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Making small business big business

Wednesday 2 October 2019
Small business is big business for Albury and during October, we’re celebrating the ‘can-do’ spirit of a sector that powers our local economy like no other.

Small business is big business for Albury and during October, we’re celebrating the ‘can-do’ spirit of a sector that powers our local economy like no other.

October is Small Business Month in NSW – a time to support and recognise the entrepreneurism that underpins our growing and thriving economy.

Small businesses employ between one and twenty people and while they may be relatively modest in size, their impact is enormous.

Albury has 4,421 small businesses, which together make up 97 per cent of the total business sector across the city.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said it was important for everyone to support local businesses as a way of caring for our community.

“The families and individuals having a go in our small business sector are providing the backbone of our economy by delivering jobs and services to local people and adding diversity and character to the commercial landscape of our city.

“AlburyCity is proud to support the sector all year round and I encourage everyone in our community to ‘shop local’ because putting money into the pockets of our neighbours really helps our economy to thrive.”

A series of events during the month will help these operators to develop their culture, gain inspiration, learn how to manage rising energy costs or harness the power of social media to help them grow – just to name a few. Details of the events are available through the links below:

The general manager of the Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce, Carrick Gill-Vallance, said the month of recognition would help small business operators connect and form networks.

“Inspiring and promoting leadership is an important part of what we do at the chamber and by bringing an extra focus to our sector this month we can work together to deliver professional and business development opportunities that will help our community to grow and thrive,” he said.

“Entrepreneurship is flourishing in Albury – as evidenced by a growing rate of new start-ups in the city – but to achieve their full potential, local businesses need their community’s support which is why it’s great to see our industry celebrated in Small Business Month.”

Activities in Albury will be among hundreds to be held across NSW over October.

The state’s 765,000 small businesses employ about 1.65 million people, making up about 44 per cent of the private sector workforce. While these businesses may be small, their collective efforts create the economic powerhouse that helps to drive the state’s economy – a success story that deserves to be celebrated and supported by everyone in our community.

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