Meet Noah – Your virtual business concierge

Nico Chan

 

Meet Noah

Noah is our new virtual business concierge. He is a chatbot that was created with small businesses in mind, supporting those that have been affected by COVID-19 the most.

You can talk to directly to Noah here.

Alternatively, this blog article will layout all the resources Noah has found for you, so you can browse through them freely.

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Grants and Finance

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The Australian Government is offering small businesses financial support in the form of grants, loans and other special programs.

If you are an employer, you may be eligible for the JobKeeper payment scheme.

The State and Federal government have a range of grants available. Follow the prompts to find grants and other business help initiatives available in your postcode. Search for government grants available in your postcode.

Local government City of Sydney is also offering business support grants of up to $20k to businesses in Sydney.

This resource may help you if you are unsure of how to write a grant application.

Bonus Articles

COVID-19 Financial Support: Government Grants and Relief Schemes 2020

Financial Support, Grants and Other Initiatives for Australian Exporters 2020 (NSW only)

Business Advisory

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Here are a number of organisations that may be able to help your business in the areas of finance, marketing and sales, operations and more.

Bright is a community based not-for-profit that provides free, practical, hands-on support to all areas of your business: product/service, marketing and financial management.

Many Rivers is a not-for-profit that provides micro and small business loans as well as general business mentoring.

Business Connect is a NSW Government program that provides advice to help start or grow your small business. The first four hours of one-to-one business advice are free.

The Community Migrant Resource Centre provides business advisory services in Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese languages to small businesses.

Help for small businesses is available on a local level through the Chambers of Commerce in your area. Get in contact here to find out more about the resources they offer.

You can also search for more business support initiatives using the following search tool created by the Federal Government.

Disclaimer: Haymarket HQ and Bright are in no way affiliated with any of the organisations mentioned and will not be held liable for any business advice or professional engagements between relevant parties.

Learning & Events

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Now is a great time to learn and improve your business acumen. Here are a number of platforms offering business-related events, seminars, webinars, workshops and courses.

Here is a webinar series from Service NSW that provides information on government support available to small businesses including questions on cash flow, tax concessions, workplace safety, apprenticeships/traineeships, commercial leases and procurement.

This is a database of business seminars hosted by the City of Sydney. The collection dates back to 2011. Many great resources here.

TAFE NSW is now offering a range of micro-learning resources and government-subsidised training programs.

Produced by The Open University, Open Learn offers a wide selection of free courses on Money and Business.

Use the Business Connect search function to find events ranging from marketing to finance to operations to management and planning.

You can also search for more events and training using the following search tool created by the Federal Government.

Legal & Compliance

The following organisations provide free legal information, may provide free legal advice and/or referrals to free or low-cost private lawyers.

Law Access NSW is a government department that offers free telephone and online legal information as well as referrals to other services.

Law Society NSW can provide referrals to private lawyers who can assist for free or at low cost. Eligibility depends on your income, assets and merits of your case.

The Community Legal Centre offers free online legal information and in some cases free legal advice and/or representation (subject to eligibility).

The Small Business Commissioner helps resolve issues and find solutions through advocacy and mediation. Mediation services are cost effective and closely managed in a neutral and confidential manner.

Check out the Australian Pro Bono Centre for more free legal resources.

Here are two sources providing COVID compliance guidelines. Select the relevant industry to your business and follow the prompts to see all the information. Safe Work Australia and NSW Government.

Disclaimer: Haymarket HQ is in no way affiliated with any of the organisations and will not be held liable for any legal advice or professional engagements between relevant parties.

Mental Health

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If you are dealing with stress, anxiety or depression and need help, here are some support services that may help you out.

If you are having a personal crisis or need immediate support, you should contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue now.

Under Medicare, you may be eligible for seven completely free and confidential sessions with a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Mental Health Online provides free resources and services to help people experiencing mental health difficulties, including anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

myCompass provides a self-help guide to good mental health – pointing you in the right direction.

Health Direct is a government initiative that provides free health advice including online advice and treatment for mental health and psychological issues. It also includes links to more online professional support services.

Employee Assistance Programs are designed to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological well being of all employees, personally and professionally. Here is a list of certified EAP Providers.

Bonus Article

The Covid-19 Mindset: Looking After Your Mental Health During the Corona Pandemic

We hope these resources will help you and your business get through these challenging times. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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