Mayor Liz Campbell

From the Mayor's desk
Week commencing 15 October 2018Mayor Liz Campbell

Celebrating NSW Small Business Month

Every business - large or small - is important to our economy. Having been a business owner, I know all about the blood, sweat and tears you invest to make sure your business is a success.

Being an advocate for local businesses, and having served on the Board of the Macleay Valley Business Chamber for a number of years, has given me an insight to commonly identified problem areas. Two of the big issues are: how to find good staff; and what assistance and funding streams are available?

If you have a small business or are thinking of starting your own business, Council is celebrating ‘NSW Small Business Month’ by hosting two workshops: ‘How to find the right staff’; and ‘Grant and Tendering Workshop’. These workshops give you the opportunity to learn, ask questions and network with other local businesses.

Every business requires quality employees they can trust and rely on. People who share your dream and are keen to help with all the big and small tasks that provide a great customer experience. As an employer you need to define what it is you need - should staff come skilled, or can you upskill them? Remember, some workers come with skills outside your business area, but these skills can complement your business.

Small businesses must be versatile due to not having the resources available to larger companies. If you learn how to scope for staff and retain them - that is one less thing you need to worry about.

Assistance is always welcome in any business, however most businesses are not aware of what is available and how to access what is. If funding is available, how does a business owner know where to find out about it? Too many business owners don’t fill out forms because they can look complicated, or they simply don’t have time to set aside. To help grow your business, I hope you can take ‘time out’ of your busy schedules to attend either or both workshops.

For more information visit Council’s website - www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au - or RSVP to Kristy Forche-Baird, Economic Sustainability Officer on 02 6566 3113 by 23 October.

Poster advertising 2018 Small Business Month workshopsThese workshops are funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Industry and Kempsey Shire Council