During October, a series of webinars and online forums for local businesses has been the centre of Hawkesbury City Council's and Chamber of Commerce's celebration of Small Business Month.
Hawkesbury Mayor Patrick Conolly visited some business owners to see how they were going in their business and to talk with them.
Cr Conolly said small businesses are vital to the local community.
"We know our local businesses have been hit hard during the pandemic, and before that with the drought, bushfires and floods," he said.
"It was great to touch base with some of our local business operators.
"It was actually reassuring to know that they are making their way through 2020, and that they are feeling more supported by Council and the NSW Government during these difficult times."
Local businesses that the Mayor visited during Small Business Month included Tusken Engineering and the Teardrop Camper Company, both in South Windsor.
Council supported several seminars, including:
- Anna Samos on small businesses success,
- Robert Gerrish on 'Thinking outside the Box through Disruption',
- Linden Regina from the Australian Taxation Office on Starting a Small Business and Home Based Business Packages,
- And Kristie Petersen from the Rural Financial Counselling Service with Small Business Tips.
Support for businesses can be found on Council's Hawkesbury Business Hub www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/hbh or the NSW Government's Business Connect website https://business-connect-register.industry.nsw.gov.au/pages/home.html.