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Small business borrowers urged to beware before taking out a loan

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has urged small business owners to do their homework, before taking out a loan.

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Ombudsman welcomes SME Loan Guarantee Scheme extension

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the government’s extension to the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme will allow small businesses to access the working capital and investment funds they need.

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Ombudsman applauds comprehensive NAB SME COVID recovery report

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell says a new report released today by NAB provides comprehensive analysis on key SME pain points and reforms to support SMEs impacted by the COVID crisis.

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JobTrainer skills package meets the needs of SMEs: Ombudsman

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s $2 billion JobTrainer skills package, saying it will deliver the skilled workers that SMEs need.

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Regtech key to cutting red tape for small businesses: Ombudsman

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says government investment in regtech would be an effective way to cut red tape for small businesses.

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Affordable childcare crucial for small business, productivity

Monday, July 13, 2020

With ‘free childcare’ ending today, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says many women in small businesses will be faced with difficult decisions.

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Ombudsman welcomes banks’ decision to extend loan deferrals

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says thousands of COVID-impacted small businesses will be relieved by the Australian Banking Association’s (ABA) loan deferral extension announced today.

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Viability voucher program proposed to assist cash-strapped small businesses

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell is backing the nation’s peak accounting bodies which have today called on the Government to provide small businesses with better access to financial advice through a voucher system.

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