The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, encourages local businesses to take advantage of a new workshop which will make it easier for them to access government contract opportunities.

Mr Fraser said Business Connect would hold a procurement workshop at C.ex Coffs in Vernon St, Coffs Harbour, on Tuesday, October 17, from 1pm to 2.30pm.

“These fantastic workshops will show small and medium sized businesses how they can maximise opportunities to supply goods and services to government agencies,” Mr Fraser said.

“It will be one of 23 free procurement workshops being held across metropolitan and regional locations, some of which will be specifically tailored to Aboriginal businesses.

“Businesses will be able to use the workshops to skill-up on government tender procedures so they can be ‘tender ready’ to put their best proposals forward when opportunities arise.

“For example, a large contract tender for cleaning and maintenance will be launched by Property NSW from October to November 2017.

“The workshops will alert businesses on what opportunities are coming, how government purchasing works, and how to set themselves up for future success.”

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, Skills and Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the NSW Government’s $30 million Business Connect provided trusted advice on starting and growing a small business.

“I encourage all small business owners and anyone thinking of starting a business to register with Business Connect to grow their skills and invest in their future success,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This practical and innovative advisory program is designed to ensure NSW small businesses can continue to drive Australia’s best performing economy.

“Our small business sector is growing faster than anywhere else in the country and we’re committed to keeping NSW the number one state to start and grow a business.”

For more information and to book to attend workshops visit