(6.30pm, Wednesday 19 June 2013, Customs House)
Hello, everyone, welcome to this seminar. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our City.
I'd also like to offer a warm welcome to Will Young, owner of one of the Sydney's great success stories of the last five years Campos Coffee, who'll be talking to you tonight about some of the perks and pitfalls of opening your own small business - something he knows from first-hand experience!
Additionally I'd like to thank our guest presenters for attending and sharing their knowledge with the community:
- Lisa Penson from Clearly Business
- Luke Heard from Lawler and Partners
- Toby Skyring and Garth Mcrae from False Behaving Animals
Starting a small business may seem easy but ensuring it gets off the starting blocks to become a successful small business takes a bit more effort and some smart thinking
It's important that the City continues to support small business. They bring vital oxygen to our commercial bloodstream, providing important services, interest, diversity and layering to the City, our residents, workers and visitors.
There are over 16,5000 operating in the Local Government Area, and they provide 88,5000 jobs, making them a significant part of Sydney's economy.
These 101 Business Seminars are one way we support small business. Tonight, you'll hear advice on how to open a small business, as well as what support is available both from the City as well as the State Government.
Since 2008, we've been running a series of Let's Talk Business Seminars specifically designed to help our small and medium-sized business operators develop the skills that will help them not just survive but to prosper in an increasingly competitive market.
Our Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategy specifically recognises the importance of our small and medium businesses to the City's economy and vibrancy.
So we have created programs like our Finegrain Business Development Matching Grant Program which supports unique, innovative and interesting businesses in Central Sydney.
This grant, along with the Laneways program which preceded it, has paid out almost $275,000 to such businesses to help them local in Central Sydney.
I hope tonight's seminar will help some of you get started on establishing businesses that will add to Sydney's tremendous mix.