PLEASE NOTE: The Business Resilience Project is wrapping up 24th October. As such we are unable to take on any new customers.

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Business Resilience Project

FREE workplace support for small business owners and their employees.

The Business Resilience Project is a fully-subsidised workplace service, providing small business operators with the tools, guidance and connections needed to support recovery, resilience and wellbeing for both themselves and their workforce.

Strength-based service to support resilience for businesses in small, regional communities.

The Black Summer Bushfires of 2019, the pandemic and then flood disasters that came in rapid succession afterwards have had long lasting impact on communities and business. Guidance and support to improve recovery and resilience will offer protective strategies to manage challenges for small businesses and their workplaces.

Is your small business eligible?

Free wellbeing and workplace support for small businesses and their employees available to business operators in the following areas:

  • Mid Coast, Greater Taree Region
  • Hastings Valley, Port Macquarie Region
  • Macleay Valley, Kempsey Region
  • Clarence Valley, Grafton Region
  • Richmond Valley, Lismore Region

Joanne has been an amazing resource for our staff in the past few months following what has been a tumultuous couple of years where we have experienced multiple bushfire threats, the impact of COVID-19 on our small business, and most recently, the floods. It has been exhausting keeping up with all the added responsibility, rebuilding and navigating available resources. Joanne has helped us navigate this ‘new world’ with understanding and kindness. She’s kept our spirits high and motivated, while also assisting with identifying appropriate supports for our small business and residents.

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Your pathway to improved resilience and mental fitness.

Proudly funded by the Bushfire Community Recovery & Resilience Fund, the Business Resilience Project offers supports and resources to small business operators in bushfire effected communities who want to build their individual and workplace wellbeing.


Connect with a dedicated Business Resilience Mentor who can assess individual and workplace wellbeing and tailor an action plan to suit your individual and workplace needs​


Access custom Business Resilience resources on wellbeing, resilience, mentally healthy workplaces, self-care, workforce transition and trauma informed practice​


Connection and coordination with existing business and mental health services to help support resilience for you and your business​


Engagement with peer business support networks within your local area to facilitate shared experience and knowledge​


Referral to custom workplace wellbeing workshops or consults provided by CHESS Connect as required *numbers are limited​


Regular communication and check-ins between small business owners and the Business Resilience Mentors throughout the project

Our team

Meet our dedicated Business Resilience Mentors

Sally Milliss Business Resilience Mentor

Sally Milliss

Business resilience mentor
taree, portmacquarie, kempsey

With over 35 years experience of small business ownership over a variety of sectors including sales and marketing, consultancy and hospitality, Sally has a unique understanding of the challenges facing small business owners today.
Having had to navigate through many obstacles and challenges throughout her professional working life, Sally brings a very practical, common sense, can do approach to her role as Business Resilience Mentor.
Passionate about helping business owners to reach their full potential and gain joy and satisfaction from their businesses while developing resilience to the challenges and stresses that come with small business ownership.
Cate Murphy Business Resilience Mentor

Cate Murphy


Local to the Clarence Valley for sixteen years, Cate has worked across the Richmond and Clarence regions as the owner of two small businesses before transitioning to delivering programs of support for CHESS Connect.

Originally trained in a hospital setting as a Mental Health nurse, Cate brings to her mentorship role the skills acquired through a lengthy career in the public, private and not for profit sectors of mental health.

Passionate about innovation, Cate believes dedicated mentorship is the key to building ​resilience, enhancing well being and the rejuvenation of business goals. Together we can think outside the box as we identify needs, adopt resources, and action a plan toward a vibrant, healthy and sustainable future.


A bit about CHESS Connect​

CHESS Connect is a for purpose, not for profit human service organisation, supporting Mid North Coast and North Coast Communities for over 25 years.

We collaborate with business, councils, Government Departments and their employees to educate and promote a culture of positive wellness in the workplace. Leveraging our extensive experience in both mental health recovery and employment, we have developed strategic workplace services that offer holistic, strength-based frameworks to improve wellbeing, productivity, effective service delivery and customer satisfaction.

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The Business Resilience Project is proudly funded by the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund, through the joint Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding
Arrangements. Although funding for this product has been provided by both the Australian and NSW Governments, the material contained
herein does not necessarily represent the views of either government.