Clarence Valley small businesses are to benefit from a Rudd Government initiative to help tackle the impacts of the current global financial crisis.

Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, says the Clarence Business Enterprise Advisory Service (CBEAS) is to receive $50,000 to provide services to local small business in 2009. 

The Small Business Advisory Services program funds experienced not-for-profit organisations throughout Australia to deliver business advice to small business in their local area.

Funded services can include business mentoring, assistance with business and marketing plans, preparing for and accessing business finance, accounting or legal services and programs to build the business skills and networks of small business.

Ms Saffin said it was important that the Australian Government provide for organisations to deliver advisory services to small businesses during the global financial crisis.

“This is a practical, grass-roots way to help the Clarence Valley small business community and I commend Lyn Diskon and the CBEAS for their support of local businesses,” Ms Saffin said.

The chairman of the CBEAS, Trevor Hagemen, thanked Janelle Saffin for supporting their submission, which was prepared by Ms Diskon.

Mr Hageman said that with the funding, the service will be able to increase its presence in the Clarence, and provide mentoring and other business services at a time when local business will be needing support.

The Small Business Advisory Services program is one of more than 30 business programs delivered by AusIndustry.

Details of the grant offers are available on the AusIndustry website www.ausindustry.gov.au

The $4 million funding package for 55 centres around Australia is in addition to the $42 million small business advisory funding package announced in last year’s Federal Budget.