Camden Council recognises that, in addition to planning and zoning, it has a key role as a strategist and leader within the economic development landscape across the local government area. What this means is that Council has a role in actively promoting, coordinating and marketing the economic opportunities of the area. Council has a role in collecting and distributing economic and business information and facilitating access to business support.
The NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) has partnered with the NSW Business Chamber to develop a ground-breaking new program to increase the number of councils working proactively with small businesses.
The Small Business Friendly Councils (SBFC) Program is a first for Australia, giving councils willing to make small business a priority, the opportunity to be recognised as ‘Small Business Friendly’.
The OSBC and NSW Business Chamber want to improve the overall business climate for small businesses in NSW and raise awareness of the difference local government can make by better engaging with small business.
Councils who sign up to the Program commit to a Charter which sets out a number of benchmarks councils must agree to meet to foster and support small businesses in their area.
The Small Business Friendly Councils Program was launched on 17 September 2014 at the Casula Powerhouse.
Camden Council is proud to be ‘small business friendly’.
As part of the Small Business Friendly Councils Program, Camden Council adopted an On Time Payment Policy on Tuesday 10 February 2015, which commits Council to pay correctly rendered invoices for eligible small business suppliers within 30 days of receipt. To register your business please complete the Small Business Form.
Another successful initiative of the Small Business Friendly Councils Program is the Online Development Application Information and Guide for Business Owners, which went 'live' on Camden Council's website in April 2015. This information will guide businesses through the development process and detail some of your responsibilities once your business is established. Find out more information on the Development page.
At the Council meeting of 26 November 2013, a Notice of Motion was submitted calling for a report to be presented to Council on options for the creation of a Business Alliance/Economic Development Taskforce for the Camden Local Government Area. On 25 August 2015, Council adopted key documents, determined the entity name as "Camden Region Economic Taskforce" and resolved to proceed with seeking Ministerial approval prior to registering the entity.