Over twenty local business people have completed their Certificate III in Micro Business Operations through a program offered in partnership by Lithgow City Council, Central NSW Business Enterprise Centre, Western Sydney University and NSW Trade and Investment.
“This was a great initiative and opportunity to work with local businesses” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham “this was an opportunity for local businesses to learn about starting their own small business or who were keen to grow their existing business.”
“There has been some amazing feedback from the participants in the course and everyone of them gained valuable information from it” said Mayor Statham.
“Small business is so essential for our local community.”
“What was also absolutely wonderful was that every single one of the participants was completely focused and committed to the course.”
“It certainly would not have been easy for these people to commit to the course but everyone of them did it and not one person dropped out of the course. Typically there is a drop out rate of one in four, or 25%.”
“There are many unique challenges in running small business.”
“The training included business development learning in key areas such as:
- How to develop a strategic plan for business
- Analysingfinances to maximise profitability
- Compliance with taxation and regulatory requirements
- Delivering high quality service to customers
- Using social media as a business strategy
- Developing a marketing plan for business
- Implementing networking opportunities”
“It was also wonderful to bring together a number of different organisations to provide this assistance. Amongst the partners involved in the program were Central NSW Business Enterprise Centre, NSW Trade and Investment, Western Sydney University and Lithgow City Council” concluded Mayor Statham.
Encouraging and facilitating the provision of business support services to assist growth is part of Council’s strategy to Strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2025.
Councillor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259