Camden mayor welcomes small business program

Local Government Minister Paul Toole, Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak, NSW Small Business commissioner Robyn Hobbs and the NSW Business Chamber chief executive officer Stephen Cartwright.
Local Government Minister Paul Toole, Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak, NSW Small Business commissioner Robyn Hobbs and the NSW Business Chamber chief executive officer Stephen Cartwright.

Camden Council will be a part of the ground-breaking Small Business Friendly Councils Program, launched this week by Local Government Minister Paul Toole.

The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner developed the program in partnership with the NSW Business Chamber to enable participating councils to work proactively with, and support small businesses in local government areas.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak, who was at the launch, says she is delighted that Camden Council has embraced the initiative, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

“As a small business owner I understand the importance of positive working relationships with both local and state governments,’’ she said.

‘‘Small business is the powerhouse and engine room of the Australian economy and needs every support from all levels of government,” she said.

“Through this program, my council has demonstrated a commitment to work effectively and collaboratively with small business operators and their employees in the Camden local government area.

“Council recognises and values how important the local small business sector is to the community.

‘‘We will review our procedures and practices in dealing with small businesses and explore new initiatives so that we can help to deliver the best outcomes possible for our small business operators.” 

Camden Council will be making five key commitments through the program, including:

• Development of a business advisory board in collaboration with key stakeholders from the Camden local government area business community

• Reporting on business improvement processes and on-time payment policies in council’s operational plans

• Implementation of new initiatives for engaging with small businesses in Camden

This commitment comes as Council is promoting and delivering a range of business related events through its inaugural Business Month program. 

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