Member for Manly, James Griffin, has highlighted the importance of Small Business Month and the valuable contribution small business makes to the local economy.

Mr Griffin said during October, events for small businesses are being held across NSW in person and online at  

“The events are being hosted by experts from the private and government sectors, as well as by industry leaders and successful small business owners.

“Many events also provide an opportunity for small business people to come together, connect and collaborate,” Mr Griffin said.

The theme for 2023 is “My Small Business” which is focussing on providing assistance and tips on how small businesses can be strengthened in seven key areas – branding and marketing, cyber security, business health, ecommerce, current market conditions, resilience and teams.

Mr Griffin said, “The month also provides an opportunity for the Manly electorate to celebrate and support our local small business sector.”

Shadow Minister for Small Business, Wendy Tuckerman said small business is vital to the state.

“There are 840,000 small businesses, which represent 98% of all businesses across NSW.

“A small business is any that employs less than 20 people – so you if think about all our construction, health and social aid services, mechanics, restaurants and real estate agents – it’s no wonder that they contribute $465.3 billion to the state’s sales and service income,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“I encourage everyone across NSW to get out this month and support their own local small businesses, and for all small businesses to participate in Small Business Month 2023.”

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Mr Griffin said, “Small businesses are the bread and butter of our community. From the cafes and restaurants that feed us, to the physios and gyms that keep us healthy, NSW runs on small business.”