A virtual forum outlining COVID-19 support available for small businesses will be hosted by Upper Hunter MP David Layzell

NSW Upper Hunter MP David Layzell is encouraging small business operators within the electorate to participate in a virtual support forum to be held this week on Thursday, September 16 at 6pm.

Mr Layzell will host the online event, which will also be attended by NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope MLC and NSW Small Business Commissioner Chris Lamont.

EMPTY STREETS: The streets of Muswellbrook have been largely quiet during COVID restrictions which has created difficult conditions for small business owners. Photo: Mathew Perry

EMPTY STREETS: The streets of Muswellbrook have been largely quiet during COVID restrictions which has created difficult conditions for small business owners. Photo: Mathew Perry

"I have been speaking with small businesses in my electorate and heard the stories of how the past five weeks have stretched their financial resources and I want to help them access the NSW Government assistance that is available," Mr Layzell said.

The virtual forum will outline financial support available for local business as part of the NSW government's COVID-19 support package and services available through the NSW Small Business Commission.

CLOSED: Many Upper Hunter small business have been unable to open due to COVID restrictions in place. Photo: Mathew Perry

CLOSED: Many Upper Hunter small business have been unable to open due to COVID restrictions in place. Photo: Mathew Perry

A representative from Service NSW will also be available to answer questions raised by attendees.

Mr Layzell said those wishing to attend the virtual forum should email his electorate office.

"Written questions are also encouraged, especially from people who have encountered challenges accessing state government assistance, and should be emailed to my office prior to the meeting," Mr Layzell said.

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