Launch of business directory: Blue Mountains | Blue Mountains Gazette

A new free Blue Mountains business directory, funded by bushfire resilience grants, will feature more than 5,500 businesses in the region.

The business directory was created as part of the more than $600,000 bushfire grants funded by the Blue Mountains Business Community Resilience Project, which focuses on the creation of resilient business communities in the 26 mountain towns.

Excited about a new business directory: Meagan Witton of Faulconbridge runs Miss Figgy Grazing Boards, a catering business that supports local farmers, bakers, butchers, cheese makers and vendors with her bespoke grazing boards.

The project is a collaboration between corporate2community (C2C), a leader in disaster resilience of business communities, and BusinessBM, the new business network in the region.

BusinessBM director and spokesperson Lawrence Atkinson said the directory would help businesses connect with each other and improve their visibility and accessibility to new residents looking for key services.

“This project is essentially about keeping Blue Mountains businesses going,” Atkinson said.

“We want to build a strong and resilient local economy, and the best way to do that is to come together as a business community. By working with each other, we can thrive not only as individual businesses, but also as a regional community. “

Faulconbridge owner Meagan Witton jumped at the chance to sign up for the new directory.

“We launched our Miss Figgy Grazing Boards business last October when the last batch of lockdowns was completed,” Ms Witton said. “We’ve been creating pasture boards for our friends and family for a few years. It was really a side hobby, and last year we decided to dive in and start our business. It just took off. “

Ms Witton said the directory would be popular with other business owners and operators who have struggled after the fires and during the pandemic.

“A local business directory makes it much easier for us to reach potential new customers and also connect with local suppliers,” she said.

Corporate2community director Renae Hanvin said the directory is part of a series of grantmaking initiatives that underpin the project’s goal of building disaster preparedness and resilience in the Blue Mountains.

“We know that local businesses are the backbone of regional communities, and when they start working together and sharing knowledge, powerful change happens and everyone in the community benefits,” said Ms. Hanvin. .

In addition to the directory, the website has links and resources for mountain businesses covering resilience, mental health and wellbeing, and networking. It will help business owners establish their own local networks.

Meanwhile, the state’s leading business organisation, Business NSW, believes a new hardship panel set by the NSW Government to consider financial support for small businesses will be adopted by businesses across the state. The panel will consider on a case-by-case basis which companies are not eligible for any of the hardship packages currently on offer.

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