Events

  • Tue
    21
    Jul
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.00pmHart & Hunter

    Cellar Door Networking Event

  • Wed
    22
    Jul
    2015
    5.30pm – 8.30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle
    When disaster strikes…. How prepared are you?

    This workshop is designed to assist businesses to build their organisational resilience.
    The recent storms in the Hunter Region are just an example of a disruption event that in some cases turned into a business disaster. Preparing your business for the worst increases the operational readiness towards risks and provides you with tested and efficient mitigation strategies. Learn how to minimise your business risk from external threats. Know, Do and Manage your Business Continuity Plan by attending this workshop.

     

    What will I learn?
    • Holistic approach in building your organisation resilience
    • Defining and valuating your business assets
    • Identification and assessment of your business risks
    • Leveraging appropriate controls to reduce risk
    • Tips for successful implementation of your business continuity plan
    • Continuous improvement
    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or manages a business in any sector.

    Specialist Presenter

    Chrys Bekiaris from PKF brings 19 years of experience in the risk and management consulting area. He has worked with organisations assisting them to design, develop and implement their business continuity capability.

    Registration

    No cost to you to attend and registrations must be received by the Monday prior to the event
    To register visit www.businesscentre.com.au and select EVENTS or call 4925 7700.

     

  • Wed
    22
    Jul
    2015
    9am - 2pmCessnock City Centre carpark - 1 North Avenue, Cessnock

    The Small Biz Bus is a free, confidential service that takes experienced Small Biz Connect advisors all over NSW to give face-to-face, personalised advice to small businesses.  Expert advisors can provide advice on all the issues and questions that arise in small business, giving guidance on:

    • Finances.
    • Staffing.
    • Expansion plans.
    • Starting a business.
    • Dealing with other businesses or government.
    • Marketing or making the most of your opportunities online.

    Book your session now!
    Small businesses can book a FREE session with an advisor by calling 1300 134 359 or by visiting the website - www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

  • Thu
    23
    Jul
    2015
    9am - 2pmSlacks Park - Paynes Crossing Road, Wollombi

    The Small Biz Bus is a free, confidential service that takes experienced Small Biz Connect advisors all over NSW to give face-to-face, personalised advice to small businesses.  Expert advisors can provide advice on all the issues and questions that arise in small business, giving guidance on:

    • Finances.
    • Staffing.
    • Expansion plans.
    • Starting a business.
    • Dealing with other businesses or government.
    • Marketing or making the most of your opportunities online.

    Book your session now!
    Small businesses can book a FREE session with an advisor by calling 1300 134 359 or by visiting the website - www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

  • Mon
    27
    Jul
    2015
    3pm - 6pmGreta Workers Sports and Recreation Club 2 West Street, Greta

    You are invited to a Community Information Session
    NBN Co’s fixed wireless wholesale service is being designed to provide access to fast, affordable and reliable internet services to Australians living in rural and regional areas.
    Rothbury residents are set to experience the potential benefits of the National Broadband Network with the scheduled rollout of the fixed wireless service.
    We’re holding a Community Information Session to let you know the facts and potential benefits of the fixed wireless network.

    No need to make an appointment.
    Drop in at any time.

    To find out more:
    Freecall: 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626) | www.nbnco.com.au | info@nbnco.com.au

  • Tue
    28
    Jul
    2015
    9am - 4pmMercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

    The AWRI, in conjunction with the HVWTA, will be conducting a Hunter Valley Workshop – Adapting to Difficult Vintages on Tuesday, 28 July from 9am to 4pm at the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens.

    Presentations will cover advice on how to deal with drought, salinity, extreme heat or heatwave events in the vineyard, bushfires and smoke taint, processing ripe fruit in the winery and avoiding stuck fermentations, as well as managing compressed vintages and associated logistical pressures. The workshop will include information about growing grapes and making wine in wet seasons with high disease pressures. It will also explore energy use and efficiency savings in the winery, waste water management, and include practicals and tastings of regionally suited alternate variety wines.

    The cost is $65.00 pp, and morning tea and lunch will be provided. To book your seat please complete this reservation form.

  • Wed
    29
    Jul
    2015
    5.30pm – 8.30pmToronto Workers Club 9 James Street Toronto
    When disaster strikes…. How prepared are you?

    This workshop is designed to assist businesses to build their organisational resilience.
    The recent storms in the Hunter Region are just an example of a disruption event that in some cases turned into a business disaster. Preparing your business for the worst increases the operational readiness towards risks and provides you with tested and efficient mitigation strategies. Learn how to minimise your business risk from external threats. Know, Do and Manage your Business Continuity Plan by attending this workshop.

