Business Advisory Services Review
A major focus of the ERA B&ED Portfolio Group over the past 12 months has been exploring options for the ongoing provision of small business advisory services in the eastern region since the State Government cessation of funding Business Enterprise Centres. The Group undertook a review of business advisory services in the region and explored various options for funding training and support for small to medium size enterprises. The options are outlined in the Discussion Paper prepared by the Group.
A number of resulting actions have been implemented including:
A review of EBEC’s constitution is currently underway and recruitment for a new manager will commence shortly.
- The Eastside Business Enterprise Centre’s (EBEC) KPIs and reporting mechanisms have been revised to become outcome-focused and better aligned with the ERA councils’ strategic economic development goals
- The City of Unley becoming a supporting council of the Eastside Business Enterprise Centre
- Economic development staff members from ERA Councils becoming the Council representatives appointed to the board of EBEC
- Changes to EBEC staffing
- Governance reform
Note: The City of Tea Tree Gully continues its financial support of the Business Enterprise Centre Tea Tree Gully.
Eastside Business Enterprise Centre
The Eastside Business Enterprise Centre was successful in receiving a Federal Government Grant of $100,000 towards service provision for small to medium sized enterprises in 2012-2014. The collaborative approach of the ERA Councils co-contributing to provide this service was a factor in the Government's decision for allocation of funding.
Significant progress has been made with implementing reforms of the business advisory services in the region with the latest decision of the Eastside Business Enterprise Centre moving to establish a 'Constitution Review Subcommittee'.