Events

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    9.30am to 12.30pmTBC

    Workshop: Cloud Computing 101

    Dates: Friday 25 May 2018, and Friday 1 June 2018

    Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm

    Location: Cessnock (Venue will be confirmed upon registration)

    Cost: FREE and free brunch is also provided both days.

    Who should attend? This workshop is designed for people who have basic word and excel skills and would like to learn the next level of Intermediate skills in these programs, so they can become more tech savvy and confident users.

    Benefit: Gain a Statement of Attainment for FSKDIG02 and FSKDIG03. (Valued at $400 per person, provided FREE to qualifying persons).

     

    Cloud Computing for Small Businesses can be a game changer. Register to attend the workshops and find out all the benefits of cloud computing and experience what it is like working in the cloud.

    We will also take your basic Word and Excel skills to the next level.

    What will I learn?

    • Cloud computing – an understanding of cloud computing and explore some of the options available to small businesses.
    • Excel – how to use functions, sort data, create charts, and send via emails.
    • Word – how to format tables, use graphics, work with styles & more.

    This is a free training program for eligible small business owners and their employees. Brunch will be provided.

    This training is provided by JobQuest, RTO 90187.

     

    The workshop is now sold out.

    Please email: farrina@jobquest.org.au to be added to the waitlist for the next workshop later in 2018.
  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    9.30am to 12.30pmTBC

    Workshop: Cloud Computing 101

    Dates: Friday 25 May 2018, and Friday 1 June 2018

    Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm

    Location: Cessnock (Venue will be confirmed upon registration)

    Cost: FREE and free brunch is also provided both days.

    Who should attend? This workshop is designed for people who have basic word and excel skills and would like to learn the next level of Intermediate skills in these programs, so they can become more tech savvy and confident users.

    Benefit: Gain a Statement of Attainment for FSKDIG02 and FSKDIG03. (Valued at $400 per person, provided FREE to qualifying persons).

     

    Cloud Computing for Small Businesses can be a game changer. Register to attend the workshops and find out all the benefits of cloud computing and experience what it is like working in the cloud.

    We will also take your basic Word and Excel skills to the next level.

    What will I learn?

    • Cloud computing – an understanding of cloud computing and explore some of the options available to small businesses.
    • Excel – how to use functions, sort data, create charts, and send via emails.
    • Word – how to format tables, use graphics, work with styles & more.

    This is a free training program for eligible small business owners and their employees. Brunch will be provided.

    This training is provided by JobQuest, RTO 90187.

     

    The workshop is now sold out.

    Please email: farrina@jobquest.org.au to be added to the waitlist for the next workshop later in 2018.
  • Mon
    04
    Jun
    2018
    Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
    -The Business Centre - Innovation Space 265 King St Newcastle West

    Ever considered starting your own business? This two-week FREE program will get you there!

    In 2018, The Business Centre is offering an opportunity to give you a taste of entrepreneurship and self-employment.

    Register your interest here and an application pack will be sent to you!

    Exploring Being My Own Boss is held over two weeks (25 hours per week) and fully subsidised by the Australian Government's Department of Employment. If you have a business idea or dream of being your own boss, this FREE program is for you.

    You must be:

    • over 18 years old
    • not be in employment, education or training
    • eligible to work in Australia.

    Take part and learn the practical skills to get empowered and start your own venture.

    You will:

    • learn key building blocks of starting a business
    • gain access to job placement opportunities
    • meet like minded people
    • fast track to the NEIS Program.

    Register your interest now for this FREE two-week program to explore being your own boss. Limited places available, get in quick and don't miss out!

    For more information, contact New Hunter Business on 4925 7777.

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018
    5.30 onwardsHunter Valley Visitor Information Centre

    You're invited to attend our next networking function, per below.

    There is an online registration form at the bottom of this page, or you can email economic.development@cessnock.nsw.gov.au to register your attendance.

     

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
    5.30pm-7.30pmSpark CoWork 2/270 Sandy Point Rd Salamander Bay

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

    This workshop is delivered over two days.

    Crash Course in Xero you will learn:

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time
    • How to use tools to automate your invoicing that will assist with collection and management
    • How to streamline your bill payments
    • Delivered on 12 June.

