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Share your ideas to grow Hunter Valley Tourism

Whether it’s more food and wine experiences, family attractions, business events or better infrastructure, residents and business operators in the Singleton and Cessnock local government areas (LGAs) are being encouraged to share their ideas for the future of tourism in the Hunter Valley over the next 10 years to increase the more than 1.5 million…

Shape the regions’ energy future

Ausgrid needs your help to shape the region’s future priorities in order to make the best decisions for upcoming generations. To ensure services offered by Ausgrid meet the region’s needs, Ausgrid are calling on customers, businesses, local councils and industry stakeholders to understand their current experience of the energy network and what you want for…

Think like Google or Think with Google’s new interactive tool

Did you know that patio heaters are the top trending retail Google search for this month in NSW and nationwide? Would you love to understand the fast-rising retail categories and how you can use this to your business’ advantage? While we all know COVID-19 is presenting new challenges to businesses, having access to insightful data…

2020-21 Budget, small business wins

The Federal Government’s 2020-21 Budget is one for the history books, following the Treasury’s announcement on Tuesday 6 October 2020. The Budget details a record spend that will help lift small businesses out of the COVID crisis and provide a much-needed boost to economic confidence. Given the number of measures that target the small business…

New Destination Networks to grow regional visitor economy

The NSW Government has announced changes to the state’s Destination Networks to grow the regional visitor economy. The NSW Government is committed to growing the visitor economy of regional NSW with the right framework in place to support visitor growth, job creation, skills development and stakeholder engagement. The changes will give the Networks a stronger…

NSW Export Capability Building Workshop

NSW Export Capability Building workshop is aimed at businesses seeking to initiate export activities, or export-ready businesses looking to consolidate their knowledge and maximise long-term export gains. Given the challenges of COVID-19 and the changing international landscape it is more important than ever to be prepared for what lies ahead. This Introduction to exporting workshop…

Tender support for small businesses

New tools will assist businesses in meeting qualification requirements and understanding the tendering for NSW Government work. Small businesses across NSW can now access free online training and an informative guide to help them become “tender ready” and bid for NSW Government contracts. The NSW Small Business Commission has collaborated with TAFE NSW to deliver…

Cessnock Jobs Forum focuses on future success

On Tuesday 12th October, the Economic Development Team hosted their latest Cessnock City Jobs Forum online bringing together key players in employment, education, skills and training, and job active providers. Job Active Survey data was shared by Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Officer, Alena Pople, highlighting the issues the industry is facing in filling available…

Growing and diversifying Australia’s exports

Austrade’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program helps Australian businesses grow their exports in global markets. These grants encourage small to medium enterprises to market and promote their goods and services internationally. From 1 July 2021 EMDG is operating as a forward-looking grant program, allowing grant recipients to plan their marketing and promotional activities with…

Online Short Courses for tourism and hospitality businesses

Destination NSW has partnered with Restaurant and Catering Australia to deliver three, free online short courses – known as micro credentials – for NSW tourism and hospitality businesses. The partnership will deliver a suite of free, new skills development and training programs designed for individuals and businesses engaged in the State’s visitor economy. The programs,…

Planning for the future ahead – Sponsorship call out

The end of the financial year is fast approaching, so now is the time to begin to plan for the new financial year ahead. The new financial year brings fresh opportunities to look at your business plan and the opportunity to lay down some solid foundations for the year ahead. Ever thought about becoming a…

EOFY – Keeping it together!

The end of financial year is fast approaching. End of financial year doesn’t just mean ensuring the books are in order, tax returns and planning for the new financial year ahead. Here is our small business checklist to get you through end of financial year. Keep it Together! Make sure your documents are organised, and…