On Wednesday evening I had the thrill of representing the City at the first of the City of Sydney’s thought leaders business seminars. The seminars are vital for small business owners from fledgling businesses to the well established. Listening to each of the success stories here in Sydney reminded me of the passion, drive and commitment in the small business community.
This first seminar of the year was focused on the food industry, which is obviously my wheelhouse. As a business owner in the City of Sydney for 30 years, as well as my role on council, I have spoken to so many small business owners over the years, sharing their stories, concerns and tips. I believe that those experiences truely help us to develop our own careers, and are invaluable. If you’re reading this and weren’t able to attend the event, you can listen to the podcast here. I cannot recommend highly enough.
Understanding of business is really important here. Small business is a huge part of the city, we make up 85% of business in our local government area and we employ a quarter of the entire workforce. I have been vocal about my concerns in government’s relationship with small business at all levels, mostly recently regarding the developments on George St, you can learn more here.
Of course, It’s no secret that the food industry has hit an unprecedented pace in recent years. The pace is led by industry leaders like Sarah Doyle and Joseph Valore, Co-owners of Porteno and Bodega who spoke at the seminar. The push is led by editors like Myffy Rigby, national good food guides editors and creative director that has covered the incredible development over the past decade who also spoke at the seminar.
That push has created an incredibly competitive market as well, of course. As someone that personally operates in the industry – I was so excited to hear the passion and advice given by the speakers. Good luck young foodies, It’s a tough industry, a ruthless industry, but if you play your cards right, it could be the best one.