Tony Butt, Natalie Phillips from Junee Business and Trades with Steph Cooke MP leane against a tourism map of Junee and smile at the camera.
Tony Butt, Natalie Phillips from Junee Business and Trades with Steph Cooke MP

NSW Small Business Month 2020 will kick off on October 1 with a suite of activities aimed to inspire, upskill and bring together local small businesses.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said events and activities would be held in local communities throughout the month.

“As a former small business owner myself I know how isolating it can be, and how important it is to share ideas with other business owners, particularly during tough times. This year there is a great suite of events which have been designed to help businesses overcome the challenges of drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19,” Ms Cooke said.

“While the majority of the activities and events will be online this year, there is a huge range available, with topics including how to leverage social media and how to get your brand online.”

“I also encourage everyone in our communities to use this month to support our amazing small businesses.”

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said NSW Small Business Month was designed for small and medium business owners looking to upskill and learn from other businesses.

“This year’s NSW Small Business Month will build on the success of the past three years by collaborating with 219 local councils and chambers of commerce, as well as over 180 festival partners, across the state.

“Festival themes for 2020 include how to manage disruption, future planning, getting your business online, as well as learning all the latest marketing and social media tips.”

Natalie Phillips from Junee Business and Trades said her organisation will be holding an event to help other businesses learn new skills.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, and because of COVID people have had to go online,” Ms Phillips said.

“Since losing our local paper in Junee we have had to find a new way of marketing and this event is about sharing those skills.”

This year, both councils and local business chambers were able to apply for NSW Government grants to host events, with up to $640,000 in funding available for COVID-Safe activities and events.

Events for the Cootamundra electorate include:

  • Building Your Brand on Social Media – Presented by Junee Business and Trades

7 October, 6:30pm-8pm, Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club

  • Why Leave Town Shop Local Promotion

28-31 October, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council

For more information on NSW Small Business Month, and to register to attend the launch event, please visit