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The Small Business Financial Counselling program assists eligible small business owners in rural and regional areas who are concerned about the impact of drought, bushfire and/or COVID-19 on their business. The program is modelled on the successful Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), which RBS delivers across South Australia and the Northern Territory.
The Small Business Financial Counselling (SBFC) program provides practical support to small business owners in rural areas who are concerned about the impact of drought, bushfire and/or COVID-19 on their business.
Our Small Business Financial Counsellors live and work in rural and regional communities, so they understand well the challenges that local business owners are facing. They can help you to prioritise the important decisions that need to be made now and develop plans to help you gain some much needed clarity amid the uncertainty. This might involve looking into government grants or other payment options to help ease some of the financial pressure.
Once we have worked together to consider different options, our team can help you to put your plans into action and start moving forward. Our team will accompany you and support you along the way.
We can work with you to:
- Identify the important decisions that need to be made
- Consider different options you may have to improve your business
- Develop a plan to keep your business on track and you feeling in control
We can also provide support to:
- Develop plans to manage cash flow and creditor payments
- Prepare for talks with lenders and insurance companies
- Access dispute resolution services
- Connect with broader professional advice and support
- Apply for government and community grants, programs or schemes
The RBS Small Business team can also help approved clients to access a Professional Services Fund, which can be used to cover the costs of specialist third-party advice beyond the scope of financial counselling services, such as financial planning and specialist taxation and accounting advice, or training.
The SBFC program is the result of welcomed funding from the Australian and South Australian Governments.
For more information please call 1800 836 211 to discuss eligibility and to arrange an initial appointment to talk through your situation.
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