Free workshop in Grenfell on Thursday for Small Business month

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with deputy Premier John Barilaro.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with deputy Premier John Barilaro.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging small businesses across Weddin Shire to celebrate NSW Small Business Month in October which will highlight the contributions they make to the economy and to communities.

The month-long event will be marked by a series of events and Ms Cooke is keen to see small businesses join in and enjoy all that the celebration has to offer.

“Coming from a small business background myself, I understand the challenges which every small business owner faces, and so I’m really encouraging everybody to stand up, join in and make use of the opportunities on offer during NSW Small Business Month,” she said.

Ms Cooke will be visiting a number of businesses across Weddin Shire during NSW Small Business Month to discuss how the NSW Government can best support them and help them thrive, complementing the events being held by the council.

“Weddin Shire Council will be hosting Think Local Act Global Grenfell this Thursday, October 11, at the Spice and Aroma Café in Main Street from 7.30am,” she said.

“This free workshop will show business owners how thinking on a wider scale can have positive effects on regional businesses, with guidance from consultant Hayley Barrett on social media tactics, growing your brand and building a strong team.

“Next Wednesday, October 17, there’s a one-day interactive workshop called Business Management Essentials at Grenfell Community Hub from 9am to 4pm.

“Business trainer Tony Hudson will be sharing insights and guidance on transforming tax returns into management tools, how profit is really measured and how to get a good handle on your business’s financial performance.

“These are fantastic examples of how the council is celebrating and helping small businesses in the community to see a pathway to help their business grow.

“Owning your own business can be a real source of pride and satisfaction, knowing that you are creating something that never existed before; it’s vital that all small business owners realise that the NSW Government really appreciates what you do to keep the economy flourishing, keep people in jobs and give back to your communities.”

The Small Business Month is funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Industry, with the support of local councils, to provide events, practical information, ideas and networking to help businesses start-up and grow.

“It is about celebrating the 736,000 small to medium-sized businesses that make up 44 per cent of the state’s workforce and drive our economy,” Ms Cooke said.

To find out more details on the workshops, and to book a space on either event ($10 fee for a space on Business Management Essentials), contact Claire McCann at Weddin Shire Council on 02 6343 2855 or

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