Connect for Success workshops coming to Coffs Harbour this November

Retail Doctor Group’s Peter Sheppard.

CONNECT for Success is a series of workshops running through November for NSW Small Business Month.

The free program is created to support local business owners and managers, providing them with learning opportunities targeted to their industry.

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City of Coffs Harbour’s 6 degrees team and its partners have curated the Connect for Success business events program to inform local business people and inspire them to take steps to the next level of their success.

“From hospitality and retail to the circular economy and agrifood – experts will share their knowledge and motivate you to grow your own venture,” said Natalia Cowley, City of Coffs Harbour General Manager.

“By attending Small Business Month events you’ll have access to some of the best in the business.

“Get ready to be inspired by new ideas and learn from other business experiences and achievements.

“At City of Coffs Harbour we are firmly focused on growing our local economy across a range of industry sectors,” said Natalia.

“Putting on programs like this is a foundation approach of our strategy.

“I’m excited to meet our local businesses and hear about emerging industry trends.

“The networking is also going to be invaluable for our local business community.”

The program will feature the following.

On November 8, Retail Doctor Group’s Peter Sheppard will share practical steps that regional businesses can implement in their workplace to encourage staff retention in retail and hospitality.

November 15 sees Jeremy Sheehan, a Coffs Harbour artist from Bay School of Arts, hosting a creative industries mini-conference and networking event.

On November 22 the focus is on agrifood insights.

Brookfarm and Cape Byron Distillery’s Pam Brook will present ideas and open discussion on growing your business through value-adding, reaching new markets, and exploring a future Coffs Coast Food Hub.

The November 30 workshop looks at ‘The Circular Economy’, what it is, how big it is, and how it’s relevant to your business, hosted by Circular Australia’s Lisa McLean.

Each event will take place in a different local venue.

For details and registration, visit

The workshops are possible through funding by the NSW Government as part of Small Business Month and run in collaboration with Blacklight Collective, Coffs Coast Business Women’s Network, MidWaste, Coffs City Centre, Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce and Sawtell Chamber of Commerce.

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