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Ombudsman presents at business breakfast

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Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson.

Locals had the chance to hear from Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson this week at the Bundaberg Business Breakfast.

The monthly breakfasts are hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council and give local businesses an opportunity to gain insight from a range guest speakers.

Bruce Billson commenced his role as ASBFEO in March 2021.

The Ombudsman is an independent advocate for small and family businesses and his mission is to help ensure Australia is the best place to start, grow and transform a small business and family enterprise.

Bruce said his presentation at the breakfast was all about reflecting on the challenges facing small business and how his office can help small businesses to grow in the region.

“It was a delight to be with the Council and so many local businesses talking about how we can best energise enterprise,” he said.

“It was also pleasing to sense the optimism but also have an opportunity to discuss the challenges being faced locally.

“The business breakfast was an example of people coming together to share ideas and insights.”

Bruce brings three decades of experience, knowledge, commitment, and an understanding of issues facing small business.

He was the Australian Government Cabinet Minister for Small Business from 2013-2015, a founding Director of Judo Bank and has held various board appointments, including the Franchise Council of Australia, Deakin University Business School and Australian Property Institute.

He has also owned and operated a number of small businesses and knows first-hand the joys and challenges this involves.

Throughout his career Bruce has worked with many people of varying ages navigate the small business world and said Bundaberg was thriving with young entrepreneurs.

“It is great to see a number of leading young business owners,” he said.

“I walked through town to meet with people while I was in the region and there are some fantastic younger employers leading the charge.”

The third Bundaberg Business Breakfast was held at the Bundaberg Multiplex on Thursday with more than 80 guests in attendance.

Bundaberg Small Business Friendly survey

With Queensland Small Business Month in full swing, locals are also being encouraged to fill out the Bundaberg Small Business Friendly survey, to give Council insight into the local business landscape.

The survey will be open throughout Queensland Small Business Month, closing at 5 pm Wednesday 31 May 2023.

Any questions regarding this survey can be directed to Council's Community Engagement team at engagement@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

To participate in the survey click here.

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