Positive outlook in tough time for small businesses, according to expert

POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Central NSW Business Enterprise Centre executive officer Bruce Buchanan and small business owner Joanna Bray from Jo’s Helping Hand talk tactics in the Small Biz Connect bus. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0529sgbusiness1

POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Central NSW Business Enterprise Centre executive officer Bruce Buchanan and small business owner Joanna Bray from Jo’s Helping Hand talk tactics in the Small Biz Connect bus. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0529sgbusiness1

MANY small businesses are doing it tough in the central west but they remain optimistic, according to Central NSW Business Enterprise Centre executive officer Bruce Buchanan.

Mr Buchanan accompanied the Small Biz Connect bus to Orange on Thursday.

After meeting with nearly 20 people involved with local businesses he believes many have focused on a positive outlook.

“It’s a very common opinion that businesses are doing it tough at the moment, especially in the central west, with a high disposable dollar and lots of uncertainty surrounding Electrolux and job losses at Simplot and other big businesses,” he said.

“There’s also a new budget that a lot of businesses are trying to get their heads around.

“But despite all of this uncertainty, the one thing they share is a positive outlook and a willingness to get in there and fight.”

The Small Biz Connect bus was in Orange yesterday and travels to Canowindra tomorrow before trips to Lithgow, Cowra, Grenfell and West Wyalong. 

Mr Buchanan said the aim of the bus tour around the central west was to hit the streets and help people involved in businesses. 

He believes many people have made use of the facilities, which he says provides all types of advice and expert help.

“We’ve done a bit of everything really, from helping people with their business start-up, existing business clients, people who want to export products and with different market strategies,” Mr Buchanan said.

“All up around 120 people from the central west have used the facility. No matter where we’ve been the reception has been terrific.”

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