Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce President Cherie Topfer (left) and Secretary Sherry Price (right) with ETC Director Ian Preston.
Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce President Cherie Topfer (left) and Secretary Sherry Price (right) with ETC Director Ian Preston. Contributed

Local businesses get leg up with funds

THE effort to support Woolgoolga businesses has received a boost following a $10,000 grant from the Enterprise & Training Company (ETC).

The grant was welcomed by the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce, and is being used to deliver a suite of programs to aid business owners delivered through the newly opened 6 Degrees Co-working Hub.

The Chamber said they identified the need to help small enterprises adjust their business model in response to the economic environment and the planned introduction of broadband to the area.

They then partnered with Coffs Harbour City Council to set up the Hub, a one-stop-shop to help small businesses grow.

It also provides resources for new start-ups and entrepreneurs to help them become fully established.

"Our suite of programs is geared to helping businesses move forward in the 21st century. There is a strong focus on becoming digitally ready and encouraging inno- vation,” Chamber president Cherie Topfer said.

"It's exciting to have premises in the town centre dedicated to business. This has allowed us to offer casual or permanent desk space at affordable rates so if you are a freelancer or working from home this is the space to connect.

"The word has obviously spread and we were thrilled when local business people volunteered to mentor new start-ups.”

ETC director Ian Preston said it was a pleasure to support the local chamber.

"The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and build capacity in the communities in which we operate,” Mr Preston said.