With the appointment of a new Chairman and Board member from the Tweed, a new Tweed Heads office and a new web site, the Northern Rivers BEC is surging into 2009.

“It’s been a big year” said the BEC Tweed’s Paul Rimington.

“We now have four highly experienced business consultants providing free business guidance across the Northern Rivers.

“We’re hearing from a lot of people right now who were considering starting a business but in these times aren’t sure what to do. People are needing advice.”

As newly appointed Chair of the Board, Tweed local Tony Nolan MBE brings exceptional management skills to the BEC.

A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Tony most recently served as Official Secretary to successive Queensland Governors.

Prior to that he was a career soldier whose postings included Officer Commanding, The Commando Regiment and Second-in-Command The Special Air Service Regiment (SAS).

Tony also spent two years as Australian Army Staff Officer at the Australian Embassy, Washington DC.

Another Tweed local also joins the Northern Rivers BEC Board. Wayne Campbell’s 30 years in senior management positions with the National Australia Bank, including time as Branch Manager in Tweed Heads, Byron Bay and Ballina, saw him dealing with the myriad of financial and business issues facing small business owners every day.

“We really encourage small business owners to give us a call,” said Paul Rimington.

“A little advice at the right time can go a long way, whether people have a successful business and just need advice in one particular area or their business is really struggling.

“Our services are totally confidential and they are free.”

The Northern Rivers Business Enterprise Centre’s free business consulting services are available for all businesses, great and small, offering guidance with starting a business, business planning, marketing, legal and accounting and accessing government assistance.

Drop in and see Paul at 17/75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, contact him on 1300 650 058 or paul.rimington@norbec.com.au or visit norbec.com.au 

The BEC is partially funded by state and federal government.