Help with busi­ness

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Open­ing and run­ning a cafe, small bar or restau­rant in Ber­ri­gan Shire just got eas­ier.

The shire has part­nered with Ser­vice NSW and the Of­fice of the NSW Small Busi­ness Com­mis­sioner to launch Easy to do Busi­ness in Ber­ri­gan Shire.

Through an on­line por­tal, res­i­dents will re­ceive step-bystep guid­ance and sup­port across lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­quire­ments, to open and grow a busi­ness.

The pro­gram is free and pro­vides peace of mind by let­ting the user know up front the time, fees and ef­fort in­volved.

Ber­ri­gan Shire Mayor Matt Han­nan said coun­cil was com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses in the shire.

‘‘We joined the Easy to Do Busi­ness pro­gram to give cur­rent and prospec­tive busi­ness own­ers ac­cess to a one-stop shop to make it eas­ier to nav­i­gate lo­cal plan­ning and state li­cens­ing re­quire­ments,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll be pro­mot­ing the por­tal and concierge ser­vice to those look­ing for help to start up or ex­pand within our shire.’’

With stream­lined forms and one phone num­ber, to re­move com­plex­ity when open­ing a cafe, small bar or restau­rant, users can spend less time on pa­per­work and more time on their busi­ness.

Those us­ing the ser­vice will be sup­ported by a ded­i­cated per­sonal busi­ness concierge through the process.

‘‘We en­cour­age any­one in­ter­ested in open­ing a cafe, small bar or restau­rant to take ad­van­tage of this ser­vice,’’ Cr Han­nan said.

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