A team of experienced facilitators are now in fire-affected regions including Glen Innes to roll out a Strengthening Business initiative.
The program includes a $10,000 grant for eligible businesses, distributed through state government business services and 20-odd National Bushfire Recovery Agency officers who help locals navigate support on the ground.
Fire-affected businesses can apply for Strengthening Business services at business.gov.au/EP or through their local bushfire recovery coordinators
"These facilitators have proven skills and experience in helping small-to-medium businesses develop strategies to rebuild and grow, pivot, diversify, or perhaps even use their existing skills and knowledge to start something entirely new," a spokesperson said.
"This is a free service that will complement the existing recovery effort. Businesses can apply to work with our experts to determine the best way to get their systems, staff, operations and finances back on track."
Facilitators will work with businesses on longer-term strategies to make sure that whatever is put in place now, strengthens their business to be more resilient tomorrow.
"Small businesses are the backbone of regional economies. It is vital their recovery is led locally, to encourage economic growth, ensure ongoing job creation, and future sustainability within the communities," the spokesperson said.
"Of course, these businesses continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, on top of the hardships cause by the bushfires."
"Using the Entrepreneurs' Programme's extensive network across Australia has allowed us to quickly stand up this initiative and draw on the wealth of business expertise that we have at our fingertips to support our bushfire recovery efforts."