I urge you to think small and local when purchasing goods or services this festive season.

Approximately 36 per cent of small business operators live outside the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Region and they support the community year round by providing goods and services, creating jobs and helping the local community to thrive.

It is the season for giving so this is the perfect time to let your local small business operators know that you appreciate what they bring to your community.
Instead of the hustle and bustle choose the friendly smiles, warm customer service and hospitality of your local community.

There are over 680,000 small businesses in NSW, which employ about half our workforce and make an important contribution to our local economy. There are many small businesses in tourism, retail and hospitality sectors that can offer holiday-makers travelling across NSW, unique accommodation packages as well as seasonal goods and services.

The NSW Government is creating an economic environment that empowers small businesses which, in turn, will help maintain business confidence and encourage further long- term prosperity for NSW small business operators.

The NSW Government is on target to save the business community an estimated $750 million by June 2015 by slashing red tape.

Small businesses can access professional business advice through the Small Biz Connect program by contacting Small Biz Connect on 1300 134 359 or go to www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au.