Self Help Modules
NSW Trade & Investment has developed a series of comprehensive community economic development self help modules. They are available here to download.
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Overview of the modules
Module 1: Planning for Financial Sustainability
Includes detailed information and ideas for fundraising. (Mono version)
Module 2: Community Economic Transition Planning
A step-by-step guide to developing a community economic transition plan and implementing projects. (Mono version)
Module 3: Community Strategic Planning
A step-by-step guide to strategic planning and making workshops work. (Mono version)
Module 4: Project Management
A clear, practical guide to project management. (Mono version)
Module 5: Monitoring and Evaluation
Good reasons to implement a monitoring process; includes case studies. (Mono version)
Module 6: The Local Committee
A guide for communities to establish and manage their community economic development committees. (Mono version)
Module 7: Program and Project Coordination
Setting up and recruiting for a coordinator position. (Mono version)
Module 8: Conducting Meetings
Meeting procedures, the chairperson, agendas and minute taking.
Module 9: Business and Economic Development
This module outlines the economic context within which local Main Street/Small Towns Programs operate and explains the direct linkages between local community development programs and business development.
Module 10: Customer Service
This module explains why the whole community needs to be customer focused and offers suggestions of ways to improve customer service in your area; includes case studies. (Mono version)
Module 11: Managing Business Investment Proposals
This module draws on the experience of leading economic development practitioners in NSW and elsewhere to identify techniques and processes which maximise chances of converting enquiries from business investors into actual business establishment or expansion. (Mono version)
Module 12: Marketing and Promotion
Marketing and promotion is designed to assist Main Street/Small Towns committees and their co-ordinators in taking a practical approach to marketing. The module shows newcomers a simple step by step process for developing a marketing plan. It also offers experienced co-ordinators the latest ideas and innovations in marketing along with some tricks of the trade to save time and money. (Mono version)
Module 13: Tourism
The tourism module is relevant to communities which have identified tourism in their community or local government area strategic plan as a potential opportunity. The module is designed to assist community economic development committees and coordinators to assess the tourism potential of their area, determine whether they want to be in tourism, enter the marketplace and grow the local tourism sector. (Mono version)
Module 14: Event Management
A 'how to' guide to assist economic development officers/ coordinators, marketers and community groups to understand the role of events in communities and how to make them successful. It includes an event plan proforma, event survey, attendee survey, business survey and stall holders survey.
Module 15: Cooperative marketing
This module explains the benefits of shopping locally and
working cooperatively. It covers how to plan/implement/evaluate a shop local campaign and a number of case studies which will provide ideas for shop local campaigns. (Mono version)