Changes to many local businesses' websites are afoot, with the latest round of Gunnedah Shire Council's Business Partner Program focusing on online initiatives.
Website upgrades, SEO work, and increased online presence were just some of the initiatives local business owners had been funded for.
Nine representatives of the 22 total recipients of the special COVID-19 round of funding accepted a certificate for their successful funding application at a presentation on Thursday.
This was held at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery, and recipients were introduced by Gunnedah Business Partner Program advisory group chair Cr Ann Luke.
Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce president Juliana McArthur said it was especially great to see new businesses at the event.
"I love the idea of new businesses in Gunnedah and to see existing businesses expand into the online space," she said.
Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey was also in attendance, who said the council's focus was on "supporting industries, supporting business, and supporting jobs as restrictions start to open".
"Those businesses really are struggling and this is a way for council to continue to support business and industry and start to have a look at their business and see how they can become more resilient," Cr Chaffey said.
Cr Chaffey said this wouldn't be the last round of the program, though, and that "post-July council meeting, there may be more to come".
"Council are now looking at our next stage as our community comes through these restrictions and we start to get back to normal ... expect more from council to be coming soon around how we can support our community," he said.
For further information about the program, visit the council's website at www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au