     

    What will I learn?
    • Holistic approach in building your organisation resilience
    • Defining and valuating your business assets
    • Identification and assessment of your business risks
    • Leveraging appropriate controls to reduce risk
    • Tips for successful implementation of your business continuity plan
    • Continuous improvement
    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or manages a business in any sector.

    Specialist Presenter

    Chrys Bekiaris from PKF brings 19 years of experience in the risk and management consulting area. He has worked with organisations assisting them to design, develop and implement their business continuity capability.

    Registration

    No cost to you to attend and registrations must be received by the Monday prior to the event
    To register visit www.businesscentre.com.au and select EVENTS or call 4925 7700.

     

  • Thu
    30
    Jul
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.00pmEagles Rest Wines, 534 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin

    Cellar Door Networking event.

  • Wed
    05
    Aug
    2015
    5.30pm – 8.30pmEast Maitland Bowling Club, Crn New England Highway & Banks St East Maitland
    When disaster strikes…. How prepared are you?

    This workshop is designed to assist businesses to build their organisational resilience.
    The recent storms in the Hunter Region are just an example of a disruption event that in some cases turned into a business disaster. Preparing your business for the worst increases the operational readiness towards risks and provides you with tested and efficient mitigation strategies. Learn how to minimise your business risk from external threats. Know, Do and Manage your Business Continuity Plan by attending this workshop.

     

    What will I learn?

     

    • Holistic approach in building your organisation resilience
    • Defining and valuating your business assets
    • Identification and assessment of your business risks
    • Leveraging appropriate controls to reduce risk
    • Tips for successful implementation of your business continuity plan
    • Continuous improvement
    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or manages a business in any sector.

    Specialist Presenter

    Chrys Bekiaris from PKF brings 19 years of experience in the risk and management consulting area. He has worked with organisations assisting them to design, develop and implement their business continuity capability.

    Registration

    No cost to you to attend and registrations must be received by the Monday prior to the event
    To register visit www.businesscentre.com.au and select EVENTS or call 4925 7700.

     

  • Tue
    11
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 amCessnock Leagues Club

    Each month the Chamber hosts a networking breakfast where members and guests get together to discuss the activities of the Chamber, listen to guest speakers and network to expand their local contacts. Purchase tickets online.

  • Tue
    11
    Aug
    2015
    9:30am – 1:30pmThe Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri

    Where is your business heading?
    Do you have a Business Plan?
    Failing to plan is a plan to fail.

    DID YOU KNOW OUR ELITE ATHLETES HAVE A PLAN THEY WORK TO? Why don’t you?

    This workshop will give you the tools and the Knowledge:

    • To plan and achieve realistic and objective business goals.
    • Develop a marketing plan
    • Budgeting/ Financial Planning
    • How to write a successful business plan

    This is a 4 hour workshop that looks at the key areas of your business.

    Cost: $99.00 non members $77.00 members.

  • Wed
    12
    Aug
    2015
    5.30pm – 8.30pmShoal Bay Country Club 35-45 Shoal Bay Rd Shoal Bay
    When disaster strikes…. How prepared are you?

    This workshop is designed to assist businesses to build their organisational resilience.
    The recent storms in the Hunter Region are just an example of a disruption event that in some cases turned into a business disaster. Preparing your business for the worst increases the operational readiness towards risks and provides you with tested and efficient mitigation strategies. Learn how to minimise your business risk from external threats. Know, Do and Manage your Business Continuity Plan by attending this workshop.

     

    What will I learn?
    • Holistic approach in building your organisation resilience
    • Defining and valuating your business assets
    • Identification and assessment of your business risks
    • Leveraging appropriate controls to reduce risk
    • Tips for successful implementation of your business continuity plan
    • Continuous improvement
    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or manages a business in any sector.

    Specialist Presenter

    Chrys Bekiaris from PKF brings 19 years of experience in the risk and management consulting area. He has worked with organisations assisting them to design, develop and implement their business continuity capability.

    Registration

    No cost to you to attend and registrations must be received by the Monday prior to the event
    To register visit www.businesscentre.com.au and select EVENTS or call 4925 7700.

     

  • Wed
    12
    Aug
    2015
    6:00 pmKurri Kurri TAFE Campus

    We’re delighted to invite you to the Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber AGM dinner on Wednesday night 12th of August this year.
    The Kurri Kurri Chamber of Commerce as it was first known was established on the 9 January 1913. Next month we celebrate 102 years of supporting business and the community to grow.

    Our guest speaker on the night will be Nick Swanson, owner Harvey Norman Rutheford. Nick is a Kurri Kurri resident and is married to Meryl Swanson.

