Small businesses doing it tough due to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to sign up for free-of-charge webinars funded by the NSW Government.
The webinars are being run by small business advisory program Business Connect, and address key subjects to help deal with COVID-19, including how to create a ghost kitchen and how to maximise cashflow.
Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said there were more than 60 Business Connect webinars and they will provide invaluable information for businesses that are facing unprecedented conditions.
“We know small businesses are struggling at the moment and the impacts of drought, bushfires and now coronavirus have been significant,” he said.
“These webinars are run by small business expert presenters and they will give business owners insights into how they can make it through the current situation.
“A number of businesses have successfully managed to pivot their operation and some of these webinars will provide advice on how to do that.”
The webinar topics include:

·        Turn your restaurant into a profitable ghost kitchen

·        Maximising cashflow

·        Business disruption - innovation

·        Diversify your creative income

·        Reinvent your business in troubled times

·        Marketing to pivot your business

Some of the webinars are targeted at businesses in regional areas and some are in foreign languages to cater for multicultural businesses.
Business Connect advisors have assisted more than 28,000 businesses over the past three years, providing advice and skills training for small businesses.
As a result, business owners have reported increased confidence and stronger finances. Those businesses have also created and supported more than 15,000 new jobs since 2017.
The NSW Government announced on April 19 it was injecting more than $14 million into Business Connect to help small and medium businesses navigate this challenging time.
As part of the funding boost, $4.6 million was allocated to engage an additional 30 advisors to support businesses on top of $9.8 million to ensure the program continues for another 12 months.
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