    Beyond Basics you will learn: 

    • How to process your payroll and manage your employee and superannuation obligations
    • How to generate financial reports to analyse how your business is performing
    • Understand which other programs can be integrated with Xero software to streamline your processes.
    • Delivered on 19 June.

    No previous accounting experience needed to get started, just a computer with access to the internet. Our experienced Business Advisor and Trainer Melissa Archer will help you identify a cloud base system that works for you. Learn how to build systems to easily navigate your business financial data.

    Your presenter:

    Melissa Archer has been helping businesses for more than 15 years as an Accountant. Operating her own accountancy firm she knows firsthand what it means to operate a business. She also knows what a well organised accounting system can do for your business and your precious time. An advocate of a work-life balance, Melissa’s extensive business knowledge will help you manage your financials so you can spend time on more important things. A Chartered Accountant and Bachelor of Commerce graduate, Melissa is passionate about helping businesses in particular female founders reach their potential!

    During the workshop, light refreshments will be served. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

    Special requirements: If you have accessibility needs, please contact us on (02) 49 25 7700 and we will make sure all your needs are met.

    Meet an Advisor: Book in for a one on one session with one of our expert Business Advisors who can work with you to implement these strategies into your business. Book in with your Advisors here.

    These workshops are made affordable and available to you through the Business Centre, a Not-for-Profit organisation and a provider of the Business Connect program. Funded by NSW Government.

    This event and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry.

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018
    Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
    Wine Country Motor Inn, 5 Darwin Street Cessnock

    A comprehensive program to deliver awareness and deep insights of what’s required to succeed in the digital world.

    The program is comprises 2 days of workshops which deliver business owners a significant shift in the knowledge you require to run their businesses using digital strategies.

    Day 1
    Date Thursday 14 June 2018
    Time 1:00pm to 6:30pm

    Day 2
    Date Friday 15 June 2018
    Time 8:00am to 1:30pm

    Venue:  Wine Country Motor Inn, 5 Darwin Street Cessnock

    Contact: 1300 10 8880
    Price: $50 per person – limited places

    Includes: 2 days of workshops + 4 hours fully subsidised tailored 1 on 1 digital advisory for your business. Estimated to be worth $3000.*

    Registrants must commit to attending both days. Business advisory is best taken after attending the workshop in order to optimise implementing the strategies learned.

     

     

     

     

     

    More details:

    DAY 1

    SMALL BUSINESS DIGITAL READINESS
    Is aimed at helping businesses understand what it takes to build a strong digital presence. Learn how to become a digitally ready business in the fastest possible time within a small business budget.

    CUSTOMER PERSONAS & BUYING CYCLES
    Understand who our ideal customers are, their needs, their buying behaviour, the way they buy, what they look for and how to win their business.

    DAY 2

    DESIGN THINKING AND LEAN STARTUP
    Through a series of market testing businesses can now find out cheaply and in quick time which ideas work and which don’t. Learn practically how to convert your business idea into a tested product or service.

    GROWTH HACKING FOR SMALL BUSINESS
    Growth hacking is a widely-used process by the fastest growing businesses for rapid growth using a variety of marketing channels and strategies to identify the most effective and efficient ways to grow a business in a digital world.

    This event is brought to you by Business Connect, a NSW Government quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program for NSW businesses.

     

     

    *All new registrants to Business Connect Program gets 4 hours of fully subsidised advisory. If you are already registered and have used your fully subsidised advisory hours, you may book further advisory sessions by paying a nominal hourly fee. A total of 34 hours of subsidised training and support may be used over a three-year period.

    Testimonies and further information can be accessed at the Digital Bootcamp website.

  • Tue
    19
    Jun
    2018
    5.30pm-7.30pmSpark CoWork 2/270 Sandy Point Rd Salamander Bay

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

    This workshop is delivered over two days.

    Crash Course in Xero you will learn: (book here)

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time
    • How to use tools to automate your invoicing that will assist with collection and management
    • How to streamline your bill payments
    • Delivered on 12 June.

