Bayside Council has been commended at the inaugural Small Business Friendly Councils Conference in Sydney today for its leadership in making it easier for local businesses to start and grow.
Bayside Council was presented with a plaque to recognise its commitment to the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative and Easy to do Business.
"Bayside Council has always supported local business. I am pleased we are part of this initiative providing resources to help local businesses succeed," Bayside Council mayor, Bill Saravinovski said.
NSW Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said Bayside Council was one of almost 70 NSW councils to join business leaders, mayors and experts from across the country to plan and discuss strategies to stimulate local economies.
"Small Business Friendly Councils is a fantastic initiative that provides all NSW councils with information, workshops, networking opportunities and resources to support local businesses," Mr Tudehope said.
"This inaugural conference was a significant milestone for the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative, and I was pleased to join Bayside Council to celebrate their involvement."
NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello also attended the conference to acknowledge the Council joining the Easy to do Business program.
"This award-winning program puts customers at the heart of everything we do and transforms how small business owners transact with government," Mr Dominello.
"Easy to do Business has been a huge success, with 108 NSW councils now on board, covering two-thirds of the state.
"Through the program, small business owners can access free online and phone support from Service NSW's Business Concierge, which means they can start, open and grow much faster," Mr Dominello said.
NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs congratulated Bayside Council for embracing the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative and for their commitment to supporting the growth of their local area.
"Small business is the backbone of our economy and local government plays a key role in supporting businesses to start and grow," Ms Hobbs said.