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NSW Small Business Month is about supporting and celebrating small and medium businesses. From 1 – 31 October 2020, government bodies, peak agencies and corporate collaborators are running free programs to grow small business capacity.
VISUAL MERCHANDISING – ONLINE AND IN YOUR SHOPFRONT
Calling small businesses in Maitland! You’re invited to join our free visual merchandising program.
Visual merchandising workshop
Thursday 8 October 2020, 4 - 5.30pm, via Zoom
Join Carol Bagaric, visual merchandising extraordinaire, in an entertaining workshop about how to get the most out of your shopfront. With over 20 years experience working with retailers, Carol literally wrote the book on visual merchandising. During this workshop, Carol will be sharing tips and strategies for your sales environment, and inviting discussion from participants.
Workshop participants from the Maitland Local Government Area are eligible to sign up for a free visit from Carol during 27 - 28 October 2020. Carol will provide practical help with your retail space, so you can put what you've learned at the workshop into action. Places are limited.
Register for the workshop HERE
15 October 2020,10am – 2pm, Flight Dance Supplies, 106 George Street, East Maitland
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.
Now we’re inviting businesses and customers to watch in real time as the front window of Flight Dance Supplies is transformed. Expert advisor, Carol Bagaric of Retail Revamp will guide the makeover.
In line with COVID restrictions, a maximum of six people will be permitted in the shop at any given time during the makeover and visitors on the street are reminded to physically distance.
Council and Newy Digital are going to document the window makeover. We look forward to sharing the video in the coming weeks.
Small Business Month activities near you
There are a terrific range of free activities on offer during October. Check out the complete listing here.
To help our businesses hone their product marketing – both in their physical and digital environments – Maitland City Council is sharing resources developed by industry partners.
Business Connect is a NSW Program that offers dedicated business advice. They host regular webinars about all aspects of running a business.
Here’s a training session on flat lay photography by Rachel Kimberley, to lift your images for social media.
NSW Small Business Commissioner
The NSW Small Busines Commissioner has a has a range of resources available for small business. Check out 'Visual merchandising tips for small business'.