Small Business Month Kicks Off in the Cootamundra Electorate

March is Small Business Month with a range of activities and events in-person and online available to small business owners, tailored to this year’s theme of Rebuild, Recharge, Renew, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke encouraged small business operators in the region to get involved and see what events and activities may be of interest to them.

“Small businesses are vital to the survival of our small towns and villages, they provide a level of security in the future growth of our communities and local economy,” Ms Cooke said.

“With nearly 8,000 small businesses trading in the Cootamundra electorate alone and having been in small business myself, I understand the importance of small business to helping local economies thrive and prosper.”

“Small businesses provide so much to our region including the sponsorship of many of our local sporting clubs, not-for-profit groups and organisations, so by supporting small business you support the local community.”

Ms Cooke said there are a number of events being held locally over Small Business Month, including:

  • Branding and Marketing with Vickie Burkinshaw
    Wednesday 9 March 2022 – 7.30am to 10.00am
    Temora Townhall Theatre, Loftus Street, Temora
  • Skills Development and Training
    Wednesday 9 March – 6pm, RSVP by Wednesday 2 March
    Cowra Bowling Club, Brougham Street, Cowra
  • Recruiting and Retaining a Talented team with Vickie Burkinshaw
    Wednesday 16 March 2022 – 5.00pm to 7.30pm
    Temora Bowling Club, Loftus Street, Temora
  • Marketing and Operating in an Online Environment
    Tuesday 22 March 2022 – 6pm, RSVP by 15 March
    Cowra Bowling Club, Brougham Street, Cowra
  • Hilltops Social Media Workshop
    Tuesday 22 March 2022 – 10am – Midday
    Harden-Murrumburrah Mechanics Institute, 06 Albury Street, Harden
  • Maintaining a Mentally Healthy Workplace
    Tuesday 29 March 2022 – 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    Cootamundra Country Club, 94 Hurley Street, Cootamundra

For more information on events and activities happening in your area during Small Business Month, please contact your local council or business chamber.

Minister for Small Business Eleni Petinos said the festival will feature events focused on helping small business owners rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic and will include local councils, business chambers, industry associations and not-for-profits.

“There are more than 800,000 small businesses employing over 1.6 million people and who contribute $400 billion to the state economy each year,” Ms Petinos said.

“From Bondi to Bega to Broken Hill and everywhere in between, a wide array of in person and online events will be available to small business owners. The calendar of events will provide them with new skills, ideas and networks to navigate the challenging economic environment.”

Further information on Small Business Month is available at: