Business development and events
We want our local businesses to thrive. Council, state and federal agencies, and not for profit organisations provide training and development pathways for local businesses. Check out some of the events, professional development pathways and opportunities on offer.
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. In this interactive workshop you will:
- understand the risks that could affect your business
- learn how to develop an emergency action plan
- develop your own disaster recovery plan
Monday 15 November, 10am - 12pm
Manage your digital marketing to strengthen your brand, increase customer retention and boost your income. In this interactive workshop you will:
- rediscover the power of branding
- create authentic connection
- check your website and socials reflect the right message
- understand how to manage reviews and ratings
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.
In this interactive workshop you will:
- create a viable business vision
- determine your company's objectives
- create SMART goals
- outline implementation plans
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.