October 2019 - Small Business Month in Jindabyne

#SmallBizMonth2019

October has been an amazing month for small business owners with so many different things happening right across the state, including right here in Jindabyne.

NSW Small Business Month in October was dedicated to promoting and celebrating the success of small businesses and recognising the important role they play in the NSW economy and the local community.

As part of NSW Small Business Month, the Jindy Workspace sought to connect small business owners in Jindabyne to each other so they could tap into a support network and knowledge base to help each other build stronger businesses.

The Jindy Workspace provided several well received business workshops for the business community of Jindabyne. They were conducted by Duncan Isaksen-Loxton of SixFive (Co-Founder of the Jindy Workspace) and Fiona Latham-Cannon of Tall Red Poppy Marketing and included a variety of topics such as 'Instagram Basics', 'Using Google My Business to promote your business for free', 'Getting Comfortable with Security, best practices for you and your business' and 'Create with Canva'.

The responses were extremely positive, with local attendees saying they 'walked away with information, tips and ideas they didn't have before', 'it was great to network and learn alongside other local business owners' and 'I'm looking forward to the intermediate course coming next.'

The Jindy Workspace is very keen to hear from the business community regarding topic areas of other business workshops they might like to attend, and invites you to communicate and connect with them. Please make contact by email to hello@jindyworkspace.com.au, call (02) 8320 0588 or pop in in person to Nuggets Crossing Shopping Centre (upstairs from Andy's Barber and the CBA ATM) and have a quick chat and a tour of the space.

Jindabyne Co-Working Space - Jindy Workspace

The new co-working space is at the heart of a drive to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales.

The Jindy Workspace strives to support diversity in regional business, opportunities for remote working and a range of employment opportunities for our children.
The space is dedicated to taking out the frustrations of working from home, a cafe or on the road by providing a pleasant space, great technology and a place to network with other businesses.

In regional areas community is about as important as it gets – your business family. The Jindy Workspace has a diverse group of can-do individuals, thriving businesses, and lots of interesting people that come through the region immersing themselves in it's amazing surroundings.

This makes our Snowy Mountains business community unique, and very special.
The workspace has made every effort to create a space that makes it easy to connect with an office neighbour, and support building an innovative business community.

NSW Small Business Support

Investment in small business by the NSW Government

Below are some of the ways the NSW Government is supporting small business. If you'd like to know more, please contact connect with one of the Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce executive members at the next Jindabyne Connect, 28th November 2019, 5:30-7:30pm at Rydges Snowy Mountains, or on Thursday 12th December 2019, Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting at 5:00pm followed by an early Jindabyne Connect (due to Christmas Break) at 5:30pm at Rydges Snowy Mountains, or email president@jindabynechamberofcommerce.org.au.

Business Connect is a personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business. Whether you are just starting out with a great business idea or looking to expand and grow your business, Business Connect can support you on your journey to business success.

The NSW Small Business Commissioner has expanded the Easy to do Business program and in partnership with Service NSW provides a Business Concierge. The Business Concierge is a free service offered across a range of industries that gives you personalised help and support when starting or expanding a small business so you can focus on your business and save time and money.

The Boosting Business Innovation Program is an $18million program that gives small businesses access to research organisations to build strong local business communities and stimulate economic growth in metropolitan and regional NSW. The Program is a partnership with all 11 NSW universities and CSIRO to deliver a range of new innovation spaces and activities for business communities.

The NSW Government launched the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and Regional Procurement Policy in February 2019. The Policy is designed to increase participation of small businesses in government procurement of goods and services, through a range of initiatives, including: giving small businesses a voice through a new feedback tool, making it easier to buy directly from small businesses for values up to $50,000, first consideration of small and medium enterprises by government agencies for values up to $250, 000, making it easier to engage small businesses to do proof-of-concept testing or outcome-based trials valued up to $1,000,000 and requiring agencies to consider small and medium business in all procurements valued above $3 million through specific evaluation criteria.

The NSW Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP) and Aboriginal participation in construction (APIC) policy provide NSW Government agencies permission to negotiate directly with Aboriginal owned businesses for values up to $250,000. The APP aims for Aboriginal owned businesses to be awarded at least three per cent of the total number of NSW Government domestic contracts for goods and services by 2021. The APIC policy requires that 1.5 percent of spend on construction projects over $1 million be directed toward Aboriginal participation, including subcontracting of Aboriginal owned businesses.

To enable more Aboriginal owned businesses to gain access to government procurement opportunities, the NSW Government has commenced a "concierge service" to assist Aboriginal owned businesses through the prequalification scheme registration process.