Events

  • Tue
    19
    Jan
    2016
    5:30 – 7:30pm The Business Centre, 265 King Street. Newcastle.

    Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers 

    While many learner drivers get tuition from professional driving instructors, many will also want additional driving practice and some tuition from a parent, other relative or a friend. This course provides information for people supervising learners.

    What you will learn

    • How to use the Learner Driver Log Book
    • Planning driving sessions
    • How to deal with difficulties that may arise during driving practice
    • The importance of giving your learner constructive feedback

    Who Should Attend?
    This workshop is designed to assist parents and supervisors of learner drivers who are required to undertake the NSW’s Graduated Licensing Scheme. All persons who wish to supervise a learner driver must:

    • Hold a current full Australian driver licence – not a learner or provisional licence
    • Have a good understanding of the road rules
    • Be a competent driver
    • Be able to effectively communicate information and ideas clearly.

    Presenter
    This workshop will be facilitated by Grant Morgan who has experience in providing workshops to a range of people from volunteers to PhD candidates. Grant currently holds an Unrestricted MR License in NSW and is actively supervising a teenager through the Graduated Licensing Scheme himself.

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/helping-learner-drivers-become-safer-drivers-newcastle-registration-20030616112?aff=rss

  • Tue
    19
    Jan
    2016
    9:30am – 12:30pmNewcastle

    Learn all about NEIS - a Commonwealth Government program to help eligible Centrelink recipients into self-employment.

    NEIS Information Session

    NEIS is a Commonwealth Government program to help eligible Centrelink recipients into self-employment. The program includes training in Small Business Management, a business plan, nine months of income support (this payment is yours to keep along with any profits you make from your business) and mentor support.

    Who is Eligible?

    • You must be a registered jobseeker with Centrelink. Please note – even if you have only just registered with Centrelink you could be eligible.
    • You must be receiving at least some income support from Centrelink e.g. Newstart, supporting Parent Pension, Disability Allowance, etc. Check with us to see if your allowance is eligible.
    • You must have a viable business proposal. Check the application form for more details.

    Existing businesses are not usually eligible, all legal and reputable business ideas may be eligible, if in doubt, contact us on 1800 815 705 for clarification.

    Presenter? Paulina Mangano, Business Advisor and Mentor at The Business Centre

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street.

    For information on starting, running or growing a business, Visit our website www.businesscentre.com.au. Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/neis-information-session-newcastle-registration-20398483413?aff=rss

  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2016
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

     

    Who should attend?

    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

     

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-registration-20098795037?aff=rss

  • Wed
    27
    Jan
    2016
    9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Charlestown Community Centre, Cnr Pearson and Frederick Streets, Charlestown

    New to social media and would like to learn about the different platforms available? This workshop looks at the various channels, their capabilities and teaches you how to choose the most appropriate for your business. Also learn how to effectively engage with your audience and obtain key tips for success.

    What you’ll learn

    • Different platforms available including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube and Tumblr
    • How to select the best social media channels for your business
    • Rules of engagement and etiquette
    • How to best manage and automate communications
    • Legal considerations

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or works in a small business and would like to gain a good understanding of the different social media platforms available, how to select the most appropriate and better engage with new and existing customers.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including a social media planning template, policy draft document and an infographic on the latest social media usage and demographics.

    Presenter

    Brooke Phillips

    Business Advisor and Trainer

    The Business Centre

    Parking: 3 hours free parking is available at Charlestown Square Carpark.

    Please bring your car parking pass with you as it can be validated for an additional hour of parking if necessary from The Place at the conclusion of this workshop.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/social-mediology-for-small-business-charlestown-registration-20099108976?aff=rss

  • Wed
    27
    Jan
    2016
    5:30 PM to 8:30 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Get on top of your business finances in this workshop presented by bookkeeping expert and registered BAS agent, Naomi Roskell. Learn the essentials to efficiently manage and maintain your books, including practical exercises to help gain greater control of your record keeping and reporting.

    What you’ll learn

    • Bookkeeping essentials
    • The importance of good record keeping and how to keep them
    • Methods of manual record keeping
    • Maintaining a cashbook effectively
    • Completing your BAS

    Who should attend?

    Existing business owners to help get their books in order and those just starting out to put processes and practices in place to ensure finances are under control and well-managed from the start.

    What to bring?

    Your laptop is optional, otherwise all materials are supplied

    Presenter

    Naomi Roskell

    Mobile Bookkeeping and Secretarial Services

    www.mbss.net.au

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/diy-bookkeeping-fundamentals-for-small-business-registration-20098915397?aff=rss

  • Thu
    28
    Jan
    2016
    5.30-6.30pmPepper Tree Wines

    Cellar Door Networking Event

  • Tue
    02
    Feb
    2016
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

     

    Who should attend?

    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

     

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-registration-20098976580?aff=rss

  • Wed
    03
    Feb
    2016
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Managing your accounts should be easy.  As a business owner the last thing you need is another time consuming obligation. This workshop offers a step by step guide about how you can take advantage of current technology to simplify the whole process.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time and prepare financial reports
    • 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 or compatible device which can access the internet is advisable.

    Topic Specialist: 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.

    Cost Includes: A one on one consultation with our topic specialist.

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-crash-course-in-xero-newcastle-registration-20049096387?aff=rss

  • Tue
    09
    Feb
    2016
    10 AM to 12 PM Muswellbrook RSL Club 113 Bridge Street Muswellbrook

    Do you know how Facebook can help you reach all the people who matter most to your business?

    Looking to maximise your marketing dollars?

    Do you know how to set up your page, identify and build your audience, create compelling content andadvertise your business?    Then this is the workshop for you.....

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Is your page set up properly?
    • Why you need a social media strategy AND a social media plan
    • Generating quality content
    • What to post and when
    • Branding
    • Images for Facebook
    • Using Facebook ads
    • Understanding Facebook's analytics (insights)
    • Security
    • Q + A

    Who should attend:  All Small Business owners looking to grow their business online.

    Cost: $45

     Presenter: Dayarne Smith is a freelance journalist, marketer and copywriter based in Muswellbrook in the NSW Hunter Valley.  In 2014, after 10 years as a newspaper journalist and editor, Dayarne launched her business, Wordsmith Communications.  Dayarne works with businesses small and large, offering effective social media management, coaching and copywriting.

    Attendees will receive a 1 hour one-on-one session with our topic specialist to work on their business.

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/facebook-for-business-muswellbrook-registration-20933787522?aff=r

     

  • Wed
    10
    Feb
    2016
    5:30 PM to 8.30 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Create a plan that works for you. Establish, review and update your business goals using a strategic approach that will save you time, identify new opportunities and provide a path to where you want to be. This workshop presents a business planning process using proven framework, Business Model Canvas – a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool that will allow you to quickly develop a clear and comprehensive roadmap for success.

     

    What you’ll learn

    • Define, set and achieve your goals
    • Design, review and adapt your business model
    • Identify opportunities and test new ideas
    • Practical planning and implementation
    • Basic financials

     

    Who should attend?

    Small business owners, entrepreneurs and those looking to start-up who would like to learn how to effectively and efficiently plan for business success.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including a business viability calculator and Business Model Canvas and financial projection templates.

    Cost: $45

    Presenter

    Paulina Mangano - Business Advisor and Trainer at The Business Centre

     

     

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/business-planning-that-works-registration-20769623503?aff=rss

  • Thu
    11
    Feb
    2016
    9:30 AM to 12:00 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Want to better understand your tax obligations and improve your bottom line? Join The Business Centre for this ATO accredited workshop and learn all the essential tax basics for small business.

    What you’ll learn

    • Hobby or business?
    • Business structure
    • Record keeping
    • Goods and services tax
    • Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments
    • Pay as you go (PAYG) withholding
    • Other tax liabilities and credits
    • Incomes and deductions
    • Business activity statement preparation and lodgement
    • Superannuation

    Who should attend?

    Existing business owners and those just starting up who would like to gain understanding of necessary business tax basics.

    Presenter

    Narelle McClelland, General Manager

    The Business Centre

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect

     

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lets-talk-tax-essentials-for-small-business-newcastle-registration-20099041775?aff=rss

  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2016
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre New England Highway Singleton

    Tell your story… know your customer

    A successful brand communicates what sets you apart from your competitors, it helps to highlight why you are the more desirable option, it tells your story and communicates your brand promise. A strong brand can add value to your product and create loyalty. Branding is the impression that your business gives when you are not around, it should represent what your product or service can do, or how it can make you feel.

    Come and join “Head Bear Handler” Clare Gleeson from Neon Zoo, a Hunter boutique graphic design firm, as she talks about how small businesses can connect with their customers through their branding.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Knowing your "Why"
    • Telling a story and demonstrating an idea
    • Building brand awareness (physically and virtually)
    • Reaching customers with targeted communication
    • Social media sites, collateral or both?
    • Your “look” and “feel”
    • Tips for promotion

    Who should attend:  Any small business owner either starting or looking to refresh their branding approach.

    Cost includes: A one on one consultation with our topic specialist ($45 each)

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/building-your-brand-singleton-registration-20932733369?aff=rss

  • Wed
    17
    Feb
    2016
    9:30 AM to 12:00 PM Charlestown Community Centre Cnr Pearson and Fredrick Streets Charlestown

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

     

    Who should attend?

    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

     

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-charlestown-registration-20116143928?aff=rss

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM The Place: Charlestown Community Centre Cnr Frederick & Pearson St’s Charlestown

    Marketing and PR is an ongoing process that needs consistent attention, especially for online businesses competing with a global market place.  With only 10% of online businesses being ‘successful’ this workshop offers a guide for all those working in the online & small business world.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • How to build a following of loyal customers that allows your business to grow exponentially
    • The most effective ways to reach thousands of your ideal customers without spending a cent on marketing
    • The secret to success in having your brand promoted by print, TV, radio and online media
    • A simple strategy showing you how to use social media to grow your business
    • Take home Free Goal Mapping templates & Free SEO Cheat Sheet

    Who should attend:  All Small Business owners looking to grow their business online.

