Small Business Month is a series of events to be held in October across metropolitan and regional NSW. Funded by the NSW Government and presented by the NSW Department of Industry, it will provide practical information, ideas and networking opportunities to help businesses start up and grow.
It’s a chance to celebrate the role our 736,000 small to medium-sized businesses play in creating jobs for 44% of our workforce and driving economic growth across the state. All NSW councils have been invited to participate and run events for their business communities. Local chambers of commerce and other business groups will also hold sessions to upskill and build resilience.
Small Business Month aims to make NSW the easiest place to start or grow a business, with themes ranging from essential building blocks for starting a small business, a focus on hot spots such as Western Sydney, future-proofing businesses with digital technology and fostering female entrepreneurs. All events are designed to help small business owners, both metropolitan and regional, improve their productivity, grow their business, and engage with other businesses striving for similar goals.
Within the Gwydir Shire there will be three workshops held to celebrate Small Business Month. The first two workshops coordinated by NORTEC Small Business Solutions in association with Gwydir Shire Council will focus on developing skills for new businesses and will take place in Bingara and Warialda on Tuesday October 16.
Participants will also have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges, with the winning participant going into the running to win some great prizes including a three day business start-up tour visiting entrepreneurial hubs in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney or a share in $1,500 worth of professional services vouchers.
These workshops will take place in Bingara at 9.00am at the Roxy Theatre and in Warialda at the Warialda Visitor Information Centre at 5.30pm.
The third workshop is the Farm Biz field day to be held in Gravesend on Monday the 21st October. The field day is targeted at the farming community and will feature displays and guest speakers on all manner of farming activities from drought feeding to rural financial counselling.
Both workshops are free to attend and everyone is welcome to participate. For more information on any of the Small Business Month activities please contact Gwydir Shire Council’s Marketing and Promotions Team Leader Georgia Standerwick on 0409 901 540.