Blue Mountains News

Help Still at Hand for Fire-affected Businesses

Source: Deep Hill Media
Posted: 23 May 2020
Bushfire-affected small businesses in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow region have not been forgotten and can still receive assistance from a free initiative set up to help them reopen.

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 for more details.

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