The Tasmanian Small Business Council (TSBC) is an association of associations, and each of which represents a specialist industry sector.
When we bring all these sectors together, we provide small businesses with the opportunity to access information and advice across the wider industry. We are also able to represent small businesses as we communicate their interests and needs to government organisations and the general public.
Small business has been described as “the engine room of the Australian economy”.
There are more than 37,000 small businesses in Tasmania, 30,000 of which are employers. They make up over 96% of all businesses in Tasmania and provide more than half of the private sector employment in our state.
A difficulty for all owners of small and micro businesses is the absolute necessity to spend their time working “in the business” while those with larger numbers of employees take a more managerial role and begin to spend some of their time working “on the business”. This provides owners with the opportunity to interact with peers, participate in external learning and contribute expertise and experience to their business sector.
If small business is indeed the engine room of the Australian economy, then understanding the wealth of knowledge in the SME sector that fuels this engine room is of vital importance both for the enterprises themselves and their tax derived contribution to the state and country.
The role of TSBC is not to be the fountain of knowledge but to provide a vehicle to represent the aspirations, hopes and needs of small business. Equally there is a need to identify and seek to remove potential barriers to business success.
The TSBC is also represented on COSBOA, the Council of Small Business of Australia.