    Cost: $45

     Presenter: Tara O’Connell, creator of the globally successful App “The Baby Diaries”.  The App has now been downloaded on every Continent in 15 different languages and was recently showcased by Nine’s Today Program as one of 3 must-have apps for new parents.  Tara is an award winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and CEO at Appsolute Results, where she inspires and empowers entrepreneurs around the world to take action and achieve online success every day.

    Attendees will receive a 1 hour one-on-one session with our topic specialist to work on their business.

     

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/accelerate-your-business-online-charlestown-registration-20933146605?aff=rss

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM The Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King Street Newcastle

    How to drive more visitors and sales to your business instantly while growing a highly valued list of super loyal clients, through mobile devices!

    Learning Outcomes:

    • What is Mobile Marketing and why is it critical to your business outcome 2016?
    • How to integrate a ‘mobile strategy’ that works for small business
    • Engaging your customers through Mobile Marketing to deliver high value and increase cash flow
    • Discover the fastest way to grow an ‘active’ loyalty list for instant sales no matter what the economic environment or season
    • 7 tips to developing raving fans and increased spend
    • 3 simple steps to putting your social media, digital marketing and offline marketing on STERIODS (without getting a headache or cashache)
    • New technologies available now and in the future to help you connect and engage with your target market and break through the advertising clutter

    What to Bring:  Your mobile device.

    Cost: $45

    Topic Specialist: Kylie Smiley is a Mobile Marketing Specialist with her finger on the pulse of new marketing technologies.  Kylie is passionate about helping small business owners get noticed FAST via direct technologies to increase engagement, sales and loyalty attracting new and repeat customers using all digital and traditional marketing channels with incredible results.

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mobilised-marketing-newcastle-registration-20934183707?aff=rss

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Webinar

    Why is getting the best cash flow solution for your business important?

    Having the cash when it’s needed to purchase raw materials and supplies, meet operating expenses and wages is essential for the viability of your business. Solving your cash flow shortages can significantly improve your business growth and profitability.

    Most businesses find at some stage that the cash for the day to day operations of the business is not available when needed. The ability to pay wages, rent and the many other operating costs as they fall due is often difficult when your customers take 30 days or longer to pay you. This mismatch between the timing of income and expenditure needs is common to many small to medium businesses.
    Cash flow problems are particularly common if your business is growing as the need for cash to operate the business continues to increase at a greater rate than the working capital available.

    If you want to find the best cash flow solution for your business join this webinar.

     

    Key Benefits 

    • Do you need more cash flow in your business?
    • Are you currently considering different funding options?
    • Do you know what funding options are available to your business?
    • Are you looking to drive down your cost of funds?
    • Do you want more flexibility when it comes to financing your business?

    Hunter Business Chamber Member - free

    Local Chamber Member - $15

    Non- Member $30

    https://events.nswbc.com.au/Detail/EVE1604512

  • Thu
    25
    Feb
    2016
    5.30-6.30pmErnest Hill Wines

    Cellar Door Networking Event

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016
    9.30am - 3.30pmMorisset Multi Purpose Centre

    Have you ever wanted to build your own website?

    Switched On Hunter is offering a FREE workshop.  Topics include:

    • Step by step training and coaching to develop your own free or relatively inexpensive website using Wix
    • Using features like photos, Google Maps, YouTube videos, blogs, social media and contact details in your new website
    • Craft your wording to attract those important customers

    Contact Helen or Kasie to book your place - 4936 2557

    Workshop held at Morisset Multi Purpose Centre, 143 Dora Street, Morisset

    Participants need their own laptop.

    www.switchedonhunter.com.au

     

  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016
    Wed
    02
    Mar
    2016
    10am to 12pm The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

     

    Who should attend?

    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

     

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-registration-20116301399?aff=rss

  • Wed
    02
    Mar
    2016
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

     

    Who should attend?

    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

     

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-registration-20116301399?aff=rss

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016
    12pm - 1.30pmWebinar - online

    business.gov.au webinar series designed to help your business grow.

    Having trouble communicating exactly what your business does? You might need to work on your value proposition!

    A good value proposition describes how your business can meet a customer's requirements in the most competitive and efficient way.

    This webinar will help you to:

    • learn the basic elements of a strong value proposition, and how to apply the elements to each of your target customers
    • develop a value proposition and capability statement for your business
    • align your business's capabilities with your customers' requirements
    • clearly communicate the value of your products and services and how they differ from competitors
    • make a better first impression for your business
    • follow-up with your customers and evaluate your performance.

    The webinar will be held on 3 March 2016 from 12pm - 1:30pm AEDT.

    Register for the Introduction to Value Proposition webinar .

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016
    12pm to 2pmCrowne Plaza Newcastle Cnr Merewether Street & Wharf Road NEWCASTLE

    Guest Speaker: Ms Penny Winn, Chair, Port Waratah Coal Services

    Port Waratah has been receiving, stockpiling, blending and loading coal for export in the Port of Newcastle for 40 years and is a crucial component of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain.

    The focus on efficient and transformative supply chains is increasingly prominent. This lunch presents a fantastic opportunity to hear from Ms Winn who has a wealth of experience in a broad cross section of logistics both in Australia and internationally.

    Don’t miss this chance to hear what trends, reforms and opportunities are ahead.

    RSVP: Essential Friday 26 February unless sold out prior. Numbers are strictly limited.

    https://events.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au/Detail/EVE1604624

    Please advise any special dietary requirements on booking.

     

    Hunter Business Chamber Member $105

    Local Chamber Member $130

    Non Member $155

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016
    12pm to 2pmMerewether Surfhouse Henderson Pde MEREWETHER

    Guest Speaker: Ms Penny Winn, Chair, Port Waratah Coal Services

    Port Waratah has been receiving, stockpiling, blending and loading coal for export in the Port of Newcastle for 40 years and is a crucial component of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain.

    The focus on efficient and transformative supply chains is increasingly prominent. This lunch presents a fantastic opportunity to hear from Ms Winn who has a wealth of experience in a broad cross section of logistics both in Australia and internationally.

    Don’t miss this chance to hear what trends, reforms and opportunities are ahead.

    RSVP: Essential Friday 26 February unless sold out prior. Numbers are strictly limited.

    https://events.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au/Detail/EVE1604624

    Please advise any special dietary requirements on booking.

     

    Hunter Business Chamber Member $105

    Local Chamber Member $130

    Non Member $155

  • Wed
    09
    Mar
    2016
    7.15am to 8.45amCrowne Plaza Newcastle Cnr Merewether Street & Wharf Road NEWCASTLE

    Topic: Borrowing to Build Wealth for the SME

    Guest Speaker: Hans Kunnen, Chief Economist, St.George Banking Group which includes the Bank of Melbourne and Bank of South Australia

    Hans will discuss the impact of global market volatility  on the outlook for Australian interest rates and business activity in the Hunter Region. 
    Are we heading for another GFC?  

    Will interest rates be going up with American rates? 

    What is happening to fixed rates and will the lower AUD benefit businesses in the Hunter?

    Is it worth borrowing to build wealth in 2016?


    RSVP: Essential Monday 7 March at https://events.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au/Detail/EVE1604699

    Please advise any dietary requirements upon booking

    Hunter Business Chamber Member $45

    Local Chamber Member $55

    Affiliate Member $55

    Non Member $65

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Tue
    15
    Mar
    2016
    5:30 PM to 8:30 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Get on top of your business finances in this workshop presented by bookkeeping expert and registered BAS agent, Naomi Roskell. Learn the essentials to efficiently manage and maintain your books, including practical exercises to help gain greater control of your record keeping and reporting.

    What you’ll learn

    • Bookkeeping essentials
    • The importance of good record keeping and how to keep them
    • Methods of manual record keeping
    • Maintaining a cashbook effectively
    • Completing your BAS

    Who should attend?

    Existing business owners to help get their books in order and those just starting out to put processes and practices in place to ensure finances are under control and well-managed from the start.

    What to bring?

    Your laptop is optional, otherwise all materials are supplied

    Presenter

    Naomi Roskell

    Mobile Bookkeeping and Secretarial Services

    www.mbss.net.au

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/diy-bookkeeping-fundamentals-for-small-business-registration-20116340516?aff=rss

  • Tue
    15
    Mar
    2016
    9:30 AM to 11:30 AM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    NEIS is a Commonwealth Government program to help eligible Centrelink recipients into self-employment. The program includes training in Small Business Management, a business plan, nine months of income support (this payment is yours to keep along with any profits you make from your business) and mentor support.

    Who is Eligible?

    • You must be a registered jobseeker with Centrelink. Please note – even if you have only just registered with Centrelink you could be eligible.
    • You must be receiving at least some income support from Centrelink e.g. Newstart, supporting Parent Pension, Disability Allowance, etc. Check with us to see if your allowance is eligible.
    • You must have a viable business proposal. Check the application form for more details.

    Existing businesses are not usually eligible, all legal and reputable business ideas may be eligible, if in doubt, contact us on 1800 815 705 for clarification.

    Presenter? Paulina Mangano, Business Advisor and Mentor at The Business Centre

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street.

    For information on starting, running or growing a business, Visit our website www.businesscentre.com.au.

    Registering is FREE at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/neis-information-session-newcastle-registration-21688324362?aff=rss

  • Wed
    16
    Mar
    2016
    9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Charlestown Community Centre, Cnr Pearson and Frederick Streets, Charlestown

    New to social media and would like to learn about the different platforms available? This workshop looks at the various channels, their capabilities and teaches you how to choose the most appropriate for your business. Also learn how to effectively engage with your audience and obtain key tips for success.

