Celebrating Byron Shire's small businesses during October

Published on 06 October 2020

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Council is celebrating NSW Small Business Month in October – acknowledging the enormous contribution Byron Shire’s small businesses make to our community.

“Byron Shire is renowned as entrepreneurial and small business really is the back-bone of our economy here – we love our small businesses and it is important that we support them in any way we can, even more so during uncertain times,” Council’s Business Enterprise Officer, Lisa Richards said.

“This year, Council has received a $2,000 grant from NSW Government to support NSW Small Business Month and will be running a free workshop for small business owners, A Healthy Mindset for Business, facilitated by Michaela Killips from Mullumbimby Psychology.

Council is also working across a range of initiatives including a Go Local First campaign and further support for our small businesses with their COVID-safe plans.

It has been a particularly tough time for our small businesses, and this was confirmed in Council’s recent Business Impacts, Resilience and Continuity Survey which revealed that around 65 percent of respondents felt that the level of uncertainty was very much impacting on their business decisions, while around 35 percent reported that COVID-19 had greatly impacted their own and their employees’ mental health and wellbeing,” Ms Richards said.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to connect with other small business owners and cover a range of topics including:

  • Small Business Owner Mental Health Check (confidential) and Self Care Plan.
  • Skills for managing burnout and COVID information overload.
  • Resources and handouts for managing the unknown and supporting employees. 

The workshop will be held at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay on Tuesday 13 October, 8.45 until 1.30pm, and will conclude with an informal lunch. Spaces are limited and it’s ‘first in’ for a spot. 

To register, email Lisa Richards, Business Enterprise Officer at lrichards@byron.nsw.gov.au

For more information see Council’s website: www.byron.nsw.gov.au



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