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We are all having to adjust quickly to doing everything digitally!  Even my 92 year old mum has finally embraced the Ipad and Facetime! 

Have you joined BBP's Supporting Better Business interactive Facebook Group yet?  The community has been growing steadily since launch a couple of weeks ago as we, along with all of you, begin to adjust to the new ways of engaging, doing business and connecting with your customers and clients - principally ONLINE!
We started the BBP Sustainable Business Surviving COVID series of Facebook Lives and video interviews with BBP local businesses.  It kicked off with the indomitable duo of Kath Davis and Kim Pearce from The Possibility Project.  Check out their Facebook Live segment featuring their gorgeous retail and workshop premises in Wahroonga here.  Last week we swung over to Willoughby to check in with Sonia Wray's Sterling Results Fitness which is going gangbusters via Zoom straight to her clients' lounge rooms and gardens.  Watch her energetic interview here.

This week we have BBP Program Manager for Ku-ring-gai Min Freedman speaking with Janelle Speight and Janetta Russell from Rotary Wahroonga to hear about their successful Rotary Club group and all the amazing things they are doing to support their local community in Ku-ring-gai and the Upper North Shore of Sydney.  Click here to go direct to the segment on Facebook.

Local Council Supporting Business Recovery

Better Business Partnership has the role of being an advocate and voice for small and medium businesses within the BBP Program Partner council areas of Willoughby, North Sydney and Ku-ring-gai.   We want to hear from local businesses what specific ways your local council could support or help the local business community as we try to navigate a way back to business recovery.  While direct financial assistance is unlikely to be possible (outside of the business rescue packages already announced and linked below in Support and Resources) what other mechanisms in control of local councils could give your business a leg up in these times?  Send us a confidential email and we will address each suggestion and where possible, champion them in our local government areas.
How can council support local business recovery out of Covid 19?

While the environment has had a nice reprieve from the overwhelming stresses of humanity over the past month, the problem of disposable waste has come up as an ever growing issue.  Many cafes have insisted on only using disposable single use cups and lids for take-away coffee as a reaction to the fears around spreading COVID 19 infection between staff and customers.  This need not be the case, as North Sydney Council demonstrates in this infographic.  It is ultimately up the cafe owner to decide, however there are no Covid 19 health regulations preventing cautious use of the customer's own reusable cups and take-away containers.  BBP recommends that cafes adopt these processes as standard and train their staff to ensure they become accepted as new ways of doing things in this new world. 
This free digital skills building webinar is brought to you by Better Business Partnership, Willoughby Council and Netstripes with the support of Business Connect.

North Sydney Business Network Webinar: Video Making for Business 

As part of North Sydney Council's support to businesses during the pandemic, the next Business Network Event webinar will be how to harness the power of video for business marketing on Thursday, 21 May 2020, from 8am-10am by Zoom.  The restrictions under COVID-19 have had a significant impact on small businesses, particularly those in accommodation and food services, and arts and recreational services. This webinar will assist businesses to reinvent themselves during the pandemic by helping them to engage with their stakeholders. The webinar will be delivered live via Zoom hosted by Amy Bingham, Co-Founder of Itchy Feet Digital, who are based on the lower North Shore. Register your free spot below.
Here are links to some useful websites and resources that small and medium businesses can access to get support and information to help to get through this business-challenging time.  
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