Taking business ideas from drawing board to real world

Taking business ideas from drawing board to real world

What does it take to open a small bar, set up a food truck or put on live music in Sydney?

Get answers at one of eight small business seminars being run by the City of Sydney this year.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the seminars were designed to help budding entrepreneurs get ideas off the drawing board and into the real world.

“Our small business workshops are designed to help people to cut through the red tape of setting up a business and get on with bringing their great business ideas to life,” the Lord Mayor said.

The City hosted six workshops last year on topics including live music, small bars and how to navigate the development application process.

The response was overwhelmingly positive, with more than 500 people taking part.

Building on this success, the City has added more seminars to this year’s program. New topics include outdoor dining and food trucks – some of Sydney’s most successful and exciting new businesses.

The seminars will be at Customs House, 6.30pm-8.30pm, on:

  • Small Bars 101 – Wednesday      3 April
  • Live Music 101 – Wednesday 29 May
  • So You Want to Start a Small Business? – Wednesday, 19 June
  • Food Businesses 101 – Wednesday 31 July
  • Startups 101 – Wednesday 28 August
  • Small Bars 101 – Wednesday      11 September
  • Pop Ups 101 – Thursday 19 September
  • Food Trucks and Mobile Food Vending 101 – Thursday 24 October.

Participants will hear from City experts on planning, compliance and economic development, guest speakers from industry, and operators who have been through the processes themselves.

“The City of Sydney workshops are an invaluable resource for people interested in setting up a live music venue,” said Kristy Brown, the executive officer at Music NSW.

“They make the process very clear and aim to demystify the compliance process so that you can forge ahead, equipped with the best knowledge to bring your idea to life as quickly and easily as possible. Music NSW highly recommends anyone interested in learning more about how this process works to attend, and learn from the best.”

As well as advice on the consent process, permits and trading hours, people will learn about health standards for food businesses, noise management issues for music venues, and other useful topics.

“If these issues are handled correctly from the start, new business owners can avoid pitfalls, save costs and ensure they are welcomed by the community,” said City Manager of Business Precincts, Night Time Economy and Safe City, Suzie Matthews.

From grants to help kick-start fledgling businesses to sponsorship of major festivals, the City of Sydney provides millions of dollars each year to support business and retail and foster creative enterprise.

Last year, the City spent more than $5.7 million to fund a wide range of business initiatives, including business networking and seminars for small businesses.

To register for one of the seminars email sydney101@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For more information contact Richard Roberts on 02 9265 9928 or riroberts@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For media enquiries contact City of SydneySenior Media Adviser Rohan Sullivan, phone 02 9246 7298 or 0414 617 086, or email rsullivan@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson 0427 044 768 or mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au