Small businesses will benefit from a $355,000 City of Sydney funding program for projects that will increase data access, help raise the profile of local precincts and provide new training and networking opportunities.
The new City of Sydney grants will go to 10 Sydney business chambers to fund 25 projects for the 2018/19 financial year.
A further $135,000 in grants for business chambers and local organisations will support five new music, arts and food festivals, markets and community events in Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Potts Point, Walsh Bay and Newtown.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the cash grants for business chambers will help further grow the city's local economies and support community life.
"Local business chambers are on the ground working directly with our business owners, which means they know what our small businesses and communities want and need," the Lord Mayor said.
"Strong business chambers are needed in order to advance the interests of this vital part of the City economy - supporting these local business chambers will enable projects that will promote local precincts, connect businesses to new opportunities, give local business owners skills for the future, and allow business chambers to best represent the needs of their local communities.
"By working hand-in-hand with local business chambers, we can help small businesses draw new people into their local area, optimise the services they provide and create exciting events to engage, attract and retain customers."
Richard Adamson, Newtown Precinct Business Association president and owner of Young Henrys, said the grants were "critical" to allow the group to support local business.
"This funding will support our latest project, CoWork Newtown, and other projects that provide real benefits for small to medium sized businesses in our local area," Mr Adamson said.
The new grants have also been welcomed by the manager of the Sydney Chamber Alliance, Simon Shaw.
"Thanks to the collaboration between the local chambers and the City of Sydney and City councillors, the programs our chambers and associations are set to provide will align with what local businesses need," Mr Shaw said.
Ten organisations will receive funding for projects to support local businesses:
Australian Fashion Chamber - series of business development workshops for emerging local fashion businesses
CBD Sydney Chamber of Commerce - three business education events; database expansion project to connect more CBD businesses; social media project to raise profile of CBD businesses and promote business opportunities
Darlinghurst Business Partnership - technology tracking project to measure footfall patterns for local businesses; professional development workshops; destination marketing strategy to increase visitor numbers to Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Potts Point
Glebe Chamber of Commerce - series of events to bring together new and existing Glebe businesses; local business data collection and analysis, three tasting trek dining events with Glebe restaurants
Newtown Precinct Business Association - project to collate local business stories for digital promotions; local business advocacy project; business development program for Newtown retailers
Potts Point Partnership - campaign to promote independent businesses in Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Potts Point and Woolloomooloo and increase visitor numbers; series of networking events and monthly newsletter for the local business community
Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce and Industry - monthly arts and food markets at Pyrmont Bay Park; walking tours and maps highlighting local attractions; series of networking events and newsletter for local businesses
South Sydney Business Chamber - create a data and knowledge bank to support new and existing businesses in Redfern, Green Square and City South
Surry Hills Creative Precinct - series of business skills and networking workshops for existing and future Surry Hills business owners; support for marketing and promotional campaign for businesses in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Potts Point to increase tourism
Walsh Bay Precinct Partnership - networking events for local businesses; communications project to increase social media engagement, maintain a website and produce a bi-monthly newsletter; food trails and media tours to increase awareness of businesses in the Walsh Bay area
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