    Dinner cost: $30 a head, 3 course. (Special meal requirements pl’s notify)
    Dress: After five

    RSVP: Thursday, 30th of July 2015
    Phone: 4938 0510- 0427 380 510 Email: carol@kurrikurri.com

  • Thu
    13
    Aug
    2015

    Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association Committee Meeting

  • Mon
    17
    Aug
    2015
    5.30pm onwardsCessnock Performing Arts Centre

    Register for a FREE information evening for information on the Wise On Waste project, ideas and inspiration for reducing your waste.

    • A review of current procedures and practices including the identification of ways to reduce waste within your business
    • Resources and mentoring throughout the project
    • Recognition through print media, social media and Council’s website regarding your participation and achievements in the project.

    If you would like to be involved in the WoW project complete the survey and registration form. There are limited spaces available to participate in the project.

    Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

    For further information contact Abigail Bagnall on 0437 107 475 or email abigail.bagnall@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

  • Tue
    18
    Aug
    2015
    8.30am - 4pmCessnock Supporters Club, 1 Darwin Street, Cessnock

    Times:                   Initial Accreditation – 8:30am to 4:00pm

    Re-Accreditation – 8:30am to 1:00pm

     

    Cost:                      Initial Accreditation @ $340.00 per person (GST exempt)

    Re-Accreditation @ $250.00 per person (GST exempt)

     

    The AQF 3 SpraySMART course will issue you with the following Units of Competency by our Registered Training Organisation – Trainer Services Pty Ltd – RTO NO. 40867.

     

    AHCCHM101A: Follow basic chemical safety rules

    AHCCHM201A: Apply chemicals under supervision

    AHCCHM303A: Prepare and apply chemicals

    AHCCHM304A: Transport, handle & store chemicals

     

    The SpraySMART Chemical Accreditation Course is presented to the nationally accredited AQF 3 level and is equivalent to ChemCert, SMARTtrain and any other course delivered to AQF 3 level. Therefore the SpraySMART card and Certificate of Attainment are both as equally recognised within the industry as any other qualification.

     

    Bookings can be made via phone on our freecall number 1800 872 462 or direct on 02 68952102. You can also email to make a booking: enrol@trainerservices.com.au

     

  • Wed
    19
    Aug
    2015
    5.30pm – 8.30pmDungog Memorial RSL 100 Lord Street Dungog

    When disaster strikes…. How prepared are you?

    This workshop is designed to assist businesses to build their organisational resilience.
    The recent storms in the Hunter Region are just an example of a disruption event that in some cases turned into a business disaster. Preparing your business for the worst increases the operational readiness towards risks and provides you with tested and efficient mitigation strategies. Learn how to minimise your business risk from external threats. Know, Do and Manage your Business Continuity Plan by attending this workshop.

     

    What will I learn?
    • Holistic approach in building your organisation resilience
    • Defining and valuating your business assets
    • Identification and assessment of your business risks
    • Leveraging appropriate controls to reduce risk
    • Tips for successful implementation of your business continuity plan
    • Continuous improvement
    Who should attend?

    Anyone who owns or manages a business in any sector.

    Specialist Presenter

    Chrys Bekiaris from PKF brings 19 years of experience in the risk and management consulting area. He has worked with organisations assisting them to design, develop and implement their business continuity capability.

    Registration

    No cost to you to attend and registrations must be received by the Monday prior to the event
    To register visit www.businesscentre.com.au and select EVENTS or call 4925 7700.

     

  • Tue
    25
    Aug
    2015
    1-2pmCessnock Ex-Services Club, 201 Vincent Street, Cessnock

    The Office of State Revenue is holding a number of free seminars throughout New South Wales promoting the NSW Government's $2,000 Small Business Grant.

    The Grant provides up to $2,000 per new employee for businesses that do not pay payroll tax and applies to new positions filled on or after 1 July.

    The 1 hour seminar provides an opportunity to learn about the Grant and meet their staff.

    For more information visit: http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/info/news/small-business-grant-roadshow?

  • Tue
    25
    Aug
    2015
    5-6pmMaitland District Leagues Club, 24 Bulwer Street, Maitland

    The Office of State Revenue is holding a number of free seminars throughout New South Wales promoting the NSW Government's $2,000 Small Business Grant.

    The Grant provides up to $2,000 per new employee for businesses that do not pay payroll tax and applies to new positions filled on or after 1 July.

    The 1 hour seminar provides an opportunity to learn about the Grant and meet their staff.

    For more information visit: http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/info/news/small-business-grant-roadshow?

  • Wed
    26
    Aug
    2015
    1-2pm or 5-6pmNewcastle Panthers, Cnr King & Union Streets, Newcastle

    The Office of State Revenue is holding a number of free seminars throughout New South Wales promoting the NSW Government's $2,000 Small Business Grant.

    The Grant provides up to $2,000 per new employee for businesses that do not pay payroll tax and applies to new positions filled on or after 1 July.

