Events

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017
    Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017
    registrations open The Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King St Newcastle

    The Rippler Effect innovation program enables you to build and grow good ideas and connects you with top entrepreneurs and innovators. Learn more.

    Tor reserve your place in the next round of The Rippler Effect, please complete the registration process via this page by filling in all your details. You will then be issued a ticket to reserve your place in the next program commencing in June 2017.

    Once you have reserved your place and have been issued with a Save My Place ticket, please retain this document. We will be in contact with you directly to confirm your payment arrangements, provide you with a pre-course package, course enrolment form and venue information.

    Have questions about The Rippler Effect Innovation Program - Contact The Business Centre, Newcastle Region

  • Mon
    20
    Nov
    2017
    10:00am - 12:00pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Creating a Facebook presence is often an exciting time as you discover new ways to expand your business and reach customers. But after getting off to a quick start through reaching out to your network you discover the daily grind of growing your audience. This is where the rubber meets the road in creating and curating content to connect with your customers.

    What you'll learn

    • who your audience is
    • how to create a content calendar
    • how to schedule content
    • to create your own content
    • how to curate your page

    Who should attend?

    All small business owners that want to take their Facebook page to teh next level.

    What to bring
    Your laptop which can access the internet is essential.

    Presenter

    Michael Smith is a born and bred Novocastrian who has worked in the public sector for more than 25 years. For the last 4 years he worked in Marketing heading up social media for TAFE NSW – Hunter and Central Coast. In that time the overarching Facebook page grew from about 250 page followers to nearly 13,000. But that was just one page, there were many others which saw their total followers grow to well over 25,000 including many Facebook groups.

    At this workshop you will benefit from Michael’s experience managing pages and groups; training staff about the best ways to engage and become community managers; promoting customer opportunities; giving a shout out to sponsors, supporters or fans; responding to customers using Facebook Messenger and importantly, creating content plans and how to utilise images, video and live streaming to connect.

    This workshop is supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an
    Australian Government initiative.

    COST: $45

    REFUND POLICY: Refunds up to 1 day before event

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  • Tue
    21
    Nov
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Managing your accounts should be easy. As a business owner the last thing you need is another time consuming obligation. This hands-on workshop offers an overview and introduction on how you can take advantage of current technology to simplify the whole process.

    What you'll learn

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time and prepare financial report
    • How to use tools to automate your invoicing that will assist with collection and management.
    Who should attend?

    All small business owners that want to streamline their bookwork, accounting and reporting to save time and money while learning how to utilise this great tool in your business.

    What to bring
    Your laptop which can access the internet is essential.

    Presenter

    Hanna Barry, is a local accountant specialising in all matters Xero. Hanna’s extensive Xero experience and excitement to share her knowledge ensures a straightforward and easy to follow training program.

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    This workshop is supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an
    Australian Government initiative.

  • Wed
    22
    Nov
    2017
    10:30am - 12.30pmThe Business Centre, Downstairs in Team Zone, 6 Dick St Newcastle West

    IP For Innovators

    In the world of innovation Intellectual Property is the lifeblood of your business. This workshop will help you understand patent and design law as it is relevant to you as a startup business.

    Our facilitator Greg Whitehead is a registered patent attorney with extensive experience developing practical and commercially focused IP strategies for innovators, start-up companies, SME’s and multi-national corporations. Greg enjoys working closely with innovators from the initial concept phase through to commercialisation and enforcement

    COST: FREE

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    This workshop is supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an
    Australian Government initiative.

  • Wed
    22
    Nov
    2017
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pmDSA-18 Hub Building E, Unit 2.03 1 Technology Place Williamtown

    Calling all Hunter region innovators, entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovation businesses.

    Are you involved in the innovation journey?

    Find out first-hand what opportunities are available to bring your new product, process or service through the phases of “explore – validate – demonstrate – launch” right here in the Hunter.

    AusIndustry in collaboration with the University of Newcastle's DSA-18 Hub will present a short sharp and insightful overview of several National Innovation and Science Agenda initiatives include the Research and Development Tax Incentive, Accelerating Commercialisation, Innovation Connections, Incubator Support Initiative and the new Tax Incentive for Early Stage Investments.

    The event will incorporate a tour of the new DSA-18 Hub and a light morning tea and networking opportunity.

    Limited to 40, register today.

  • Thu
    23
    Nov
    2017
    10:00am - 12:00pmThe Business Centre 6 Dick Street Newcastle West

    Tools and processes for working smarter.

    In a changing environment there are so many moving parts that keep evolving. Business tech tools are moving fast. We can help you keep up-to-date and learn about useful digital tools that will help you deliver a better customer experience. There are so many tools, once understood you can make your business life easier.

