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Small businesses in Shellharbour Village are set to benefit when the NSW Commissioner of Small Business, Robyn Hobbs OAM officially launches Energise Shellharbour Village on Monday, 8 September.

Enterprise & Training Company Limited (ETC), the providers of the NSW Government’s Small Biz Connect program in the Illawarra are offering more than $10,000 worth of free business advice, mentoring and training as part of Energise Shellharbour Village.

ETC’s Illawarra Business Coordinator Annelies Voorthuis said the purpose of Energise Shellharbour Village is to empower small businesses through sustainable economic change.

“We want to help small business operators in Shellharbour Village grow their business by improving their financial performance, planning and marketing and we are really excited The Commissioner will be there to officially launch the project,” Ms Voorthuis said.

“During Energise Shellharbour Village our team of experienced business consultants are delivering a free workshop, offering free business health checks and raising awareness generally about the business support services available to small businesses in the Illawarra.”

Mayor for Shellharbour, Cr Marianne Saliba said small businesses in Shellharbour are always looking for new opportunities to attract customers to the village and hoped this project would provide further insight into growing and sustaining their business.

“Council works closely with the State Government to provide these services to the local business community and this is a great opportunity for people to meet with the Commissioner and discuss any concerns or matters they wish,” Cr Saliba said.

The Commissioner and Mayor will officially launch Energise Shellharbour Village at 9.30am on Monday 8 September at Shellharbour Visitor Information Centre car park (corner of Addison and Wentworth Streets).

“The Small Biz Bus and representatives from WorkCover NSW will also be at the Visitor Information Centre from 9am – 3pm, so business owners or those wanting to start a business can come along and receive free business advice,” Ms Voorthuis said.

The free workshop for small business owners will also be held during Energise Shellharbour Village.

Tuesday 9 September
Topic:                    Why use Social Media for small business?

Plus a 30 minute Workcover NSW accredited workshop.

Time:                     6.00pm –7.30pm
Location:              Green Poppy Café, 2/6 Addison Street, Shellharbour Village

Cost:                      Free (includes finger food)
RSVP:                    Kerrie Elliot, 0408 893 761

All small businesses that speak to WorkCover at the Information Centre or attend the workshop may also be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 through its Small Business Rebate Program which can be used to purchase and install safety improvements. Business owners or workers that can’t make it to the Information Centre can also book an advisory visit at their workplace by a WorkCover inspector.

Shellharbour Village Chamber of Commerce President, Pam Kane said the members of the village have embraced the project and are very enthusiastic about looking at new opportunities to grow the Village.

“Shellharbour Village Chamber of Commerce is excited to be working with the Illawarra Small Biz Connect team on this important project designed to revitalise businesses in the Village,” Ms Kane said.

“I’m excited to see existing small businesses being offered help and encourage the entire community to get involved.

“Hopefully over time the Village will become a thriving tourist destination.”

For further information about Energise Shellharbour Village contact the Illawarra Small Biz Connect team on 1800 007 400.



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