Helping Australian small businesses impacted by the bushfires

Australian small businesses are the economic and social heartbeat of our communities. If our businesses aren’t operating our communities can’t thrive.

When disaster strikes, small businesses are often the forgotten group missing out on funding, grants and meaningful assistance from charities and governments.

Research states 40% of small businesses don’t trade after a major disaster, with 80% closed two years after. Imagine the consequences of your town losing 80% of its businesses and workforce?

Let’s help small businesses survive and thrive.

When disaster strikes, small businesses are often the forgotten group missing out on funding, grants and meaningful assistance from charities and governments.

Research states 40% of small businesses don’t trade after a major disaster, with 80% closed two years after. Imagine the consequences of your town losing 80% of its businesses and workforce?

Let’s help small businesses survive and thrive.

What do you need?

“Help a Small Biz is the place for Australian small businesses directly or indirectly
impacted by the fires to ask for help and for non-affected businesses
to provide the help they need”

– Renae Hanvin, founder corporate2community

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Help a Small Biz?
An online platform for small businesses impacted directly or indirectly by the Australian bushfires who need help and assistance to keep trading or get back up trading again.
How does Help a Small Biz work?

Small businesses impacted by the bushfires submit two needs which are then cross-referenced with participating organisations looking to provide assistance, to see if help can be provided.

If a business in need is matched with a business which can assist, then both parties liaise directly with each other to arrange for the provision of skills or services or delivery of goods needed, including the risk, insurance, upkeep, transportation, maintenance or costs of such skills, services and/or goods.

For further details please refer to our Conditions of Participation.

Who is behind Help a Small Biz?

corporate2community, an Australian small registered business dedicated to building resilient businesses and helping communities thrive.

What businesses can ask for help?

Any small business employing fewer than 20 people who have been directly or indirectly impacted by the bushfires.

What businesses can offer help?

Any and every business, however big or small, with capabilities to assist those in need through the provision of skills, services and/or goods to meet the needs of those needing assistance.

What type of help can be asked for?

Skills, services and/or goods.  Unfortunately, we do not support cash donations.

What type of help can be offered?

Skills, services and/or goods.  Unfortunately, we do not support cash donations.

Who is responsible for the matches?

corporate2community endeavours to match 2 needs coming in from an impacted small business, however we cannot (and do not) provide any guarantees that assistance can be obtained.  We are solely reliant on the goodwill and participation of businesses offering their assistance.

We promote and advertise all needs and assistance required through our online and offline networks.

If we are able to provide a match, it is the sole responsibility of the two businesses that are matched to move forward and arrange for the delivery of skills, services and/or goods. We are not responsible for, and accept no liability in relation to, the failure of any assisting business to provide skills, services and/or goods (in a satisfactory manner, in satisfaction of any need, or at all). 

How can I give cash to a small biz?

corporate2community is a big supporter of initiatives such as #spendwiththem to help impacted businesses keep trading or get back up trading again.

How can I access government support?

All levels of government are working to support small and family businesses to survive and recover from the current bushfires.  Please refer to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman website for more assistance.

Updates

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