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Council ramps up support programs for small business in 2019

Small business owners based in Campbelltown can plant the seeds for success by joining a new Economic Gardening Program to be offered for the first time in 2019.

Campbelltown City Council will offer the program, which will include specialised coaching and a series of five workshops that will help identify opportunities for improvement, position themselves for growth and expand beyond the region.

“This is a real opportunity for entrepreneurs to build on their strengths and take their business to the next level and reach more markets outside of our region,’’ says Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and supporting their development will have a positive impact on our community by bringing more opportunities, employment, goods and services into Campbelltown,” Cr Brticevic said.

The program covers the main areas of customer relationship management, digital strategy and social media, financial management and advanced marketing and innovation.

Places are limited to 40 people and only applicants who can commit to attending all five workshops should apply.

The workshops will be held from March to June 2019.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their expressions of interest by February 28, 2019.

Successful candidates will be notified in early March 2019.

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Council has also joined forces up with the Macarthur Business Development Centre to create the Business Scholarship Program that will provide mentoring and support to four Campbelltown micro business owners next year.

The scholarships will provide business owners with the assistance, professional support, mentorship and networking opportunities they need to take their business to the next level.

The successful applicants will operate from the Macarthur Development Centre’s Sprout Workplace Centre in Smeaton Grange from March 2019 for six months.

They will also receive individual mentoring and additional free professional support services.

The application is available on council’s website and must be submitted before Sunday, February 3, 2019 at www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/scholarship

 

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