Local Business Support
Mid-Western Regional Council recognises the importance of local business in the region and the economic and employment benefits businesses bring to the community. Council is committed to providing a business environment which supports sustainable economic growth and business opportunities in the Region. Additionally, Council is focused on supporting local business, the local economy and creating as many opportunities for new and existing businesses as possible.
Council supports local businesses by:
1. Providing access to available data and information
- Council publishes an annual Economic and Business Profile which provides an overview of relevant economic and business data. This is useful for new and existing businesses to understand the local economic environment
- Council accesses the REMPLAN Economy suite, which supports business strategy, funding submissions, regional marketing, investment attraction, and is used to analyse and benchmark industries and businesses that form the local economy. Local businesses and the public can access the free version of REMPLAN Economy here
- Council’s Economic Development team collate a range of data to be used for business purposes. For any specific questions regarding data and statistics, contact Council on 6378 2850.
2. Providing access to free training opportunities
- The 'Crisis Marketing' online short course, fully funded by Council, provides local businesses with tools to navigate a crisis and change in circumstances. The course covers a range of topics, and participants can choose which course modules to complete based on areas of interest. The course allows business owners to learn new skills and identify new business opportunities to minimise disruption and set up for a quick recover emerging out of the crisis.
3. Providing access to entrepreneurial events
- Council hosts the annual Central West Young Entrepreneurs Summit which provides the opportunity for attendees to learn from some of the most successful entrepreneurs. The Summit is an informative entrepreneurial event that aims to mentor, encourage and inspire driven professionals in any stage of their career.
4. Publishing business e-Newsletters
Council publishes the quarterly ‘Doing Business in the Mid-Western Region’ e-Newsletter which includes:
- Latest statistics
- Funding opportunities
- Business events
- Training opportunities
5. Promoting the Mid-Western Region as a great place to do business
- Under the ‘Invest’ segment of the Choose Mudgee Region initiative, Council conducts various marketing campaigns around NSW each year to promote the region as a great place to do business.
6. Connecting businesses with customers, suppliers and other businesses
The Mudgee Region Business portal, developed and fully-funded by Council, provides local businesses the opportunity to market their goods and services, connect with suppliers, customers and other businesses in one online location. Within Mudgee Region Business, local businesses can:
- create a listing to increase visibility
- promote products and services
- network with other businesses
- access business only events
- find new customers and suppliers
- learn how to improve Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and drive web traffic
- upload expert blog posts and business news to market to new customers
- access procurement opportunities and Request For Quotes (RFQs)
7. Connecting businesses with job seekers
The Mudgee Region Jobs portal, developed by Council and funded by the NSW Government, provides local businesses the opportunity to advertise vacant jobs and connect with job seekers completely free of charge. On Mudgee Region Jobs, local businesses can:
- create job listings to increase visibility of vacant positions
- discover and recruit potential employees
- source local and external talent
Additionally, job seekers can search vacant positions and create job seeker profiles on the portal completely free of charge.
Council's Economic Development Team works with new and existing business organisations to identify opportunities, open avenues of communication and facilitate growth throughout the Region. If you wish to discuss your new or existing business ideas and activities with a member of Council's Economic Development Team, please phone (02) 6378 2850.