    Content:

    • Managing risk with policies and procedures

    • Mobile business tools for marketing, managing money and more

    • Being responsive to the changing needs of business

    • Tips on claiming through the NDIS Portal

    Be at the forefront of business operations. Making the NDIS work for your business!

    COST: $27.33

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    Please be aware that the upstairs event space a 6 Dick Street Newcastle is not a wheelchair accessible venue

  • Thu
    23
    Nov
    2017
    5.30-7.30pmMortels Sheepskin Factory 1 Weakleys Dr THORNTON

    Mortels Sheepskin Factory is a multi-award winning family owned Australian company and home to the world's biggest ugg boots, located in the Hunter Region. Mortels have been manufacturing and retailing ugg boots since 1958.

    Mortels Thornton site offers an interactive and fully guided tour of their factory where visitors can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a fully operational sheepskin factory. Under the same roof of this purpose built facility is Mortels store which stocks a large range of sheepskin, cowhide and Australiana products and in addition to the tour and shopping, visitors can enjoy all day breakfast or lunch from their Café or visit The Sheep’s Back Museum to enjoy the history of the UGG boot and culturally significant stories through the history of sheepskin manufacturing and raising of wool throughout Australia.

    Frame Promotional Products arose out of the need for customers to have their logo or message placed on items in order to brand, promote, create incentive, or give gifts to employees and customers. We answer these needs daily with staff dedicated to top quality service, speedy delivery, and a great selection of products, both in our showrooms and on-line.

    Our extensive manufacture relationships allow us to offer products that are not available through most distributors. Let us help make your business a complete success. While we are proud of our huge product selection, individual customer service is our true mission. From assistance in product selection to the final delivery.

    Please Note: Please advise any special dietary requirements upon booking.

    Register by
    Tuesday 21 November 2017

  • Thu
    23
    Nov
    2017
    6-9pm'Pig & Whistle Room' at the GNTP (Laguna)

    'The Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce' sponsors periodic 'Think Tank' Sessions which are designed to provide free mentoring for your business in a supportive peer environment. 

    You are invited to attend at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. The meeting will conclude by 9.00pm.

    This is a facilitated interactive session that will provide you an opportunity to explore and discuss business issues and to focus the direction of your business development. Key issues will be brainstormed and the session will be used as a forum for collaboration and shared experiences in a group mentoring environment.

    This session will help you work both individually and collaboratively to:

    • Discuss business challenges and find solutions in a confidential and supportive environment.
    • Set strategic business goals for the next quarter and receive guidance on the actions required to achieve your goals.

    Please RSVP by 22 November to Louisa on info@unbridledresults.com.au or phone Louisa on: 0428 210 515

    This event is endorsed and supported by the Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Fri
    24
    Nov
    2017
    7:00 am – 9:00 amWests City - NEX Cnr King & Union Streets Newcastle West

    High-profile economist heads the line-up at the final event for 2017

    Close out the year with an extensive overview of economic conditions locally, nationally and internationally. CommSec's well-respected Chief Economist Craig James will entertain with his unique and accessible style as he discusses Economy 2017: Strong or Weak?

    The HRF Centre will also drill down into local economic conditions, including Hunter businesses' use of ICT and some key insights from recent releases of data from the 2016 Census.

    Join 250+ other guests on 24 November and be informed, challenged, inspired and 'connected'.

    Confirmed speakers:
    Craig James Chief Economist CommSec - Economy 2017: Strong or weak?
    Anthea Bill, PhD Lead Economist HRF Centre - Hunter Economic Update and Business Use of ICT

    The latest edition of our Hunter Region Economic Indicators and Hunter Businesses and Digital Technology will also be available on the morning.

    Parking: Please note parking fees now apply at the venue's carparks. Free on-street parking applies until 9am (pre-paid parking is available after 9am).

    Register

     

  • Mon
    27
    Nov
    2017
    TBCCam-Way Estate, 81 Campbells Lane, Pokolbin

    A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career, working in a cellar door, restaurant or pursuing an interest in wine.

    For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You'll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

    HVWTA Members: $285 per person + GST, inclusive of fully certified course, morning tea, lunch, tea/coffee, juice & water.

    Non-Members: $370 per person + GST, inclusive of fully certified course, morning tea, lunch, tea/coffee, juice & water.

    Venue: Cam-Way Estate, 81 Campbells Lane, Pokolbin

    • Full certified course by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London
    • Certificates and pins issued to all successful participants by WSET in London
    • Great foundation to solid wine understanding
    • How to taste like a professional
    • Basics of Viticulture & winemaking
    • Understanding of major grape varieties and their characteristics
    • Theory and practical wine and food matching session

    Registrations close Monday 13th November 2017 or a late registration fee of $30 will apply.

    Please RSVP with your Full Name, Email Address and DOB to Karlene@hvwta.com.au

  • Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017
    10:30am - 12:30pmClub Singleton, 50 Pitt Street, Singleton

    Do you have basic understanding of Xero and would now like to learn more to better manage your accounts?

