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17 May 2019

Willoughby City Council applauded for supporting small business

Willoughby City Council has been commended for its leadership in making it easier for local businesses to start and grow at the inaugural Small Business Friendly Councils Conference in Sydney on 16-17 May.

NSW Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said Willoughby City Council was one of 69 NSW councils to join business leaders, mayors and experts from across the country to plan and discuss strategies to stimulate local economies.

Willoughby City Council was presented with a plaque to recognise its commitment to the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative and Easy to do Business, a program that allows small businesses to cut red tape and get established more quickly.

“The 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.

Willoughby City Council was the sixth Council to join the program which now has 108 Councils, covering two thirds of the state.

NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello, who also attended the conference, said: “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.”

“Small business is the backbone of our economy and local government plays a key role in supporting businesses to start and grow.”

Willoughby City Council also co-hosts the Better Business Partnership with two other councils, supporting businesses to become more sustainable. For more information go to or

Willoughby City Council Small Business Friendly Councils - Tudehope Fernandez Dominello © Salty Dingo

L to R: Damien Tudehope, NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business, Councillor Denis Fernandez and Victor Dominello, NSW Minister for Customer Service

Willoughby City Council Small Business Friendly Councils - Hobbs Fernandez Rees © Salty Dingo

L to R: Robyn Hobbs OAM, the NSW Small Business Commissioner, Councillor Denis Fernandez and Damon Rees, CEO of Service NSW

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