The free event on 15 October is ideal for those already running a home-based business or thinking about setting one up.
The forum is being co-hosted by the CSIRO at its Lindfield facility along with Ryde and Ku-ring-gai Councils to mark NSW Small Business Month. The forum will be opened by a representative from the NSW Small Business Commission, with the closing address by NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope MP.
Guest speaker Robert Gerrish will deliver the keynote address called Crush the commute - how to make working from home really work.
Robert Gerrish supports individuals starting, growing, fine-tuning or exiting their business. He founded the Flying Solo online community and co-wrote the bestseller of the same name.
Other forum highlights are workshops on important topics for home-based businesses, including targeting customers through research; social media marketing; pitching your business and compliance issues.
There’ll also be an opportunity to network informally with other people running home businesses and talk to mentors about specific issues.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said home-based businesses were often overlooked but were a vital and growing segment of the local business scene.
“In Australia nearly 1 million people run a business from home. These businesses are playing an increasingly important role in Ku-ring-gai’s local economy.”
“The forum will provide useful advice from the experts but perhaps more importantly, lead to networking opportunities and help lessen the isolation that home-based businesspeople can sometimes experience”.
Registrations are open now for the forum, which will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm with morning tea and lunch included. CSIRO Lindfield is located at 36 Bradfield Road West Lindfield with free parking available.
To register and for any enquiries contact Will Adames at Ku-ring-gai Council on 9424 0757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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