Small busi­nesses are not for­got­ten

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - WHIT­SUN­DAY COAST CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

LIKE ev­ery­one else, the cham­ber is ramp­ing back up into full swing.

The past few weeks have been busy, with the cham­ber mak­ing a sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil re­gard­ing the lo­ca­tion of coun­cil cham­bers in the fu­ture and rep­re­sent­ing mem­bers at sev­eral meet­ings in­clud­ing The Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery Sub Group hosted by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil. High on the list of pri­or­i­ties is the loom­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion cri­sis which threat­ens to both slow re­pairs and re­cov­ery and also im­pact tourist num­bers.

Many busi­nesses in the main street are re­port­ing dras­ti­cally re­duced fig­ures de­spite many still be­ing closed.

The cham­ber spoke to Tourism and Events Queens­land which is putting to­gether a story high­light­ing and en­cour­ag­ing in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Whit­sun­days.

Queens­land Small Busi­ness Week runs from May 15–20 and our busi­ness boost con­tains a wealth of use­ful, eas­ily di­gested bites of in­for­ma­tion, we­bi­nars and ac­tiv­i­ties that our mem­bers will ben­e­fit from. As part of the week, Min­is­ter for Small Busi­ness, Hon Leanne Enoch, vis­ited Proser­pine to speak to lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple.

The Fed­eral Bud­get has been handed down and is gen­er­ally pos­i­tive for small busi­ness across the five key pri­or­i­ties for iden­ti­fied for small busi­ness: tax re­form, work­force skilling, in­fras­truc­ture in­vest­ment, en­ergy pric­ing, growth and in­no­va­tion.

In­vi­ta­tions to re­new mem­ber­ships via our new on­line for­mat have just gone out.

The next 24 months will be crit­i­cal for small busi­ness in the Whit­sun­day Re­gion – and there will be fund­ing for sev­eral in­fras­truc­ture and iconic projects from the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

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