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Small Business Programs and Support

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 introduce 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.

Small business program

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List of programs

Australian Tax Office will offer for the City of Parramatta a range of business skills for small business owners. All webinars are presented by Linden Regina of the ATO.

  • When: 15 March, 10am -11am

    Are you thinking of starting a small business? Maybe you have a hobby that's becoming a business?

    This 40-minute session will help you understand:

    • the difference between a hobby and a business
    • what to do if your hobby turns into a business
    • the most common business structures and the registrations you may need in business.

    Getting it right is important, so come along and ask questions to give your business the best chance of success.

    Register online
  • When: 22 March, 10am - 11am

    Are you starting a new small business? In this introductory 60-minute session you'll learn about which business records to keep, the legal requirements and how long to keep your records.

    This basic session also introduces you to the benefits of developing good record keeping habits as well as tools to help you manage your records.

    Register online
  • When: 10 May, 10am - 11am

    Running your small business from your home may cost you more in expenses such as electricity, gas, phone, furniture, and cars.

    In this 60-minute session find out what expenses you can claim for tax deductions and how to calculate the amounts you can claim.

    Register online
  • When: 17 May, 10am -11am

    There are many online services and digital systems that can help you perform your business activities such as marketing, sales, accounting and reporting. Come along to this 60-minute session to find out benefits of digital systems and what systems are available for each area of your business operations.

    Note: If you need information on how to use Online services for business or ATO online services, please attend our 'Connecting online with the ATO' sessions that explain how to register, lodge and pay online to the ATO.

    Register online
  • When: 24 May, 12pm - 1pm

    Are you a new employer or thinking of becoming an employer?

    In this 60-minute introductory session you'll learn about hiring workers, paying employees, paying contractors and providing benefits to workers.

    Register online
  • When: 26 April, 10am - 11am

    This session is for companies, partnerships and trusts who want to know how to manage their tax and super commitments online. In this 60-minute session you will learn how to register, lodge and pay online for GST, pay as you go withholding, pay as you go instalments and more using Online services for business which is replacing the Business Portal.

    Note: This session explains how to use Online services for business. We recommend sole traders to use ATO online services for individuals and sole traders and attend the "Connecting online with the ATO: Sole traders' session.

    Register online
  • When: 3 May, 10am - 11am

    This session is for companies, partnerships and trusts who want to know how to manage their tax and super commitments online. In this one hour session you will learn how to register, lodge and pay online for commitments such as your goods and services tax, pay as you go withholding, pay as you go instalments and more using Online services for business which is replacing the Business portal.

    Note: This session explains how to use Online services for business. We recommend sole traders use ATO online services for individuals and sole traders and attend the ‘Connecting online with the ATO: Sole traders’ session.

    Register online
  • When: 29 March, 10am - 11am

    In this 60-minute session you'll learn a straightforward five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments. Find out how to identify business activities that trigger financial responsibilities as get practical help to plan for and meet your future commitments.

    Register online
Multi-week programs
  • When

    5 May 11am–12pm
    12 May 11am–12pm
    19 May 11am–12pm

    Description

    These livestream workshops will help small business owners upskill in story-driven content for their social media.

    Presented by Michelle Badato and Orville Tagud, you will learn the basic frameworks of a social media strategy that you can apply to your business.

    The presenters will discuss and give helpful tips on:

    • Key trends on social media
    • Storytelling techniques
    • Best practice content ideas
    • Branding strategy
    • Customer persona tactics
    • Smartphone filming techniques
    • Publishing for social media platforms

    Workshops will run over three sessions, delivered via livestream. Attendees can learn from and interact with presenters online.

    • Workshop 1: Importance of digital engagement
    • Workshop 2: Smartphone video demonstration
    • Workshop 3: Videos for the customer journey
    Register for How to Spice up your Social Media Marketing
  • When

    Every Thursday via Zoom from 6 May to 24 June, 10am–12pm

    Description

    City of Parramatta invites you to this free introductory online program for anyone thinking of starting a business.

    If you are looking to get a better understanding of what’s involved working for yourself this program will help you clarify where you need to be spending your time and whether it’s the right route for you.

    Over 8 weeks we will share the formula for connecting strategy to execution so that at the completion you know how to balance your personal needs and achieve your business outcomes.

    Learn about:

    • Developing your business idea
    • Finding customers and promoting your business
    • Discovering the mindset shift required to drive your business forward
    • Simple ways to systemise and invest your time wisely
    • How to access further advice and support
    Register for Starting a small business program

Parramatta Localised March virtual meet-up

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Business owner who is taking part in the virtual meet up

The Parramatta Localised Business Meet-up is a great way to connect with other local businesses and introduce yourself; you can share what you do and what your business is all about!

Our Lightning Pitch segment is an ideal way to promote your business and expertise to others in only 20 seconds, allowing you to hone important networking skills.

Our next meet-up date will be announced soon!

Small business workshops, training & events – Western Sydney Business Centre

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Western Sydney Business Centre deliver Small Business Workshops for new and existing business owners on fundamental topics in your small business. Their workshops are low cost, practical and run by experts in their field.

Their workshops provide practical, real-world information on how to build a successful, profitable and dynamic small business. So whether you’re starting a business, or looking to grow an existing business, our workshops can help you make better-informed decisions.

For further information on the Small Business Program email economicdevelopment@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

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NSW Government's Dine & Discover

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Council is supporting the NSW Government’s Dine & Discover initiative which is now live in Parramatta.

Support local business

This initiative supports local dining, arts and tourism businesses and encourages the community to get out and about. NSW residents who are over 18 can apply for $100 in vouchers.

The offer ends on 30 June 2021.

Register for the scheme

All eligible businesses across NSW can register for the scheme and must be registered as COVID Safe

The vouchers are divided into two categories:

  • 2 x $25 Dine NSW Vouchers to be used for dining in at restaurants, cafés, bars, wineries, pubs or clubs.
  • 2 x $25 Discover NSW Vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues.

Vouchers

The vouchers can be used:

They are valid to 30 June 2021.

ServiceNSW account

All customers will need a MyServiceNSW account to receive Dine & Discover vouchers. Customers can download the Service NSW app and register for a MyServiceNSW account now.

Contact us

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If you have any questions please email economicdevelopment@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au