Events And More For Small Business Month

Anna McAfee will help business people to explore values in business.

OCTOBER is Small Business Month and ‘6 degrees’, the City of Coffs Harbour’s Economic Development and Tourism Team, has been busy gearing up for it.

The team’s first event is an Open House at Business @ Yarrila.

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Business @ Yarrila is a purpose-built space located on the first floor of Yarrila Place that has been designed to support, inspire and grow local businesses; and collaborate and engage with individuals, business, and government stakeholders.

There are three rooms available for users.

‘Think’ is a small meeting pod best suited for taking private phone calls or conversations between two people.

‘Spark’ is a boardroom that comfortably seats eight, with access to whiteboard and smart screen, and ‘Connect’ is the main area with a multi-function display unit and kitchenette that is deal for small workshops, training sessions, and group projects.

In the first of three events at Yarila Place, Hunter Leonard, a ten-time best-selling author and business owner, will present ‘Storytelling for Business’ on Tuesday October 10.

This free workshop will help business owners to develop content to communicate with customers and community and to use storytelling content to market their business.

The ‘Art Circus Business Retreat’ is a free, immersive two-day experience designed to help creative small business owners and creative entrepreneurs access new levels of direction, wellbeing and joy.

Presented by Shane O Brien, an experienced brand and marketing specialist, on October 12 and 13, participants will be exposed to new perspectives, sustainable strategies and inspiration to take their personal brand and business to new heights in an interactive workshop with mindfulness activities and creative play.

On Thursday, October 19, ‘My Business Values’ will be presented by Blyde Neser, the founder of Professional Coaching Solutions, a human resources consultancy that specialises in leadership and team performance, and Anna McAfee, who has twelve years experience in helping both recruiters and businesses leverage LinkedIn to strengthen relationships and build communities around businesses.

Ms Neser will discuss how to streamline your processes to ensure engagement from hire to retire, and how to create a work culture that supports more effective collaboration.

Ms McAfee will discuss the importance of branding your business and workplace as a great place to work, how to demonstrate your values to attract the right talent, and how to use social media to share this message.

“Blyde and I have previously done workshops together, and values began to appear in them,” Ms McAfee said.

“We became interested in building values-based businesses, implementing values into business and values-based hiring.

“Participants in our workshop will explore their own values, and then examine how to implement them into the running of their businesses.”

To complement these events, Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce and the Coffs Coast Business Women’s Network (BWN) have teamed up to host the Business Resilience Masterclass Breakfast on Thursday, October 12 from 7am until 9am at C.ex Coffs.

Nicole Donovan and Damien Attwood from Empower Agency will invite attendees to reflect on the holistic health of their businesses.

They will present some relatable insights, guidance and principles that can be applied to businesses to make a positive difference and encourage participants to think creatively, consider the bigger picture, and equip their business with the resilience it needs to withstand the challenges that arise.

The $25 investment includes a cooked buffet breakfast.

Information about these events and other Small Business Month events and opportunities can be found on the 6 degrees website at

By Andrew VIVIAN

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