Business resources

Small Business Recovery Taskforce

The Small Business Recovery Taskforce will lead an examination of how we as a community can support industry clusters which are critical to our local economy. It will examine and confront sector trends and challenges, helping our Council to develop a customised local recovery program which addresses post-COVID changes.

Over the coming months the newly established team will meet and explore opportunities with local businesses and industry experts brought in to help devise targeted strategies. The three main objectives of the Taskforce are to:

  1. Identify common issues

  2. Identify local support strategies

  3. Accelerate and provide targeted local assistance.

How the Taskforce will work

Regular business forums will be hosted, inviting local experts to discuss trends, challenges and experiments in an open online forum. All local businesses are invited to participate in these events. The issues and ideas will then be considered by the Taskforce, and the Taskforce will look at actions for Council or interested parties as a result of the forum.

Membership

Members of the Taskforce include:

  1. Chair — Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
  2. Expert — Professor Ed Blakely
  3. Cr Michael Megna
  4. Cr Marian Parnaby
  5. Peter Gainsford — City of Canada Bay General Manager
  6. Stella Angelo — Business consultant/sole trader
  7. Serge Derkatch — Drummoyne Business Chamber/small business owner
  8. Raylene He — young entrepreneur/small business owner

Schedule of forums

Construction and property industry

For those interested in the forum on 3 February, please book online here.

Expert speakers include:

  • Jackie Williams (Warwick Williams Real Estate), discussing trends in real estate and what it means for our locality
  • Chris Ilias (Modum), discussing building trends and the challenges ahead
  • John Christopoulos (Lease Negotiator, Mediator, Tenant and Landlord Advisor), discussing the impacts of the crisis on the commercial sector for both tenants and landlords.

After brief reflections from these local experts Council will seek comments and questions from local businesses to help shape its action plan.

Retail Industry

For those interested in the forum on 10 March, please book online here.

Hospitality, culture and events industry

For those interested in the forum on 21 March, please book online here.

Finance and business consulting industry

For those interested in the forum on 2 June, please book online here.

Wellness and personal care industry

For those interested in the forum on 14 July, please book online here.

The City of Canada Bay is a fast growing business region positioned within 10 kilometres of Sydney's central business district, hosting a diverse and vibrant economy from small neighbourhood village centres to significant ‘A’ grade corporate developments. Local employment is trending upwards and the City boasts a thriving economy with strong economic outlook.

Our population is estimated as just over 94,000 and is forecast to grow to 119,858 by 2036.

Our businesses form an integral part of our communities, adding to the vibrancy and vitality of our places. We attract investors and entrepreneurs who contribute to our sustainable future, benefiting from our fast growing population and well placed business precincts.

Below are some handy resources for businesses. For more information about doing business in the City of Canada Bay, please click here.

Local business information

The City of Canada Bay’s  Place Management Team is your business and investment facilitation team, providing advice and referral to assist you with business success. For further information on these programs, please contact the Team on 9911 6555 or email business@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.

Business resources

Government website business.gov.au provides detail on services from across government to support your business. There is advice on connecting you to information, grants, registrations and support to help your business succeed in Australia.

Business Connect program

The NSW Government's Business Connect program offers you a business advisor, events providing skills and training to improve business and a “Health Check”. For more information call 1300 134 359 or click here to visit the website.

Business Services

If you are opening a café, restaurant or small bar you can use just one form and save months of time with Service NSW's Business Services. There you'll find everything from getting your Council Development Application right the first time to applying for outdoor dining, liquor licencing and more.