ST MARYS was the latest stop for the Small Biz Bus last Thursday.
And it's coming back to St Marys soon too.
Host Ian Anderson said the visit was a success, even though it was quieter than the Penrith visit a week earlier.
"It was a good day with six businesses to follow up," he said. "We also had a few passers-by dropping in. I found Penrith more engaged as it was fully booked ahead, whereas we had four pre-bookings in St Marys.
"But it was an effective day and the people we met were enthusiastic."
Queries ranged from what to do when buying a business to reinventing a long-term business.
Penrith Valley Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) co-ordinated the visit.
"There's a different mix of businesses in St Marys compared to Penrith," executive officer John Todd said.
"More needs to be done to attract different types of shops in St Marys."
The Small Biz Bus is a state government initiative, sponsored by NAB and Telstra. A second bus started up in July after a pilot program.
Mr Anderson travels with the Small Biz Bus across NSW to provide free advice to small business operators.
His next stops include Nowra, Broken Hill and north-west NSW.
"It's a symbol of the government's desire to draw attention to the needs of small business," he said
St Marys businesses don't have to wait until the bus's return to receive advice. Call Penrith Valley BEC on 4721 5011.
Mount Druitt businesses can contact the Greater Western Sydney BEC on 9011 6812.