Small Business and Employment Programs

City of Parramatta’s business programs and events support the City’s new and existing businesses, its entrepreneurs and its growing workforce.

With access to quality seminars and workshops by leading training organisations and industry professionals, our programs provide an introduction to important business development tools that make starting or growing a business easier.

Our diverse resident population and workforce are offered opportunities for professional upskilling, improving their employability and giving them a pathway for further development.

Council’s support of business events in Parramatta helps ensure our business community is provided with opportunities for networking, connecting, recognition and reward.

View our Small Business Programs Brochure.

Small Business Month October 2019

The NSW Small Business Month, now in its second year, is organised by the NSW Department of Industry. Small Business Month activities will be held from 1 to 31 October in local communities across NSW.  

During October 2019, City of Parramatta will hold and participate in a number of activities to support Small Business Month. 

The City of Parramatta is collaborating with a number of organisations to deliver a suite of activities throughout October for local small businesses.

Our collaborators include Western Sydney Business Centre, Parramatta College, Western Sydney Skills Hub, and the Australian Taxation Office. Among the activities are workshops covering basic accounting, taxation and reporting obligations, and social media and marketing training. 

For more information, visit the NSW Government Small Business Month website.

Please see below for our Small Business Month Activities.

Small business and Employment programs

The Small Business Programs and workshops offer key learning opportunities and advice to those wishing to start or grow their small business in Parramatta. Offered through the year are multi-session courses or stand-alone workshops to suit your business development needs.

Click on the hyperlink for each program to register.

Business Skills Programs  Date 
Define Your Target Market 19 August 2019
Brand Building for Small Business 20 August 2019
How to Price and Package Your Services 9 September 2019
Social Media 101 for Small Business 10 September 2019
Setting Up an Online Business to Avoid Common Costly Mistakes 17 September 2019
Market Planning the Easy Way 18 September 2019
How to Start a Small Business (Free) - Small Business Month Activity 9 October 2019
Social Media Strategies for Business to Business - Small Business Month Activity 10 October 2019
Perfect your Pitch and Network with Ease 21 October 2019
Effective Sales Techniques to Maximise Profit 29 October 2019
Social Media Law 31 October 2019
The Importance of Protecting your Intellectual Property: An introduction to IP 4 November 2019
DIY Low Cost Market Research 18 November 2019
Low Cost Online Marketing 2 December 2019

TAFE 6-week courses (Free)

Course name Date
How to Start Your Own Business 2 September - 14 October 2019*
Grow Your Business 21 October - 25 November 2019

*Note: There will be no class on the 7 October public holiday.

Parramatta College

Parramatta College and CIB will be delivering two new workshops for Small Business Month.

Accounting Business Basics - Free

This workshop is intended for those who are planning to start their small business or perhaps a micro business and need some basic idea about a small business from accounting points of view. Whilst not a comprehensive accredited program, this workshop will, at least, help you make your first step into the world of small business, understand the difference between a hobby and a business, business structures and relevant legislation.

Register on Eventbrite

Fundamentals of Social Enterprise - Free

This workshop focuses on what a social enterprise is, it’s structure, and how it can make a contribution to the community while still maintaining a viable business idea.

Register on Eventbrite

Small Business Grants Workshop

The City of Parramatta is presenting a workshop for small businesses to learn how to access and apply for private and government grant funding.

This two hour workshop will provide information on how to write a grant application, how to assess if a grant is right for you, and tips and hints on how to increase your application being successful.

  • Date: 28 October 2019
  • Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Address: Information Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Rd (Corner Villiers St), Parramatta

You can register your interest in this event on Eventbrite, or email the Economic Development Team at 

Australian Taxation Office free Programs

The Australian Taxation Office offers free small business education events. These workshops will be held at Parramatta Library.

Click on the hyperlink for each program to register.

Course name Date
Starting a Small Business 11 October 2019
Employer Essentials 11 October 2019
Tax Essentials 14 October 2019
Planning Your Regular Financial Commitments 14 October 2019
Single Touch Payroll - An Introduction 21 October 2019
Single Touch Payroll - Reporting 21 October 2019

For any enquiries, please contact Council’s Economic Development team at