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Council Support for Business

Council Support for Business

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Unit work extensively to support and increase opportunities for local businesses, increase exposure to the beautiful region for investment and advocate for issues affecting the socio-economic sphere. Please refer to Advance Cessnock City for your business support needs.

Marketing Opportunities

Free Business Profiles

Each fortnight a local business is profiled in order to highlight local success stories and share in their achievements. If you wish for your business to be profiled and to share what makes you unique, what your specialty is and how you represent best practice please register for a weekly business profile.

Tourism Businesses and Service Economy

Have you considered what taking out a membership at the level 1 accredited Hunter Valley Visitor  Information Centre could do for your business? Join the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre by completing a short form and be a part of the range of product promoted to over 100,000 visitors each year. Please download the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre Fee For Service Prospectus from the Industry Portal for more information on how your business can benefit from the Centre.

Advance Cessnock City e-News Monitor

The fortnightly e-news monitor is an initiative of the Economic Development Unit at Cessnock City Council designed to streamline all communications to businesses into one easy targeted weekly email. Each week three business related news items are included in the e-news monitor. News items will include business growth support, local news and changes to legislation or government information. Add yourself to the Advance Cessnock City e-news monitor and receive weekly updates and invitations to opportunities.

Cessnock Economic Opportunities Program

 The Cessnock Economic Opportunities Program facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations between local businesses. The Program works by converting a commercial problem or need into a commercial opportunity – be it local procurement, a new premises, a service, a partner, or an expert opinion. Contact the Economic Development Unit on  02 4993 4257 to discuss your opportunity and to determine whether the Economic Opportunities Program is the right option for you. We will then investigate taking your opportunity to our business community, collate the responses, and forward interested parties’ information to you to investigate further.  

A Voice for Business

The Economic Development Unit is actively involved in research and advocacy through making submissions for major capital projects and responding to government inquiry. Where possible, the Council will inform decision makers of issues affecting our region in order to provide better outcomes for residents and businesses. From time to time, the economic development unit may reach out to our business community requesting feedback or opinion on a topic or relating to a local issue. This information will be collated and utilised in order to attract invesment into our region, support funding applications or a regional submission to support better outcomes for Cessnock and its economy.  

Targeted professional development, education and networking

The Economic Development Unit offers a variety of professional development resources, toolkits and networking activities throughout the year. View the events calendar for professional development, skills building and networking opportunities. Join our contact list using the below form to make sure you don’t miss any news or upcoming events. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to add yourself to the Advance Cessnock City e-news monitor and receive weekly updates and invitations to opportunities.  

The Small Biz Bus, and Free business advisory services

The Economic Development Unit can assist you with accessing free business advice, and support you in reaching talented local experts who can assist you with growing your business and taking it to the next level. The Small Biz Bus also pays a visit to our region several times per year – where you can come along with your ideas or business dilemma and meet free of charge with a qualified business advisor. Find out more about local business support services.  

Economic Modelling, Tourism and Business Data

Access up to date information on our local economy in Cessnock local government area through our easy to use REMPLAN economy profile tool. The most up to date tourism, visitation and economic data for Cessnock LGA, Hunter Region and Hunter Valley Wine Country is available on our Resources and Research page.

Economic Impact Modelling for Events

The Economic Development Unit have the capacity to run economic analysis on the economic impact of running an event. Economic modelling of events provides many benefits including:

  • Event holders can measure their Return on Investment and in turn can assist in supporting continual improvement, increased awareness of market needs and supporting evidence to source external funding.
  • Councils can utilise the information to make critical economic development decisions to support business growth and investment as well as the ability to seek external funding.
  • Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance and Chambers of Commerce can gain critical regional data to support applications for external funding for tourism and other projects.

Free Promotion of Your Event  

If you would like to list your event for free with the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre or on the official state event portal on, please submit your event using the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre event submission.


For more information on any of the above, please visit our dedicated business website: Advance Cessnock City