THE EVENT calendar is looking more and more bare as the coronavirus pandemic continues, but local industries should still be able to look forward to the annual business summit.
Tamworth Business Chamber president Jye Segboer said the intention was "certainly not to cancel or postpone" the Tamworth Regional Business Summit 2020.
Mr Segboer said the board would meet late next week to discuss plans for the summit and make a final decision, including whether to proceed face to face or in an online format.
"At this point in time we're still working out the logistics, but our first preference would be to hold the event in a face to face capacity, following guidelines around social distancing, but worst case scenario it would work online," he said.
"The majority of our guest speakers have said they can work with an online platform."
Mr Segboer said the summit would come at a crucial time, because the curve ball thrown by COVID-19 had hit business especially hard.
"That's definitely a reason we don't want to cancel or postpone, if we can still do the workshops online, particularly around cash flow management and mental health ... the activities are very relevant to what everyone's going through so we want to ensure we can assist them," he said.
About 150 delegates had already bought tickets, which would be transferred online if the chamber made that decision.
Mr Segboer said a virtual format could also allow more businesses to be involved and could potentially allow delegates to attend more workshops.
The summit is set down for October 14 to 15 this year, but could be lengthened if it goes online.
The annual business summit is an opportunity for industries in the Tamworth region to come together and attend workshops, listen to guest speakers and interact with other entrepreneurs.