BIZMONTH is going to be more important than ever this year as businesses continue to deal with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bathurst Regional Council, in partnership with other groups, runs BizMonth every September as a way to celebrate and support local businesses.
It typically involves training opportunities and events, including a leaders lunch with a high-profile guest speaker.
In a recent mayoral minute, council touched on its plans for "a larger version of BizMonth", that will offer "motivational workshops, competitions and networking events to inspire the local business community".
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There will also be a focus on education through business management workshops covering the following topics: core marketing and social media skill development; staff and financial management; and developing new business relationships and opportunities.
The Bathurst Business Chamber is also involved in the planning for BizMonth and president Catherine Fitzsimons has stressed the importance of it this year.
"[BizMonth] is very important, even more so than in previous years, because of what has happened in the last few months," she said.
"A lot of businesses have been pushed very hard and that on the back of very difficult times with the bushfires and the drought, so it's particularly important that the content of BizMonth addresses their concerns and the real issues businesses are facing at the moment."
The details around what the workshops and other events will involve are still being planned, but one thing people can expect to see is content around businesses having an online presence.
The formats of the events will also be different than usual, including virtual events, to suit the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic at the time.
"[We're] making sure all of the events are flexible so we can accommodate possible further changes of the restrictions in both directions," Ms Fitzsimons said.
"... We won't be doing the big face-to-face formats, big lunches and things that we've had in the past, but we may be able to do small cluster events that are linked or they may have to be wholly online events.
"The advantage of that is we can do more events and spread the budget around more effectively and deliver more to businesses."
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