    What you’ll learn

    • Different platforms available including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube and Tumblr
    • How to select the best social media channels for your business
    • Rules of engagement and etiquette
    • How to best manage and automate communications
    • Legal considerations

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or works in a small business and would like to gain a good understanding of the different social media platforms available, how to select the most appropriate and better engage with new and existing customers.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including a social media planning template, policy draft document and an infographic on the latest social media usage and demographics.

    Presenter

    Brooke Phillips

    Business Advisor and Trainer

    The Business Centre

    Parking: 3 hours free parking is available at Charlestown Square Carpark.

    Please bring your car parking pass with you as it can be validated for an additional hour of parking if necessary from The Place at the conclusion of this workshop.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/social-mediology-for-small-business-newcastle-registration-20116465891?aff=rss

  • Wed
    16
    Mar
    2016
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM The Business Centre, 265 King St. Newcastle

    Want to better understand your tax obligations and improve your bottom line? Join The Business Centre for this ATO accredited workshop and learn all the essential tax basics for small business.

    What you’ll learn

    • Hobby or business?
    • Business structure
    • Record keeping
    • Goods and services tax
    • Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments
    • Pay as you go (PAYG) withholding
    • Other tax liabilities and credits
    • Incomes and deductions
    • Business activity statement preparation and lodgement
    • Superannuation

    Who should attend?

    Existing business owners and those just starting up who would like to gain understanding of necessary business tax basics.

    Presenter

    Narelle McClelland, General Manager

    The Business Centre

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect

     

     

    Register: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lets-talk-tax-essentials-for-small-business-newcastle-registration-20116753752?aff=rss

  • Wed
    16
    Mar
    2016
    7:00 pmOnline

    The ACCC Small Business webinar

    ‘The new business-to-business unfair contract terms law – what you need to know and do now’ will be held on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 7pm (AEDST).

    Register for the live webinar - The new business-to-business unfair contract terms law – what you need to know and do now (link is external)

    This webinar will provide a general overview of the new business-to-business unfair contract terms protections and, if your business offers standard form contracts to other businesses, what you need to do before the law takes effect.

    It will also explain:

    • which contracts and terms are covered by the new law
    • the types of terms that may be unfair
    • how to determine if a contract term may be unfair
    • what you can do if you receive a contract that you think includes an unfair term.
  • Wed
    16
    Mar
    2016
    9.30am - 10.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2016
    12pm - 1.30pmWebinar - online

    business.gov.au webinar series designed to help your business grow.

    Want to learn how to write applications so you can do business with government?

    This webinar will break down the process of writing winning tender applications and provide 'tried and tested' examples to teach you how to improve your success rate.

    Learn how to:

    • apply best-practice tools and techniques when writing, planning and managing your tender submission
    • align the business activity of your tender application with your business's overall strategy
    • make better decisions on which tenders you should bid on
    • understand what your customers are looking for
    • increase your chances of winning opportunities.

    The webinar will be held on 17 March 2016 from 12pm - 1:30pm AEDT.

    Register for the Introduction to Tender Writing webinar .

     

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2016
    5:30 pmThe Production Hub 4 Crown St NEWCASTLE

    Good Eye Deer is one of Australia's leading video production companies. Based in Newcastle, they produce award-winning media for local, national and international organisations. Their approach to video production is simple: “we seek to engage audiences emotionally and then appeal to them intellectually”. Such an approach means that your target-audience connects with your message. Whether Good Eye Deer is producing a TV Commercial, corporate video or a series of educational films, their focus is to create films that deliver results.

    Recent clients include, The Salvation Army, ARTC, Mitsubishi Electric, Link Group and PCYC NSW.

    For more information, visit www.goodeyedeer.com.au

    Partner: Afterburner Australia

    Afterburner Australia is a team of Australian Fighter pilots who can help you and your team get things done. The business environment is more complex, uncertain and rapidly changing than ever before. To survive and thrive, organisations are expecting smaller teams to deliver more. These teams need to plan more confidently and adapt and deliver more quickly. Afterburner’s Flawless Execution methodology (or “FLEX” for short), which is based on the culture, ethos and know-how of the fighter pilot community developed over 60 years ago, focuses on helping your people do just that, converting strategy into action and accelerating performance at every level of your business.

    For more information, visit www.afterburneraustralia.com.au

    Please Note: This is strictly a members only event. Please advise any special dietary requirements upon booking.

    Hunter Business Chamber and Local Chamber of Commerce member FREE

    Register by 
    Tuesday 15 March 2016 at http://events.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au/Detail/EVE1604708

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2016
    9.30am - 11.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Overview of taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and running your own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Fri
    18
    Mar
    2016
    Sun
    20
    Mar
    2016
    Kurri Kurri

    There's lots of great events across three fantastic days at this year's Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival. Check out the Events Program to plan your visit!

  • Tue
    22
    Mar
    2016
    5PM - 8PMThe Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Have you ever wanted your own website but did not want to pay a developer, and not sure where to start?

    This FREE hands on workshop is just for you!

    • Step by step straining, to develop your own free or low cost website using Wix
    • Features - photos, google maps, Youtube, blogs, social media and contact details
    • Craft your wording to attract website visitors

    What you need to bring - Laptop Computer, and your creative ideas.

    Phone Helen or Kasie on 4936 2557 or visit www.switchedonhunter.com.au

    SOH BYOW Kurri Kurri 2016

  • Thu
    24
    Mar
    2016
    5.30-6.30pmMcWilliam’s Wines

    Cellar Door Networking Event

  • Thu
    07
    Apr
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Sun
    17
    Apr
    2016
    Vincent Street, Cessnock
  • Tue
    19
    Apr
    2016
    9.30am - 11.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    First workshop in a series to help you future proof your business.  Topics covered include preparing your plan, why have one and who is going to see it.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016
    10am - 12pmThe Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King Street Newcastle

    Handling the pressures of Small Business ownership

    Is there something about your business keeping you awake at night? Are you able “leave” your small business when the doors close? Stress in the workplace is often the elephant in the room and despite the amount of conversation around its impacts; it is one small business owners don’t often feel they can afford to have.  It’s time to be kinder to yourself and learn some take away strategies to identify and cope with the pressures of owning and operating a small business.

    In this session you will learn:

    • Hitting the “pause button” on old habits
    • Stress, anxiety, worries and fears. What’s the difference?
    • Physical and mental strategies
    • Creating a management plan
    • Handy resources and referrals

    Topic Specialist:

    Toni Knight has worked extensively in the government and non-government sector in NSW in a variety of empowerment roles, including as a psychologist, youth worker, disability worker, teacher, and counsellor. She has intense interest in personal change research, and developing and sharing strategies for improving and enriching lives.

    Who should attend

    Any small business owner or operator.

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

    Bookings $45 each: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/managing-stress-and-your-business-registration-22811739527

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016
    5.30-6.30pmHunter Distillery

    Cellar Door Networking Event

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016
    9.30am - 11.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Overview of taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and running your own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    04
    May
    2016
    5.30pm - 8.00pmThe Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King Street Newcastle

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

    Who should attend?

    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Parking Station, Gibson Street Newcastle.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

    Bookings $45 each: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-registration-23067561698

  • Thu
    05
    May
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Mon
    09
    May
    2016
    5.30pm - 7.30pmThe Business Centre Newcastle Region 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.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time and prepare financial reports
    • 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 or compatible device which can access the internet is essential.

    Topic Specialist: 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.

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

    Bookings $45 each: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-crash-course-in-xero-newcastle-registration-24447497122?aff=rss

  • Thu
    12
    May
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    10am-12pmSingleton Library Meeting room 8-10 Queen Street Singleton

    Do you know how Facebook can help you reach all the people who matter most to your business?

    Looking to maximise your marketing dollars?

    Do you know how to set up your page, identify and build your audience, create compelling content and advertise your business?    Then this is the workshop for you.....

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Is your page set up properly?
    • Why you need a social media strategy AND a social media plan
    • Generating quality content
    • What to post and when
    • Branding
    • Images for Facebook
    • Using Facebook ads
    • Understanding Facebook's analytics (insights)
    • Security
    • Q + A

    Who should attend:  All Small Business owners looking to grow their business online.

     Presenter: Dayarne Smith is a freelance journalist, marketer and copywriter based in Muswellbrook in the NSW Hunter Valley.  In 2014, after 10 years as a newspaper journalist and editor, Dayarne launched her business, Wordsmith Communications.  Dayarne works with businesses small and large, offering effective social media management, coaching and copywriting.

    Attendees will receive a 1 hour one-on-one session with our topic specialist to work on their business.

     

    Bookings $45 each: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/facebook-for-business-singleton-registration-24332805075

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    5.30 - 8.30 pmThe Business Centre 265 King St Newcastle

    Get on top of your business finances in this workshop presented by bookkeeping expert and registered BAS agent, Naomi Roskell. Learn the essentials to efficiently manage and maintain your books, including practical exercises to help gain greater control of your record keeping and reporting.

    What you’ll learn

    • Bookkeeping essentials
    • The importance of good record keeping and how to keep them
    • Methods of manual record keeping
    • Maintaining a cashbook effectively
    • Completing your BAS

    Who should attend?

    Existing business owners to help get their books in order and those just starting out to put processes and practices in place to ensure finances are under control and well-managed from the start.

    What to bring?

    Your laptop is optional, otherwise all materials are supplied

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

    Bookings $45: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/diy-bookkeeping-fundamentals-for-small-business-newcastle-registration-23068946841

     

     

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    9.30am - 12 pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre

    Updating your business plan and why you need it. This workshop will be held on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at The Hunter Region BEC in Kurri Kurri.

    Cost: FREE All participants who attend this workshop will be eligible for a FREE 1 hour one-on-one appointment for each workshop attended, with our Facilitator Kate Murphy, who can assist you with your business.
    Bookings are essential, please contact Kasie on 4936 2557 or email reception@hunterregionbec.com.au
    Sponsored by Westpac through their disaster relief fund.

