Keep Your Word
As mentioned in last week's column: 'In a small town, word of mou
COVID-19 has, and continues, to produce challenges for all of us. Most people to whom I speak have had friends or family caught up in lockdowns around the country, including the Townsville lockdown, and the recent Southeast Queensland lockdown. However, Sunday’s lockdown in Cairns has reminded all of us that COVID is not something that is just happening on the news, it is happening in our communities.
Throughout the disruption caused by the pandemic, small businesses have felt the impact more keenly than some. Many small businesses are, in fact, just that, small. Often run by families with few staff, relying on regular customers to ensure the financial health of their businesses and the weekly pay cheques for their staff.
The pressure felt by small business owners can have significant impacts on their emotional well-being, their relationships, and their physical and mental health. In addition to financial support, the Queensland Government has developed a small business owner’s guide to creating a mental health and wellbeing plan. This guide is designed to help small businesses identify stressors and red flags, find available support, and develop practical strategies for positive mental health.
The Queensland Government’s free Mentoring for Growth program links small business owners with experienced mentors who can provide one-on-one guidance. The TSC had great success partnering with Business Mentors in 2018/19 to support local business in response to Panama. These business experts can provide insights, options, and suggestions relating to the challenges and opportunities faced by small businesses.
Finally, there are also Small Business Financial Counsellors who offer free, impartial, and independent assistance for small businesses. These Financial Counsellors can assess and prepare reports, identify appropriate business options, and help you develop an action plan moving forward.
It is important to remember that in order to look after our businesses, we need to look after ourselves. After all, our businesses are only as healthy as we are.
As residents of the Cassowary Coast, we can support our small businesses by shopping locally. The money we spend locally builds our communities, creates opportunities, and employment, and brings new families to our communities. This, in turn, builds our clubs and sporting groups, grows our schools, attracts more businesses, and so on, creating a positive cycle.
Have you shopped locally today?
For further information, please visit www.business.qld.gov.au/mental-health or call 1300 654 687
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Creating a Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan is available here: https://bit.ly/3s0J8Mm
More information on Mentoring for Growth is here: https://bit.ly/2WVZ0nH
More information on the Small Business Financial Counselling Program is here: www.rfcssq.org.au
The COVID-19 business assistance finder is here: www.business.qld.gov.au/covid-assistance
The Tully Support Centre is funded by the Queensland Government and services communities throughout the Cassowary Coast.
The Tully Support Centre is located at 54 Bryant Street in Tully, and its opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, and Wednesday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm.
To register your interest or for more information about groups and other services, please call 40 681 004, check the Tully Support Centre online at www.tullysupportcentre.com.au or follow us on Facebook “Tully Support Centre Inc.”.
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