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Spring board for small business success in COVID-19 world


Local businesses in the Georges River area will soon have access to a free four-part webinar series and a significantly discounted mentoring program, designed to build resilience and help businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Georges River Council has partnered with the St George Business Chamber to deliver a series of resources for local business, to celebrate Small Business Month in October.

Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene said that the initiative is part of the second phase of Council’s Economic and Social Recovery Program, which aims to help businesses adapt to the changing environment brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“2020 has been a year like no other and unfortunately, local businesses in the Georges River area have really felt the impact of COVID-19 restrictions,” said Mayor Greene.

“Council, in partnership with St George Business Chamber, is offering four free webinars to support our local businesses throughout this challenging time and help them navigate the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They will focus on a range of topics, including COVID-19 impacts on the future of small business locally, mental wellbeing, cashflow fundamentals and customer relationship skills.

“I am pleased that Council is supporting the St George Business Chamber’s Mentor Program by giving businesses access to a significantly discounted eight-week program, where business owners will develop a plan under the guidance of expert mentors,” added Mayor Greene.

St George Business Chamber President Allan Zreik said that Small Business Month provides an opportunity for local business owners to up-skill and ensure they are well prepared to address changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"For our local business community, Small Business Month has never been more important, with programs and activities targeted towards assisting them to cope with the current economic climate and to improve and grow in the weeks, months and years ahead,” said Mr Zreik.

“The St George regional business community provides thousands of employment opportunities for local residents - everything from micro businesses to larger manufacturing businesses with significant staff numbers.
“Small Business Month sees your Chamber ramp-up activity and I encourage all local businesses to take advantage of the workshops and information opportunities available," he added.

To kick off the series on Thursday 8 October, world renowned futurist Mark McCrindle will explore current social and economic trends and the impact these will have on the future of business within the Georges River area. Webinars will also focus on the core fundamentals of business and on building mental resilience.

Limited spaces are available for the eight-week mentoring program, which commences 6 October 2020. For more information and to book a place please visit the St George Business Chamber website at

Applications close 5.00pm Sunday 4 October. For more information on the webinar series and to RSVP to attend, please visit

For information on Georges River Council, visit  or call 9330 6400

Small Business Month
Events brought to you by Georges River Council and St George Business Chamber
The Mentor Program
Throughout this eight-week program, Doug Mottram and David Plant from The Alternative Board will give participants specialised one-on-one mentoring sessions to identify and focus on the core needs of their business. Mentees will have the opportunity to participate in group meetings and gain insight from the experiences of other mentees. Places are strictly limited - for more detailed information and to complete an Expression of Interest Form please visit:
Cost: $300 discounted from $2,000 (saving of $1,700)
Date: Starts 12 October 2020
Applications close: 5.00pm, Sunday 4 October 2020
Four-Part Webinar Series
 Webinar Details
Mark McCrindle
Social and Economic Outlook

Get insight into the current economic and social climate, presented by respected social researcher and futurist Mark McCrindle. Join us for this interactive event as Mark explains Australia’s trends, the impact of COVID-19 and how this will shape the future of small business and the community as a whole.
Date: Thursday 8 October 2020
Time: 11am
Duration: 60 mins
Cost: $0.00
Silvia de Ridder
Unconscious Potential
Mental Wellbeing & Resilience
The world of work has changed dramatically in the last six months. How do you meet these life challenges? How do you adapt and perform while still staying physically emotional and mentally well? How do you thrive? One of the responses frequently offered is ‘build your resilience’.
Join Sylvia in this short session where she will cover the following:
  • What is resilience and why does it matter?
  • Understanding the elements that make up resilience
  • The opportunity to connect with like-minded people and learn from each other
Date: Thursday 15 October 2020
Time: 8.00am
Duration: 60 mins
Cost: $0.00
Tony Baddour
Elite Financials
Cashflow - Fundamentals for business success
Tony Baddour has successfully met the challenges as CFO/Financial Controller for a number of organisations varying in size and complexity. Without the fundamentals of basic cash flow management, businesses are almost guaranteed to fail. Tony has a talent for helping businesses understand their core financial needs to help better manage cash flow and inevitably better plan for success.
Date: Thursday 22 October 2020
Time: 8.00am
Duration: 60 mins
Cost: $0.00
Trevor Weeding
Development Pathways
The new normal for Business - 2020 and beyond
Trevor Weeding from Development Pathways is presenting a two-part webinar, covering Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) challenges and growth as we move through the COVID-19 business environment. As many businesses struggle to cope during the pandemic, those that have grown and prospered have some common traits. Speed and agility have been vital to the success or, in many cases, the survival of small businesses.
Topics covered in the workshops will include:
  • What has changed in the way customers buy from you in recent months?
  • Customer ranking pre and post COVID-19
  • Three tips to grow your business from tomorrow
Date: Thursday 29 October 2020
Session 1 - B2B
Time: 8.00am - 8.45am
Cost: $0.00
Session 2 - B2C
Time: 9.00am - 9.45am
Cost: $0.00
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