THROUGHOUT September, an increased focus has been put on supporting local businesses, but now it is up to the community to maintain that support all year round.
Bathurst Business Chamber president Angus Edwards said BizMonth has been successful in shining a spotlight on what local businesses have to offer.
BizMonth is a partnership between Bathurst Regional Council, the Bathurst Business Chamber, Western Advocate, Central NSW Business HQ, Bathurst City Life, CenWest Innovate, Regional Development Australia Central West and B-Rock FM, that celebrates the success and diversity of the Bathurst business community.
It also provides opportunities for owners to network and learn new skills to transform their businesses.
“We want people to support business all year round, but highlighting businesses throughout the month and hosting events to support them has been good,” Mr Edwards said.
He praised Wednesday’s BizMonth Business Lunch, which gave the local business community the chance to network and hear from keynote speaker David Koch.
Mr Edwards felt the points he raised could “reignite some of the passion” needed for businesses to succeed in an ever-changing market.
“There was some great insights for regional businesses in the digital age,” he said.
The business chamber also used BizMonth as an opportunity to launch a new initiative, Keep it Local Bathurst, which encourages businesses to support each other and promote local products and services to the wider community.
“We’ve had a great response so far. We are in the process of rolling out bumper stickers and getting businesses to take the pledge,” Mr Edwards said.
He said the community can support Bathurst businesses by shopping locally before going online.
Other activities that occurred during BizMonth included the Crazy Day Sale, a finalists night for the Peak Connect Carillon Business Awards and several seminars.