Supporting our Small Business Community this Small Business Month

The Hills Shire Council is helping new and existing business owners to achieve even greater success as part of the popular How To series.  

The new workshops will be launched in the lead-up to Small Business Month – a NSW Government initiative that aims to celebrate the vital work that small businesses play in supporting families, communities, and local and national economies. 

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said the series was perfect for both new and existing business owners.  

“With approximately 24,000 active businesses across the region, Council is proud to support our business community, especially during Small Business Month,” Mayor Gangemi said. 

“Our business community has been through many challenges the past few years, and this is one of the many ways Council is supporting our local businesses to achieve their dreams and so much more.  

“I strongly encourage business owners, especially those who have just begun their business journey, to secure their place in these valuable workshops. You’ll gain practical tips and skills to help you further develop your business and take it to the next level,” Mayor Gangemi added. 

Limited places are available in the ‘How To’ series, which will happen face-to-face in a small group setting at The Hills Shire Council’s administration building in Norwest.

Workshops will be available for those who have just started their own business, including legal requirements and how to write your very own business plan. Established businesses can also access workshops that will cover HR, growth and scaling, and marketing. 

To find out more or to lock in your place in a ‘How To’ series workshop, visit The Hills Shire Council website ( and click on the ‘Business Workshop’ tab.

Business workshops 

Managing HR for Beginners

Date: Thursday, 27 October 2022

Cost: FREE

What established participants will learn:

  • Defining your organisational goals and objectives
  • Defining the organisational structure and human resourcing needed to achieve operational goals
  • Workforce analysis and planning process
  • Building a plan for recruiting, retaining, and outsourcing key HR functions
  • Understanding basic costs associated with the plan
  • Defining your monitoring and reporting vehicles

Strategise your Business Growth 

Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Cost: FREE

What established participants will learn:

  • Growth-minded business planning and strategies
  • Market analysis indicators for growth
  • Creating growth plans
  • Culture and systems that support growth

Plan and Measure your Marketing Efforts 

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Cost: FREE

What established business owners will learn:

  • What is a marketing plan
  • Why a marketing plan is important
  • 9 steps to build your marketing plan

How to Start a Business

Date: Thursday, 3 November 2022

Cost: FREE

What new business owners will learn:

  • Business registration and legal requirements
  • Director duties
  • Financial, tax, and insurance requirements
  • Developing a business concept and market analysis
  • Creating your business plan
  • Launch