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Flood-impacted small businesses in Lismore and Murwillumbah have been invited to meet with the industry Ombudsman next week.

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Bruce Billson is set to visit both towns on next Tuesday, February 15, to meet with flood and storm-impacted small businesses.

Mr Billson says he is keen to speak with small business owners that have had flood or storm damage at a feedback session to be held at the Murwillumbah RSL Club on Tuesday morning and at Lismore Workers Club on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Billson says he wants to hear from small and family business owners who have lived experience of a natural disaster such as floods or storms and have ideas about how best the government can support them to prepare and remain resilient in the case of an unavoidable event. ‘What we learn from small businesses in this session, will help inform the work on our current Small Business Natural Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Inquiry, including recommendations to improve education and engagement programs to best target and assist small businesses in preparing for natural disasters.

‘I encourage Lismore and Murwillumbah small and family business owners to take part in this important discussion.

Small business operators who are unable to make a feedback session can contribute their insights here.

The Murwillumbah RSL Club event will run from 11.30am to12.30pm and the event at Lismore Workers Club  will run from 2pm-3pm.

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