    Future Proofing Your Business Workshop Series
    The April 2015 storms impacted many local businesses in our area, with many businesses not being well prepared and therefore suffered a greater impact from this event and subsequent flooding. These workshops are designed to better prepare businesses for the possibility of future disasters of any sort that may affect their business.

     

     

     

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    9am - 4pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Giving your receptionist the professional skills to deal with your customers effectively.

    Cost: $250

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2016
    5.30 - 8.30 pmThe Business Centre 265 King St Newcastle

    Business Planning that Works

    Create a plan that works for you. Establish, review and update your business goals using a strategic approach that will save you time, identify new opportunities and provide a path to where you want to be. This workshop presents a business planning process using proven framework, Business Model Canvas – a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool that will allow you to quickly develop a clear and comprehensive roadmap for success.

    What you’ll learn

    • Define, set and achieve your goals
    • Design, review and adapt your business model
    • Identify opportunities and test new ideas
    • Practical planning and implementation
    • Basic financials

    Who should attend?

    Small business owners, entrepreneurs and those looking to start-up who would like to learn how to effectively and efficiently plan for business success.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including a business viability calculator and Business Model Canvas and financial projection templates.

    Presenter

    Paulina Mangano - Business Advisor and Trainer at The Business Centre

     

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

    Bookings $45: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/business-planning-that-works-registration-23067626893

     

     

  • Tue
    31
    May
    2016
    1:30 pmOnline Webinar

    Navigate the new interface for ATDW-Online and learn how to get the best out of the new tool to improve the profile of your business online.

    Cost FREE webinar

     

    Register: http://comms.dnsw.com.au/link/id/zzzz56a01ff15fa3b381/regform?evuid=zzzz56a01ff1473f7124

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2016
    9.30am - 12 pmDungog

    Updating your business plan and why you need it.

    Cost: FREE All participants who attend this workshop will be eligible for a FREE 1 hour one-on-one appointment for each workshop attended, with our Facilitator Kate Murphy, who can assist you with your business.
    Bookings are essential, please contact Kasie on 4936 2557 or email reception@hunterregionbec.com.au
    Sponsored by Westpac through their disaster relief fund.

    Future Proofing Your Business Workshop Series
    The April 2015 storms impacted many local businesses in our area, with many businesses not being well prepared and therefore suffered a greater impact from this event and subsequent flooding. These workshops are designed to better prepare businesses for the possibility of future disasters of any sort that may affect their business.

     

     

     

  • Thu
    02
    Jun
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016
    9.30am - 11.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Second workshop in a series to help you future proof your business.  Topics covered include how and what types of risk affect your business, risk management plan, WHS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016
    9am - 4pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Learn new skills to effectively manage your team.

    Cost: $250

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PMMaitland Gaol 6-18 John St East Maitland

    How do you get your business noticed above the noise of everyone else's marketing messages? Then once you are noticed, how do you keep the customers you have gained forever, as well as retaining your existing customer base?  Come and learn the strategies you will need to find and keep your customers.

    In this session you will learn:

    • How to Get more visitors FASTER than ever before.  The key steps to attract long-term clients in todays fast moving 'mobile' world.
    • How to get customers coming back over and over again without 'pestering'
    • Drawing the 'gold' in your existing client base
    • Quick and Easy ways to grow a highly valuable loyalty customer base
    • How to use Social media to increase loyalty and customer spend
    • Why Mobile Marketing? Why now? and Why it can't be ignored?
    • How you can take advantage of customer 'location' and how it can help small business see consistent cash-flow on autopilot

    Who should attend:  

    All small business owners looking to grow or refresh their business.

    Topic Specialist:  

    Kylie Smiley is a marketing specialist with her finger on the pulse of new marketing technologies.  Kylie is passionate about helping small business owners get noticed fast via direct technologies to increase engagement, sales and loyalty attracting new and repeat customers using all digital and traditional marketing channels with incredible results

    Cost: $45 including a free one on one consultation with the Australian Small Business Advisory Service

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/finding-your-customers-and-keeping-them-maitland-registration-25147870959

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016
    9:30 AM to 11:30 AMSingleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre - Board Room New England Hwy SINGLETON

    Have a great product or service but facing challenges getting the word out and sales across the line?  Have you communicated the value of your product/service offering to customers but without result?  Join The Business Centre for this workshop and learn how to better value, position and pitch your business to extend your customer base.

    What you'll learn

    • Clarify your purpose using the Four Cs - Customer, Culture, Communication and Collaboration
    • Clearly define and communicate your value proposition
    • How to best position your business in the marketplace
    • Successfully pitch your product or service - in person, online or over the phone
    • Marketing strategy for converting sales and increasing your customer base.

    Who should attend?

    Small business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone facing challenges converting marketing effort into sales.

    Presenter:

    Christina Gerakiteys, Business Advisor for Creative Industries

    $45 each

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/value-position-and-pitch-marketing-strategy-for-success-singleton-registration-23070239708

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

     

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AMNexus Smart Hub - 4 Amy Close, Wyong

    Low cost and no-cost ways to unlock your business potential

    Most small business operators mistakenly believe “marketing” is just some sort of aggressive selling with a bit of advertising thrown in.  In this workshop, participants will realise the value of the only sustainable forms of customer they should be trying to attract to their business – namely repeat customers, and referred customers.  Developing your marketing plan on a customer-centric philosophy where a you are offering a solution to a real problem, defining the true segments of the market you’re servicing, and developing a marketing mix which positions your business as a unique solution….This is the process  to develop a sustainable competitive advantage over your competitors as you solve your customers’ problems!

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Understanding what marketing actually is
    • Developing effective marketing segmentation practices
    • Developing a marketing mix
    • Defining positioning strategies for sustainable competitive advantage
    • Unlocking the hidden goldmine in your business

    Who should attend? Small business operators and intenders who are confused by all the rhetoric about how to market, especially in the digital age – the sound principles of marketing will always for the basis of sustainable business practice!

    Topic Specialist :   Peter Hollingsworth is a business practitioner with formal qualifications in engineering, marketing and training.  Peter has started numerous successful small businesses across a variety of industries, and combines a degree of theoretical knowledge with the practicalities of implementation where it matters most – at the sales counter!  Cost includes a one on one consultation with Peter.

    Cost: $35

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-to-develop-a-marketing-plan-tickets-25527365036

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2016
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PMThe Place: Charlestown Community Centre Cnr Frederick and Pearson Streets Charlestown

    Understand targeted copy and how it can be used to boost your business. Making regular blog posts can make your website more visible to search engines - this means that people will be able to find your website more easily.  No matter what you’re selling, this workshop will help you understand the value of blogging to help grow your business and customer base.  Blogging is the ideal way to work with an online audience and to interact with them on a personal level.

    In this session you will learn:

    • What is a blog?
    • Why should I blog?
    • How often should I blog?
    • What should I blog about?

    Topic Specialist:

    Linda Drummond is a nationally published freelance journalist with more than 20 years’ experience. Linda has been blogging for over seven years at local lifestyle blog PinkPatentMaryJanes and is the creator of the ‘#SPCSunday’ twitter campaign. As a social media marketer, Linda uses Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram to help boost her blog’s profile to a wider audience. Linda has also blogged for Corporate Clients and understands the importance of maintaining an effective voice in regular blogs.

    Who should attend?

    All Small Business owners looking to grow their business Online.

    Cost: $45

    Cost Includes:  a free one on one consultation with the Australian Small Business Advisory Service

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/blogging-for-business-charlestown-registration-25145225045

     

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PMAMThe Place: Charlestown Community Centre Cnr Frederick and Pearson Streets Charlestown

     

    One of the most difficult things for newly formed small business to do is to set their pricing. Whether it is bringing a new product to market or booking out time as a consultant, trades or service based business, the problem is the same… How much is it worth? How much am I worth?  This workshop on pricing will demystify the topic of pricing and demonstrate its importance in business planning and growth.

    In this session you will learn:

    • Pricing fallacies
    • The relationship pricing has to profit and loss
    • Competitor intelligence
    • Customer decision process
    • Customer perception on pricing and more…

    Topic Specialist:

    Craig Toyne is the CEO of Newcastle based Toyne Business Consultants. Craig bases his business on being customer focused and communicating to clients in plain language.

    Who should attend?

    Any small business either starting or established who needs guidance on how to price their good and/or servicces.

    Cost Includes:  a free one on one consultation with the Australian Small Business Advisory Service

    Cost: $45 - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/price-setting-what-are-you-your-products-or-your-services-worth-registration-24978865459

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

     

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PMAMThe Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King Street Newcastle

    A workshop on how to protect your intellectual property and make it a reality.

     

    Do you want to introduce a new product, process or service to the world? Will Hird, Partner and Patent attorney with IP legal firm Davies Collison Cave and Josh Jeffress, Principal of innovative Hunter company Design Anthology, and will examine what is takes to do just that!

    Topics covered:

    • The processes and stages involved in product develpement
    • Collaborations and partnerships
    • Types and levels of intellectual property protection
    • Funding attached to R&D and commercialisation

     

    Josh will demonstrate how, at Design Anthology, they help clients with product development, taking ideas from designing and drawing into specification, selection and testing of materials, through to manufacturing, packaging and finally to market.

     

    Will comes in from the intellectual property side but also brings a high level of chemical and mechanical engineering knowledge to the game. He will advise you at what point you need IP protection and make you aware of the traps and pitfalls that normally catch innovators by surprise!

    $45 each

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/building-and-protecting-your-innovation-registration-25183983974

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

     

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    1pm- 3:30pmNovotel Newcastle Beach 5 King Street Newcastle

    This introductory session on targeting international visitors provides an overview of what it means to be export ready, how tourism experiences can be bought and sold through inbound sales and distribution channels and why you should consider these inbound channels for your business.

