Mareeba Shire Council has reinforced its commitment to support and promote small businesses within Mareeba Shire.
Coinciding with Small Business Month Queensland, Councillors voted unanimously at this month’s Council meeting to sign the Queensland Small Business Friendly Council Charter.
The Charter brands Council as a Small Business Friendly Council and aims to engage proactively and effectively with small business owners.
“Council was very pleased to support his new initiative by the Queensland Government,” Mayor Toppin said.
A small business is defined as having 20 employees or less, and data shows that 98% of all businesses in Queensland are small businesses.
“It is critical that Council joins this initiative as small businesses are the backbone of the Mareeba Shire’s economy,” Cr Toppin said.
“Council will continue to raise the profile and capability of small business, support resilience and recovery and promote place-based programs for small businesses.
“The Charter recognises the importance of and the value that small businesses bring to the region and promotes Mareeba Shire to new small businesses looking to establish or relocate in the area.
“Mareeba is a fantastic place to live, work, play and invest,” Cr Toppin concluded.
The Small Business Friendly Councils Charter is a Queensland Government initiative championed by the Queensland Small Business Commissioner. It is a non-legally binding set of commitments that councils can agree to support a thriving small business sector within their community.