The Federal Budget’s announcement of $42million, including $1.8million directly to Western Australia, for one-stop small business advisory centres was today applauded by Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk.
She said the Federal Government’s commitment to the support and promotion of the small business sector was good news.
“It is very encouraging to see the Federal Government providing for the small business sector,” Ms Quirk said.
“Small business makes an enormous contribution to our economy and is often the life-blood of communities in WA.
“The 26 primarily State Government funded Small Business Centres around the State will continue to provide comprehensive advisory services to small businesses right across WA.
“We welcome the Federal Government’s $1.8million allocated to bolster these services over the coming years.”
In the past financial year, the Small Business Centre network undertook 29,296 client sessions resulting in 1,759 new business start-ups.
The network assisted in creating 3,347 jobs and more than 6,300 attended workshops run by the Small Business Centre Network.
“Through the introduction of a new corporate governance and financial management program last year, the SBC Network has achieved benchmark performance standards,” the Minister said.
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