Additional support needed for small business
28 May 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has called for additional investment in Euroa's retail precinct to support local small businesses.
In a statement in Parliament this week, Ms Ryan drew the Premier’s attention to the uncertainty hanging over the previous Coalition Government's Streetlife program.
The program provided grants to councils as well as business and trader associations to support small business and develop targeted projects to improve the competitiveness and economic outcomes of local shopping precincts.
Ms Ryan said Labor had not indicated whether the program would continue and as a result, there were councils and associations who had lodged applications and were now left in limbo.
“Business Enterprise Euroa (BEE) is a group proactively encouraging new businesses to operate in Euroa and applied for a grant through Streetlife just prior to last year’s election,” Ms Ryan said.
“If successful, BEE intended to implement a program which involved open house mentoring sessions on business branding, marketing and customer service.
“Six businesses were to undergo audits and receive one on one mentoring and feedback, in turn mentoring other businesses in the Euroa community.
“More than six months later they are still waiting to hear whether the new government will grant their request for funding.”
Ms Ryan said many local retailers in Euroa had been there for successive generations which was testament to the strength and resilience of their business.
“I have asked the government to give its speedy and favourable consideration to Business Enterprise Euroa’s application for funding,” Ms Ryan said.