Blue Mountains News
Help Still at Hand for Fire-affected Businesses
That assurance was given by Help A Small Biz founder Renae Hanvin, who urged small businesses directly and indirectly affected by the 2019-20 bushfires to ask for help.
"It’s easy to feel discarded and overlooked and that the world has moved on from the devastation of the bushfires, but we haven’t – we’re still here for you," she said.
"While the COVID-19 situation is awful and there’s no denying it’s immeasurable impact on the nation, much is being done by governments to address that economic situation.
"Meanwhile, bushfire-impacted businesses and communities are still struggling with the aftermath of that disaster."
However, help was available through Help A Small Biz, a free online platform which paired small businesses in need with others offering compatible goods, skills or services support.
corporate2community (C2C) founder Renae Hanvin developed the initiative to fill the gaps in current support for small and micro businesses.
International research from similar scale disasters states that 40 per cent of small businesses don’t trade after a major disaster, with 80 per cent closed two years after.
"That’s a disaster in itself," Ms Hanvin said.
"While the many government grants and initiatives currently available to small businesses do a wonderful job and are providing unprecedented support to these businesses, we are still hearing of many who are falling through the funding gaps."
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said initiatives such as Help a Small Biz gave small businesses struggling to stay open after the bushfires the extra support they needed to "get on with running their business".
Go to Help A Small Biz or email email for more details.
Lithgow Mayor, Ray Thompson had the privilege of wishing Dulcie Kearns...
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today congratulated Cindy Partridg...
TAFE NSW will play a leading role in helping locals reskill for the jobs...
In NSW, more than a third of the waste we send to landfill is food. This...
Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be participating in an online collaborative...
Blue Mountains Limousines & Vintage Cadillacs Hampers crammed with Blue Mountains-made delicacies to children or adults at any address in the local region.
Jenolan Caves Exclusive weekend accommodation or Chisolm's dining cave experiences available now.
Trumans Chartered Accountants Trumans November Newsletter now available. What does the “full expensing” write-off deduction mean for business?
Sunset Cottages Features include large fire pit, spa baths, BBQ, air-conditioning, cooking facilities.
Federation Gardens and Possums Hideaway Family friendly, fully self contained cottages on offer