Workshops to Assist Small Businesses

In the Muswellbrook Shire there are only 32 businesses, out of 1028, that employ more than 20 people.

This statistic is one of many that Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mike Kelly shared at this month’s breakfast that was focused on Small Business Month.

There were three speakers who took the opportunity to profile their local small businesses at the breakfast, one being Craig Champion from 1800 Mr Excavate.

In 2017 he established the business with one machine and over the following two years the business grew with more machinery and staff.

“Impacts of covid, confusion over regulations, lockdowns, interruptions to workflow, there has been a lot of ups and downs and changes in the business,” he shared of his third year in operation.

“One of the things that stands out to me is to always be willing to learn, there’s a lot that we don’t know about small business, there is a lot that I don’t know about small business

“Although I know a lot, not everything, about machinery, there is a lot I need to learn about small business and I am prepared to take on those lessons.”

He went on to talk about how the business is facing another restructure following the easing of restrictions and things are picking back up.

The Chamber is running small business workshops next week, on Wednesday, March 16, to provide support for local businesses.

The five sessions are Marketing Mix – Mini Workshop, From Burnout to Balance, Customer Satisfaction and Relationships, Value Proposition Canvas and The Be Human Approach to HR.

For more information or to enquire about available spaces contact Chamber member services manager Wayne Toms on 0438 517 311 or email