Minister announces Councils to back small businesses


Minister for Small Business John Barilaro and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole has announced a series of Small Business Friendly Councils conferences to be held across NSW in April and May.

Mr Barilaro said the Small Business Friendly Councils Program is the first of its kind in Australia and supports local councils to work closely with their local small businesses.

“Since launching in September 2014 the number of councils participating has reached over 60, which represents over 315,000 small businesses and almost 50 per cent of all NSW small businesses,” Mr Barilaro said.


“By participating in the Small Business Friendly Council Program and attending the conferences local councils have the opportunity to share programs, ideas and success stories with neighbouring councils,” he added.

Mr Barilaro said key note speakers will present on working together for the benefit of small business, procurement and public domain activation, three topics identified by the Small Business Friendly Councils as key to improving their engagement with small businesses.

Mr Toole said the collaboration between local government and key organisations such as the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner and the NSW Business Chamber will ensure councils are better placed to promote their local businesses.

“This program supports councils to develop programs focused on helping small businesses, making it easier for them to navigate through local council processes more easily and is especially helpful for new businesses just starting out,” Mr Toole said.

The Small Business Friendly Council conference will be held in:

  • Ballina (27 April)
  • Tamworth (5 May)
  • Griffith (12 May)
  • North Sydney (18 May)
  • Goulburn (22 May)
  • Sydney CBD (25 May)
  • Camden (28 May)

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