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Coronavirus: Kiwis urged to support small businesses during COVID-19 crisis

Newshub: 29 March 2020

Kiwis are being urged to throw their support behind small businesses to help them survive the impacts of COVID-19. 

Several mentoring initiatives are underway where experts are offering free advice and guidance to employers during these uncertain times. 

Wellington hairdresser Craig Stinson is putting the scissors down at Calibre Salon, which he owns.

"We've gone from, you know, having four weeks of clients booked in to absolutely zero," he told Newshub.

He's sorted the wage subsidy for his staff, but navigating the process was information overload.

"We've been getting friends telling us stuff, we've been getting [information from] some of the hairdressing forums through Facebook."

That's where the 'Who Did You Help Today' charity can step in.

Stacey Shortall works for the charity and says they offer financial guidance, accounting, legal advice, digital help and marketing by matching skilled volunteers with small businesses to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.

"They're under a lot of stress at the moment, it's come quite quickly for them. Not everyone is used to dealing with a lot of written information, technology for some is more of a struggle," she told Newshub.

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