Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today welcomed the start of Small Business Month and highlighted some of the key statistics relevant to the Kiama electorate in data provided by the independent NSW Small Business Commissioner and published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Mr Ward said that the key statistics included in the Kiama Electorate Small Business Profile are:
Small Business Count 5,245 (*ABS 8165.0 Counts of Australian Businesses, June 2021).
Labour Force 38,329 (*LMIP SALM September 2021).
Largest Small Business Industry is: Construction – 25.1% (*ABS 8165.0 Counts of Australian Businesses, June 2021).
Top Occupation is: Professionals – 19.3% (*ABS 2016 Census).
Read the 'Kiama Electorate: Small Business Profile' here
Mr Ward said that the theme of this year’s Small Business Month is ‘Rebuild, Recharge, Renew’.
“The festival will feature events focused on helping small business owners rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic and will include local Councils, local business chambers, industry associations and local not-for-profit organisations,” he said.
“There are more than 800,000 small businesses in New South Wales employing over 1.6 million people and who contribute $400 billion to our State’s economy each year.
“There are currently well over 5,000 small businesses which are an integral part of our local towns and villages across the Kiama electorate, forming an important part of the social fabric and a place where our local community bonds are strengthened.
“A wide array of in-person and online events during Small Business Month will be available to local small business owners across our region, and the calendar of events will provide them with new skills, ideas and networks to navigate the challenging economic environment,” Mr Ward said.
You can also contact the independent Small Business Commissioner on 1300 795 534.
To view the launch, please visit: www.smallbusinessmonth.nsw.gov.au/activity/launch-of-nswsmall-business-month-2022/
Further information on Small Business Month is available at: www.smallbusinessmonth.nsw.gov.au