October means business as Small Business Month gets underway

OCTOBER MEANS BUSINESS: Parkes business operator Alice Milne from Pink Orchid Cafe and Florist is looking forward to Small Business Month.
OCTOBER MEANS BUSINESS: Parkes business operator Alice Milne from Pink Orchid Cafe and Florist is looking forward to Small Business Month.

Business owners and operators have the opportunity to get ahead of the game by participating in Small Business Month.

Small Business Month is an initiative of the NSW Government that incorporates events and workshops throughout the month of October.

The events and workshops are designed to help small business owners improve their productivity, grow their business, and engage with other businesses striving for similar goals.

Owners and operators in the Parkes Shire can take part in a number of free localised events and workshops where they will gain valuable and innovative tools to take their business to the next level.

The events will take place between October 1 and 31, and will be hosted by a range of organisations.

The organisations include CenWest Innovate, Department of Industry, Parkes Chamber of Commerce and Parkes Shire Council.

“Thank you to the NSW Department of Industry for their funding and support in delivering these workshops and initiatives,” Parkes Shire Councillor, and Parkes Business Chamber representative Alan Ward said.

“Small Business Month is a great opportunity to learn about the latest marketing trends and digital tools, hear from leading experts on the art and science of mutually-beneficial negotiation, find out how to use census data to support your business, and receive face-to-face advice on how to start, grow or innovate your business model.

Cr Ward said a highlight of Small Business Month will be The Henry’s Business Awards and its gala dinner on Friday, October 19 at the Parkes Services Club.

“[This is] where our local business community will come together to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and why it all adds up for business in the Parkes region,” he said.

“This is also a chance to connect with like-minded people and be inspired by local business success stories.”

Business owners, operators and staff are encouraged to get involved in the following Small Business Month activities:

CenWest Innovate Masterclass

Secrets of the Great Negotiators: Skills & Tactics that Get You to Yes!

Thursday, October 11 from 11.30am-2pm at the Astro Dish, 10-16 Bogan Street.

Cost: Free.

Register via Eventbrite.

Drawing on the latest research on the art and science of mutually-beneficial negotiation, topics covered will include:

  • Why the best prepared negotiate strongest – and how to do it
  • Making ‘win-win’ a reality in all types of negotiations
  • Extracting the maximum value from every deal
  • Tips and tricks for each stage of the negotiation process
  • How to handle manipulative negotiators.

Business Bus Connect

Tuesday, October 16 from 9am-3pm at 203 Clarinda Street, Parkes. Cost: Free.

Book a session: 1300 134 359 or email connect@industry.nsw.gov.au.

Delivering face-to-face business advise to regional operators across NSW. Experienced Business Connect advisors can provide personalised support on how to start, grow or innovate businesses on board the Business Bus.

The Henrys Business Awards Gala Night

Friday, October 19 at 6pm at the Parkes Services Club.

Cost: $85. Tickets: Purchase via 123tix.com.au

Hosted by the Parkes Chamber of Commerce, hear the success stories and celebrate excellence in business across a number of categories, culminating in The Henry - Business of The Year and the Ken Birch Memorial Award.

Be Business Savvy Masterclass

Holly G: Five Essential Digital Tools for your Business Marketing.

Monday, October 22 from 6pm-8pm at Hart Bar, 1-3 Caledonia Street. Cost: Free.

Register via https://visitparkes.com.au/events/digital-health-check/

Hosted by Parkes Shire Council, facilitated by marketing consultant Holly Galbraith.

Don't think you have to be on every platform! In this practical session, we will discuss the importance of a website, Google My Business, TripAdvisor, Facebook and an email database and how these five tools can be used to propel your marketing efforts. 

Digital Health Checks

One-on-one checks with Holly G.

Tuesday, October 23 at your business. Cost: Free.

Register your interest via https://visitparkes.com.au/events/digital-health-check/

Hosted by Parkes Shire Council, facilitated by marketing consultant Holly Galbraith.

A 45 minute one-on-one session with Holly G, to assess your digital footprint and how you can improve your digital marketing efforts.  

iD Solutions Workshop

Data, Finance and Your Business.

Tuesday, October 30 from 6pm-7.30pm at the Astro Dish, 10-16 Bogan Street.

Cost: Free.

Register your interest via https://visitparkes.com.au/events/data-finance-business/

Learn how to take advantage of the latest census data to improve your operations. iD Solutions brings together economic data from multiple sources to tell the story of a local economy and how it is changing.

Presenting local economic data in its most compelling form including Gross Regional Product, local jobs, local businesses, employment, unemployment, population, building approvals, industry structure, journey to work and much more.

For more information about Small Business Month events, visit www.parkes.nsw.gov.au