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Advisory boards a small business secret weapon: Ombudsman

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Kate Carnell says advisory boards are increasingly playing a key role in Australia’s small business’ success stories.

Speaking at the Advisory Board Centre Global Thought Leadership Summit in Melbourne, Ms Carnell said 74% of businesses that use advisory boards want assistance with their growth strategy.

Advisory boards are a secret weapon in the growing small business’ arsenal,” Ms Carnell said.

“While the small business owner is often flat-out with the day-to-day running of the business, advisory boards are able to realise the SME’s potential by working on the business, not in it.

“They help set a clear plan forward and help the small business owner focus on growth rather than getting distracted while putting out spot fires.

“Advisory boards have seen considerable growth in Australia in the past couple of years, but many SMEs continue to consider themselves too small or not successful enough to engage an advisory board.

“Advisory boards can also be particularly useful in succession planning, which we know is a significant issue for Australian family businesses.

“Importantly advisory boards don’t need to be a huge cost or time consuming for the small business owner. You can arrange to pay a meeting attendance fee and meet every two-to-three months.”

As the ASBFEO, Kate Carnell is an independent advocate for small business owners. The ASBFEO office has the legislative powers needed to effectively influence our nation’s lawmakers, ensuring legislation and regulations are put in place to help businesses grow.

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Jan Easton
Jan Easton is a founding member of the Advisory Board Centre and Chief Operating Officer for the global network. She is a Certified Chair and leads the Women on Boards and Female Founders programs.