October Small Business Month Events in the Highlands

Small Business Month Events are happening throughout October in the Southern Highlands. If you are a small business owner, then best you check out the following key events which will focus on economic recovery for our local region. Thanks goes to the Southern Highlands Key Stakeholders Group who have been instrumental in organising these must-attend events.


Small Business Month Launch – Keynote Speaker & Networking

  • Thursday 1 October
  • 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Mittagong RSL
  • Free [Covid Safe Event]

Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Wingecarribee Shire Council are pleased to present the Small Business Commissioner Chris Lamont, as Keynote Speaker, as we launch a significant program of local events in support of small businesses in the Southern Highlands. Connecting with each other is an important part of re-booting oneself, the business and the local economy. We are looking forward to facilitating networking after a long period of time where face-to-face events have been restricted. Our thanks to Mittagong RSL for hosting this COVID safe event.

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Futureproof You - Women in Agribusiness

  • Friday 9 October
  • 10.30am–3.00pm
  • The Loch, Berrima
  • $39pp [Covid safe event] includes lunch
  • Free Livestream [11am-2.30pm]

This exciting event includes a line-up of Agribusiness & Equine industry innovators who will inspire ‘Women In Agribusiness’ to ‘futureproof you’ and your business, especially relevant in a post Covid economy. Moss Vale & Rural Chamber of Commerce is hosting this action packed event featuring Keynote Speaker Dr Patrice Newell author of “Who’s Minding The Farm? In this climate emergency”. Patrice will talk about the benefits of embracing innovation and sustainability to improve agricultural systems.

Attendees and online viewers will learn more methods of how to build resilience from other special guests including Samantha Hayes – Mirrool Creek Lamb, creating a lamb brand and getting the product to market, and Katrina Hill – Far Ago Hill, creating a quality wine tasting Agritourism experience, who will each present a case study.

All three speakers will participate in the Q&A panel discussion in Session 2 hosted by Suzannah Cowley and be joined by Janie Forest - Coolawarra Alpacas, Councilor, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, successful exhibitor nationally, specialised in research & development of Alpaca fleece for emerging commercial production, Brigid Kennedy – The Loch, thoroughbred breeder, and Lizzie Buscaino – Piccolo Farm, organic vegetable and edible flower grower. During Session 1 Carli Phillips wellbeing guru and Katrina Sparke of Redleaf Farm, a small-scale sustainable mixed family farm, hosted by Catherine Shields will provide tips and advice on health and wellbeing, in particular mental health, and how to build personal resilience.

In terms of farmers diversifying into Agritourism to supplement their income, Wingecarribee Shire Council will explain what opportunities exist under their Rural Tourism Policy, and should you start an Agritourism business Destination NSW will explain how you can promote the experiences you offer. TAFE NSW will provide an overview of what agriculture and equine and general business qualifications and skills training is available. Service NSW will explain what services are on offer to assist farmers and Agritourism operators. A Business Connect advisor, available through Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre, will explain how to access free business advisor programs such as Entrepreneurship Facilitators, Business Connect and ASBAS Digital, and how they can assist you.

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Resilient | Strong | Together

  • Tuesday 13 October
  • 6.00pm-7.00pm
  • Free Webinar

Over 98% of all local businesses are small businesses. Resilient business owners and employees make for a strong and sustainable community and economy. Join presenter, Georgia Bamber - Getting back on Track. How to achieve your goals in uncertain times. Guest Speaker: Georgia Bamber - local success coach, speaker and author.

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Digital Led Recovery – Social Media & Digi-Tech

  • Thursday 15 October
  • 10.00am-11.30am
  • Free Webinar

Expert ASBAS Digital Advisor Tanya Creer will assist small business owners to navigate important, and now even more relevant, issues such as how your digital presence reflects your branding & positioning, what is best practice social media, and how to digitally connect with your customers. Wingecarribee Shire Council Economic Development will also provide a brief overview of post Covid economic conditions and outlook.

You can’t afford to miss this!

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Pivot for Disruption – Business Plan New Essentials

Most businesses need to innovate and pivot to remain viable. One of the best time investments you can make is 3 hours in this free event to futureproof your business. You will walk away with a post Covid relevant Business Plan! Highly skilled and experienced specialist business advisors, Entrepreneurship Facilitator (identify your Sustainable Competitive Advantage), Business Connect (get recruitment, performance management and mental wellbeing right), BCR8IVE MEDIA (establish a compelling branding proposition), ASBAS Digital (maximise your digital presence including social media) and BDCU Alliance Bank (make sure you have a realistic budget, and that your approach to accounts, payroll and business banking is in order), will help small business owners, through 4 focused sessions, to create a simple yet effective Business Plan, including a digital marketing plan.

Wingecarribee Shire Council Economic Development will provide a brief overview of post Covid economic conditions and outlook to set the context. Service NSW will explain what grants and services are available to assist your business. Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre, will explain how to access free business advisor programs such as Entrepreneurship Facilitators, Business Connect and ASBAS Digital, and how they can assist you. BDCU Alliance Bank will explain how you can access business banking advice and services. There are limited seats at the physical event but everyone can participate via the livestream. Don't miss this opportunity to set your business on a course for success!

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Growers & Producers Long Lunch

  • Tuesday 27 October
  • 11am-3pm
  • The Loch, Berrima
  • $79pp [Covid safe event] includes three courses luncheon and beverages

Farmers and food lovers welcome to the third annual Southern Highlands Growers & Producers Long Lunch, celebrating the incredible diversity and quality of local produce. Regional Development Australia Southern Inland has consistently supported this event enabling food lovers to meet local growers, producers, wine makers, brewers, chefs, and cafe and restaurant owners and experience a menu using entirely local ingredients. Moss Vale & Rural Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association are proud to announce that this year’s local chefs designing the menu, based on available fresh produce, are Brigid Kennedy and Nathan West. Indulge in three sumptuous courses and local wine and beer is included.

Guests will be inspired by special guest Peter Andrews, regenerative farming guru, author of "Back from the Brink" and "Beyond the Brink", and has appeared on Australian Story. Peter will be interviewed by Rob Skinner of WinZero and will share his story and vision for regenerative farming. The Southern Highlands Key Stakeholders Group, through the generous support of Destination Sydney Surrounds South and Wingecarribee Shire Council, will proudly announce and officially launch the Agribusiness & Equine Industry Development Project, including the appointment of industry activator Bridie George and equine specialist consultant Brett Parbery to support industry. Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre, will explain how farmers can access free business advisor programs such as Entrepreneurship Facilitators, Business Connect and ASBAS Digital, and how they can assist you to diversify and improve your business.

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Barn Powered by PechaKucha

  • Friday 30 October
  • 6.30pm-9.30pm
  • The Ranch Arena, Farm Club, Werai
  • Free [Covid safe event] buy your own food and drinks
  • Free Livestream

The Entrepreneurship Facilitators program, delivered through Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre and Southern Highlands Key Stakeholders Group is supporting this internationally recognised short presentation format event! A diverse array of local presenters, each deeply passionate about their chosen topic, will share and speak to 20 images x 20 seconds (each presentation is under 7 minutes), stimulating innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Enjoy the great venue with local wine and beer and Farm Club Pies on offer, and enjoy the engaging speakers and topics – be inspired!

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