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Government services head to the Barossa to network with local small businesses

Small businesses in the Barossa region of South Australia will get a unique opportunity next month to connect with a number of Local, State and Federal Government agencies who provide services and advice to small businesses.  

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner will be holding its popular BizLink Small Business Expo in the Barossa on Thursday 21 June 2018.  

The Expo will be the second one held this year with the first being held on Tuesday 1 May at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre as part of the May Business Month organised by the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker District Councils. The event was a success with nearly 60 businesses attending on the night.  

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman, has been facilitating the BizLink program for the last three years and has been pleased to see that the number of businesses interested in the program continues to increase.  

“The response from our last BizLink Small Business Expo was great. Seeing so many local business people attend and hear about the services that they can access from government, shows that we have a valued program” Mr Chapman said.  

Exhibitors at the event include Australian Taxation Office, AusIndustry Business Services, SafeWork SA, Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Industry and Skills. The Town of Gawler and Regional Development Australia – Barossa (RDA) have also been involved in the arrangements for the event and will also be exhibitors on the day.  

Many business owners who attend this event are surprised at the number of services that are available from government and have provided positive feedback about the content of these Seminars.  

“Everyone that attends get something out of the event, whether it be in relation to payroll tax, environmental requirements, compliance, industrial relations or grants – there is something for every business to learn and benefit from” Mr Chapman said. “The beauty of this program is that time poor small businesses can attend and spend 5 minutes or 50 minutes gathering the information that they need, it’s up to them.”  

RDA Barossa, Chief Executive, Anne Moroney said “The great thing about attending Bizlink is that in addition to the up to date information, business owners get to meet the people they need to call when they have a problem.  This is an opportunity not to be missed!”  

The BizLink Small Business Expo will be held on Thursday 21 June 2018 from 5pm – 7pm at the Vine Inn Barossa, 14-22 Murray Street, Nuriootpa.  

Registration to attend these events is essential and can be done through the Office of the Small Business Commissioner website at www.sasbc.sa.gov.au/events or by contacting the office on 8303 2026. 

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