Does your business need a boost?

Last night, 120 entrepreneurs and business owners took part in our second Let's Talk Business seminar for 2013.

This week's seminar focused on the most useful online collaboration tools and apps for small-to-medium businesses.

Netregistry CEO Larry Bloch, one of Australia's most successful internet entrepreneurs, said cloud-based software will change businesses of all sizes, and offer savings to even the smallest business. A live video cross to Silicon Valley, via online collaboration tool Google Hangout, brought the expertise of Bala Ganesh, who heads up research and analysis for software and IT company Credii.

Let's Talk Business seminars give business owners practical knowledge and the chance to network with other owners facing similar challenges. It's just one of the ways we support our small to medium businesses.

The City also runs 101 Workshops to help people turn their good ideas into great businesses.

There will be seven 101 Workshops in 2013 covering food and beverage businesses, small bars, live music venues, pop-up events and more. They're a must for anyone planning to start a business - you can hear from City staff, industry representatives and NSW government agencies, as well as learning from past success stories.

We support retailers through our Talking Shop program, grants to local chambers of commerce, our Christmas celebrations and business precinct coordinators who work directly with local businesses in our villages.

The City also has grant programs to help new businesses get off the ground, reduce their impact on the environment or support creative ideas to boost our economy.

There will be two more Let's Talk Business seminars in the 2013 series. On 21 May, business owners can hear from co-founder of Recruitloop, Paul Slezak, and deputy co-founder, Ashik Ahmed, on using technology for finding, engaging and managing employees.

On 25 June, Jeanette Gray, regional director of Hootsuite, and Fi Bendall, director of social media reputation management agency, Bendalls Group, will talk about managing their brand's online reputation.

Bookings are essential for these popular seminars, held in Lower Town Hall, and tickets are $55.

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