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It’s a winner: program that reduces red tape for startups

Camden Council has won State Government recognition for helping locals start their own businesses.

Since August 2018 council has been offering the NSW Government’s Easy to do Business Program, which is designed to make the process of starting a new business easier by reducing the time required to go through government requirements and regulations.

In less than nine months since its launch in Camden the program has helped more than 16 people start their own business in the area.

Council was presented with a trophy at the inaugural Small Business Friendly Councils Conference in recognition of its success in running the program in Camden.

 “We’re dedicated to helping create the right conditions for small businesses to thrive because Camden is an area of exciting opportunities,” says Camden Mayor Theresa Fedeli.

Trophy: from left, NSW finance and small business minister Damien Tudehope, Camden Region Economic Taskforce executive officer Debbie Roberts, Camden Council director of customer and corporate strategy Tim Butler and NSW customer service minister Victor Dominello at the Small Business Friendly Councils Conference.

“We are the fastest growing local government area in the country at the moment, welcoming more than 100 new residents every week.

“Residents look at the Camden area and see they are able to build their dream home, to spend time at state-of-the-art facilities, to send their children to brand new schools and to turn their passion into a successful business.

“And it’s become a reality for many people.

“There are more than 8,000 businesses within the Camden area – 62 per cent more than there were just five years ago,’’ Cr Fedeli said.

“From construction to health care, retail to arts, council will continue to help make Camden the area for business opportunities.”

Camden Council runs, and supports, a number of other events, programs and initiatives to help local businesses, including:

  • The celebration of council’s annual small business month, which offers a number of seminars and workshops on business development; and
  • Business advisory sessions with local business connect business advisors, located within the Camden Region Economic Taskforce office at Narellan.

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