    The 1 hour seminar provides an opportunity to learn about the Grant and meet their staff.

    For more information visit: http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/info/news/small-business-grant-roadshow?

  • Mon
    07
    Sep
    2015
    2-5pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Tue
    08
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 amCessnock Leagues Club

    Each month the Chamber hosts a networking breakfast where members and guests get together to discuss the activities of the Chamber, listen to guest speakers and network to expand their local contacts. Purchase tickets online.

  • Tue
    08
    Sep
    2015
    9:30am – 1:30pmThe Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri

    Does your business have HR Policies and procedures that are easy to manage and compliment your business objectives?

    Do you want to deliver outcomes that improve employee relations?

    This workshop that focuses on

    • Drafting a position description
    • Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) practice in recruitment
    • Recruitment and Selection process
    • Recruitment letter
    • Performance management
    • First warning letter
    • Final warning letter
    • Dismissal
    • Fair Work  Act

    This 4 hour workshop will help you to improve your HR practices and deliver the best return on your investment for your business.

    Cost: $99.00 non members $77.00 members.

  • Wed
    09
    Sep
    2015
    12pm-1pmOnline

    SuperStream is a mandatory change for all employers. For small businesses with 19 or fewer employees, SuperStream began on 1 July 2015.  Register for the webinar here.

  • Wed
    09
    Sep
    2015
    5.30-8.30pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Thu
    10
    Sep
    2015

    Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association Committee Meeting

  • Fri
    11
    Sep
    2015
    Pokolbin Hall, Pokolbin

    A Spring Vine Health Field Day Workshop is being held in Pokolbin on Friday, 11 September. This workshop is being held in collaboration with NSW DPI, AGWA, HVWTA and the NSWWIA.

    Details will be made available in due course. For more information phone the HVWTA 4990 0900.

  • Mon
    14
    Sep
    2015
    2-5pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Mon
    14
    Sep
    2015
    9.30am -12.30pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Wed
    16
    Sep
    2015
    5.30-8.30pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Mon
    21
    Sep
    2015
    2-5pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Mon
    21
    Sep
    2015
    9.30am -12.30pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Tue
    22
    Sep
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    This workshop will look at Cloud Accounting, why you should consider it and some of the useful add-ons you can use with these programs. Specifically what is cloud accounting, how safe it is and how it works, who are the main players. Some of the add ons to be discussed will be Paywave, Receiptbank, Vend, Unleashed and Mail Chimp. Cloud is a pretty common word these days and is a fancy way of saying online. Other common “cloud” products are online banking and emails both of which most people have embraced.

    Workshop location
    Hunter Region Business Economic Centre
    79-99 Barton Street
    Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

     

  • Wed
    23
    Sep
    2015
    5.30-8.30pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Wed
    23
    Sep
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn are the buzz on the internet, but is Social Media relevant to your business? If so, how can you tap into this valuable resource? In this session we will look at the main social media avenues and how to effectively use them in your business.

    Workshop location
    Hunter Region Business Economic Centre
    79-99 Barton Street
    Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.00pmGartelmann Wines

    Cellar Door Networking event.

  • Mon
    28
    Sep
    2015
    2-5pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Mon
    28
    Sep
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.30pmMorisset Multi Purpose Centre

    Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn are the buzz on the internet, but is Social Media relevant to your business? If so, how can you tap into this valuable resource? In this session we will look at the main social media avenues and how to effectively use them in your business.

    Workshop location
    Morisset Multi-Purpose Centre
    143 Dora Street
    Morisset  NSW  2264

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

  • Tue
    29
    Sep
    2015
    5.30 - 7.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre 79-99 Barton Street Kurri Kurri

    This workshop will include a look at Marketing and its purpose for business. We will then examine branding and its importance in attracting the right customers. The session will contain marketing channels including your website, social media and marketing collateral to bring your business image together and increase your exposure. Plus we will look at protecting your brand from replication.

    FREE
    Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre
    79-99 Barton Street
    Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

  • Tue
    29
    Sep
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    This workshop will include a look at Marketing and its purpose for business. We will then examine branding and its importance in attracting the right customers. The session will contain marketing channels including your website, social media and marketing collateral to bring your business image together and increase your exposure. Plus we will look at protecting your brand from replication.

    Workshop location
    Hunter Region Business Economic Centre
    79-99 Barton Street
    Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

  • Wed
    30
    Sep
    2015
    5.30-8.30pmCessnock TBC

    Workshops will be held FREE of charge at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or Council’s Administration Building (to be confirmed). The workshops cater for businesses, non-profits and special event/market stall holders.

    The Workshops aim to provide participants with basic food hygiene skills and knowledge, satisfying the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standards Code.

    It is recommended that all food handlers attend a Workshop.

