Business Connect Advisory Program
The Business Connect program, funded by the NSW Government, provides business advisory services to business owners and those who are thinking about starting a new business. Business Connect aims to provide support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to startup, create jobs through growth, and help them become sustainable.
All Business Connect advisors are accredited, possess formal qualifications in a business-related discipline, and have experience in running their own successful business. The advisors are versed in management consulting and have prior advisory experience to deliver expert advice to each business.
With a broad range of skills, business advisors cover a range of essential business topics including business planning, marketing and how to grow your digital presence.
Business owners can choose a specific independent Business Connect advisor to match their needs, and can organise for the meeting to take place at their business premises, or another convenient location.
Business Connect have also launched a new free online toolkit to help businesses. The toolkit includes more than 35 webinars on a range of business-related subjects, as well as fact sheets and training videos.
Business Connect is a free program. Businesses are individually allocated 8 hours of free one-on-one sessions every financial year.
Meet our local advisors
Business Connect would like to welcome their newest Business Advisor for South West Sydney, Debbie Roberts.
Debbie has worked and lived in the Macarthur region for more than 30 years. She brings to the role experience and knowledge of small business, health, education, local government, and not-for-profit/charity sectors.
So whether you are thinking of starting a business, you've already started one, or you want to get assistance with your business to help it grow, contact Debbie to book an appointment via the below link:
Book an appointment with Debbie Roberts
Alexandra has over 20 years of extensive experience in the retail industry, having held high profile positions in retail sales, procurement, trade marketing, sales representation and account management.
While working full time in the retail industry, gaining knowledge and achieving personal career goals, Alexandra established and operates her own small business, Wick'd Candles, offering product ranges online and in stores. Alexandra has a passion for assisting local business to achieve their personal and business goals through motivation, inspiration and providing high quality advice based on her own experience and knowledge.
As well as her retail and small business experience, Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Business.
Book an appointment with Alexandra Hawkins
Business Health Check Program
Undertaking a Business Health Check can provide useful insights to help you prioritise the next steps in growing your local business. The Business Health Check is designed to identify opportunities and potential pitfalls customers need to be aware of to help their business thrive.
Working with your Business Connect advisor, you can complete a 45- minute Business Health Check to provide useful insights to support you prioritise the next steps for your business. In the session you may undergo an assessment of the business' financial performance, risks, and structures. They are designed to identify opportunities and potential challenges to be aware of to help your business thrive.
Check out our What's On page to find out when the next Business Health Check session is.
Visual Merchandising Assessment
The Visual Merchandising Assessment(PDF, 172KB) is designed to identify actions that can be taken in store to attract, engage and motivate customer purchase.
During a visit to your store, the advisor will assess your store based on the 4 key areas and 5 key elements of Visual Merchandising and make recommendation.
Working with Alex Hawkins, Your Business Connect advisor, you can complete the 1 – 2 hr Visual Merchandising Assessment (free of charge, as part of the 8 hours advisory sessions allocated each financial year from Business Connect) to provide useful insights to support you prioritise the next steps for your business.
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