Over 40 local business owners gathered on March 2 for the first face to face networking event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic early last year.
The night, which has been labelled a great success, saw the business community enjoy a much needed social catch up to reflect on the challenges of the past year and share ideas for what’s expected to be a positive year ahead. The event was partially funded through Bushfire Recovery funding.
Donna Ridley, owner of Mansfield store Invoke said “It was so great to be able to attend the networking event.
“As newcomers to the Mansfield business community it was great to be able to connect with other business owners and employees, a wonderful and important opportunity for engagement,” she said.
The event was hosted by Mansfield Shire Council and the executive team who have applauded business owners for their ongoing efforts over the last 12+ months.
Cr Rohan Webb, said “businesses have shown great resilience, flexibility and innovation throughout the bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a difficult and unprecedented time for everyone.
“Our local businesses have faced immense challenges, particularly over the recent lockdown, but have remained resilient.
“The event was a great opportunity to relax, reflect and check in with people,” he said.
Sam Hicks, Lead Business Advisor for Business Recovery Advisory Services Program also attended, giving businesses the opportunity to connect with the support program.
“We offer one-on-one advice, assistance with grant applications, mentoring to help businesses become more resilient to change and much more.
“It was great to be able to meet so many business owners from the Mansfield Shire, I’m looking forward to working with them to ensure their businesses can operate sustainably” she said.
Chris Snook, General Manager Community and Corporate Services said feedback has been exceptionally positive.
“People really appreciated the opportunity to catch up with their industry peers in a relaxed setting at the Mansfield Coffee Merchant.
“We look forward to hosting more networking events in the future as we continue to support businesses with their recovery efforts following the 2019 bushfires and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19,” said Mr Snook.
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The Business Recovery Advisory Service provides business support to bushfire affected businesses in East Gippsland and North East Victoria.