    Should you require ten (10) or more food handlers to attend training please Please insert session number and name of attendee/s as indicated contact Council’s Environmental Health Team to arrange a Workshop on a date and time that best suits your business.

    To receive a registration form, please email: food.safety@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Wed
    30
    Sep
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.30pmHunter Region Business Economic Centre, Kurri Kurri

    Now you have a good understanding of the role that the digital medium is playing, it is important that you develop a strategic plan to take advantage of this new playing field and maximise your efforts to achieve results.

    Workshop location
    Hunter Region Business Economic Centre
    79-99 Barton Street
    Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

  • Thu
    08
    Oct
    2015

    Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association Committee Meeting

  • Mon
    12
    Oct
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.30pmMorisset Multi Purpose Centre

    Now you have a good understanding of the role that the digital medium is playing, it is important that you develop a strategic plan to take advantage of this new playing field and maximise your efforts to achieve results.

    Workshop location
    Morisset Multi-Purpose Centre
    143 Dora Street
    Morisset  NSW  2264

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

  • Tue
    13
    Oct
    2015
    5.30-7.00pmHunter Valley Visitor Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive Pokolbin

    Advance Cessnock City is a strategic partnership between the Cessnock City Council, local Chambers of Commerce and key business leaders across the region. The primary aim of the partnership is to support economic development, business growth and investment throughout the region.

    We hope you can join us for a night of networking with businesses from across the Cessnock Local Government Area and to receive an update on:

    • Advance Cessnock City partnership
    • Business Capability Study driving future directions
    • Advance Cessnock City website and e-news monitor
    • Hunter Valley Visitor Centre

    Light refreshments will be served.
    For networking purposes, please bring your business cards.

    Invitation:

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    When: TUESDAY 13 October 2015
    Time: From 5.30PM -7.00 PM
    Where: Hunter Valley Visitor Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW 2320
    Cost: FREE, please register your attendance
    RSVP: Friday 9 October 2015

    To register, please use the form, Phone 4993 4185 / 4993 4159, complete the online form, or email economic.development@cessnock.nsw.gov.au

  • Tue
    13
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 amCessnock Leagues Club

    Each month the Chamber hosts a networking breakfast where members and guests get together to discuss the activities of the Chamber, listen to guest speakers and network to expand their local contacts. Purchase tickets online.

  • Tue
    13
    Oct
    2015
    9:30am – 1:30pmThe Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr Streets, Kurri Kurri

    Do your staff have excellent customer relationship skills that keep your customers coming back?

    FACT: We spend up to 10% more for the same product when we receive better service.

    FACT: It’s far more cost-effective to keep a customer than to find a new one.

    This workshop will give you the tools and knowledge to

    • Build and maintain positive relationships
    • Make the most out of first impressions
    • Effectively manage customer complaints
    • Listen and communicate effectively with your customers

    In this 4 hour workshop you will be making a serious investment in yourself and employees, to improve your business’s customer relationships.

    Cost: $99.00 non members and $77.00 members.

  • Thu
    15
    Oct
    2015
    10.00am - 2.00pmCessnock TAFE - Darwin Street, Cessnock

    Cessnock Community Connect Day 2015 links you with assistance, training and employment options to connect your future.  Activities and services on the day include:

    • Industry career advice
    • Tax file numbers and lodging a tax return
    • Drivers Licence assistance
    • Live performances and a free sausage sizzle.

    Businesses and community organisations can register to have an exhibit at the event.

    Call Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions on 4991 6333 for more information.

     

  • Fri
    23
    Oct
    2015
    10.00am - 12.00pmUniversity of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus, Ourimbah
    Export Market Development Grants
    Aspiring and current exporters who want to learn about Export Market Development Grants are encouraged to attend the 23 October 2015 workshop at Ourimbah.

    The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current  exporters.

    Come along from 10am to 12pm and identify:

    • What is EMDG
    • How to plan for EMDG
    • How to apply for EMDG
    • How to get the best out of the EMDG scheme.

    Remember 2014/15 EMDG applications must be lodged by 30 November 2015.

    Register for the workshop by contacting Sharon Foster on 4340 8703.

     

  • Tue
    27
    Oct
    2015
    5.30 - 7.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre 79-99 Barton Street Kurri Kurri

    This workshop will include social media platforms and the part each plays in business and building your online profile. The profiles will include your business and personal brand profiles, which is important in attracting the right customers to your brand and enticing them to “make a purchase”. The session will include ideas on what to say and how to respond and the rules of social media.

    FREE
    Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre
    79-99 Barton Street
    Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

  • Thu
    29
    Oct
    2015
    5.30pm - 6.30pmGartelmann Wines

    Cellar Door Networking event.

