somehow reduce costs there," Mr Searle said.
"She told us about this program where you can get a $500 grant to help out, which is great, and she is going to come out and see us on the farm down the track to see what else we can do."
Small Biz Bus host Tara Austin said this was the first time the bus had been to Maclean and it had been well-received.
"It's an ongoing free service with free advice, soundboarding for ideas and learning how to expand on ideas," Ms Austin said.
"Sixty percent of the New South Wales population either owns a small business or works for one, so this is looking after them.
"It's about making sure you're on the right track."
The bus rolls into Grafton today, Tuesday, from 9am-3pm and will be outside Low Pressure Surf at 70 Prince St - get in early.