Small Business Digital Taskforce recommends establishment of central point of advice on digital for SMB

Gina Baldassarre - Startup Daily - 11 May 2018

The Small Business Digital Taskforce has delivered its recommendations to the Federal Government, with the establishment of an independent body to be a central point for information and advice on digital options for small businesses (SMBs) its key proposition.

Chaired by Mark Bouris, the taskforce was brought together last November to look at how to accelerate the rate of digital adoption by SMBs.

“Many small businesses are delaying, ignoring or simply are unaware of the opportunities that digital technologies may offer them. There is a lot going on out there to support small business but much of it is uncoordinated and this makes it challenging for a small business owner to navigate through,” Bouris said.

According to Bouris, members of the taskforce spent time talking with suppliers and vendors of digital solutions, met state and federal government agencies, and spoke with industry associations and SMBs to understand the barriers facing businesses.

Among these barriers, the taskforce stated in its report, is the fact that SMBs “tend to be suspicious of tech companies’ pitch to buy their products”. Read More

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