Helping small businesses to see there is light at the end of a horror year will be the focus of Hawkesbury City Council and Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce this month.
Starting on October 8, the groups will host a series of webinars and online discussions, in support of Small Business Month.
In the wake of the devastating busfires and the global COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been one of the toughest years small businesses have had to endure.
Many have suffered immeasurable losses and many have had to modify their operations in the hope of retaining customers. Others have worked hard to capture new markets and radically change their offerings.
A highlight of the coming program will be a webinar on October 15, from 1pm to 2pm, with key not speaker Robert Gerrish.
Gerrish is a small business expert and regular commentator of on the ABC, A Current Affair, Sky Business and numerous regional and national radio programs.
He will focus on "Thinking outside the box through disruption".
Other speakers included throughout the month include:
- Linden Regina from the Australian Taxation Office on Starting a Small Business on October 8 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm;
- Kristie Petersen from the Rural Financial Counselling Service will discuss Small Business Tips on October 13 and 20 October, both from 6pm to 7pm;
- Anna Samos speaking on 'How small businesses succeed and why the rest don't' on October 22 from 1pm to 2pm; and
- Linden Regina from the Australian Taxation Office will also help with questions on setting up a business and Home Based Business Packages on October 28 from 10.30am to 11.30am.
For registrations and other information, go to the Hawkesbury Business Hub at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/hbh
Business operators can explore many other grants, programs and initiatives on Council's Hawkesbury Business Hub www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/hbh and also on the NSW Government's Business Connect website at https://business-connect-register.industry.nsw.gov.au/pages/home.html