NSW Government awards almost $700,000 in funding for Small Business Month

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More than 200 organisations across NSW have been awarded almost $700,000 in NSW Government funding to host events as part of Small Business Month in March.

Minister for Small Business, Eleni Petinos, said a record 221 organisations including local councils, business chambers, industry associations and not-for-profits have been awarded grants up to $3,500 to support events that help local small businesses.

“The small business sector has done it tough during the COVID-19 pandemic so it’s great to see this level of interest in hosting events to help small businesses bounce back and build a stronger future,” Ms Petinos said. 

“The theme for this year’s Small Business Month is Rebuild, Recharge, Renew, with events focused on helping owners and operators rebuild from the pandemic, discover new and better ways of doing business and connect and collaborate with other businesses. 

“The month will feature a wide array of in person and online events that teach small business owners new skills and inspire them with new ideas, and also offer advice and support for people seeking to start a small business.”  

Ms Petinos said NSW Small Business Month is a great way to showcase the quality of diversity of small businesses that are the lifeblood of hundreds of local communities across NSW.

“There are over 800,000 small businesses in NSW, employing 1.6 million people and contributing more than $400 billion to the State’s annual sales and service income,” Ms Petinos said. 

Small Business Month events include:

  • A forum at ICC Sydney offering specialised technology solutions for businesses in the professional services industries.
  • A series of breakfasts for South Coast trade and construction business operators to learn about government support programs. 
  • An Instagram for Business workshop and a photography training session at Grenfell.
  • A series of online workshops on how to maximise live engagement online.   

While the grants program is now closed, organisations can still sign on as a Small Business Month Collaboration Partner and host an event to help small businesses and promote their brand. To date, more than 80 organisations have signed on as partners.

Further information on Small Business Month is available at www.smallbusinessmonth.nsw.gov.au

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