    Beyond Basics you will learn: 

    • How to process your payroll and manage your employee and superannuation obligations
    • How to generate financial reports to analyse how your business is performing
    • Understand which other programs can be integrated with Xero software to streamline your processes.
    • Delivered on 19 June. (please note workshops must be purchased separately.

    No previous accounting experience needed to get started, just a computer with access to the internet. Our experienced Business Advisor and Trainer Melissa Archer will help you identify a cloud base system that works for you. Learn how to build systems to easily navigate your business financial data.

    Your presenter:

    Melissa Archer has been helping businesses for more than 15 years as an Accountant. Operating her own accountancy firm she knows firsthand what it means to operate a business. She also knows what a well organised accounting system can do for your business and your precious time. An advocate of a work-life balance, Melissa’s extensive business knowledge will help you manage your financials so you can spend time on more important things. A Chartered Accountant and Bachelor of Commerce graduate, Melissa is passionate about helping businesses in particular female founders reach their potential!

    During the workshop, light refreshments will be served. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

    Special requirements: If you have accessibility needs, please contact us on (02) 49 25 7700 and we will make sure all your needs are met.

    Meet an Advisor: Book in for a one on one session with one of our expert Business Advisors who can work with you to implement these strategies into your business. Book in with your Advisors here.

    These workshops are made affordable and available to you through the Business Centre, a Not-for-Profit organisation and a provider of the Business Connect program. Funded by NSW Government.

    This event and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry.

  • Wed
    20
    Jun
    2018
    10:00 am – 2:00 pmThe Business Centre 6 Dick St Newcastle West

    As a business owner, the last thing you need is another time-consuming task. This hands-on workshop offers an introduction on how you can take advantage of current technology to simplify your financials.

    This workshop is delivered over four hours with lunch provided.

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time
    • How to use tools to automate your invoicing that will assist with collection and management
    • How to streamline your bill payment
    • How to process your payroll and manage your employee and superannuation obigations
    • How to generate financial reports to analyse how your business is performing
    • How to understand which other programs can be integrated with Xero software to steramline your processes.

    No previous accounting experience needed to get started, just a computer with access to the internet. Our experienced Business Advisor and Trainer Melissa Archer will help you learn a cloud base system that works for you. You will build systems to easily navigate your business financial data.

    Your presenter:

    Melissa Archer has been helping businesses for more than 15 years as an Accountant. Operating her own accountancy firm she knows first hand what it means to operate a business. She also knows what a well organised accounting system can do for your business and your precious time. An advocate of a work-life balance, Melissa’s extensive business knowledge will help you manage your financials so you can spend time on more important things. A Chartered Accountant and Bachelor of Commerce graduate, Melissa is passionate about helping businesses in particular female founders reach their potential!

    Lunch: During the workshop, lunch will be served. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

    What you need: a laptop which can access the internet is essential.

    Special requirements: If you have accessibility needs, please contact us on (02) 49 25 7700 and we will make sure all your needs are met.

    Meet an Advisor: Book in for a one on one session with one of our expert Business Advisors who can work with you to implement these strategies into your business. Book in with your Advisors here.

    These workshops are made affordable and available to you through the Business Centre, a Not-for-Profit organisation and a provider of the Business Connect program. Funded by NSW Government.

    This event and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018
    10:00 am – 2:00 pmEast Maitland Library 3 Garnett Rd East Maitland

    As a business owner, the last thing you need is another time-consuming task. This hands-on workshop offers an introduction to how you can take advantage of current technology to simplify your financials.

    This workshop is delivered over four hours with lunch provided.

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time
    • How to use tools to automate your invoicing that will assist with collection and management
    • How to streamline your bill payment
    • How to process your payroll and manage your employee and superannuation obligations
    • How to generate financial reports to analyse how your business is performing
    • How to understand which other programs can be integrated with Xero software to streamline your processes.

    No previous accounting experience needed to get started, just a computer with access to the internet. Our experienced Business Advisor and Trainer Melissa Archer will help you learn a cloud base system that works for you. You will build systems to easily navigate your business financial data.

