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small business financial counselling

Giving small businesses affected by closure of milk processing factories a helping hand.

Thanks to additional funding from the Victorian Government, AgBiz Assist Ltd is now providing free and confidential financial counselling to small businesses in Northern Victoria likely to be affected by Murray Goulburn’s (MG) announced factory closures in Kiewa and Rochester.


Nerida Kerr, Executive Officer AgBiz Assist said “We know small businesses are already having a tough time as a result of the dairy industry downturn. The recently announced factory closures will no doubt place added financial stress on those businesses who rely on the ongoing operation of the factories.

“For years we have delivered financial counselling to farmers facing financial difficulty. This newly funded service allows us to provide the same invaluable support to small businesses”, Chris Howard, AgBiz Assist Coordinator.


“Right now small business owners throughout the Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria will be trying to understand what the impact will be on their business.

We can work with these business owners to understand the impact of the factory closures on their business as well as develop and implement a plan that fits their individual circumstances”.


“We have seen through our many years working with farmers faced with similar challenges that responding early is key”.

Financial counselling services are available to small rural businesses located throughout the Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria that have been adversely affected by downturns. Eligible small business do not need to be a direct supplier to the dairy industry.


To learn more about the Small Business Financial Counselling Service contact AgBiz Assist on 1300 834 775 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss their eligibility for the service.


Media Enquiries, Photo or Interview opportunities:

Chris Howard, Rural Financial Counsellor Coordinator, 1300 834 775


AgBiz Assist is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2006 to assist family operated small businesses and farms in rural and regional communities. AgBiz Assist is a registered charity with the ACNC and is endorsed as a deductable gift recipient.

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