With a proud heritage in steel making and coal mining, the city of innovation is now emerging as an important knowledge services centre, international trade hub and leading university city. Council is serious about attracting new business to Wollongong and assisting current businesses to grow.
Economic Gardening Program
The Economic Gardening Illawarra Program is a service available to local businesses to help them achieve increased profits and sustainable growth. The Program helps businesses to thrive and expand by building on their success. Businesses that gain most benefit are those that have sound business models, are no longer start-ups and are ready to mature to the second stage of their development.
The last program graduated late November 2012. A program for 2013 is still being considered. Expressions of interests are encouraged.
For more information visit the Economic Gardening website, contact Council on 02 4227 7739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: In the interim, for those businesses seeking immediate support, please contact one of the following organisations for training and or business mentoring support:
Leanne Tayor or Tony Dyer
Small Business Connect
Economic Development Advisory Board
Council formed its Economic Development Advisory Board in 2013. This group provides advice to Council on the formation of its economic development program. The program will support the growth of the Wollongong and regional economy.
The Economic Development Advisory Board terms of reference can be found below:
Economic Development Advisory Board - Terms of Reference 2012
Council works in collaboration with a range of government and non-government agencies and private entities to stimulate economic and cultural activity within Wollongong, attract tourism dollars and improve the city’s liveability.
Support for Business & Industry
Council can provide support to companies and industries that may be considering relocating or establishing in Wollongong by:
- key local introductions
- site selection
- provision of customised decision support material
- provide advice on government regulations and policies
- access the range of incentives.
Council and our Advantage Wollongong partners can help drive your business success. To discuss the benefits of doing business in the City of Wollongong please contact Council on (02) 4227 7111 or visit the Advantage Wollongong website.