A free Economic Gardening program helping grow local businesses starts soon

Helping 500 Illawarra businesses in a decade: Littleton City Council business development manager Chris Gibbons, of Colorado, during his visit to Shellharbour to launch the Economic Gardening program he designed in 2007.
Helping 500 Illawarra businesses in a decade: Littleton City Council business development manager Chris Gibbons, of Colorado, during his visit to Shellharbour to launch the Economic Gardening program he designed in 2007.

Applications for the next Economic Gardening business development program close soon.

The free business development program supported by Shellharbour, Kiama and Wollongong councils focuses on helping local business operators grow their enterprises by providing them with a package of professional business tools and assistance.

The initiative is designed to help businesses fast-track sustainable expansion and is delivered by business specialists who have a proven track record of building and assisting successful enterprises. Economic Gardening includes workshop sessions on customer relationship management, financial management, digital strategy and online marketing and advanced marketing techniques.

Economic Gardening targets enterprises that have sound business models, are no longer start-ups and are ready to mature to the next stage of their development.

The program has been operating in the Illawarra for over a decade.

In that time more than 500 businesses have taken part.

Many of them have grown their markets domestically and internationally, created new businesses, attracted government support to assist further growth and generated local jobs.

Applications close on August 18. Contact 4221 6041.