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2013: Businesses and Development in Rural South Australia

Exploratory research with rural business owners in South Australia revealed that businesses bring positive direct and indirect economic, social and environmental benefits to their local communities. The extent of these benefits is influenced by the characteristics of the rural environment in which business owners operate and their personal behaviours and attitudes.

The briefing includes some key messages for policy-makers and business support providers, with respect to: their role in creating and maintaining a supportive environment in which businesses can adapt and innovate; working with business owners to plan succession and to identify skills and training needs; and acknowledging the many and varied contributions of rural businesses owners to their local communities and their role in catalysing local development.

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Businesses and Development in Rural South Australia

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