Small biz commissioner in Tweed
AUSTRALIA'S two-speed economy continues to leave small business in the slow lane and although the national economy is doing comparatively well, small businesses have not been able to take advantage of the apparent strength of the Australian economy.
To find out how the state government can provide assistance to the struggling retail and small business sector, the NSW Small Business Commissioner Yasmin King started a listening tour last August.
Ms King visited Murwillumbah's Greenhills on Tweed today to continue her fact-finding mission, share her views of potential solutions and ask operators for their opinion of the role the NSW Small Business Commissioner should play.
She said she wanted to provide low-cost mediation services to resolve small business disputes with other businesses and government bodies and suggested the commissioner should investigate complaints about unfair practices affecting small business.
The commissioner further suggested she could help small businesses if they were having problems with larger businesses or government bodies by providing services such as demanding information from opponents and making representations on behalf of small businesses.
Small business owners and operators wishing to submit their suggestions can access a consultation paper, a survey and details about the small business tour at smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au.
The Small Business Commissioner's consultation period ends on Friday.