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Small business done differently: Bega event

Bega Valley businesses will share ideas and learn how to prepare for, survive and thrive before, during and after disasters at an interactive Small Business Done Differently workshop on Tuesday [March 8].

Hosted by Bega Chamber of Commerce as part of Small Business Month, former Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell will be the keynote speaker and will interview two local business owners who were winners at the recent Customer Service Awards.

The event will celebrate the Bega businesses ``doing it differently’’ to build their business resilience.

Resilience expert Renae Hanvin, who founded the Business Community Resilience (BCR) Toolkit pilot program running in Southern NSW through her social enterprise corporate2community, will showcase two modules from the toolkit (Revenue Streams and Disasters Bring Opportunities).

She will also facilitate a group conversation to enable attendees to share their knowledge and experiences of preparing for and recovering from disasters.

The event will be held on International Women’s Day and will make a special nod to Bega women in business.

Chamber president John Watkin said business networks such as the chamber played a vital role supporting businesswomen: ``Successful business communities such as ours in Bega have a mix of women and men, with everyone contributing their skills and talents.

``The chamber has an opportunity to offer grassroots support to women in business by offering networking events, training and other resources close to home.

``This year we created the extra category of Women in Business at our Customer Service Awards in response to the overwhelming number of outstanding women nominated under each category.’’

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, just over a third of Australia’s business operators are women (34 per cent or 668,670), and that figure is rising.

Small Business Month (March 1 – 31) is delivered by the NSW Government.

The 2022 theme is Rebuild – Recharge – Renew, with activities aimed to help small businesses get back on their feet, find new opportunities and prosper.

The Small Business Month event will be held at Bega Country Club from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday, March 8.

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