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Support for business and industry

There is a multitude of programs, services, business associations, mentoring and networking opportunities available to support business growth and success in Port Stephens, both Council and privately run.

Small Business Friendly Council

As one of over 70 member councils that take part in the Small Business Friendly Council program, Port Stephens Council recognises the importance of the local small business sector as a vital contributor to the community and economy. As a Small Business Friendly Council, Port Stephens Council supports initiatives that create a business-enabling environment including: the introduction of e-planning services; a dedicated Planning and Developer Relations Coordinator with a specific focus on enhancing the customer experience in terms of development applications, and an 'On Time' payment cycle of seven days which helps small business with cash flow.

Port Stephens Council signed the NSW Small Business Commissioner Small Business Friendly Council Charter on 22 July 2014. For more information surrounding the involvement of Port Stephens Council as a Small Business Friendly Council, contact the Economic Development Unit: ed@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Helpful Links for Business and Industry

Business Support
Economic Development
Exports & Imports
Research and Development
Chambers of Commerce, Business and Industry Associations
Grants and Statistics
Government Support & Agencies