    The October Cellar Door Get Together is being hosted by Gartelmann Wines, 701 Lovedale Road, Lovedale on Thursday, 29 October from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Matt Dillow of The Deck Café Lovedale will be serving some nibbles and Gartelmann will show their new vintages and old ones too.
    All tourism and wine businesses, and your employees, are welcome to attend.
    For catering purposes please RSVP by contacting Fiona at Gartelmann Wines E sales@gartelmann.com.au T 4930 7113.

  • Thu
    29
    Oct
    2015
    8.30am - 4.30pm Singleton Showground Pavillion

    2015 is the International Year of Soils. To mark this year and to highlight fundamental importance of soils for life, Singleton Landcare Group will present the SOILS SEMINAR on Thursday 29 October at Singleton Showground Pavilions.As part of this event some commercial exhibition spaces will be available on the day.

    Major General Michael Jeffrey, Australia’s Soils Advocate and former Governor-General will open the event,which will feature a variety of experts presenting on topics relevant to Hunter Valley soils management.

    We aim to attract anyone with an interest in soils, with the event being widely publicised throughout the Hunter Valley and beyond. This event will encourage people to think about soil management and the application of technologies and systems appropriate to their land.

    Ticket includes morning tea and lunch

    Including Exhibitors: BioAg; Converte; Doyle Rural Services; Dept Primary Industries; Wood Vinegar; Landcare Australia; Fertspread; GRL; TNN; Farmers Warehouse;  and more..

    General Entry $15

    Exhibition Stall:$100

  • Fri
    06
    Nov
    2015
    7.00am - 9.00amWests New Lambton, 88 Hobart Street New Lambton

    Don't miss the last Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) economic breakfast for 2015.

    Join the breakfast on 6 November 2015 from 7 to 9am at West New Lambton when HRF will reveal their new research findings and feature one of Australia's leading economists - Hans Kunnen from St George.

    An expert panel will also discuss opportunities to grow the professional services sector and its contribution to the regional economy.

    The last breakfast for the year promises to deliver guests expert local and global economic assessments and strong take-home messages to drive business decisions for the last quarter of 2015.

    Register now.

  • Sat
    07
    Nov
    2015
    9.30am - 3.30pmWests New Lambton, 88 Hobart Street New Lambton

    Free training workshop for your business to learn about the different online tools available to help create an online presence.

    Workshop is limited to 12 businesses, so book quickly.

    Call Switched On Hunter to reserve your seat: 4936 2557

  • Tue
    10
    Nov
    2015
    5.30 - 7.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre 79-99 Barton Street Kurri Kurri

    This workshop will review a number of Cloud based systems available to help run your business more effectively with a realistic look at some of the options available. With the advent of technology based services, businesses who don’t look to cloud based platforms to help their business get organised will be left behind those who are getting their systems and processes sorted. The session will include a review of: Hootsuite, Todoist, Dropbox, Gmail and Base Camp

    FREE
    Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre
    79-99 Barton Street
    Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    Contact Hunter Region BEC for more information - 4936 2557

  • Tue
    10
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 amCessnock Leagues Club

    Each month the Chamber hosts a networking breakfast where members and guests get together to discuss the activities of the Chamber, listen to guest speakers and network to expand their local contacts. Purchase tickets online.

  • Wed
    11
    Nov
    2015
    2:00 pmHarrigan’s Irish Pub

    The next HVWTA’s Vineyard Mini Workshop will be held on Wednesday, 11 November at Harrigan’s Irish Pub at 2.00pm. Further details will be made available shortly. For more information please phone the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association on 49900900.

  • Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015

    Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association Committee Meeting

  • Tue
    17
    Nov
    2015
    9.00am - 3.00pmThe Business Centre, 265 King Street Newcastle

    Customers - Find Them, Keep Them!

    Come and join us and our industry expert Danielle Storey, from Million Dollar Relationships, as we delve deep into subject crucial to every business, Customers. This one day intensive workshop will provide you with knowledge and strategies that will help you to find your customers and keep them

    Learning Outcomes and topics covered:

    FIND THEM;

    • Clarity – Where are the customers? What is our message?
    • S.Y.S.T.E.M.S.- The power of proces
    • 90 Days to success –Consistency and safety
    • Six ways to find new customers

    KEEP THEM:

    • Million Dollar relationships
    • Customer Service versus Customer delight
    • Six things customers do
    • Three types of systems that create loyal customers
    • Is the customer always right

    Who should attend:  All Small Business owners looking to build, maintain or recharge their customer base.

    Topic Specialist: Danielle Storey is a wonderful storyteller – and a specialist in the field of generating exceptional, repeatable connections between service providers, their staff and their clients. By drawing on her knowledge, experiences and success in her own award      winning company, Danielle, shares her proven business strategies.

