October Business Month (OBM) 2020 has wrapped up for another year delivering a packed program of events and workshops to support Territory businesses navigate our current economic climate.
This year we adapted the OBM program to meet the critical and evolving needs of Territory small businesses.
The OBM team hit the road and delivered the 2020 program in a symposium style format to the Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin regions.
The OBM programs focused on giving small businesses access to local expertise and the latest practical information and skills development to help owners, operators and employers adapt and rebound from COVID-19.
Throughout October over 100 workshops were delivered which included a mixture of educational events, keynote presentations, workshops and networking events.
A popular feature of the program was our industry focused sessions. In Darwin each day was tailored to a specific industry to better assist businesses and employees with content relevant to their field of work.
The Business to Business Expo presented by Treeti Business Consulting provided attendees with 15 minute one-on-one sessions with business organisations and service providers.
Another key feature in this year’s program has also been the celebration of Territory business success stories who have shared their inspirational stories right across the Territory.
Thank you to Kim Ford, Manapan Furniture, Anindilyakwa Art Centre, Leon Loganathan, Dave and Tanya Neenan, Steve and Jan Baldwin, The centre for Appropriate Technology, Tanya Heaslip, Alison Ross and Dan Richards.
Shaun Drabsch, CEO of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade said OBM is an important event in the Territory calendar and one that has supported business for 26 years.
“Small to medium enterprises are a key component to the Territory economy, therefore it was essential for OBM to deliver on the ground support for businesses still affected by COVID-19 and for businesses seeking to adapt to the new operating environment we now find ourselves in.
“Initiatives like OBM are more important than ever to help support, inspire and continue our great Territory businesses.”
October Business Month would not have been possible without our generous sponsors. Thank you to NAB, True North Strategic Communication, Merit Partners, Darwin Corporate Park, Treeti Business Consulting, 9 News Darwin, Imparja, Mix 104.9, Hot 100, NT News, 104.1 Territory FM, Sun 969, Territory Q Magazine, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin and Alice Springs, Magnolia Flower Merchants, ARC Fitness, Encore, Anindilyakwa Aboriginal Art Centre - Authentic Aboriginal Art and Sound + Light + Multimedia.