The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, says small businesses looking for assistance on the road to recovery post-COVID-19 should head to the My Business Health portal.
As businesses emerge from hibernation Carnell says business owners will find valuable information on how to re-open or ramp up their business to make the most of the changing economy.
“There’s never been a tougher time to be in business and it is understandable if some small business owners are feeling overwhelmed right now,” Carnell said.
“The pandemic has changed so much in such a short amount of time, small business owners may be finding it difficult to stay on top of their obligations. My Business Health is a one-stop-shop for state-by-state information about restrictions and COVID-Safe Plans.
The site also provides downloadable resources such as posters and signage along with safe workplace checklists and details of grants available to re-opening small businesses.
“There’s also information on free apps available such as GuestTrack, for those small businesses that need to collect and store customer and visitor contact details in the event of a localised COVID outbreak,” Cranell says.
With the mental health of small business owners an ongoing concern, My Business Health also provides links to resources from mental health organisations, such as Beyond Blue’s dedicated coronavirus mental health support service and Ahead for Business.
“As small business owners work around the clock to get back on their feet, they may not realise the toll it’s taking on their mental health.
“Over the coming weeks, it’s important to take time to be kind to yourself – your business depends on you being healthy. Help is available if you need it. Visiting My Business Health is a good place to start.”