    Your presenter:

    Melissa Archer has been helping businesses for more than 15 years as an Accountant. Operating her own accountancy firm she knows first hand what it means to operate a business. She also knows what a well-organised accounting system can do for your business and your precious time. An advocate of a work-life balance, Melissa’s extensive business knowledge will help you manage your financials so you can spend time on more important things. A Chartered Accountant and Bachelor of Commerce graduate, Melissa is passionate about helping businesses in particular female founders reach their potential!

    Networking Lunch: During the workshop, lunch will be served - don't forget to bring your business cards to connect with like-minded business people. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

    What you need: a laptop which can access the internet is essential.

    Special requirements: If you have accessibility needs, please contact us on (02) 49 25 7700 and we will make sure all your needs are met.

    Meet an Advisor: Book in for a one on one session with one of our expert Business Advisors who can work with you to implement these strategies into your business. Book in with your Advisors here.

    These workshops are made affordable and available to you through the Business Centre, a Not-for-Profit organisation and a provider of the Business Connect program. Funded by NSW Government.

    This event and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry. Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Govt programme that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.

  • Wed
    27
    Jun
    2018
    9:30 am – 3:30 pmThe Business Centre 6 Dick St Newcastle West

    This informative workshop is a comprehensive business training day - tailormade for businesses in the Disability Sector.

    If you are a Service Provider and you need immediate impact in your business - this workshop is for you. Learn how to be agile, innovative and responsive in an evolving market. Whether you're registered under the NDIS or not - this workshop will have you applying strategy to your business to see real results.

    You will cover:

    • Adapting your business to change and disruption
    • Being profitable, securing revenue and all things financial
    • Marketing your business and identify your potential customers
    • Smart operations - using business tools to help you deliver your best.

    This practical and informative workshop will have you implementing a range of tools into your business.

    If you need any assistance with your business, you can book in with our Business Advisors who will be able to assist you on your journey. Speak with a Business Advisor here.

    Presenter:

    The workshop will be facilitated by our Business Advisors Mel Archer and Jelinda Millgate - two of our lead disability sector specialists. Melissa has been helping businesses for more than 15 years as an Accountant. Owning her own accountancy firm she knows first hand what it means to operate a business. She also understands the recent changes to the NDIS programme and how your business can adapt to succeed in this new era. Jelinda has first hand experience in business management during times of uncertainty and disruption, facing company mergers and digital disruption as a newspaper manager and also dealing with gambling reform and the introduction of GST during her time as the owner of a hotel business. She has helped many of her clients in the disability sector to re-examine their business models. Mel and Jelinda have helped many operators set new directions for their business since the introduction of the NDIS and would like to help you.

    Parking: Ticketed parking is available directly in front of The Business Centre building.

    Accessibility: If you have access needs, please contact us and we will accommodate you.

    Dietary requirements: During the day morning tea, afternoon tea and a delicious lunch will be served. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

    This event and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry.

  • Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018
    9:30 am – 3:30 pmEast Maitland Library 3 Garnett Rd East Maitland

    This informative workshop is a comprehensive business training day - tailormade for businesses in the Disability Sector.

    If you are a Service Provider and you need immediate impact in your business - this workshop is for you. Learn how to be agile, innovative and responsive in an evolving market. Whether you're registered under the NDIS or not - this workshop will have you applying strategy to your business to see real results.

    You will cover:

    • Adapting your business to change and disruption
    • Being profitable, securing revenue and all things financial
    • Marketing your business and identify your potential customers
    • Smart operations - using business tools to help you deliver your best.

    This practical and informative workshop will have you implementing a range of tools into your business.

    If you need any assistance with your business, you can book in with our Business Advisors who will be able to assist you on your journey. Speak with a Business Advisor here.

    Presenter:

    The workshop will be facilitated by our Business Advisors Mel Archer and Jelinda Millgate - two of our lead disability sector specialists. Melissa has been helping businesses for more than 15 years as an Accountant. Owning her own accountancy firm she knows first hand what it means to operate a business. She also understands the recent changes to the NDIS programme and how your business can adapt to succeed in this new era. Jelinda has first hand experience in business management during times of uncertainty and disruption, facing company mergers and digital disruption as a newspaper manager and also dealing with gambling reform and the introduction of GST during her time as the owner of a hotel business. She has helped many of her clients in the disability sector to re-examine their business models. Mel and Jelinda have helped many operators set new directions for their business since the introduction of the NDIS and would like to help you.

