Be positive about the year ahead, the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce president says.
That is Michael Mowle's message to businesses as 2021 approaches.
He said we had much to be thankful for in this country and urged businesses to keep doing what they did well.
Mr Mowle said from the early uncertainty, we saw business adapt and get on with their operations through persistence and resilience.
"Business has found ways to operate safely and within the COVID-safe rules," he said.
"Necessity is the mother of invention and we've seen it in spades from local businesses."
Mr Mowle said good examples were the food industry where many were online and doing home delivery.
Businesses have faced unprecedented challenges amid restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
He said we had learnt from 2020 that anything was possible.
"A positive attitude has gotten everyone through a tough year," Mr Mowle said.
He encouraged shoppers to buy local first, last and in between.
A number of new businesses have taken the step to open in 2020 despite the economic ramifications created by virus.
"There is an underlying confidence in Port and surrounding areas," Mr Mowle said.
"People want to come here, those that have already have thrived and brought a positive vibe as well as new ideas."