Cessnock City Council welcomes new businesses to the area. Browse this page to find links to information helpful when establishing your new business.

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Starting up or expanding?

Easy to do business in NSW. Free service with personalised help when starting or expanding a small business.

Starting a business

business.gov.au takes you step by step through the process of starting a business.

Business Advisory services

Starting, growing, buying or selling a business? Local advisory services here.

Local regulation & compliance

A range of information to assist in navigating some of the planning, development, regulation and compliance issues you may encounter.


Find out about local business chambers and business entities, where you can meet like minded business people.

Got a business idea?

Do you have a great idea that you want to turn into a viable business? New Business Assistance with NEIS can give you professional training and assistance to help you start a new business.

Your local team

Cessnock City Council's Economic Development team are here to bounce ideas, refer you to research or connect you with peers.

Be our 'Business in Profile'

Sign up for this free marketing opportunity once you're up and running and help us share with all the businesses that you're open.

Grants for startups

Grants focused on developing suitable technology solutions for pre-revenue startups. Engage with a potential business customer, or channel to market, and create innovative solutions that address compelling industry needs or market gaps.

Building Partnerships Grants

The goals of the program are to enable a startup or an existing SME with a growth plan to expand or pivot an innovative product or solution, acquire a major customer, deliver at scale, or build access to a new market.

Skills for business

Fully-subsidised online skills training in the areas of digital literacy, financial literacy and general business management.