    Cost $25 per attendee

     

    Register: http://comms.dnsw.com.au/link/id/zzzz568b2feab7047652/regform?evuid=zzzz568b2feaad1e9993

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    9.30am - 12 pmDungog

    Understanding and preparing for if things go wrong.

    Cost: FREE All participants who attend this workshop will be eligible for a FREE 1 hour one-on-one appointment for each workshop attended, with our Facilitator Kate Murphy, who can assist you with your business.
    Bookings are essential, please contact Kasie on 4936 2557 or email reception@hunterregionbec.com.au
    Sponsored by Westpac through their disaster relief fund.

    Future Proofing Your Business Workshop Series
    The April 2015 storms impacted many local businesses in our area, with many businesses not being well prepared and therefore suffered a greater impact from this event and subsequent flooding. These workshops are designed to better prepare businesses for the possibility of future disasters of any sort that may affect their business.

     

     

     

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    9.45am to 3.00pmMingara Recreation Club Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi

    FREE EVENT

    Aimed at Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Small Businesses and Primary Producers

    Why is this important?

    The forums will:

    • deliver information and raise awareness of the value of business continuity planning (adaptable to any work environment and to all types of emergencies)
    • develop strong partnerships that support improved knowledge sharing, access to information and more effective collaboration in planning, response and recovery
    • identify locally based Emergency organisations and what they do

    Be involved in an interactive learning experience and help your group and the communities you work with to be;

    • better prepared and more self-reliant
    • survive, adapt and recover better
    • ensure business continuity
    • maintain social support systems throughout response and recovery
    • resilient and cope better with the stress of a natural disasters

    The forums will include:

    • a business continuity toolkit for you to take away, use and share
    • an interactive, scenario based session and include members of the emergency services and recovery agencies such as Family and Community Services and Department of Primary Industries
    • small group problem-solving sessions
    • morning tea and lunch

    RSVP on or by 6 June 2016 with your preferred forum location and if you have any dietary or access requirements.
    Please email colin.perry@dpc.nsw.gov.au or phone Colin on 4921 2609.

    NSW Government - Department of Premier and Cabinet

  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2016
    9.30am - 11.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Overview of taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and running your own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2016
    9.45am to 3.00pmMonte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre Cnr New England Hwy and Dwyer Sts, Rutherford

    FREE EVENT

    Aimed at Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Small Businesses and Primary Producers

    Why is this important?

    The forums will:

    • deliver information and raise awareness of the value of business continuity planning (adaptable to any work environment and to all types of emergencies)
    • develop strong partnerships that support improved knowledge sharing, access to information and more effective collaboration in planning, response and recovery
    • identify locally based Emergency organisations and what they do

    Be involved in an interactive learning experience and help your group and the communities you work with to be;

    • better prepared and more self-reliant
    • survive, adapt and recover better
    • ensure business continuity
    • maintain social support systems throughout response and recovery
    • resilient and cope better with the stress of a natural disasters

    The forums will include:

    • a business continuity toolkit for you to take away, use and share
    • an interactive, scenario based session and include members of the emergency services and recovery agencies such as Family and Community Services and Department of Primary Industries
    • small group problem-solving sessions
    • morning tea and lunch

    RSVP on or by 6 June 2016 with your preferred forum location and if you have any dietary or access requirements.
    Please email colin.perry@dpc.nsw.gov.au or phone Colin on 4921 2609.

    NSW Government - Department of Premier and Cabinet

  • Fri
    17
    Jun
    2016
    9.45am to 3.00pmMuswellbrook RSL Club 113 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook

    FREE EVENT

    Aimed at Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Small Businesses and Primary Producers

    Why is this important?

    The forums will:

    • deliver information and raise awareness of the value of business continuity planning (adaptable to any work environment and to all types of emergencies)
    • develop strong partnerships that support improved knowledge sharing, access to information and more effective collaboration in planning, response and recovery
    • identify locally based Emergency organisations and what they do

    Be involved in an interactive learning experience and help your group and the communities you work with to be;

    • better prepared and more self-reliant
    • survive, adapt and recover better
    • ensure business continuity
    • maintain social support systems throughout response and recovery
    • resilient and cope better with the stress of a natural disasters

    The forums will include:

    • a business continuity toolkit for you to take away, use and share
    • an interactive, scenario based session and include members of the emergency services and recovery agencies such as Family and Community Services and Department of Primary Industries
    • small group problem-solving sessions
    • morning tea and lunch

    RSVP on or by 6 June 2016 with your preferred forum location and if you have any dietary or access requirements.
    Please email colin.perry@dpc.nsw.gov.au or phone Colin on 4921 2609.

    NSW Government - Department of Premier and Cabinet

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016
    9.30am - 11.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Third workshop in a series to help you future proof your business.  Topics covered include the different areas to consider – Fair Work, PPSR, security, insurance.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Tue
    28
    Jun
    2016
    5:30 pmHunter Valley Visitor Centre

    The Hunter Valley Visitor Centre and Advance Cessnock City invite you to meet and network with a range of businesses supplying, working across and servicing visitors in Hunter Valley Wine Country. Meet like minded business people over a local wine or brew, make appointments, capture growth and generate business! Learn about opportunities. BRING ALONG YOUR BUSINESS CARDS!!

    Learn how your business can springboard off two massive new events in 2016:

    • POKOLBIN PRIDE - 20-24 October 2016
      The brainchild of Matthew and Jimmy from Nanna Kerr's Kitchen, Pokolbin Pride will unite Hunter Valley operators through an inclusive event that showcases world class produce alongside grassroots talent, performance and comedy.
      Learn how you can get involved in the Hunter Valley's first LGBTI festival!
    • HUNTER VALLEY ASIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL - 15-18 September 2016
      The Hunter Valley invites all to celebrate and give thanks through a traditional Asian gathering festival which includes carnival games, brightly lit lanterns, animated Dragon and Lion dances as well as thanks giving banquets.
      Learn how you can get involved the Hunter Valley's new Asian festival!

    Meet the event managers and discuss how these new events may become significant annual drawcards, attracting new target markets and supporting growth in visitation and spend.

     

    Register online: http://advancecessnock.com.au/register/

  • Tue
    28
    Jun
    2016
    5:30 pmCouncil Chambers

    Council has engaged Architects and Urban Designers, CM+, to develop a Public Domain Plan and Development Control Plan to revitalise the streets, parks, and public spaces within the Cessnock Commercial Precinct.

    Input from local businesses into the development of these plans is important. You can have your say by completing a short survey here or attending our community workshop on Tuesday 28 June from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Council Chambers. To register for the workshop, or to find out more about the project, contact Council’s Strategic Land Use Planning team on 4993 4183, e-mail council@cessnock.nsw.gov.au nominating your attendance to the upcoming workshop, or visit our website at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/ccpp. If you can’t make the workshop, we’ll also be surveying businesses within the Precinct on Friday 17 June.

  • Thu
    30
    Jun
    2016
    1:30 pmOnline Webinar

    Why is it so important to spend some time on Get Connected to perfect your VisitNSW.com listing? What makes a visitor click through to your business? How can you make your listing even better? 

    Find out the steps to create and maintain your listing and see some great examples of product listings done well.

    Cost FREE webinar

     

    Register: http://comms.dnsw.com.au/link/id/zzzz56a01ff15fa3b381/regform?evuid=zzzz56a01ff1473f7124

  • Fri
    01
    Jul
    2016
    9.30am - 3.30pmPort Stephens Business Centre

    This free hands-on workshop will provide:

    • Step by step training and coaching to develop your own free or relatively inexpensive website using Wix.
    • Insight into using features like photos, google maps, youtube videos, blogs, social media and contact details in your website.
    • Help to craft your working to attract those important customers.

    All you need to bring is a laptop and your own creative ideas!

    Bookings are essential - contact Helen or Kasie on 4936 2557

  • Tue
    05
    Jul
    2016
    9.30am - 12pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Future Proofing Your Business Workshop Series

    The April 2015 storms impacted many local businesses in our area, with many businesses not being well prepared and therefore suffered a greater impact from this event and subsequent flooding. These workshops are designed to better prepare businesses for the possibility of future disasters of any sort that may affect their business.

    Technology and IT- Effects on crashes and what you might do to mitigate them. This workshop will be held on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at The Hunter Region BEC in Kurri Kurri.

    Cost: FREE All participants who attend this workshop will be eligible for a FREE 1 hour one-on-one appointment for each workshop attended, with our Facilitator Kate Murphy, who can assist you with your business.

    Bookings are essential, please contact Kasie on 4936 2557 or email reception@hunterregionbec.com.au

    Sponsored by Westpac through their disaster relief fund.

  • Wed
    06
    Jul
    2016
    1:30 PM to 3:30 PMToronto Public Library Brighton Avenue Toronto

    What funding options are out there for small business?
    This workshop is designed to help small businesses identify some of the options available to them around funding. There are many mixed messages around grants, initiatives, funding streams and products. Finding the right type of funding, whether it be private or government can be full of pitfalls around eligibility and accountability. You will leave the session with a clearer picture of the funding landscape.

    What you'll learn:

    •  Demystifying government funding - searches, frauds and traps
    •  Federal incentives around R&D and commercialisation
    •  State & local government initiatives
    •  Offerings from financial institutions
    •  Crowdfunding options

    Who should attend?
    Small businesses who need to grow or are looking for new opportunities. People introducing innovative new products, processes or services.

    Presenter
    Martin McKenzie has worked in all levels of government and has administered grant funding programs over a broard range of sectors including capital works, clean technology environment, innovation and education. He is keen to share his knowledge to clarify and debunk some of the issues around funding, particularly for small businesses.

     

    Register: $45 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/funding-avenues-for-business-toronto-registration-25711546929

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business please visit, www.businesscentre.com.au or phone The Business Centre on 02 4925 7700.

