Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains councils have received a pat on the back for embracing the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative.
Staff from both councils attended the initiative's inaugural conference on Thursday and Friday alongside almost 70 councils, business leaders, mayors and experts to plan and discuss strategies to stimulate local economies.
NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs praised the councils for engaging in the initiative and committing to grow its shire.
"Small business is the backbone of our economy and local government plays a key role in supporting businesses to start and grow," Ms Hobbs said.
NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello also attended the conference in Sydney and praised the councils for joining the Easy to do Business program.
"This award-winning program puts customers at the heart of everything we do and transforms how small business owners transact with government," Mr Dominello said.
"Through this program, small business owners can access free online and phone support from Service NSW's Business Concierge, which means they can start, open and grow much faster."
The councils were presented with a plaque to recognise its commitment to the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative and Easy to do Business.
Gunnedah's deputy mayor Rob Hooke and Liverpool Plains mayor Andrew Hope said it was beneficial to be part of an initiative that "helps small businesses navigate their way through red tape to get started quickly and succeed".