Small Business Month 1-31 October


Small business underpins the MidCoast region's economy and its contribution is highlighted from 1 - 31 October during Small Business Month with two free workshops - proudly supported by the NSW Government.

The Vibrant Spaces initiative encourages business owners to add colour, movement, sound and interest along the footpaths. Businesses are encouraged to use the footpath, free of charge, in return for some innovative thinking and a common sense approach to adding colour, products, chairs and tables onto our streets. The aim is to encourage people to stop, linger, shop and dine, which not only benefits local businesses, but makes for a more pleasant shopping experience.

The concept behind Vibrant Spaces is that businesses can use the footpath, free of charge, in return for some innovative thinking and a common sense approach to adding colour, products, comfortable seating and lively entertainment onto our streets.

Find out all about Vibrant Spaces on the MidCoast here!

Supported by the NSW Government, free Vibrant Spaces Masterclasses are being held in October in Bulahdelah and Forster, to help activate the streets and attract people to local businesses.

Placemaking expert, David Engwicht will lead Place Making Masterclasses at:

Bulahdelah on Tuesday 30 October (5.30pm - 7.30pm)

Forster on Wednesday 31 October (5.30pm - 7.30pm).

The witty and informative presentation will provide you with inspiration to create a more vibrant and enjoyable atmosphere, to keep people in our streets for longer and build store traffic.

In addition, a special follow-on marketing workshop will be held in:

Gloucester at Café 57 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Thursday 1 November.

David Engwicht, who is leading the Masterclasses, will now provide a further workshop, tailored specifically to assist Gloucester small businesses make the most of their unique and gorgeous location and town. The Gloucester workshop will build on the concepts presented at the Masterclasses, and guide business owners in developing their own action plan, covering street appeal, visual merchandising, store layout and store security.

David Engwicht has worked with communities across the world to vitalise public spaces and give space 'back to the people'. Beginning with a campaign on 'traffic calming' in 1989, David published a university text book "Towards an Ecocity" which was used across the UK, USA and Australia. He has worked with communities across Australia since 2007 to add vibrancy to streets and public spaces.

Find out more about David's initiatives on his Creative Communities website.

The Place Making Masterclasses for Bulahdelah and Forster will provide a great basis for businesses which are new to the Vibrant Spaces initiative to make a creative start in their streets.

To book for a free Masterclass, just complete the form below.

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With stable development and an unbeatable lifestyle, the MidCoast is open for business!  We're committed to partnering with businesses on the MidCoast to further regional economic development.

The Business hub on our website has everything you need to know to get you started:

  • The MidCoast Advantage
  • Vibrant Spaces
  • Business essentials
  • Doing business with us

and more!