Simon Richards

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Simon Richards

ASBFEO Director of Information and Assistance

Simon is the Director of Information and Assistance at the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. He is passionate about helping small and family businesses prevent and resolve disputes and has a particular expertise in focussing disputing parties on their long term interests and preserving their business relationships through resolving their disputes collaboratively. Through Simon’s experience in working in various departments and agencies, he has a unique understanding of how they work, and is able to support small and family business owners navigate complex systems to get the right information at the right time.

Simon’s team recently celebrated the milestone of supporting over 40,000 requests for assistance from Australian small and family business owners, with his team crucial in supporting the Ombudsman’s mission of Australia being the best place to start, grow or transform a business.

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Wayfinding Workshop – Accelerate Your Business with Government Support

WED, OCT 18, 2:30 PM
Are you a small business frustrated trying to engage with Government? Join us in a hands-on workshop designed to help you navigate and access Government services and support in a one stop business enablement hub. We’ve got you covered and will have experts on-site to connect you with programs that will support growth and acceleration of your business. This content is applicable to all industries; to people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds; to businesses at all stages of growth; to business owners and those who dream of their own. The workshop will be staffed by a combination of speakers from government agencies that can speak to you about Government programs, funding, incentives, tools, resources and support that is available to startups and small businesses. In this workshop you can speak with experts who can provide information on: • Accessing guides to set up a new business • Applying for a business name, domain name and registered trade mark • Applying for grants, venture capital partnerships and business support programs • Understanding and applying for the Research and Development Tax Incentive • Accessing the CSIRO On or Innovate to Grow Programs • Accessing the Self-Employment Assistance Program • Assistance to prevent, resolve or negotiate disputes with other businesses or Commonwealth agencies.
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