    Cost: $115,includes lunch plus a one one on one consultation with our topic specialist.

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

     

  • Thu
    03
    Dec
    2015
    5.30pm - 7.00pmTempus Two Winery, cnr Broke & McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin

    Cellar Door Networking event celebrating the end of the year.

    This event is kindly being hosted by Tempus Two, Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, Oishii Restaurant, Goldfish Bar & Kitchen and Wine Country Catering.
    http://www.winecountry.com.au/images/documents/Melissa/Seasonal.pdf

    Please come along and celebrate the year that was. For catering purposes would you please confirm your attendance at this event by contacting Tracy-Anne E tracy@tempustwo.com.au by Friday, 27 November.

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 amCessnock Leagues Club

    Each month the Chamber hosts a networking breakfast where members and guests get together to discuss the activities of the Chamber, listen to guest speakers and network to expand their local contacts. Purchase tickets online.

  • Wed
    09
    Dec
    2015
    2:00 pmHarrigan’s Irish Pub

    The next HVWTA’s Vineyard Mini Workshop will be held on Wednesday, 9 December at Harrigan’s Irish Pub at 2.00pm. Further details will be made available shortly. For more information please phone the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association on 49900900.

  • Wed
    09
    Dec
    2015
    4.00pm - 6.30pmDungog RSL Club

    Hunter beef producers can learn about opportunities to expand their enterprises at an information session being delivered by Hunter Local Land Services this week.  Producers will gain insights on both national and local markets at the Beef Marketing Information Session, to be held in Dungog on Wednesday, 9 December.
    Hunter Local Land Services has brought together some key industry stakeholders to provide information on the beef industry, national market trends, local cattle markets and Abattoir grading and payment systems.

    The event will be held at Dungog RSL Club from 4-6.30pm. Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential. To register, visit the Hunter Local Land Services website at www.hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au or call the Paterson office 49301030.

  • Thu
    10
    Dec
    2015

    Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association Committee Meeting

  • 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

  • Tue
    17
    Jan
    2017
    5.30pm - 7.30pm Registrations OpenThe 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 report
    • How to use tools to automate your invoicing that will assist with collection and management.

    Tickets: $45

    Registration: A Crash Course in Xero

     

  • Wed
    18
    Jan
    2017
    9:30 am – 12:00 pm AEDTThe Business Centre Newcastle Region, 265 King Street Newcastl

    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 participants into self-employment and includes:

    • Accredited small business training
    • Personalised business mentoring support
    • Income support for up to 39 weeks (if eligible)
    • Rental assistance up to 26 weeks (if eligible).

    This information session will provide you with all you need to know including eligibility, application process and program inclusions. If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit www.newhunterbusiness.org or phone New Hunter Business on 1800 815 705.

    Tickets: FREE

    Register: NEIS Information Session

     

  • Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017
    5:30 pmHunters Quarter: 576 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin 2320

    The first Hospitality Get Together for 2017 will be hosted by Cockfighter's Ghost and Hunters Quarter with canapes on Thursday 19th January from 5.30pm.

    They would like to extend an offer to those attending to support Hunters Quarter by booking a table for dinner with locals night prices of $60 for two course and $75 for three courses on the day

    Please RSVP direct with the restaurant on 02 4998 7776 or info@huntersquarter.com.au, by COB Monday 16th January.

  • Wed
    25
    Jan
    2017
    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEDTThe Business Centre Newcastle Region, 265 King Street Newcastl

    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

    Tickets: $0 - $25

    Register: Start your own Business

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PMHunter Valley Visitor Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive Pokolbin

    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: TUESDAY 31st January

    Venue: to be confirmed

    Enrolment cost:

    $46.oo for 1 person (business)

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

    To find out more about Wild Learning and other great workshops
    visit www.wildlearning.com.au and find us on facebook at facebook.com/WildLearningAU/

  • Tue
    07
    Feb
    2017
    6:00 pmKurri Kurri Bowling Club

    Kurri Kurri business networking event.

    • Lesley Morris from Towns with Heart will update us on murals planned and approved, and the Nostalgia festival which is on in March.

    Cost per head is $5 plus your meal, if you wish to eat while you're there.

    Phone 4936 2557 to book your place.

  • Tue
    14
    Feb
    2017
    7 am - 7.45 amCessnock Leagues Club

    Don’t miss this opportunity to network with Cessnock Business People and listen to some great speakers talk about their businesses and their great projects.

    Members $30

    Non Members $35 Including Hot Breakfast

    To secure your spot at this event, please RSVP
    by 5pm Friday 10th February, 2017
    You can also rsvp to info@cessnockchamber.com.au and pay on the day.
    Please note: The Cessnock Leagues Club is no longer taking booking on their website for this event

  • Wed
    15
    Feb
    2017
    9:30 pmThe Business Centre 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.

