Economic Development - Hornsby Shire Council

Flood disaster recovery small business grant

If you’re a small business or a not-for-profit organisation, and you’ve been directly impacted by the NSW Storms and Floods from 10 March 2021 onwards (AGRN 960), you may be eligible for a flood disaster recovery grant.

The flood disaster recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations.

You must be a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in a defined disaster area to be eligible. Please note that this grant is not available to primary producers. Visit the Rural Assistance Authority for information on the financial assistance available to primary producers.

Economic Development - Hornsby Shire Council

Jobs Plus Program

The $250 million Jobs Plus Program will strengthen the NSW economy by creating or supporting up to 25,000 jobs to 30 June 2022.

The Jobs Plus Program is designed to support companies who want to expand their footprint in NSW. The program will reduce the cost of establishment, financial risk and increase speed to market for businesses looking to scale and grow in NSW.

It will provide private and non-government sectors seeking to invest in job-creating projects, proposals and partnerships, with support throughout the critical stages of business development.

Proponents seeking assistance through the Program will be eligible for a variety of support levers based on the number of jobs created. Indicative tiered support is outlined below.

Community Response: local business supporting community members

Testimonial from a local community member:

“I was struggling and, without any immediate support, turned to and asked Arora, Mad Toppings Hornsby Area Manager, for guidance. Arora not only provided me with advice, but kindly provided me with a short term loan in good faith to help me.

This short term loan provided relief to me and my child and ensured we could get through the next couple of days.

Arora offered to help me secure employment which goes one step further, unreserved kindness.  It is this sense of community that makes our local area special.  To help someone in good faith only is a special human characteristic.

I can’t thank Arora enough and encourage the community to get behind Arora and his business.”


Economic Development - Hornsby Shire Council

Small business fees and charges rebate

If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1500.

This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1500 is reached.

Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges. These include, but are not limited to:

  • food authority licences
  • liquor licences
  • tradesperson licences
  • event fees
  • council rates.

The rebate can only be used for eligible fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021. It cannot be used for fines or penalties, fees and charges that have the key purpose of discouraging behaviours or inducing behaviour changes, Commonwealth government charges, rent on government premises, or taxes. See guidelines for more information.

The rebate will be available until 30 June 2022.

Economic Development - Hornsby Shire Council

Business Connect Webinars and Events

Advice and skills development on essential business topics

Managing cash flow, cyber security, contracts and legal matters. These business topics may not be as appealing or exciting to small business owners as brand building, digital marketing or business planning but they are as essential to business health as eating vegetables are to a healthy diet.

Business Connect advisors can provide tailored guidance on all these matters, while small group workshops and webinars help to develop skills in these areas.

And don’t forget Business Connect’s online resources, providing free access 24/7 to pre-recorded webinars and factsheets including Cash Flow and Commercial Tenancy on-demand webinars.

As President I help to oversee the running of the community Gallery. - Ferry Artists Gallery

Ferry Artists – Platinum Exhibition “Two Decades on – Still Going Strong”

In 2021, The Ferry Artists have many reasons to celebrate. In early February the gallery had a bit of a makeover and refit, so is looking fresh and spacious. The Gallery reopened with a stockroom sale “Refusé” – with no work over $250. So, there’s now a fantastic opportunity to drop in and pick up a beautiful bargain.

The Ferry Artists are also looking to celebrate 2021 with our Platinum anniversary show “Two Decades on – Still Going Strong” opening on Saturday 27 th March from 4-6pm at the Ferry Artists Gallery in Wisemans Ferry Central.

We look forward to welcoming visitors to our Gallery for our opening evening where we will showcase new work from local artists.

If you have gifts to buy for someone special, or a treat for yourself, come and see what the Ferry Artists Gallery has to offer! From artworks large and small, to ceramics, art glass, jewellery, textiles, metal and wood sculptures we can cater to any need.

In doing your gift shopping at the Ferry Artists Gallery you are supporting a local not for profit community business that has been continuing to delight locals and visitors for 20 years.

Hornsby Chamber want your feedback! HAVE YOUR SAY in our local business survey and you could win!

Hello to all the Hornsby Shire local businesses!

Hornsby Chamber of Commerce is calling out to all our community business owners, (members and non-members), to ask you to take our survey and HAVE YOUR SAY!

It is vital to us that the Chamber is an organisation that provides you with the services, connections and support that YOU want and need in 2021 and beyond.

To be able to develop new initiatives, strategies and direction – we need your feedback, ideas and opinions – please take survey today!

As a thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with us, there will be an option at the end of the survey to answer a competition question to be in the running to win a FREE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP WITH HORNSBY CHAMBER valued at $99.*

*Please note a credit cannot be provided for an existing membership fee, so for existing financial members you will receive a FREE membership when your renewal is due.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by 5pm Friday 12th March 2021.


Annie Kenyon, President, On behalf of The Executive Committee, Hornsby Chamber of Commerce

Being Overweight is Expensive for Business!

In Australia, Medibank estimated that absenteeisn due to obseity-related ill health costs business $6.4 billion a year. And of course, the potential costs for those affected go beyond money.

Would you like to dramatically reduce sick days, missed days, extended time off and work-related injuries?

How about increasing productivity and performance?

Finally, there’s one program that will improve health, performance, body shape and help you manage employee health in planned, positive way!

The Metabolic Precision Corporate Program

First-ever truly holistic corporate service.
Structured and delivered by an expert.
Straightforward approach, easily incorporated into a busy lifestyle.
Science-based, research-proven!
Smash training & weight loss plateaus!

Home Loans, Investment Loans, First Home Buyers - Aussie Home Loans Hornsby

Aussie Home Loans Online Event – Register your spot today!

In an Aussie-first, we’re opening our (virtual) doors to provide a taste of what the broker experience is like at Aussie.
You’ll also gain insights from international tennis legends, #AndreAgassi and #LleytonHewitt, who will talk about what it takes to stay ahead of the game and ace the year ahead!
Click on the link below to register your spot today!

Localised promo


As a new localised member, I am offering a 30% discount on all services until February 28, 2021.

Head over to my Facebook page to book;

Then message me with the code “Local Bloke”

discount applies to all massages booked by close of business March 1, 2021.

Ask me about corporate packages for your business and the benefits to your business.