Scot MacDonald
23rd Oct 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government\'s Business Bus is visiting small businesses in Maitland and Cessnock in the coming days to provide specialist advice to business owners looking to become more productive and profitable.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said in the last financial year the Business Bus visited more than 140 communities across the state, allowing small business owners to access receive independent advice from experienced business advisors.

The Business Bus will visit the following locations between 9am-3pm:

  • Branxton – Central Hunter Business and Community Expo - Miller Park, New England Highway, on Saturday 27 October.
  • Maitland – 367 High St Maitland on Monday 29 October
  • East Maitland – Mitchell Drive (opposite Green Hills Shopping Centre) on Tuesday 30 October

“The Business Bus is part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s multi-million dollar Business Connect program which supports small businesses to thrive in metropolitan and regional economies,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The bus travels with expert advisors on board to help small business on everything from marketing and financial advice to business planning, digital and creative work.”

\"The Business Bus provides small businesses with access to independent, experienced advisors, plus specialists in the digital and creative sector.”

\"Speaking to an advisor can help a business operator take the vital next step, whether they\'re just starting out, wanting to ensure their business is sustainable or aiming to go global.”

NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the bus’s experts would share advice on small business strategies including marketing and financial advice and business planning.

“We are investing $30 million in Business Connect over four and a half years, with 70 per cent of services to be delivered to regional businesses,” he said.

“In the last financial year the program and assisted 10,800 small businesses, offered over 48,000 hours of face to face advice or training and held over 660 events. 

To find out more about the Business Bus or to speak to your local Business Connect advisor, call 1300 134 359 or visit