A STATEWIDE small business election campaign will hit the north coast of New South Wales early next month.
The tour by the Chamber of Commerce will go to Coffs Harbour, Tweed Heads, Lismore and Grafton before travelling south.
As part of the tour, the chamber is promoting the national Too Big to Ignore campaign in a bid to highlight the challenges facing small businesses.
It will focus on reminding people that small businesses are the lifeblood of regional areas - by travelling with the largest mobile billboard in the southern hemisphere.
Chamber executive Stephen Cartwright said small business owners in regional towns would get the chance to talk with senior leaders of the chamber.
"When the Sky Board arrives at a town centre, we want to meet with the community and hear their stories about life as a small business owner, employee or resident," he said.
"This campaign was never about men in pinstripe suits making long speeches - it's about real people telling their real stories."
The chamber said small businesses were the life blood of regional towns, and they would be calling out potential candidates on how their plans will help the sector.
"There are some parts of this country where youth unemployment has reached over 30%, but nobody in Canberra seems to connect this shameful fact with the regulations that make it so hard to give these kids a job," Mr Cartwright said.
"It's the local butcher, coffee shop, dry cleaner, newsagent or hairdresser that gives jobs to local people. When these small businesses are forced to close, where do those people get jobs?"The month-long tour will head to:
- Tweed Heads on Aug 6
- Ballina, Lismore on Aug 7
- Maclean, Grafton on Aug 8
- Coffs Harbour, Kempsey on Aug 9
Before heading to other regional towns and Sydney.
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