    Moving past the fundamentals delivered in A Crash Course in Xero, this workshop delves further into features to help you continue to improve efficiency and do better business. Learn about connecting with external service providers such as banks, the ATO and superannuation funds, what to report and when, integration of related systems for managing payments and invoicing, and more.

    Learning Outcomes

    • BAS preparation checklist
    • Superannuation set-up and payment via ClickSuper
    • How to process batch payments
    • Month end checklist for a clean file
    • Receiving online payments

    Who should attend?
    Anyone currently using Xero online accounting software looking to learn further features to better manage their accounts.

    Presenter

    Mel Archer, a Business Adviser at The Business Centre, Newcastle, will be the facilitator for this workshop.

    Melissa has been working with small business owners for more than 15 years, assisting them with their accounting and many other facets of business. Mel holds qualifications including Chartered Accountant and a Bachelor of Commerce, as well as many years of accounting experience.

    With a passion for small business, Melissa has helped many owners overcome the massive learning curves involved in running a successful business.

    Melissa established and operated her own accounting firm for 10 years so is more than qualified to lead you through the next stage in your learning regarding Xero.

    COST: $45

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    This workshop is supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an
    Australian Government initiative.

  • Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017
    5:30pm - 8:30pmThe Business Centre, 6 Dick Street Newcastle West

    You’re invited to join The Business Centre and ACSME (Australia China Small Medium Enterprise Association) to discuss the growing opportunities between Chinese and Australian businesses.

    Being one of the most competitive business environments in the world, understanding how to do business is critical for success.

    Our guest speaker David Thomas from Think Global will share with you his years of experience operating in the region. He will discuss how to identify opportunities and build partnerships with investors, ventures and manufacturing partners.

    We will also be joined by Cher Jones as our “China Business Expert in Residence” for the evening. Cher joins us as a friend of The Business Centre and brings her experience in inbound and outbound China business opportunities.

    You will have the opportunity to:

    • meet key partners who operate both here in NSW and China
    • learn essential protocols and etiquette for doing business
    • learn how to maintain a presence in a highly competitive market.

    If you are doing business in China or looking to enter the region, the ‘China Ready’ seminar will provide indispensable value and insights to you and your business.

    Please be aware that the upstairs event space a 6 Dick Street Newcastle is not a wheelchair accessible venue

    View Eventbright registration

    COST: $35 - $55.

    For more information contact The Business Centre on (02) 4925 7700 or email info@businesscentre.com.au

    The Business Centre acknowledges that this Seminar and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry.

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    10:30 amCnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW

    Are you thinking about starting or buying a business but don’t know where to start?

    You’ll discover essential information in this FREE start up info session

    Small Business Start-Up information session

    Hunter Region Business Hub’s  Advisor, Kimberlie Clare-Campbell,

    will present the following topics and answer your questions

    • What is research?
    • Commercial leases, council approvals for home based businesses
    • Business structures
    • Applying for an ABN & Name Registration
    • Business Insurance
    • Business Planning
    • What are the Costs?
    • What will it be like?

    Date and Time 2: 30/11/2017 10:30 am

    Address: Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

    Phone: 02 4936 2557

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  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    10:00am - 12:00pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Do you have basic understanding of Xero and would now like to learn more to better manage your accounts?

    Moving past the fundamentals delivered in A Crash Course in Xero, this workshop delves further into features to help you continue to improve efficiency and do better business. Learn about connecting with external service providers such as banks, the ATO and superannuation funds, what to report and when, integration of related systems for managing payments and invoicing, and more.

    Learning Outcomes

    • BAS preparation checklist
    • Superannuation set-up and payment via ClickSuper
    • How to process batch payments
    • Month end checklist for a clean file
    • Receiving online payments

    Who should attend?
    Anyone currently using Xero online accounting software looking to learn further features to better manage their accounts.

    Presenter

    Mel Archer, a Business Adviser at The Business Centre, Newcastle, will be the facilitator for this workshop.

    Melissa has been working with small business owners for more than 15 years, assisting them with their accounting and many other facets of business. Mel holds qualifications including Chartered Accountant and a Bachelor of Commerce, as well as many years of accounting experience.

    With a passion for small business, Melissa has helped many owners overcome the massive learning curves involved in running a successful business.

    Melissa established and operated her own accounting firm for 10 years so is more than qualified to lead you through the next stage in your learning regarding Xero.

    COST: $45

    View Eventbright Registration

    This workshop is supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an
    Australian Government initiative.

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    5.30-7.30pmQueens Wharf Hotel, 150 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
    $35.00 member only event
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    Dress Code
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    Festive or Business Casual
    RSVP
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    Essential online by 28 November
  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    4:30 pmCypress Room 1, Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin

    Prepare yourself for a two hour intensive workshop to better understand the Chinese market and how you can apply these tools to your business.

