Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that the New South Wales Government’s Business Bus will be visiting small businesses across our region later this month to provide specialist advice to business owners looking to become more productive and profitable.

Mr Ward said that small business owners in and around Wollongong and Kiama can hop on board the bus next week where they will receive independent advice from experienced business advisors.

The Business Bus will visit the following two locations:

● Wollongong – Crown Street Mall, Wollongong (in front of the Wesley Church) on Monday 28th May between 9am and 3pm; and
● Kiama – The Pavilion, 2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama on Tuesday 29th May between 9am and 3pm

“In 2017 the Business Bus visited more than 160 towns, covering more than 56,000 kilometres and this year is set to be even bigger,” he said.

“The Business Bus is part of the NSW Government’s multi-million dollar Business Connect program which supports small businesses to thrive in metropolitan and regional economies.

“The bus will travel across the State with experts on board to share advice on small business strategies including marketing, financial and legal advice and business planning.

“The Business Bus provides small businesses with access to independent, experienced advisors, plus specialists in the digital and creative sector.

“Speaking to an advisor can help a business operator take the vital next step, whether they’re just starting out, wanting to ensure their business is sustainable or aiming to go global,” Mr Ward said.

The NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the bus’s experts would share advice on small business strategies including marketing, financial and legal advice and business planning.

“The 710,000 small businesses across NSW are considered the lifeblood of the State’s economy. They represent almost 98 per cent of all NSW businesses; employ almost half the State’s workforce and generate $47 billion in annual wages and salaries,” he said.

“We are investing $30 million in Business Connect over four and a half years, with 70 per cent of services to be delivered to regional businesses,” Mr Barilaro said.

To find out more about the Business Bus or to speak to your local Business Connect advisor, please call 1300 134 359 or please visit the website at: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect.