SMALL BUSINESS survival will be at the forefront of the Tamworth Business Chamber's State of the State address.
As with everything, this year will have a COVID-19 focus as small business owners fight to withstand the economic impacts of the global pandemic and look towards recovery when it all blows over.
In the hot seat on Friday will be Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson and Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope, facilitated by Tamworth Business Chamber executive officer Sam Rains.
"With the implications of COVID-19 this is an opportune time to get Damien Tudehope to come along and address our members and the wider community about how small business has been affected; what they can do to escape the impacts of COVID-19; and what the world might look like on the other side of this," Mr Rains said.
"The usual breakfast has a strong networking element which this will lack, but given the climate and conditions it will be a hot topic for businesses and an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the minister about what's happening to help small businesses in tough times."
The business chamber runs three leaders forums each year: the State of the City with Tamworth Regional Council; the State of the State with Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson; and the State of the Nation with Member for New England Barnaby Joyce.
Each focuses on the issues affecting the city from different levels of government.
Anyone in the community is welcome to attend the State of the State webinar that will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.
To register for attendance and the link, contact Tamworth Business Chamber on Facebook, phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State of the State address will begin at 11am on Friday and finish at midday, with time for a question and answer session at the end.