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We aspire to create a vibrant economy in which our local businesses thrive. We encourage you to shop local.

Council provides a range of programs and services to support new, emerging and established local businesses.

Supporting small business

Library Spotlight on Business & Management

Read our October Spotlight on Business & Management to find books to enhance your small business and get information on a free introductory tax workshop run by ATO staff in the Woollahra Library at Double Bay.

Information guides

Council is producing information guides to help answer common questions about starting a business within the Municipality.

Easy to do Business - support for cafes, small bars and restaurants

Council has teamed up with Service NSW and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to launch Easy to do Business – a great support for anyone wanting to open a cafĂ©, small bar or restaurant in Woollahra!

Through one online portal you will receive step-by-step guidance and support across local, state and federal government requirements to open and grow your business. The service is free and gives you peace of mind by letting you know upfront the time, fees and effort involved.

Visit the Easy to do Business website or call 13 77 88.

Mandalay Flowers, Double Bay

Business Connect - start or grow your business

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides advice, training and events to help you start or grow your business.

Find a Business Connect advisor to access practical, highly subsidised business advice from an accredited advisor who will come to you.

Find a Business Connect event to get skills and training to improve your business.

Whether you are starting a business or looking to expand and grow, the services from Business Connect can help you on your journey to business success.

Visit the Business Connect website for more information.

Placemaking Grants

Council's Placemaking Grants program is about supporting local business to enhance the experience of visitors to our shopping and commercial areas and contribute to them being vital public destinations.

The Placemaking Grants program is open for all of our shopping and commercial areas. Grants up to $7,500 will be offered once per year for placemaking initiatives.

Read more about Placemaking Grants

Shopping precincts

There are many unique shopping precincts throughout Woollahra. From thriving villages to the largest commercial centre in the Eastern Suburbs, there is something for everyone.

View all shopping precincts


Enjoy fresh produce and gourmet delights at the Double Bay Organic Food Markets. The markets are held 9am to 2pm every Thursday in Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay.

The Paddington Markets, established in 1973, are held on Oxford Street every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Find more local markets and street fairs as they are scheduled in local events calendar.

Business support networks

  • Sydney East Business Chamber
    Sydney East Business Chamber is a a non-for-profit organisation that supports, promotes and champions local businesses, activates places and attracts people to our district.
  • Visit Paddington
    Visit Paddington is a marketing initiative of the Paddington Business Partnership. The Partnership works to support, educate and facilitate a healthy, vibrant business community with an emphasis on placemaking for the betterment of Paddington.
  • Double Bay Networking Group
    The Double Bay Networking Group is a not for profit organisation aiming to strengthen the local businesses of Double Bay through regular structured networking meetings.

Further business support

  • Double Bay Working Party
    The Double Bay Working Party (DBWP) is an advisory body that oversees the preparation and implementation of a strategic action plan for the Double Bay commercial centre.
  • Oxford Street Working Party
    The Oxford Street Working Party (OSWP) is an advisory body that assists with the revitalisation and reinvention of Oxford Street.
  • Community and cultural grants
    Grants supporting programs and projects that work towards a connected, liveable, vibrant and creative community.