  • Wed
    06
    Jul
    2016
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PMThe Business Centre 265 King St Newcastle

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

    Who should attend?
    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

    What to bring?
    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

     

    Register $45 : https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-registration-24384606013

     

  • Thu
    07
    Jul
    2016
    1pm - 3pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016
    9:30 AM to 12:00 PMToronto Public Library Brighton Avenue Toronto

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

    Who should attend?
    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

    What to bring?
    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

     

    Register $40.50 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-toronto-registration-24584969305

    N.B There is on street parking as well as a multi storey car park, accessible from Brighton Avenue.

  • Tue
    12
    Jul
    2016
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PMThe Business Centre, Newcastle - 265 King St, 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.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time and prepare financial reports
    • 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 or compatible device which can access the internet is essential.

    Topic Specialist: 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.

    Register $45: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-crash-course-in-xero-newcastle-registration-25971388121?aff=rss

    This project has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative

     

  • Wed
    13
    Jul
    2016
    9:30 AM to 12:30 PMThe Business Centre, Newcastle - 265 King St, Newcastle

    Create a plan that works for you. Establish, review and update your business goals using a strategic approach that will save you time, identify new opportunities and provide a path to where you want to be. This workshop presents a business planning process using proven framework, Business Model Canvas – a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool that will allow you to quickly develop a clear and comprehensive roadmap for success.

    What you’ll learn

    • Define, set and achieve your goals
    • Design, review and adapt your business model
    • Identify opportunities and test new ideas
    • Practical planning and implementation
    • Basic financials

    Who should attend?

    Small business owners, entrepreneurs and those looking to start-up who would like to learn how to effectively and efficiently plan for business success.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including a business viability calculator and Business Model Canvas and financial projection templates.

    Presenter

    Paulina Mangano, Business Advisor and Trainer, The Business Centre

     

    Register: $45 http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/business-planning-that-works-newcastle-registration-24503587891?aff=rss

     

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

  • Thu
    14
    Jul
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016
    9.30am - 3.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    This free hands-on workshop will provide:

    • Step by step training and coaching to develop your own free or relatively inexpensive website using Wix.
    • Insight into using features like photos, google maps, youtube videos, blogs, social media and contact details in your website.
    • Help to craft your working to attract those important customers.

    All you need to bring is a laptop and your own creative ideas!

    Bookings are essential - contact Helen or Kasie on 4936 2557

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016
    Newcastle

    Dream of starting your own business? Make it a reality and create yourself a job through the Australian Government’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS). The program helps eligible Centrelink recipients into self-employment and includes accredited training in small business management; personalised mentoring support and income support for up to 39 weeks. To learn more phone New Hunter Business on 4925 7703 or 1800 815 705.

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016
    5:30 pmThe Business Centre, Newcastle - 265 King St, Newcastle

    What you need to know before you hire someone to work in your business

    Not sure what to do before you hire someone? This workshop will provide key information for you to understand your obligations when hiring, and provide tools to help you get it right from the beginning.  This is an interactive workshop that will encourage open discussion and the use of tools to apply the workshop information to your business.

    Learning Outcomes

    •  The National Employment Standards
    •  Types of employment. Contractor vs Employee and Casual, permanent and fixed term
    •  Modern awards
    •  Contracts of employment
    •  Workplace policies

     Who should attend

    Small business owners and managers looking to engage new employees or contractors.

    Presenter

    Nicci Richman, Training and Performance, Being More Human, Being More Human is an HR consulting business focused on "rethinking the how of HR".  Assisting people and organisations to use more humane processes to make decisions that increase connection with their people, therefore creating higher engagement and productivity. Nicci is passionate about providing coaching in all aspects of the employment lifecycle, helping business owners and managers to bring out the best in individuals and teams.

     

    Register: $45 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-to-employ-staff-newcastle-tickets-25947219833?aff=rss

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016
    9.30am - 12pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Understanding your financials as well as using the right banking products.

    All participants who attend this workshop will be eligible for a FREE 1 hour one-on-one appointment for each workshop attended, with our Facilitator Kate Murphy, who can assist you with your business.
    Bookings are essential, please contact Kasie on 4936 2557 or email reception@hunterregionbec.com.au
    Sponsored by Westpac through their disaster relief fund.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    10 AM to 12 PMThe Business Centre 265 King St Newcastle

    Have a great product or service but facing challenges getting the word out and sales across the line?  Have you communicated the value of your product/service offering to customers but without result?  Join The Business Centre for this workshop and learn how to better value, position and pitch your business to extend your customer base.

    What you'll learn

    • Clarify your purpose using the Four Cs - Customer, Culture, Communication and Collaboration
    • Clearly define and communicate your value proposition
    • How to best position your business in the marketplace
    • Successfully pitch your product or service - in person, online or over the phone
    • Marketing strategy for converting sales and increasing your customer base.

    Who should attend?

    Small business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone facing challenges converting marketing effort into sales.

    Presenter:

    Brooke Phillips, Business Advisor for The Business Centre

    Register $45: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/value-position-and-pitch-marketing-strategy-for-success-newcastle-registration-24671510151?aff=rss

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    5.30pm - 8pmThe Festival Lounge, Dungog

    Future Proofing Your Business Workshop Series

    The April 2015 storms impacted many local businesses in our area, with many businesses not being well prepared and therefore suffered a greater impact from this event and subsequent flooding. These workshops are designed to better prepare businesses for the possibility of future disasters of any sort that may affect their business.

    Technology and IT- Effects on crashes and what you might do to mitigate them. This workshop will be held in Dungog on Wednesday 20th July 2016.

    Cost: FREE All participants who attend this workshop will be eligible for a FREE 1 hour one-on-one appointment for each workshop attended, with our Facilitator Kate Murphy, who can assist you with your business.

    Bookings are essential, please contact Kasie on 4936 2557 or email reception@hunterregionbec.com.au

    Sponsored by Westpac through their disaster relief fund.

  • Tue
    26
    Jul
    2016
    10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTranscare Scone Conference Room 214 Kelly Street Scone

    New to social media and would like to learn about the different platforms available? This workshop looks at the various channels, their capabilities and teaches you how to choose the most appropriate for your business. Also learn how to effectively engage with your audience and obtain key tips for success.

    What you’ll learn

    • Different platforms available including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube and Tumblr
    • How to select the best social media channels for your business
    • Rules of engagement and etiquette
    • How to best manage and automate communications
    • Legal considerations

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or works in a small business and would like to gain a good understanding of the different social media platforms available, how to select the most appropriate and better engage with new and existing customers.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including a social media planning template, policy draft documentand an infographic on the latest social media usage and demographics.

    Presenter

    Brooke Phillips

     

    Register $45: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/social-media-options-for-small-business-newcastle-registration-24671765916?aff=rss

     

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    5.30pm - 8pmThe Festival Lounge, Dungog

    Understanding your financials as well as using the right banking products.

    All participants who attend this workshop will be eligible for a FREE 1 hour one-on-one appointment for each workshop attended, with our Facilitator Kate Murphy, who can assist you with your business.
    Bookings are essential, please contact Kasie on 4936 2557 or email reception@hunterregionbec.com.au
    Sponsored by Westpac through their disaster relief fund.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    9:30 AM to 12:30 PM9:30 AM to 12:30 PMThe Business Centre, Newcastle 265 King St Newcastle

    New to social media and would like to learn about the different platforms available? This workshop looks at the various channels, their capabilities and teaches you how to choose the most appropriate for your business. Also learn how to effectively engage with your audience and obtain key tips for success.

    What you’ll learn

    • Different platforms available including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube and Tumblr
    • How to select the best social media channels for your business
    • Rules of engagement and etiquette
    • How to best manage and automate communications
    • Legal considerations

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or works in a small business and would like to gain a good understanding of the different social media platforms available, how to select the most appropriate and better engage with new and existing customers.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including a social media planning template, policy draft documentand an infographic on the latest social media usage and demographics.

    Presenter

    Brooke Phillips

     

    Register $45: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/social-media-options-for-small-business-newcastle-registration-24671765916?aff=rss

     

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016
    7am-9amCessnock Leagues Club

    Do you think our local government area’s commercial, retail and industrial zoning is appropriate to grow and diversify our economic base and employment opportunities?

    Council invites you to discuss the future of Cessnock's employment lands.

    RSVP to hannah.mccauley@cessnock.nsw.gov.au or 4993 4183

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2016
    9.30am - 11.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Fourth workshop in a series to help you future proof your business.  Topics covered include the effects of failed technology on your business (computers, printers, telephones, other machinery), and some protections.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2016
    9.30am - 11.30amHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Fifth workshop in a series to help you future proof your business.  Topics covered include why you should always know your financial situation, keeping on top of accounts, reviewing your banking requirements.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    5.30pm - 8.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    More than 14 million people in Australia use Facebook and businesses that blog regularly get five times more traffic to their websites.

    At this workshop you will learn:

    • How to build a business Facebook page and market your business through Facebook.
    • How to generate leads through LinkedIn and use them to build your business.
    • How to get more traffic to your website through YouTube.
    • The real power of blogging and how to write an effective blog to increase traffic to your website.

    Bookings are essential, please call 4936 2557 to register.

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    9am - 4pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Giving your receptionist the professional skills to deal with your customers effectively.

    Cost: $250

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    18
    Aug
    2016
    8.30am - 3.30pmMarina Resort 33 Magnus Street Nelson Bay

    In the morning, hear about who is visiting your region, tourism and culture, hosting visiting journalists, and either targeting youth travellers, or tailoring your message to different audiences. In the afternoon, a guest speaker program will run concurrently with an appointment session where you can meet with a Destination NSW staff member to discuss your business. Full details of the program, speakers and appointments will be provided prior to the workshop.

     

    Cost $50 per attendee

     

    Register: http://comms.dnsw.com.au/link/id/zzzz568c5250b0509502/regform?evuid=zzzz568c5250a421c691

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016
    NSW Wide

    The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural NSW & the ACT.

