A challenging economic environment was amongst a host of topics covered as Oberon Business and Tourism Association (OBTA) president Justin Enright attended a stakeholders gathering in Orange.
Mr Enright was a panel member at the Business NSW event on Thursday, February 8, which also heard from guest speaker Sherman Chan, the organisation's chief economist.
The current and future economic landscape, common issues encountered and emerging challenges for the business community were also on the agenda. The Western NSW Economic Outlook event followed a session in Dubbo on Wednesday.
Mr Enright spoke on the difficulties facing businesses in an environment of inflation and rising costs and how business have been coping.
The managing partner at accountancy business Morse Group also spoke to the current opportunities for businesses moving forward - in particular the application of AI.
Mr Enright said he proudly represents OBTA and Oberon business generally on the Business NSW Western NSW Regional Advisory Council.
The Western division of Business NSW supports Central West, Orana and Far West businesses with education, events, hands-on assistance and advice across a wide range of key workplace challenges that are relevant to businesses in the region.
Theses include industrial relations (IR) advice, workplace health and safety compliance, seminars about workplace obligations, marketing advice and international trade assistance.
On Wednesday, Business NSW along with business chambers from Australia's other states and territories called on the Federal Senate to reconsider implications of the Albanese government's IR reforms.
Citing growing red tape for small business, the industry statement said "the proposed legislation will harm all business owners and operators, especially growing ones."