Resilience Fuels Success

Business Far West celebrated Small Business Month throughout October, orchestrating three events, in addition to a collaborative effort with the Broken Hill City Council.

The regular monthly networking event at the BHP attracted a multitude of local business proprietors. Erica Haskard from Business Far West remarked, “it’s always great to get together on a social level, and network with other business owners.”

A pivotal panel discussion, “The Power of Broken Hill Resilience,” co-hosted by Business Far West and the Council, showcased insights from Peter Nash of Sampsons, alongside Selina LaRovere-Nagas and Fisk Nagas of Globe Mitre 10 and The Palace Hotel. Ms. Haskard reflected on the dialogue, stating the panellists “share(d) their stories about not only surviving but thriving in the challenging landscape of Broken Hill for more than a decade, (and) they shared with us their stories of resilience, triumph over adversity, and the secrets behind their lasting success.”

The following day, a Trades and Construction Breakfast took place in the Globe’s car park, where Rotary prepared over a hundred egg and bacon rolls, complemented by coffee from Giovanni & Co. Despite the inclement weather, Ms. Haskard confirmed a substantial attendance and affirmed, “we will definitely look at hosting another one of these events early next year.”

The Women in Business Luncheon was also met with enthusiastic community support, attracting over 30 participants, and featuring Prue Sulicich as the keynote speaker.

In retrospect of an eventful month, Ms. Haskard expressed, “Small Business Month was a great success, and we will look at doing it again in 2024.”

Aside from Business Far West events, another opportunity has been made available for local farmers and small business owners through a free farming and small business workshop on Monday, 13th November from 8.15am until 12.30pm.

The Rural Financial Counselling Service of New South Wales (RFCS) will host their “Navigate Your Farming and Small Business Natural Hazards” workshop, keynoted by David Brown, an experienced agricultural and risk management consultant.

According to a statement, the workshop has been specifically designed to this region to help “understand the different risks associated with local natural hazards, learn the risk management process, utilise risk management tools, and understand the importance of incorporating risk management into business planning.”

More information relating to the workshop can be found by calling 1800 319 458, or by visiting

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