Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Service continues for business in Wheatbelt South

    13/06/2006 4:25 PM

    Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough today confirmed that small businesses throughout the Wheatbelt South and Upper Great Southern districts would continue to receive assistance, despite the closure of the Narrogin-based Small Business Centre.

    “The State Government remains committed to ensuring that small businesses in the region have access to service and advice,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “It is important that the local business community continues to support this service by maximising the use of the resources available.”

    The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) was quick to respond to the situation by placing one of its own staff in Narrogin to attend to clients.

    Arrangements to provide a service will continue through the ‘131 BIZ’ hotline, while a decision regarding the centre is finalised.

    Small businesses are encouraged to phone the 131 249 number to speak with and arrange to meet an SBDC officer.

    “Careful consideration will need to be given to the establishment of a new management committee and mode of operation,” Mr Marlborough explained.

    The Minister outlined that the State Government, through the SBDC, was providing $120,000 per annum towards the costs of running the service.

    “With the added support of local government throughout the region, an effective service to small business will be sought to replace the former Small Business Centre,” he said.

    Mr Marlborough urged local business people to consider volunteering their time to assist the new committee to re-establish this vital resource.

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