May 12, 2020 Sharon Purcell

CENTRAL WEST small businesses have a new resource to assist with professional financial challenges and she’s proving popular.
Augathella born and bred, Michelle Gordon is employed by the Small Business Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland (SBFCSSQ) to deliver free, impartial, confidential financial counselling to local businesses.
Based in Charleville and servicing small and medium businesses in the Blackall Tambo Regional council, Murweh, Quilpie, Paroo and Bulloo local government areas, Michelle empathises with local business owners dealing with the repercussions of drought and the dramatic decrease in turnover due to Coronavirus restrictions.
“The service is guided by the small business owner and the situation they find themselves in,” she said.
Funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, the SBFCSSQ initially examines a client’s financial statements and analyses performance.
“I can assist with negotiations with lenders and creditors, preparing cash flows and budgets and developing payment plans and business options.
The service offers an extensive referral service to Government support packages and helps with debt restructuring or refinancing.
“Together, we’ll set goals and develop an action plan to get there but the decision is always made by the client.”
As a small business owner herself, Michelle encouraged business owners to ask for help if finances were becoming strained.
“Make an appointment if you’re facing financial difficulties even just someone to bounce ideas around with can make all the difference,” she said.
For more information about Small Business Financial Counselling, call Michelle on 0448 182 161 or visit www.rfcssq.org.au.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020