Every year the NSW Government celebrates small businesses in NSW by granting up to $5,000 in funds for eligible businesses to host targeted events and activities to support small business growth. Earlier this year we had a Small Business Month (to make up for the cancelled 2021 Small Business Month) where businesses approved for the grant hosted events and activities in March. The 2022 Small Business Month begins this November and there is plenty to be excited for.
So what exactly does Small Business Month mean for your business and how can you make the most out of it?
Small Business Month is an opportunity to connect with local business owners, discuss and learn skills and knowledge that can help you build and grow your business.
Every day there are new events and workshops happening so get involved, build relationships with like minded people and enhance your skill set.
Check out www.smallbusinessmonth.nsw.gov.au and see what events are happening near you or continue reading as we give you a list of the MUST ATTEND events this Small Business Month.
Must attend events – NSW Small Business Month (November 2022)
- Digital Innovation Luncheon
- Your Mental Health at Work (Online)
- Business Networking Breakfast – Cybersecurity & Fraud
- Claiming Small Business Tax Deductions
- Writing a Business Plan
1. Digital Innovation Luncheon (16th November)
Hosted by Caroline Rose Charity, Gerald and Rose will present at the Digital Innovation Luncheon.
Discussing digital innovation in small businesses, Gerald and Rose will walk through a digital innovation roadmap and allow you to identify ways to improve your business. This will occur over lunch at Bar Nina in Darlinghurst.
Have lunch, share your stories and learn about digital innovation.
With more than 80% of all businesses in the City of Sydney classified as small businesses, the majority fall into one of four industries: Creative and Digital, Finance and Professional Services, Retail and Hospitality and Building and Construction services.
The impact of COVID, your business may have been significantly affected, growth may still be below pre-COVID levels.
Pedestrian count figures have substantially declined and the cumulative cost to the City economy is over $15 billion. Consequently, it is vital that small businesses and organisations innovate and adapt to include a digital presence to not only thrive but survive.
By having a well-planned and executed digital strategy and implementation program, small businesses can increase their brand awareness, bring traffic to their store and support social connections and help increase sales of their products & services.
Date & Time:
Wed 16th Nov 2022, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEDT
Bar Nina 85A Stanley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
2. Your Mental Health at Work
Join Black Dog Institute for an interactive workshop to learn self-care techniques and tools for helping others.
This free workshop is designed for sole traders and employees of small businesses, and it offers achievable steps to promote workplace wellbeing and conversations about mental health.
Learning outcomes of workshop:
- How to spot the early warning signs of mental ill-health and what to do
- How to have conversations at work about mental health
- What your work health and safety responsibilities are
- Ways you can care for your own mental health
- How to support others on where to go for help
Date & Time:
30th Nov 2022, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm AEDT
Ballina RSL, 1 Grant Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478 Australia
3. Business Networking Breakfast- Cyber Security & Fraud
Since COVID, there has been a considerable increase in cybercrime, with organisations of all sizes becoming victims. Small businesses are just as visible and intriguing to hackers as large corporations.
This workshop will help you learn what potential effects a cyber assault might have and what you can do to protect your company.
- The current cyber risks to your business
- How to identify cyber security threats
- How to prevent cyber attacks
- How to respond if you are the victim of a cybercrime
Date & Time:
Thursday, 17 November 2022, 7:30 am – 9:00 am AEDT
Fairfield City HQ 17 Kenyon Street Fairfield, NSW 2165
4. Claiming Small Business Tax Deductions
For the majority of company expenses, small businesses are eligible for tax deductions. Knowing which deductions you can make and when to make them will be made easier for you at the end of this session. What records you must retain are covered throughout the session as well.
Date & Time:
Friday 18th November, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm AEDT
5. Writing a Business Plan
A fundamental skill for all business owners is writing a business plan. Anyone wishing to start a business or a business owner who wants to learn how to construct a business plan or better understand what goes into one should attend this webinar.
In this webinar, we will focus on:
- What is the purpose of a business plan?
- What should a business plan contain?
- Business Goal Planning and Definition
- Business Background, Vision, Mission and Values Overview
- Defining your Product Offering
- Documenting your Market Analysis
- Sales and Marketing Planning Overview
- Human Resources Planning Overview
- Operational Planning Overview
- Financial Planning Overview
- Exit Overview
Date & Time:
9th November, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm AEDT
These are just our top 5 picks for Small Business Month but there are plenty more workshops with topics that may benefit you or interest you. Be sure to check them out here and take full advantage of the skills and knowledge you can transfer to your business.
Also, this is a great opportunity to train your staff at little to no cost to you. Invite them to participate in events that could benefit your business such as a social media or SEO for beginners webinar. If you find you are ready to take your business to the next level and invest in marketing professionals then Gerald and Rose can help. Our digital marketing services include social media marketing, website development and maintenance, graphic design and business support services. If you are interested in learning more about how we can help your business grow, be sure to contact us to arrange a free consultation.