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Training & Events

Council is delighted to deliver a range of events, workshops and expert talks to support and help our important, valued and respected business community. These events are designed to provide the most up-to-date information and education on topics that are relevant to owning and/or operating a business in today's fast paced environment.

Online Workshops

Brought to you by City of Ryde and Realise Business

Understanding SEO in 2020

Tuesday 6 October 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join Doron Milner for a talk about basic SEO techniques that will get your website positioned higher on the list of competitors.

The power of Facebook

Monday 12 October 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join Facebook advertising expert, Yesica Alfonso, to learn how you can achieve 3 major online milestones for your business. 

If you sell to other businesses LinkedIn is THE platform to use

Monday 19 October 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join Realise Business Advisor and LinkedIn Specialist, James Evangelidis, as he shares the benefits of being engaged on this influential B2B platform.

Why you need an organic social media strategy for your brand

Monday 26 October 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join Sara Berry, Realise Business Advisor and owner of Marketing Sense, as she shows you how to improve your ‘unpaid’ social media reach and engagement and how to create an organic social strategy in a pay to play world.

Webinars by AusIndustry

Free webinars are available for businesses navigating the impacts of COVID-19 from AusIndustry, the Australian Government's agency for delivering assistance, programs and services which support industry, research and innovation.

Webinars by the Australian Tax Office (ATO)

ATO are running free webinars - 12 public sessions every day, focusing on topics that are essential to businesses struggling due to COVID-19. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to tax basics
  • Tax Support for Small Business (covers the stimulus measures)
  • myGovID and RAM (needed to access ATO online services)
  • Home-based business
  • Activity statement essentials
  • Budgeting for your commitments
  • Cash flow for small business success.

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NSW Business Connect Program Webinars & Workshops

Delivered through Realise Business, the informational webinars listed below will help you work out what steps to take next for your small business while social distancing measures are in place. For online workshops, visit Business Connect.  

Recorded Webinars

Business Skills for Creatives

June - October 2020 

Local creatives looking to develop their business skills should sign up for this series of five professional development workshops. The free online workshops run once a month and feature topics ranging from marketing and communications through to understanding your finances. 

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Recurring Events

Community of Practice - Women in Business Meeting

Community of Practice Meetings will continue to be held as virtual meetings for the remainder of 2020.  For more information, please contact the City of Ryde Economic Development Coordinator on 9952 8222.


Business Opportunity Accelerator Program

In association with Macquarie University, we’re running the Business Opportunity Accelerator (BOA) program for businesses in the City of Ryde. 

Successful applicants to the program will be provided with a small student team from Macquarie University who will research post COVID-19 growth opportunities for your organisation and produce a tailored report with their findings and recommendations.

Spaces for the pilot program are limited, but a waiting list will be assembled and applicants contacted for any future run of the program.

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Switching on Clean Energy

Please note that this event has been postponed. Further details about the postponed date will be announced when available.

This exclusive event will bring together top-level management members involved in the decision-making processes for established businesses in Macquarie Park and North Ryde to discuss opportunities and best investments for your business to take the lead and make the switch to renewable energy.

Last updated on 24 September 2020