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Small Business Month Breakfast with Carolyn Miller

Wednesday 2 November, 7:30am - 8:30am, Terrace Function Room, lower ground floor, Lane Cove Community Hub, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove

Lane Cove Businesses are invited to join us for our next free Small Business Month Breakfast featuring Carolyn Miller.

We’ve invited Carolyn back to present practical tips to Maximise Your Business Potential this Summer.

Carolyn is the founder of The Honeycomb Effect communications consultancy, and has been working in marketing for over 20 years, with regular appearances on the ABC’s Gruen since 2009.

What can you do to stand out from Christmas to New Years and Back to School? Find out how to amplify your existing activities and discover new opportunities to give yourself a fresh start for 2023. From your own direct communications, to online advertising and social, there’s plenty of ideas to help you build customer loyalty across the Summer season.

Proudly brought to you by Lane Cove Council, Lane Cove Chamber of Commerce and funded by the NSW Government as part of NSW Small Business Month.

Register online.

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Support local businesses 

The Lane Cove Gift Card can be redeemed at shops, cafes, restaurants and other retail outlets in Lane Cove. 

Where can I spend a Lane Cove Gift Card?

Download a list of participating businesses or visit Shop Lane Cove to view participating businesses and what they offer.

Where can I purchase a Lane Cove Gift Card?

As well as Lane Cove Council's Civic Centre (48 Longueville Road), a Lane Cove Gift Card may be purchased at the following stores:

  • Iris & Lin
  • Spotted Orchid

The minimum load amount is $30. If you don't live in the area, you can also purchase a Lane Cove Gift Card online through Why Leave Town.

Bulk orders

If you'd like to order a large amount of Lane Cove Gift Cards, please fill out the online form through Why Leave Town.

How do I check how much money I have left on my Gift Card?

If you're a card holder and would like to check the balance of your Gift Card, please visit the Why Leave Town website and enter your card details.

Shop Lane Cove

Council encourages the community to shop locally as part of its ongoing Love Where You Shop Lane Cove campaign. This includes a range of exciting annual events, supporting materials and opportunities for local businesses to come together to promote their business to local residents.  

Did you know there are more than 150 businesses listed on the Shop Lane Cove website? Watch our new video below for a glimpse of the range of local businesses you can find on and visit the website to discover even more. Stuck at home? Need something delivered? You can also search by delivery method so that you can continue to support your local businesses throughout 2020.  

Are you a local business that would like to list on Shop Lane Cove for free? Simply click on the 'Add Listing' section in the website menu and set your information up - it takes less than five minutes. You'll then have your own login to return to the website and update your service and product offerings as often as you like.

This video was funded by NSW Small Business Month.

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Self-Employment Assistance


Self-Employment Assistance is a Federal Workforce Australia Program which replaced the New Business Assistance with NEIS program in July 2022. 

Self-Employment Assistance can help you with your business idea or existing business through its flexible services including:

  • Exploring Self-Employment Workshops
  • Business Plan Development
  • free accredited Small Business Training
  • Business Advice Sessions
  • Business Health Checks
  • Small Business Coaching.

You may also be eligible for financial support while you start and run your business as part of Small Business Coaching.

More information on the services can be found on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website. 

Exploring Self-Employment Workshops

Exploring Self-Employment Workshops help you understand what self-employment is. Workshops are delivered over 1 to 2 weeks.

Exploring Self-Employment Workshops can help you:

  • understand what's involved in starting a business
  • generate or validate a business idea
  • make an informed decision about whether self-employment is right for

Business Plan Development

A business plan helps new and existing micro-business owners focus on the steps necessary to make their business succeed.

Self-Employment Assistance can help you develop a business plan by providing you with one-on-one support and the tools you need to complete it. Once you've finished writing your business plan, your provider will be able to assess its viability.

Accredited Small Business Training

Small Business Training provides you with the skills you need to start and run a small business. You can choose to participate in one of the following accredited qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business (BSB30220)
  • Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business (BSB40320)
  • Micro Business Skill Set (BSBSS00102)
  • New Business Ventures Skill Set (BSBSS00103)
  • Small Business Management Skill Set (BSBSS00104).

Your Self-Employment Assistance provider will help you pick the qualification that best helps you achieve your small business goals.

Business Advice Sessions

Business Advice Sessions are one-hour, one-on-one sessions with a business advisor. They can give you advice on starting your own small business or running an existing one.

You can tailor these sessions to meet your needs. They can involve:

  • getting advice on starting your own business
  • improving your business' commercial viability
  • advice a range of other small business-related matters
  • referral to other small business support networks.

If you're eligible, you can book up to 2 free sessions every 12 months.

Business Health Checks

A Business Health Check is a 3-hour, one-on-one session with a Self-Employment Assistance provider. They can help you assess how your business is currently running and find ways to improve it.

Your provider will help you:

  • analyse your business
  • identify opportunities for improvement
  • connect with other local business support services, where relevant.

If you are eligible, you can access one Business Health Check every 12 months.

Small Business Coaching

Small Business Coaching gives you 12 months of personalised mentoring and support to help you start and run your small business.

If you're eligible, you may be able to access:

  • up to $300 worth of small business start-up costs, such as business insurance
  • an allowance for up to 39 weeks and rental assistance for up to 26 weeks

Sydney Business is an approved Workforce Australia provider for Self-Employment Services and provides business training, mentoring and coaching to maximise your success. 

To register your interest or to find out about your eligibility for Self-Employment Assistance, contact:

Sydney Business
Phone: 02 9415 2630

To book a Business Advice / Business Health Check session

Contact Camille Docko, Business Coach and Mentor
Phone: 0413 583 778

Coffee guide 21-22.jpgLane Cove Coffee Guide 2021-22

What better way for local coffee lovers to explore the local area than by visiting close to 40 coffee outlets across Lane Cove. Whether you need a new local for your morning pick-me-up, somewhere close by or something a little different, this guide will point you in the right direction. With handy maps to help you find your way, you will always know where the closest fuelling station is.

Download your free Lane Cove Coffee Guide or click the image (right).  



What's On Postcard - Cover.jpgWhat's On in Lane Cove Plaza: Free Events!

To encourage the community to shop locally and linger longer in Lane Cove, Council is promoting a set of free regular programs hosted in Lane Cove Plaza. Check back  for updated information on specific events.

First Fridays: Fun for Kids!

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Kick off the weekend with a free afternoon craft or games session near the Green.

Second Saturdays: Saturday Sounds

10:00am - 12:00pm

Soak up a live music performance while enjoying your weekend coffee, brunch or weekly shop.

 Watch the 2016 Sydney Weekender segment featuring Lane Cove's Coffee Carnevale.

Missed Business - A Guide for Small Business
The Missed Business guide provides some practical information about how to attract more customers by providing better access to your business for your customers.
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Additional information about shopping locally

Lane Cove village shopping precinct is in the heart of Lane Cove while a number of other shopping hubs are located throughout the Municipality including Greenwich, Yorks Corner, Figtree, Lane Cove West, Mowbray Road and St Leonards.