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When Chris Lamont took over the reins as NSW Small Business Commissioner on June 15 it was the realisation of something he had been aiming to achieve. The former Illawarra Business Chamber executive director knows how important small business is to the NSW and national economy. Which was also highlighted in the federal budget this week with job creation identified as the greatest priority to get Australia through the COVID-19 pandemic. That occurring at the start of Small Business Month is a chance for Mr Lamont to drive the point home and encourage all small businesses to take advantage of all the assistance that can help them during this challenging time. And is one of the reasons he wants to attend the Illawarra Business Awards next week to celebrate their resilience,

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The NSW government will convene a business “summer summit” to explore ways to stimulate the economy over the busy New Year period despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced the summit a day after Australia officially entered its first recession in almost 30 years, with the NSW economy contracting 8.6 per cent in the June quarter. The summit later this month will seek ideas on how to stimulate economic success for businesses over the Christmas/New Year period despite the effects of the pandemic and last season’s unprecedented bushfires. National accounts data on Wednesday confirmed national GDP collapsed by seven per cent in the June quarter and around 6.3 per cent in the 12 months to June. The 8.6 per cent decline in NSW for the June quarter was the worst of all states and territories and the worst in the state’s history. Mr Perrottet said the Christmas period

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