Shed gets ahead on scam awareness

COOMA businesses and residents are now more well versed in their rights and the services available to them thanks to Fair Trading seminars and the Small Biz Bus that visited last week.

The Fair Trading's My Place program provided free information sessions to business owners, employees, consumers and students.

More than 20,000 people attend the Fair Trading's My Place program every year across NSW.

"The programs provide a wealth of information for anyone running a business and they also give locals an insight into their rights and responsibilities as consumers," Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres said.

On Thursday, the Men's Shed in Cooma held an information meeting to promote scam awareness in the community. "Con artists often prey on the elderly, who can be perceived as the most trusting and more vulnerable to scams than other groups," Member for Monaro John Barilaro, who attended the Men's Shed, said.

Mr Barilaro also visited the Small Biz Bus located outside Cooma's Visitor Centre on Thursday.

The bus offered free advice for small business owners about business ideas and how to expand those ideas.

Kris Laird, Business Advisor for the Business Enterprise Centre, said Cooma businesses were taking advantage of the great opportunity provided by the Small Biz Bus.

"It's been great we've had a number of people come in and chat with us," Ms Laird said.

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