26 September 2023

SBDC launches small business hotline

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The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has set up a dedicated COVID-19 assistance centre for business owners seeking guidance on managing the impacts of the virus.

The SBDC’s refocused 133 140 hotline number and website will deal specifically with queries from business owners looking to navigate the wide range of recently announced Federal and State Government measures to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19.

In a statement, the SBDC said its service would include information on available stimulus packages and eligibility requirements; advice on preparing businesses to manage impacts; and other resources.

“For businesses not currently eligible for financial support packages, SBDC can provide business advice to help owners manage their situations,” the Corporation said.

Minister for Small Business, Paul Papalia said small business was tough at the best of times and right now was possibly the most challenging time many had ever experienced.

“It’s likely people are suffering information overload when it comes to what is available to assist at this difficult time,” Mr Papalia said.

“When you’re flat out running your businesses it can be hard to source information. The SBDC’s new assistance centre is ready to provide a friendly voice to guide people on support available to deal with the impact of COVID-19.”

He said in these exceptional circumstances it was important the available support could be understood and accessed easily.

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