Business development and events
Responding to demand from local business, Maitland City Council and the Hunter Region Business Hub are pleased to present this five part interactive Business Support Series. The Series is designed to energize and empower businesses operators as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Maitland businesses are invited to register for one, more or all of the free online sessions:
Monday 11 October, 10am - 12pm
Learn the easy way to plan your promotions to get better results, faster.
Monday 18 October, 10am - 12pm
Navigating your way through all the business grants can be tricky. Learn how to find grants and make your business grant ready.
Monday 1 November, 10am - 12pm
Risk management planning helps you to make decisions aimed at protecting your business from negative events.
Monday 15 November, 10am - 12pm
Manage your digital marketing to strengthen your brand, increase customer retention and boost your income.
Monday 22 November, 10am - 12pm
Doing a business assessment or developing a strategic plan is a must, particularly if you find it difficult to focus on your long term goals.
Explore Being Your Own Boss is a 2-week program aimed at unemployed individuals looking at self-employment. Participants gain an understanding of what running a business is all about and begin testing out a business idea. Available through New Hunter Business in partnership with The Business Centre and Hunter Region Business Hub.
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a fully funded training program aimed at giving people the skills and confidence to run their own business. Seven weeks of hands on training for your business is supported by a year of ongoing business mentoring to help keep you on track. Eligible participants may qualify for the NEIS allowance as well as rental assistance through the program. Available through New Hunter Business in partnership with The Business Centre and Hunter Region Business Hub.
Digital Business Solutions is a Federally-subsidised program which provides small businesses with up to 24 hours of digitally-focussed support to help innovate, grow and streamline their operations. Small business who are engaged digitally are 50% more likely to be growing revenue than other similar businesses. This program helps you identify opportunities for improvement, and provides the skills for you to go out and do it. Available through the Hunter Region Business Hub.
NSW Small Business Month is an annual celebration of small and medium businesses.
The 2021 Small Business Month has been postponed until March 2022.
For Small Business Month 2020, Maitland City Council ran a visual merchandising program. With support from the NSW Government, we were pleased to deliver an online workshop with Carol B, of Retail Revamp, and offer merchandising coaching at participating businesses.
A highlight of the program was a shop window makeover on 15 October 2020. When Council issued a call out for local businesses wanting an expert shop window makeover, Sue Towns, owner of Flight Dance Supplies jumped at the opportunity. Expert merchandiser Carol B took over the store to demonstrate some quick and inexpensive ways to enhance a retail environment.
Check out the video to gather some merchandising inspiration.
Council is committed to providing an environment that supports local business by:
Encouraging employment generating industry and boosting export oriented or import replacing companies
- Running a successful program of events and activations throughout the year to drive visitation to Maitland
- Investing in key infrastructure projects to drive business attraction and enhance liveability
- Delivering promotional and marketing campaigns that showcase Maitland as a great place to work, live and visit
- Partnering with Service NSW to simplify the process for locals to start, run and grow a business
- Connecting businesses with the right support including specialist advice, training and funding opportunities
We encourage starts ups and established businesses to connect with Council's City Economy Team to learn about local opportunities.
The Digital Accelerator Program (DAP) was an action of Maitland City Council’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery program. We supported over a dozen businesses between July 2020 and June 2021 in transitioning from traditional in store retail operations to also include online ecommerce sales.
We caught up with local business owners Sherry Theobald from Skate Ape and Mel Anderson from Junkyard Gypsies to hear about their experience during the program.
Quotes from traders who participated in the program:
"The Digital Accelerator program has helped us make the transition to selling online and attracting a wider audience" - Pat L, Ken Lane Menswear
"I loved the Digital Accelerator Program, it was an amazing help in developing and launching my website" - Michelle B, Mod Bods Children’s Boutique