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Pivot, adapt and resolve your business for 2020

This is an important time to pivot and adapt your business. The Phoenix Resolve Workshop Series has been designed by the Bega Valley Innovation Hub (BVIH) to assist entrepreneurs and business leaders and support jobs through online training and digital co-working

Offered to businesses in the Bega Valley and Eurbodalla Shires, The Phoenix Resolve Workshop Series has been built from local resources to support local business – to assist businesses to pivot and adapt after the bushfires and now COVID-19.

Business is not ‘as usual’. This series of free workshops will support start-ups and assist entrepreneurs to build and scale their business, and will assist them to address the immediate challenges that COVID-19 presents to the local workforce: customers, technology and business partners.

Daniel Murphy, Economic Development Manager for Bega Valley Shire Council says: “businesses are doing it tough, so many parts of economic development efforts have taken a big hit and we know that no sector has been untouched. When your business is threatened, the path to sustainability needs to be easier to reach.”

“Customers are changing their behaviours. In all categories, customers are now looking for the ability to purchase online - so it is important to revisit your current path to purchase for your customers. Due to social distancing, we are now seeing customers become more digitally savvy, and therefore they will have higher expectations as to how they interact with retailers and across all sectors”.

Sarah Cooper, Eurobodalla Council’s Business Development Manager says: “Eurobodalla’s businesses are naturally in a similar situation, and this partnership with Bega Valley Innovation Hub, a first, makes sense now more than ever.

“This is our first big collaboration in industry development, and we’re so pleased to be working with the Hub and with Bega Council to provide these opportunities for local business,” she said.

“This is a time where business needs to be nimble and adapt to changing customer behaviour, and I’m hearing wonderful local examples of that already. For those who might need some support in making that pivot, the Phoenix Resolve program will improve your ecommerce know-how and build business resilience. This is the perfect time to learn some new skills and meet the changing needs of customers, now and on the other side of the pandemic and bushfire recovery.”

The BVIH has identified priorities for regional business leaders to consider – Businesses and start-ups should use these workshops to address: digital processes and systems; websites; e-commerce and social media strategy; to create content for distracted audiences; and implement key financial tools for these challenging times – all which helps build a stronger business, a stronger team and arms for the future.

Mia Maze, Manager of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub says “The Phoenix Resolve workshops will assist you to thrive as a business leader through these uncertain times.”

Testimonial from Jackie Parry, SisterShip Press: “For two months after the bushfires, I was tired and my mind wouldn’t function. Our home was threatened, I nearly gave up on my business. Instead, I dropped into a session at the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. The support from BVIH has helped me put my skipper’s hat back on and climb aboard once again.”

The Phoenix Resolve Workshop Series will run from the end of April to end June. Workshops can be accessed by any business that has an ABN. The modules can be booked singly, some as individual sessions, and some as a complete series of sessions.

Workshops are free of charge, places limited. Link to workshops:

Above: hear from the Bega Valley Innovation Hub and Eurobodalla Shire Council about their next round of workshops to assist local business. All these workshops are open to businesses in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla - FREE!

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