    Awards up for grabs:

    • 1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award
    • Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust - Community Manager's Award
    • Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Manager's Award
    • Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award
    • MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award
    • Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award
    • Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award
    • Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

    Entries open now, visit the website to find out more about nominating a great regional achiever!

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    9:30am - 3:30PMHunter Region BEC

    Step by step training and coaching to develop your own free or relatively inexpensive website using wix.

    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

    Location: Hunter Region BEC

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016
    1:30 pmOnline Webinar

    How do you use social media effectively to increase positive word-of-mouth about your business? How do you engage with bigger communities already on social media to promote your business? Why is paid social so important?

     

    Cost FREE webinar

     

    Register: http://comms.dnsw.com.au/link/id/zzzz56a01ff15fa3b381/regform?evuid=zzzz56a01ff1473f7124

  • Mon
    29
    Aug
    2016
    9am-4pmHunter Valley Visitor Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive Pokolbin

    A must for Retail Businesses to boost sales! A workshop for Cessnock LGA businesses to learn how to create compelling visual merchandising to better showcase your product and promote stock turnaround.

    Cessnock City Council have booked the ARA Retail Institute (Division of Australian Retailers Association) to come to the Hunter Valley and provide a full day workshop for retail businesses to learn how well selected space and great store design can increase sales, help a shop stand out from its competitors and encourage a busy and distracted shopper to make a purchase.

    More information, and to book: http://advancecessnock.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Business-Leadership-Series-_-Create-Compelling-Visual-Merchandising_-FINAL-RS.pdf

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2016
    9am-4pmHunter Valley Visitor Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive Pokolbin

    A must for Retail Businesses to boost sales! A workshop for Cessnock LGA businesses to learn how to create compelling visual merchandising to better showcase your product and promote stock turnaround.

    Cessnock City Council have booked the ARA Retail Institute (Division of Australian Retailers Association) to come to the Hunter Valley and provide a full day workshop for retail businesses to learn how well selected space and great store design can increase sales, help a shop stand out from its competitors and encourage a busy and distracted shopper to make a purchase.

    More information, and to book: http://advancecessnock.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Business-Leadership-Series-_-Create-Compelling-Visual-Merchandising_-FINAL-RS.pdf

  • Thu
    01
    Sep
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    08
    Sep
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016
    9am - 3pmMcNamara Park, Broke

    Broke Village Fair | Broke Fordwich Wine Region

    Join us at the Broke Village Fair on Sunday, 11th September from 9am – 3pm at McNamara Park, Broke. The famous Vintage Car Display brings all sorts of vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, trucks and tractors and an amazing array of old but still functioning farm machinery. The kids will love the amusement rides, laser tag and the petting zoo while mum and dad can enjoy the festival atmosphere. Over 60 market stalls, children’s activities and rides, live music, magic, bush poetry, Tug-o-War, rocker car racing and so much more throughout day. Free mine tours to Bulga Open Cut mine will operate between 10am and 1pm for the whole family.
    Entry: gold coin donation. All money raised will go to local community groups including the Broke Fire Brigade and Broke Hall.
  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2016
    9:30am - 3:30PMHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Step by step training and coaching to develop your own free or relatively inexpensive website using wix.

    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

    Location: Hunter Region BEC

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016
    1:30 pmOnline Webinar

    Do you know what types of devices people use to access your website? Do you know how many people visit your website and what they do when they are on your website? Is the content on your website optimised for mobile devices? Is your website indexing well for search engines?

     

    Cost FREE webinar

     

    Register: http://comms.dnsw.com.au/link/id/zzzz5695e34b2fc05656/regform?evuid=zzzz5695e34b1d6a2800

  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016
    9am - 4pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Giving your receptionist the professional skills to deal with your customers effectively.

    Cost: $195

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    05
    Oct
    2016
    5:30pm-8:30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre Kurri Kurri

    How to use social media effectively to build your business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Fri
    07
    Oct
    2016
    9:00am - 4:00pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre Kurri Kurri

    Learn New skills to effectively manage your team.

    Cost: $195

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Tue
    11
    Oct
    2016
    1:30 pmOnline Webinar

    Google tells us that 85% of travellers begin their travel planning on a search engine. Is your website search engine optimised? How do you know how many people are visiting your site via a search engine? And what are they doing when they get to your site?

     

    Cost FREE webinar

     

    Register: http://comms.dnsw.com.au/link/id/zzzz5695d4011311d277/regform?evuid=zzzz5695d40101c32561

  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    19
    Oct
    2016
    8:30am- 3:30pmMercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens 2090 Broke Road Pokolbin

    The Inbound Strategy Workshop is designed to assist tourism businesses, such as tours, attractions and accommodation, to plan the final steps to develop and sell export-ready tourism products to the international travel trade. Topics range from market insights and tips, and product tailoring to developing trade sales materials and presentations, polishing business processes and planning trade sales activity. 

    To make the most of this workshop, click here for a quick self-assessment to help you decide if you are ready to become export ready before registering. 

    If you are interested in learning more about developing your inbound business or becoming export ready, take a look at destinationnsw.com.au/exportready

     

    Cost $50 per attendee

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PMCessnock Performing Arts Centre

    Does Social Media leave you scratching your head and guessing what might get you results?Are you excited by the potential but frustrated by the reality of using social media for business or not for profit publicity?

    If you use social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) for your business, charity or community group, let Kerrie Basha show you how to make social media work for you!

    More and more businesses and community groups are turning to social media to deliver low cost , effective publicity. Dreaming up great content can be a headache and sometimes it can just feel like you are posting things that no one actually sees. Getting it wrong can actually turn people away from your page - but getting it right can have powerful results!

    Learn usable strategies to increase the number of people who follow you page/s, and how to create effective content that will keep people engaged and interested in your products, services and stories.

    This is a fun, plain language workshop that will cut through some of the mystery and jargon of social media and give you great ideas to start reaching people and getting your message out there!

    What you will need:

    -You will need to have a Facebook account and a Facebook page set up for your business, charity or community group AND you will need to bring the user name and password.

    - You will need to bring a laptop, ipad or tablet that you can access your facebook page from - WIFI access codes will be available on request.

    Who is this master class suitable for: 
    -This class is suitable for people with a basic understanding of Facebook and social media who want to learn skills to promote a business, not for profit or community group

    -This workshop is suitable for adults and young people over 16

    Instructor:  Kerrie Basha

    Date and time: THURSDAY 27th October, 6pm - 8pm

    Venue: the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre - Seniors room (at the back of the building, access from Cumberland st car park)

    Enrolment cost:

    $46.oo for 1 person (business)

    $38.oo for 1 person (not for profit or community group)

    To find out more about this and other great workshops - visit www.wildlearning.com.au or call 0412 835 865

     

    Register now:

    https://www.stickytickets.com.au/44098/social_media_masterclass.aspx 

  • Thu
    03
    Nov
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Tue
    08
    Nov
    2016
    5.30pm onwardsHunter Valley Visitor Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive Pokolbin
    We hope you can join us for an evening of networking with local business people. We are very proud to introduce you to our wonderful young people undertaking Council's youth employment
    program. Our newly elected Cessnock City Councillors will also be there to discuss future economic development within the LGA.
    On the evening, you will also receive updates on:
    • Cessnock City Gap analysis
    • Cessnock City Business investment attraction program
    • Cessnock Youth First Project
    Free to attend
  • Tue
    08
    Nov
    2016
    7am -8.30 amThe Holy Cuppa Greta, 67 high Street. Greta

    Payment and RSVP due 1 November 2016.

    $15 each

    RSVP to info@branxtongreta.com.au

  • Thu
    10
    Nov
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Fri
    11
    Nov
    2016
    Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    11am - 4pmGlasshouse Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow

    The Festival has been organised by the Australian Industry Group (a peak national industry body) with financial support from the NSW Department of Industry, The City of Newcastle, the University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE over two days:

    • Friday 11 November 2016 - Business Visitors
    • Saturday 12 November 2016 - General Public

    The Makers Festival event will have wide representation from: innovative manufacturing, engineering technology companies, construction, researchers, start-ups, METS, Defence and related technologies, Rail Industry, University, TAFE NSW, STEM high schools and Investors.

    • Uncover the latest machinery and equipment with displays from local manufacturers
    • Discover the latest advanced manufacturing technologies including state-of-the-art 3D printing equipment
    • Enjoy a range of informative talks on technology & education from world-class speakers
    • Explore a range of interactive activities from STEM high schools including the latest advancements in robotics and virtual reality
    • Engage in interactive demonstrations by The University of Newcastle and TAFE
    • Experience flying demonstrations from the latest drone technology and much more.

    Download General Visitor Information.

    Download Business Visitor Information.

    Register now for your FREE Makers Festival tickets!

  • Wed
    16
    Nov
    2016
    5:30pm-8:30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre Kurri Kurri

    For people who wish to learn how to use social media effectively to build your business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Fri
    18
    Nov
    2016
    9am - 4pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Giving your receptionist the professional skills to deal with your customers effectively.

    Cost: $195

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Wed
    23
    Nov
    2016
    9:30am - 3:30PMHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Step by step training and coaching to develop your own free or relatively inexpensive website using wix.

    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

    Location: Hunter Region BEC

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Mon
    28
    Nov
    2016
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pmWine Country Motor Inn

    The AGM is your chance, as a member of the Cessnock Chamber of Commerce, to review the annual report and accounts, to hear about the work we have been doing over the last year to support your business, to raise suggestions about how we can improve our service to you in 2017 and to elect the Cessnock Chamber of Commerce Committee for 2016-2017.

    Details are as follows:

    Date:              Monday 28th November 2016

    Time:              6pm

    Venue:           Wine Country Motor Inn

    Address:        5 Darwin Street, Cessnock.

    During the meeting elections will be held for all positions as well as board members.

