MURRAY River Council mayor Chris Bilkey believes a NSW Government program will help grow small businesses in his region.
He has encouraged businesses in MRC to access the skills for business program.
Small companies and their staff can undertake free TAFE NSW qualifications in subjects including digital and financial literacy, cybersecurity and general business management.
Cr Bilkey said the initiative would go a long way to helping small business owners across the council area grow their businesses.
‘‘We are highly supportive of any initiatives that can help our local small businesses,’’ he said. ‘‘They are the lifeblood of our economy.
‘‘The skills for business program brings together TAFE NSW and other NSW Government business support services to give small business owners and their staff a chance to undertake fully-subsidised training, which I’m sure will be very beneficial to many of our locals.’’
Courses include financial planning, taxation, risk management, legal decisions, using spreadsheets, social media tools, website creation and maintenance, creating an e-business and cybersecurity.
The free TAFE courses will be delivered online, with a face-to-face component, to allow small businesses to learn when it suits them best, with live tutorials also on offer.
■For more information go to tafensw.edu.au/skillsforbusiness