October Business News - Special Edition



October is NSW Small Business Month and this special edition of the Business News is provided to empower you– Lismore LGA business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals – to boost your business this month and into the future.

This year’s theme is My Small Business and events will help you, as a small business owner or operator, to strengthen your business across seven key areas of brand, cyber security, health, online, resilience, team and trade.

Lismore City Council is partnering with the Nimbin Chamber of Commerce and Business Lismore to deliver free events. Both Chambers were successful in obtaining NSW Government grants to deliver events around the theme of ‘My Small Business Brand’.

To learn more about these events, visit Lismore City Council’s YourSay page and follow the links to ‘Small Business Month Events’.

October Business Month is a great opportunity to develop or refresh your essential business skills, create networks and to celebrate your business success. To find other resources that will help your small business thrive, visit NSW Small Business Month website.

Lismore’s free event:

When and where: Wednesday, October 25: 8.30am-12pm, at The Business Hub, Southern Cross University Plaza.

Presented by Ryan McCann from Lion & Lamb Design agency - Branding for the modern business landscape:

  • You’ll gain an understanding of how branding can be a powerful tool to convey business values, messaging and storytelling to create a strong emotional connection with customers who share those values, leading to brand loyalty and long-term success.
  • Morning tea provided

Register for this free event.


Nimbin's free event:

When and where: Friday, October 27: 8am-4pm, at the Nimbin Bush Theatre Café, 2 Blue Knob Road, Nimbin.

Presented by Kylie Mowbray-Allen from Hello Media – a business coach with a lifetime of experience in media, advertising, marketing, e-commerce and branding:

  • You’ll learn how to understand your brand better, how to utilise AI tools for super-fast content generation, strategies to simplify social media activities, and alternative methods for optimising social media management.
  • Refreshments provided



Economic Review and Analysis Background Paper:

When: Wednesday, 1 November 7.30am – 9.30am

Where: Invercauld House, 163 Invercauld Road, Goonellabah

You are invited to attend a briefing session on Lismore’s economic position.

As part of Lismore City Council’s commitment to supporting and partnering with local business, we are pleased to invite you to the second Business Insights Forum. This Forum is for all businesses across Lismore who would like to gain key insights and discuss economic issues, trends, and opportunities both for businesses and the region.

Lismore City Council recently commissioned Astrolabe Group to develop an “Economic Review and Analysis Background Paper”. Astrolabe’s Group Director, Michael Comninos, will summarise the deep insights identified in the Paper and pose key considerations for business, community and government to drive economic growth for the region.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the issues covered by the Paper and how businesses, Council and key organisations can collaborate to drive growth.

About Michael Comninos and Astrolabe Group

The Astrolabe Group identify, plan and deliver solutions for sustainable, resilient and inclusive growth of cities and regions.

They are recognised urban growth and change management experts with a uniquely empathetic approach to clients and the community. They work with local councils, state and federal government, universities, industry, not-for-profits and peak associations to build clarity and consensus across diverse stakeholders.

Michael Comninos has over 20 years of experience in planning, housing and infrastructure systems working in the government and private sectors. Michael has extensive experience developing and implementing strategy, policy and regulatory reform in planning and infrastructure, creating tangible community benefits.

Light breakfast will be provided.



Building Business Success with the Northern Rivers Rail Trail:

When: Thursday, 16 November 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Two Mates Brewing, 7 Engine Street, South Lismore

Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire Council are collaborating to deliver a program to help businesses leverage opportunities for the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.  

The program will be delivered by Meredith Wray, a leading regional tourism expert. 

The program will help businesses to understand the economic opportunities surrounding the Trail and how they can capitalise on the new regional asset.

It will include insights from ambassadors from the Tweed section of the Rail Trail, updates on project construction at Casino and Lismore and knowledge sharing to support business growth and diversification.  

Light refreshments will be provided. 


If you have any questions please call Kelly Dymand on 6625 0500 or email business@lismore.nsw.gov.au.



When: Saturday, 11 November 10am - 2pm.
Where: South Lismore Bowling Club

The current housing crisis is not just a statistic or a news headline, it's a current reality that affects countless individuals and families in Lismore and beyond. 

As we grapple with soaring prices, limited availability and the stress of securing a stable place to call home, it's crucial we take steps to address this issue.

In response to this crisis, Lismore City Council has developed the Lismore Housing Expo, demonstrating Council's commitment to providing access to the knowledge and resources needed to find a safe and secure place to live.

This is an important event not only for Lismore’s recovery but also for the City’s future. 

Stallholders will showcase the wide array of services and resources available to help people through the challenges of the current housing situation. From tiny homes and modular homes to house removals, house raising, the two rooms project and recovery support services. 

Attendees can connect with experts on housing grants, development applications, financial counselling or legal advice, these free 30-minute sessions run between 10am and 2pm and are open to all attendees.

Enjoy complimentary food, coffee and kids' activities throughout the day. Plus, enter the lucky door draw for a chance to win one of three Loving Local Gift cards. 

Access this important information at the Lismore Housing Expo on Saturday, 11 November, from 10am to 2pm at the South Lismore Bowling Club. For more details visit Council's website at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au or contact Council on 6625 0500.

This is a Back Lismore initiative designed to help advance Lismore into the future. To discover how you can support Lismore, visit www.backlismore.com.au.