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Local small businesses are eligible to access free financial counselling.

Kylie Radford and Emma Best of Small Business Financial Counselling Service have been appointed and funded by the Australian and State Governments to provide free business financial counselling support across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Southern Queensland regions.

Kylie is Sunshine Coast based and focussed on the tourism sector, and Emma has been working across the manufacturing and agriculture sectors. However their scope isn’t limited to just these sectors of course. Small Business Financial Counselling Service incudes assistance with grants, rent relief and creditor negotiations. 

The primary role of the Small Business Financial Counselling Program is to provide assistance to Small Businesses who are experiencing hardship associated with the long standing drought conditions or the impacts of COVID-19, and have no alternative source of impartial support.

To be eligible for the full free service, businesses need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have no more than 199 employees;
  • Be experiencing, or at imminent risk of hardship;
  • Not be a start-up business.

For eligible businesses, there is no limit on the time they can spend working with those businesses. 

Where businesses that do not meet the above criteria, they can still provide up to 3 hours of assistance and provide relevant referrals.Attached is a copy of their flyer which outlines the assistance that they can provide.  They can provide assistance in person or remotely, depending on the needs of the business owner.

The program can be accessed via the following link: https://www.rfcssq.org.au/small-business-assistance/

Kate Hewish

Kate Hewish is the Principal of Horte Couture, and the Chair of the PR Committee