    Chamber Members are invited to attend and are welcome to nominate candidates for the board. All positions will be declared vacant with nomination forms being available by clicking on the following link Nomination Forms

    RSVP: By Wednesday 23rd November 2016 by contacting info@cessnockchamber.com.au

    If you require further information either email us or phone our Co-ordinator – Zia Rohan on 4998 0158

    Geoff Walker
    President

    Nomination Form Available Here

  • Tue
    29
    Nov
    2016
    10:00 am – 12:00 pmThe Business Centre, Newcastle 265 King St Newcastle

    Have a great product or service but facing challenges getting the word out and sales across the line? Have you communicated the value of your product/service offering to customers but without result? Join The Business Centre for this workshop and learn how to better value, position and pitch your business to extend your customer base.

    What you'll learn

    • Clearly define and communicate your value proposition
    • How to best position your business in the marketplace
    • Successfully pitch your product or service - in person, online or over the phone
    • Marketing strategy for converting sales and increasing your customer base.

    Who should attend?

    Small business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone facing challenges converting marketing effort into sales.

    Christina Gerakiteys, Business Advisor for Creative Industries

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Park Gibson Street Newcastle.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioner's Office under the Small Biz Connect Program.

  • Wed
    30
    Nov
    2016
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pmThe Business Centre, Newcastle 265 King St Newcastle

    In an era of social media LinkedIn is the largest professional network that allows you to control your brand. This session provides insight into why all businesses need to be online including LinkedIn, and seven ways to build and improve your LinkedIn profile to ensure you standout.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Why you need to be on LinkedIn now more than ever before
    • How to stand out from the sea of sameness
    • Simple strategies and hacks to boost your online profile
    • How to communicate your personal brand clearly
    • How to position yourself as a thought leader

    Who should attend?
    All small business owners wanting to standout through professional online networking tool, LinkedIn for business-to-business relationships.

    Presenter
    CEO and Founder of UQ Power and The Professional Communicators’ Network, Heidi Alexandra Pollard is an International Company Culture Coach. She is also an entrepreneur, property investor, motivational speaker, philanthropist, humanist, author and leadership advocate. Heidi has enjoyed over 15 years in management and leadership roles across a broad range of industries including health, education, government and OHS.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Park, Gibson Street Newcastle.

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


    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business please visit, www.businesscentre.com.au or phone 02 4925 7700.

  • Thu
    01
    Dec
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    A starting point for those thinking of running their own business.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pmCatapult Dance Studio 880 Hunter Street Newcastle West

    A conversation about building the capacity of our creative community and working together in an increasingly turbulent and uncertain environment for artists and arts organisations.

    Our speakers will discuss:

    • Career advancement – and the ceiling that is placed on opportunity when organisations face constant turmoil from threats to funding
    • How to manage morale – and lack thereof
    • How to build resilience
    • Finding optimism
    • Resourcefulness and how to look outside the mainstream funding square
    • How arts leaders could benefit from stepping outside silos and gaining strength through collaborating and group mentoring
    • The value of an experienced mentor who has trodden the traps before you
    • Conventional and unconventional training opportunities to build leadership and career advancement opportunities
    • Activism – how best to protest about funding cuts. Does kicking and screaming pay off in the end?

    Speakers:

    Gina Fairley, (Chair) Visual Arts, National Editor, ArtsHub
    Jess Duncan, Program Manager, Beyond Empathy Moree
    Gemma Parsons, Program Manager Beyond Empathy Illawarra
    Cadi McCarthy, Director, Catapult Dance in Newcastle
    Amy Hardingham, Co-Artistic Director, Tantrum Youth Arts, Newcastle.

    Followed by DRINKS AND NETWORKING | Cost: Drinks By donation | REGISTER

    Access: Catapult Dance Studio main space is wheelchair accessible but does not have an accessible toilet.

    This event is presented by Octapod and The Business Centre in partnership with the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG) as part of the Smart Arts program for Newcastle and the Hunter. The program includes professional skills development, collaborative opportunities and networking to assist artists, creative practitioners, arts and cultural professionals to build sustainable creative businesses.

    Smart Arts is an initiative of Octapod and The Business Centre, supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative.


    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business please visit, www.businesscentre.com.au or phone 02 4925 7700.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    1:30 pm to 3:30 pmBelmont Library 19 Ernest Street Belmont

    How to amplify your online business success in 5 easy steps

    Marketing and PR is an ongoing process that needs consistent attention, especially for online businesses competing with a global market place.  With only 10% of online businesses being ‘successful’ this workshop offers a guide for all those working in the online & small business world.

    What you'll learn

    • How to build a following of loyal customers that allows your business to grow exponentially
    • The most effective ways to reach thousands of your ideal customers without spending a cent on marketing
    • The secret to success in having your brand promoted by print, TV, radio and online media
    • A simple strategy showing you how to use social media to grow your business
    • Take home Free Goal Mapping templates & Free SEO Cheat Sheet

    Who should attend?  

    All Small Business owners looking to grow their business online.

     Presenter

    Tara O’Connell, creator of the globally successful App “The Baby Diaries”.  The App has now been downloaded on every Continent in 15 different languages and was recently showcased by Nine’s Today Program as one of 3 must-have apps for new parents.  Tara is an award winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and CEO at Appsolute Results, where she inspires and empowers entrepreneurs around the world to take action and achieve online success every day.

    Cost Includes

    A one-on-one consultation with the Australian Small Business Advisory Service

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website: www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is proudly presented in partnership with Lake Mac Libraries and has been supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    5:30 pm – 7:00 pmThe Business Centre, Newcastle 265 King St Newcastle

    Live streaming has become a powerful new tool to help boost awareness and build business. Learn how simple and affordable it can be to leverage the many benefits and stand out from the crowd online.

    Learning Outcomes

    • An introduction to live streaming
    • The marketing value of going “LIVE” with your business – is it worth it?
    • Identifying and understanding your audience and what they are looking for
    • The rewards of live streaming – what can you expect?
    • The technology and costs – how affordable or complicated is it?
    • How to – a practical look at some of the hardware, services and ways to be live in under five minutes

    Who should attend?
    All small business owners looking to learn about live streaming, how to get started with video online and take advantage of the many benefits on offer.

    Presenter
    Todd Wardop is Director of BLive, one of the first commercial providers to pioneer mobile live streaming in Australia. Their clients include Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW, Indoor Sports NSW, Newcastle Jets, Indoor Netball Federation of Australia, The University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the Australian Medical Student Association. Todd and his team at BLive are well placed to assist new and growing business’ to understand the place of live streaming in their business strategy, and to equip business people with understanding of how to do it well on a budget.

    *This event may be attended in person or live remotely via login. Please indicate your preference upon registration.

    Parking
    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Park, Gibson Street Newcastle.

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


    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business please visit, www.businesscentre.com.au or phone 02 4925 7700.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    5:30 pm – 8:30 pmThe Business Centre, Newcastle 265 King St Newcastle

    Get on top of your business finances in this workshop presented by bookkeeping expert and registered BAS agent, Naomi Roskell. Learn the essentials to efficiently manage and maintain your books, including practical exercises to help gain greater control of your record keeping and reporting.

    What you’ll learn

    • Bookkeeping essentials
    • The importance of good record keeping and how to keep them
    • Methods of manual record keeping
    • Maintaining a cashbook effectively
    • Completing your BAS

    Who should attend?

    Existing business owners to help get their books in order and those just starting out to put processes and practices in place to ensure finances are under control and well-managed from the start.

    What to bring?

    Your laptop is optional, otherwise all materials are supplied

    Presenter

    Naomi Roskell

    Mobile Bookkeeping and Secretarial Services

    www.mbss.net.au

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Park Gibson Street, Newcastle.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business please visit, www.businesscentre.com.au or phone The Business Centre on 02 4925 7700.

  • Wed
    07
    Dec
    2016
    5:30 pm – 8:00 pmThe Business Centre, Newcastle 265 King St Newcastle

    Thinking of starting your own business and not sure where to begin? Bring that idea to life with this comprehensive information session covering all the essentials on how to get your business up and running. Also learn how to avoid common start-up pitfalls by getting the right information from the beginning.

    What you’ll learn

    • Assessing if you are ready for business
    • How to choose the appropriate structure
    • Applying for your ABN, registering your business name, IP considerations and licencing
    • Australian Business Account (ABA) for government services
    • Insurance
    • Financial viability and funding options
    • Mobile payment systems for your business
    • Tips for success

    Who should attend?

    Anyone nurturing an idea for a new business venture that is keen to start and set things up correctly from the beginning. After attending the workshop, participants have the opportunity of a one-on-one consultation with a Business Advisor at The Business Centre at no cost.

    What to bring?

    All materials are supplied including an action plan, start-up checklist, business viability calculator and helpful resources to reference in starting your business.

    Once you have attended this workshop you can book an appointment with a Business Advisor to get your new business started at no cost to you! Places are limited so bookings are essential.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a 3 minute walk away at Civic West Car Park Gibson Street Newcastle.

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business contact the team at The Business Centre. View our website:www.businesscentre.com.au and stay up to date with our Small Business News

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Small Business Commissioners Office under the Small Biz Connect Program

    If you need assistance to start, run or grow your business please visit, www.businesscentre.com.au or phone The Business Centre on 02 4925 7700.

  • Wed
    07
    Dec
    2016
    6:00 pmHunter Valley Resort Corner Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin
    Hunter Valley Resort will be hosting the Christmas Hospitality Get Together on Wednesday 7 December from 6pm.

    It also coincides with their 25th Anniversary Bash!

    For catering purposes, please RSVP online by 2 December: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hunter-valley-resort-25th-anniversary-celebrations-tickets-29090004988

  • Thu
    08
    Dec
    2016
    10.30am-12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Unemployed and want to run your own business? You may be eligible for NEIS.

    Contact the Hunter Region BEC for more information.

    HRBEC Reception | Reception
    Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au | www.hunterregionbec.com.au
    T 02 4936 2557 | F 02 4936 2886
    Cnr Barton & Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
    PO Box 195, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327