Support for local business


We want to ensure businesses and industry in our region can develop, innovate and grow. We have a team available to support local businesses and there are many other support services available within the community and more broadly, as well as online.

Contact our economic development team
Our team can assist you with any enquiries relating to establishing or operating a local business.
Phone (02) 6581 8111 or email

Local support for business

  • Local Business Networking Groups
    There are many groups within the region to connect local business owners and provide networking opportunities.
  • Business Connect
    A subsidised NSW government program providing advice, support and mentoring to small business owners. Webinars and online workshops also available.
  • Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative
    A government funded program providing advice, support and referral services for Aboriginal people considering starting up their own business or expanding their current business.
  • Edmund Barton Centre
    Access business mentoring locally as well as programs such as their Start Up Business Development Program, Key Business Enhancement Program, Inspire Program and the Apprentice to Business Owner Program.
  • Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast
    An advocacy group linking all levels of government, industry and our community, and supporting economic development in the region.
  • Service NSW Business Concierge
    Provides one-on-one guidance to plan and run a small business.

Online support

  • NSW Small Business Commissioner
    Advocacy and mediation support to empower small businesses.
  • Business guide
    Resources and tools to help you plan, start and run your business.
  • Self Start
    Resources to support you through the first stages of starting your own business and links to local information.

Funding support

  • Grant Finder
    Online grant finding tool to link to available grants and funding resources.
  • Service NSW
    Starting or expanding a small business? Service NSW can help make business easier