Release type: Joint Media Release


Small Business Fairs helping small business take care of business - Queanbeyan, NSW


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education
Senator for Western Australia
Senator Jim Molan
Senator for New South Wales

The Liberal National Government is raising awareness of the range of incentives, funding and programs available to support small business through the delivery of its national Small Business Fairs.

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash, and Queanbeyan-based Senator Jim Molan, Liberal Senator for New South Wales, will open the Queanbeyan Small Business Fair on Thursday 21 February 2019.

The Small Business Fairs are helping existing businesses tap into timesaving incentives and Federal Government initiatives, as well as giving those looking to start their own small business a chance to talk to government representatives and officials from agencies including the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Minister Cash said the Liberal National Government is investing in Australia’s small businesses to foster an environment of confidence, increased investment, economic growth and employment.

“The Government understands that when businesses grow, they create more jobs. We also understand the daily challenges of running a small business, so the Government has a number of programs to make it easier for Australian small business owners to get on with the job,” Minister Cash said.

“Over the last 12 months we have delivered on tax relief, extended the instant asset write-off for assets costing less than $25,000 to 30 June 2020, made it easier for small business to access finance with the $2 billion securitisation fund, slashed red tape and streamlined GST reporting so businesses can easily and quickly lodge their business activity statements online.”

“The Liberal National Government is also helping improve cash flow by committing to pay Government contracts up to $1 million in 20 days, requiring large businesses tendering for Government contracts to match the Government’s 20 day payment terms and has launched the Future Female Entrepreneurs Program focused on engaging 55,000 women and girls, particularly in rural and regional communities.”

Senator Molan said there were over 14,000 small and family businesses in the electorate of Eden-Monaro, so it was important to provide support to help foster growth within the community. 

"Small business is the lifeblood of our communities, our industry and our economy. Our local small businesses are working 24/7 and don’t have time to come to us, so we are going to them,” Senator Molan said. 

“Whether you’re in retail, hospitality, agriculture, trades and services, the Small Business Fair is an excellent opportunity for business owners, or those looking to get into small business, to know what support and initiatives are out there for you to do what you do best – create more local jobs.”

The Queanbeyan Small Business Fair will be held on Thursday 21 February 2018 from 7:00am to 2:00pm at The Roos Club, Queanbeyan Kangaroo Rugby League Football Club, 74 Stuart Street, Queanbeyan. For further information or to register your attendance visit