    Parking: Ticketed parking is available directly in front of The Business Centre building.

    Accessibility: If you have access needs, please contact us and we will accommodate you.

    Dietary requirements: During the day morning tea, afternoon tea and a delicious lunch will be served. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

    This event and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry.

  • Tue
    17
    Jul
    2018
    10:00 am – 4:00 pmThe Business Centre 6 Dick St Newcastle West

    Want to grow your business through online marketing but aren’t sure where to start? Our immersive six-hour course will break down the key components of digital marketing into bite-sized actionable steps.

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Identify your ideal customer in order to generate more effective marketing campaigns
    • Develop an online presence that sets you apart from the competition
    • Get found by more of your customers utilising current SEO strategies so you rank on Google
    • Implement the latest strategies to drive more sales from Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
    • Turn your audience into raving fans using email marketing

    During the day morning tea and a delicious lunch will be served. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

    You will need a computer with access to the internet and a live social media page and/ or website. If you need any assistance with this you can book in with our Business Advisors who will be able to assist you. Speak with an Advisor here.

    Presenter: The workshop will be facilitated by our Business Advisor Phil Usher, who is our digital marketing specialist. Phil has been working in the digital world for six years where he has run his own online businesses generating $250,000+ in revenue for his clients. He is also Google Certified having been through formal training from Google on SEO and Google Ad words. Here are a few words from Phil Usher.

    Parking: Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on Dick Street.

    Accessibility: If you have access needs, please contact us and we will accommodate you.

    This event and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry.

  • Tue
    28
    Aug
    2018
    10:00 am – 4:00 pmThe Business Centre 6 Dick St Newcastle West

    This workshop is for the business owners that want to significantly grow their business. You understand the essentials of social media and digital marketing but now it’s time to step things up and drive more sales!

    In this hands on 6-hour workshop you will be;

    • Learning how to use Facebook data to really understand your customer
    • Mapping out your funnel to turn your traffic into sales
    • Understanding how to produce highly converting Facebook ads
    • Perform key word research to know exactly what your customers are searching
    • Create your own Google Ad words campaign
    • Using remarketing to increase your conversion rates

    This is a hands on learning session. It is advised that you bring your laptop as there will be live demonstrations and walk throughs for you to follow.

    Presenter: The workshop will be facilitated by our Business Advisor Phil Usher, who is our digital marketing specialist. Phil has been working in the digital world for six years where he has run his own online businesses generating $250,000+ in revenue for his clients. He is also Google Certified having been through formal training from Google on SEO and Google Ad words. Here are a few words from Phil Usher.

    What to bring: During the day a delicious lunch will be served. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

    You will need a computer with access to the internet and a live social media page and/ or website. If you need any assistance with this you can book in with our Business Advisors who will be able to assist you. Speak with an Advisor here.

    Parking: Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on Dick Street.

    Accessibility: If you have access needs, please contact us and we will accommodate you.

    This event and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded and supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Industry.

  • Thu
    01
    Nov
    2018
    6pm-8pmThe Business Centre 6 Dick St Newcastle West

    The Talking Heads team would like to invite you to an evening of gratitude, introductions and purposeful collisions.

    Fusion is part knowledge sharing, connecting and peer to peer problem solving, with some frivolity on the side.

    Hear from a panel of Industry Guns who share their top 3 lessons learnt over the years. Partake in a Collaboration Bump where in small groups, led by an Industry Gun, you will solve real life design and illustration related business scenarios.

    To the newly graduating students - drop off your final assessment and meet your future collaboartors or employers.

    To the guest lecturers - meet the newbies on the Design and Illustration block, who knows, you may find your new colleague or successor in the room. We would also like to thank you for being part of the course in 2018.

    To the UoN team - we would like to invite you along for some fun in celebration of successful collaboration.

    To the Newcastle Designers and Illustrators - you're invited to come along and play!

    Yes, there will be food and beverages 🙂

    Arrive at 5.45 for a 6pm start.

    Book now!