Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) is developing a new assistance program to help small businesses across our region recover from the effects of COVID-19. We would like your help to understand which types of expert assistance would be most valuable to you and your business as you continue to adjust to this new-normal.  
 
This new program, called 'Expert Connection', will expand on our current small business support by providing free access to an expert, such as a bookkeeper, accountant or digital consultant, who can provide you with tailored business advice and professional services.  
 
We hope that this program will be able to support small businesses that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic and that have not been able to access the professional support and advice they need.   
 
Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey to help us understand the most important things that you and your business will need over the next 3 – 6 months. 

What will happen to the survey results?
We will treat any comments you make in the survey as confidential. In addition to informing the new program, some of the overall themes may be de-personalised and used for reporting purposes. Please note only staff within RDALC will have access to your completed survey and you can choose to remain anonymous.

How long will the survey take?
The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. 

Thank you for your participation.

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* 1. Business name (optional)

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* 2. Local Government Area

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* 3. Business Sector

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* 4. How many people are currently employed by your business (including yourself)?

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* 5. How has your business been affected by Government COVID-19 restrictions?

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* 6. Has your business been able to access financial Government support?

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* 7. Please describe the biggest issue/s your business is currently facing

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* 8. Please indicate on the list below the types of expert assistance that would be most valuable to your business over the next 3 – 6 months (select all that apply):

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* 9. Thinking about the expert support you selected in Q8, which one of these would be the most valuable to you at this time?

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* 10. If there was one thing that the Government could do right now to help your business, what would it be?

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* 11. If there is something that the above questions did not address, or you wish to add a comment, please do so here.

Thank you for your input. This data will be used to inform the new RDALC assistance program, helping to ensure it meets the needs of our Limestone Coast small business community.  
 
If you would like to discuss your business with our Manager, Business and Workforce Development, please call 0439 848 624 or email rachael@rdalc.org.au.
 
We know that this has been a difficult time for many people - please know that help is available;
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au 
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au 
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au
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