    HVWTA along with Rees International will be running a China Ready Workshop to better prepare your business for the lucrative Chinese market over the busy holiday period.

    The course includes:

    • China Knowledge – what do you already know
    • Inbound China Visitors – major market segments and generation travel
    • Travel Patterns – why they travel, motivations and drivers for their personalised choice
    • Ctrip- what is it, how current booking engines already connect with Ctrip
    • Communication and Marketing – Wechat and MCommerce
    • Getting your product ready for China Market
    • Equivalence in standards in comparison to Australia – Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions, Retail
    • Hints and Tips to engage Chinese Visitors

    Please click here to read about Rees International and click here to read about your presenter for the morning, Janene Rees.

    HVWTA Members: $150 per person + GST, inclusive of working breakfast, tea/coffee, course materials.

    Non-Members: $170 per person + GST, inclusive of working breakfast, tea/coffee, course materials.

    Date: Thursday 7 December.

    Time: Registration at 7:00am. Start 7:15am - Ends - 9:15am.

    Venue: Cypress Room 1, Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin.

    Parking: Please park in the car park opposite the Cypress Centre. Located on the left hand side, 100m after reception entrance.

    Registrations close Monday 4th December 2017 or a late registration fee of $30 will apply.

    Please RSVP with your Full Name, Email Address and Business to jacqueline@hvwta.com.au

  • Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017
    9:00am - 5:00pm AESTThe Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King Street Newcastle

    The Rippler Effect innovation program enables you to build and grow good ideas and connects you with top entrepreneurs and innovators.

    Tor reserve your place in the next round of The Rippler Effect running Friday, 9 June 2017 - Friday, 8 December 2017 please complete the registration process via this page by filling in all your details.

    Once you have reserved your place and have been issued with aSave My Place ticket, please retain this document. We will be in contact with you directly to provide you with a pre-course package, course enrolment form, venue information and to confirm payment arrangements.

    Tickets: FREE

    Register: The Rippler Effect

  • Mon
    11
    Dec
    2017
    6.00pm - 9.00pm Grays Inn Garden in the Wollombi Village

    You, your family, and friends are all invited to the annual Wollombi Valley Christmas Party!

     

    The party will be held at Grays Inn Garden in the Wollombi Village between 6.00 and 9.00pm on Monday 11 December 2017.

     

    This annual event is always fun way to celebrate the end of the year by catching up with friends and neighbours and making promises to keep in closer contact next year!

     

    Finger food and music will be provided, and we only ask that you bring your own drinks.

     

    The party is a joint initiative between your Chamber and the Wollombi Valley Progress Association.

     

    Everyone is welcome and tickets are $35.00 per person available from the Noyce Wines Cellar Door or by phoning Julie on (02) 4998 3483.

  • Mon
    11
    Dec
    2017
    Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017
    9:00am – 5:00pm Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin

    A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in a cellar door, restaurant or pursuing an interest in wine.

    For individuals seeking a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

    HVWTA Members: $830 per person + GST, inclusive of fully certified course, morning tea, light sandwich lunch, tea/coffee, juice & water.

    Non-Members: $1079 per person + GST, inclusive of fully certified course, morning tea, light sandwich lunch, tea/coffee, juice & water.

    Venue: Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin

    Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

    Date: Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th December and morning only for exam on Wednesday 13th December.

    Course includes:

    • Full certified course by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London
    • Certificates and pins issued to all successful participants by WSET in London
    • How wine is made
    • What factors influence wine style
    • The key white and black grape varieties’ and their characteristics
    • The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown
    • The production of sparling, sweet, and fortified wines
    • Label terminology
    • Food and wine pairing principles
    • The principal categories of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made
    • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine

    Registrations close Monday 27th November 2017 or a late registration fee of $30 will apply.

    Please RSVP with your Full Name, Email Address and DOB to Karlene@hvwta.com.au

    Thank you to Hunter Valley Resort for kindly hosting the venue space.

  • Tue
    12
    Dec
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Managing your accounts should be easy. As a business owner the last thing you need is another time consuming obligation. This hands-on workshop offers an overview and introduction on how you can take advantage of current technology to simplify the whole process.

    What you'll learn

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time and prepare financial report
    • How to use tools to automate your invoicing that will assist with collection and management.
    Who should attend?

    All small business owners that want to streamline their bookwork, accounting and reporting to save time and money while learning how to utilise this great tool in your business.

    What to bring
    Your laptop which can access the internet is essential.

    Presenter

    Hanna Barry, is a local accountant specialising in all matters Xero. Hanna’s extensive Xero experience and excitement to share her knowledge ensures a straightforward and easy to follow training program.

    View Eventbright registration


    This workshop is supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an
    Australian Government initiative.