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm) or a three 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.

     

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-tickets-30014034786

  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017
    7:00 pmWeston Workers Club

    Tickets only $10.
    Enjoy a great night of country music and support the fundraising to have a Pit Horse statue in our town.
    Artists include: Slim Newton, Kerry Walsh, Michael Casey, Patti Morgan, Allan Lavender, Greg Bain, Christina George, Rodney Walker, Lynette Guest, Brian Stitt and the "Bush Rock Band"
    Restaurant will be open.

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017
    12pm-1pmOnline

    The GIG Economy involves businesses that operate in an environment where they engage workers through digital means (usually via tables or smart phones) to perform on demand work for short-term arrangements.

    Businesses like Uber, Airtasker, Deliveroo and Foodora are immediately recognisable in today's media and have generated a significant buzz around not only what they do but how they do it.

    This webinar will cover:

    • Trends in the way workers are currently engaged
    • Tips on how to achieve an appropriate 'workforce mix'
    • Key pitfalls/dangers around engaging contractors
    • Best ways employers can engage a flexible workforce
    • The future of IR regulation for modern workforces

    Click here to register!

     

     

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017
    12pm-1pmOnline

    Hear from leading speakers and subject matter experts as the NSW Business Chamber allows you to conveniently learn from your desk without leaving the office!

    Do your employees prefer to work from home? Are you looking for ideas to empower your employees to do their best without constant supervision or micro-management?

    With the advances in IT, working remotely is becoming more popular in workplaces.  Employees want to avoid lengthy travel times and employers want to keep their staff happy, but for some business owners it is a daunting idea on how to find a balance between remote work and a controlled productive workplace. During this webinar you hear first hand from our presenter, Mikel Lindsaar, Chief Executive Officer of Reinteractive, a website that solves business problems through online web applications which is a 100% online, remote work company. Mikel is an entrepreneur and manager who has experience in applying the best practices in making remote work successful.

    Mikel will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the following:

    • How to leverage the power of remote to hire the best employees in Australia and world-wide
    • Provide you with a different viewpoint which will help business owners and employers to look at new ideas and address the challenges in their business
    • Learn about excellent internal communication tools and methods to ensure the remote workers communication is high at all times
    • Learn about the benefits remote working provides to your companies bottom line

    Register by  Mon 20 Feb 2017

    NSW Business Chamber member FREE

    Local Chamber Member $15

    Non-members of NSW Business Chamber $30

    Register: https://events.nswbc.com.au/Detail/EVE1705443

     

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017
    5.30 -7.30 pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    What are you, your products or services worth?

    One of the most difficult things for newly formed small business to do is to set 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 will demystify the topic of pricing and demonstrate its importance in business planning and growth.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    Who should attend?

    Small business owners, either starting or established who need guidance on how to price their goods or services.

    Presenter

    Craig Toyne is the Accounting Director of Newcastle based Rethink Financial Group. Craig bases his business on being customer focused and communicating to clients in plain language.

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

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/price-setting-newcastle-tickets-31213476348

  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017
    12pm-1pmOnline

    According to Advertising Age, "..China's social landscape is involved in innovations in video, engagement and payment that have evolved differently and faster than anything in the West." When marketing your business to a Chinese audience on a Chinese platform, it is important that your messages are localised, with an understanding of cultural tones and nuances to effectively engage with you Chinese audience.

    Our Webinar will look at:

    • Effective social media marketing models and channels in China
    • How to leverage social groups to promote brands/products/services
    • Do's and Dont's of Chinese social media marketing
    • Case study of successful social media marketing of Australian brands

    Chinese Social Media platforms and strategies we'll be examining:

    • Weibo
    • WeChat
    • Youku
    • Todou

    Social Media is an integral part of Chinese consumers lives that is a medium not to be ignored but embraced. Register for this webinar today to learn how to build your presence and followers on Chinese Social Media platforms.

     

    Register: https://events.nswbc.com.au/Detail/EVE1705479

     

  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017
    5.30 - 7.30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

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

    What you'll learn

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

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

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

    Presenter

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

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

     

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-crash-course-in-xero-newcastle-tickets-31115372918

  • Thu
    23
    Feb
    2017
    5:30 pmThomas Wines Cellar Door, Cnr Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin

    Get back to your roots with Thomas Wines and Binnorie Dairy at the February Hospitality Get Together.

    Thommo, Simon & Teams invite you to get back to your Hunter Valley roots with Semillon, Shiraz & Cheese on Thursday 23 February from 5.30 - 7.30pm.

    For catering, please RSVP by Monday 20 February - cellardoor@thomaswines.com.au or call Rowena on Monday, