Advocacy, Access, Action

We are the independent voice for Greater Hobart Small to Medium Business. Our aim is to create and maintain the best environment for small/medium business to be able to both start and flourish within the Greater Hobart locale.

Objectives

To provide advocacy and lobbying on behalf of members To provide regular monthly low cost networking events To obtain information on local issues and ideas from members.

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Hey Local and State Government reps – Don’t do a Novak!

A friendly reminder to Local and State Government on how to support small businesses

It appears that consulting with small businesses in general is out of vogue.  So too is supplying appropriate support in their dire time of need. 

As the Confederation of Greater Hobart Business Ltd is all about listening and liaising with the small business owner we thought we would share a few tips and ideas which will achieve ever so much more than anything on the table right now.

  1. Giving money and discounted services to cafes at the exclusion of every other business sucks for everyone but cafes. Any service based business is going to be doing it hard with staff availability, and retailers too may have supply chain issues.  Do the home work than just ensuring your cup of Joe is available tomorrow.
  2. Throwing a lump of money helps today but does nothing about tomorrow.  We have all heard the saying ‘Feed a man a fish he eats for a day, give him a fishing rod he takes care of tomorrow himself’ Whilst the money would be great (and in many case greatly needed to pay wages and associated expenses that can’t really wait) How about ensuring supply chains and better yet providing a cheap supply of RATs so we can get a better control?  Supplying a RAT a week to 6 staff costs nearly $70 a week IF you can get them right now.  This is something that could be improved.
  3. Talk to small business owners!  The lack of consultation with both representative bodies and individuals is breath taking.  You can’t fix what you don’t know.
  4. Help us source our client base.  It was inspiring to listen to Aldermen Marti Zucco, Jeff Briscoe and Simon Behrakis in  their special Hobart City Council meeting tonight.  One of the grandest ideas brought up was to offer up a competition for shoppers who spend $10 or more at a local participating business in the area.  Imagine if the prize in Hobart City Council was free parking for a year/bus pass for a year/free bike – winner chooses.  Imagine if other Councils considered the same in Kingborough, Glenorchy and Clarence for starters.  Not only cost effective but a direct financial shot in the arm to the very element of the business heart that brings culture, interest and employment to all.
  5. Imagine if State Government considered something similar for the State in general? Far superior than those unused travel vouchers so many of us applied for and never saw. – And the customer has to spend to get the gain.

So please – for the good of Tasmanian Small Business – the ball is in your court Local and State representatives!  Don’t do a Novak Djokovic and play by your own rules, come join us!

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