Support our small business community this Small Business Month


Hills Shire Council helps new and existing business owners become even more successful in the popular How To series.

The new workshops will be launched in the run-up to Small Business Month – an NSW Government initiative which aims to celebrate the vital work that small businesses play in supporting families, communities and local and national economies.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi, said the series is perfect for new and existing business owners.

“With approximately 24,000 businesses active in the region, the Council is proud to support our business community, especially during Small Business Month,” said Mayor Gangemi.

“Our business community has faced many challenges over the past few years, and this is one of the many ways the Council helps our local businesses realize their dreams and more.

“I strongly encourage business owners, especially those just starting their business journey, to secure their place in these valuable workshops. You will get practical tips and skills to help you further grow your business and take it to the next level,” Mayor Gangemi added.

Limited places are available in the “How To” series, which will take place face-to-face in a small group at the Hills Shire Council administration building in Norwest.

Workshops will be available for those just starting their own business, including legal requirements and how to write your own business plan. Established businesses can also access workshops that will cover HR, growing and scaling, and marketing.

To find out more, or to lock in your place in a ‘How To’ series workshop, visit the Hills Shire Council website ( and click on the ‘Business Workshop’ tab.

Business workshops

HR Management for Beginners

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

No cost

What established participants will learn:

  • Define your organizational goals and objectives
  • Define the organizational structure and human resources needed to achieve operational objectives
  • Workforce analysis and planning process
  • Development of a recruitment, retention and outsourcing plan for key HR functions
  • Understand the basic costs associated with the plan
  • Define your tracking and reporting vehicles

Develop a strategy for growing your business

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

No cost

What established participants will learn:

  • Growth-oriented business planning and strategies
  • Market analysis indicators for growth
  • Creation of growth plans
  • Culture and systems that support growth

Plan and measure your marketing efforts

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

No cost

What established business owners will learn:

  • What is a marketing plan
  • Why a marketing plan is important
  • 9 steps to build your marketing plan

How to start a business

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022

No cost

What new business owners will learn:

  • Company registration and legal requirements
  • Director functions
  • Financial, tax and insurance requirements
  • Development of a business concept and market analysis
  • Creation of your business plan
  • Start your business
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