Small Business Friendly Councils Program

Small Business Friendly Councils Program

We are proud to support the NSW Government's Small Business Friendly Councils Program – a partnership of the NSW Office of Small Business Commissioner and the NSW Business Chamber. This program aims to improve the overall business climate for small businesses across NSW. 

In recognition of the importance of the small business sector in our community, a report was considered by Council in August 2014.  By signing the Charter, Greater Taree City Council joins over 66 other NSW councils who are now participating in the program.

Coming up
As a Small Business Friendly Council we are visited from time to time by the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, with the Small Biz Bus or free workshops.  Below are details of what is coming up in our area.

Free Workshop - Establishing an Online Presence - Thursday 3 March, 8 - 10am
Free Workshop - Online Marketing Capability Building - Thursday 10 March, 6 - 8pm

Find out more here.  RSVP essential for both workshops, by 26 February 2016.

What else have we done?
As part of a business improvement process, we undertook the Vibrant Spaces trial from 1 September 2014 to 28 February 2015.  Reports measuring the success of Vibrant Spaces were undertaken throughout and following the trial (September, December, March, June). Find out more about the Vibrant Spaces trial and the findings of the trial.

Our commitment to supporting small businesses is also shown through simplifying the Development Application (DA) process , and pre lodgement meetings and online application tracking.

The introduction of pre lodgement meetings aims to help local businesses take the guess work out of their applications by meeting with Council’s planning team who provide free and expert advice so that they can get straight to the nitty-gritty of what needs to be done. These appointments can be made by simply emailing

The online application tracking is a new service that was introduced in July, which allows people to see exactly where the DA process is up to by viewing forms, plans and site inspection dates. This makes it easier for time-poor small businesses, as it alleviates the need to call or come into Council to see where their application is up to.


You will find further information at the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner