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Small Business Month - October 2020

Small Business Month

NSW Small Business Month, brought to you by the NSW Government, is the only dedicated festival for small businesses in NSW. Hundreds of free and low-cost activities are ready to kick off this October to support NSW small businesses.

In the wake of devasting bushfires and the global COVID-19 pandemic, we know this is one of the toughest years many small businesses have faced. From strengthening your financial foundations to growing with digital technologies, we’re here to support local small businesses as they enter their recovery phase. We’ve teamed up with local Business Networking Groups and Professional Development Specialists to curate a wide array of activities online and locally for October’s NSW Small Business Month. 

Find more information about the state-wide initiative here.

Who’s on your team

This podcast by Susan Judd from HR Culture provides insights from local Business Owners into how to hire, manage, train and retain the best staff.

Date: 1 - 31 October 2020
Location: Podcast series
Hosted by: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Access: Click to listen nowor available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Business Insights: Peer Review Program

Sign up for this program for a local experienced business person to conduct a "Mystery Shopper" visit and then be in contact to share feedback on how you are going inside and outside your business.

Your peer review is confidential and can provide great insight into your business by providing you with a different point of view.

There are only 20 places in the program & mystery shops are to be completed in the month of October 2020. Preference is to applications for businesses located in Wauchope and the Hastings Hinterland.

Hosted By: Wauchope Chamber of Commerce
Register: Here

Digital Matters Workshop and Networking

An informative digital marketing workshop, followed by a chance to network over some refreshments. Presented by local marketing guru Jane Hillsdon, Managing Director of Dragonfly Marketing and author of How to do Marketing: A comprehensive guide for small business.

Date: 20 October 2020 (8.30am - 1.30pm)
Location: Mansfield Estate, Grants Beach
Hosted by: Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce
Register: here

Inspiring Female Leaders

To recognise female trailblazers and leaders in their field, Hastings Business Women's Network have chosen three local women who are leading the way in their chosen professions, to speak at a twilight event:

  • Kathy Lyons, Senior Manager Forest Stewardship, Forestry Corporation NSW

  • Jenny Pursehouse, Covid Conqueror

  • Dr Willhemina Wahlin, Lecturer in Design and Acting Associate Head of School, Charles Sturt University School of Communication and Creative Industries

    Date: 28 October 2020 (5.30pm- 7.30pm)
    Location: Rydges, 1 Hay Street Port Macquarie
    Hosted by: Hastings Business Women's Network
    Register: here

Business Builder - Digital Skills Workshops

Check here for updates on upcoming Small Business Month events.

Date: TBA
Location: Online
Hosted by: Wauchope Chamber of Commerce

Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

Date: 30 October 2020
Location: Bonny Hills Surf Club
Hosted by: Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce
Register: here

For enquiries or questions about Port Macquarie’s Small Business Month activities call Council on (02) 6581 8111 or email economic@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

Past Events

Passion to profit

Date: 2 October 2020 (9.00am - 12.00pm)
Location: Port Macquarie Golf Club
Hosted by: Microbusiness Forum

Coffee Connect

Date: 8 October 2020 (10.00am)
Location: Cassegrain Winery
Hosted by: Microbusiness Forum

Boardroom Lunch with Craig Jones (Commsec)

Date: 9 October 2020 (12.00pm - 2.00pm)
Location: Sails Port Macquarie
Hosted by: Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce

This page was last updated on: 12 October 2020