Nick and Jess are two of the new advisors to be appointed to assist the creative services sector and are the only two to be based in the Illawarra region.
The hard-hit creative sector will benefit as five new Business Connect advisors get to work, providing free-of-charge advice to small businesses affected by COVID-19.
NSW Government Minsters Damien Tudehope Minister for Finance and Small Business, and Don Harwin Minister for the Arts, announced the appointments.
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Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the creative industries were some of the most impacted industries by COVID-19 and the new Business Connect advisors would be able to share their insights with small businesses.
“In total, there are now 10 Business Connect advisors with creative backgrounds and they have the skills to help small businesses in that industry to navigate the current situation,” he said.
“The advisors can also provide information about government support options for the NSW arts and cultural sector, and put organisations in touch with State agencies.”
Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin encouraged small creative organisations to take up the opportunity for advice from Business Connect about the support measures available.
“All guidance provided by Business Connect advisors is currently free of charge and has already proven itself to be invaluable to 6700 small businesses,” Mr Harwin said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the NSW arts and cultural sector that has been so greatly valued by the community over this difficult time.”
“The arts sector supports about 118,000 jobs across NSW and contributes $16.4 billion directly and indirectly to NSW’s Gross State Product.”
The new advisors are among an additional 40 to be engaged through Business Connect to assist small businesses as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19.
In total, Business Connect has more than 110 business advisors. Click here for more information, or phone 1300 134 359.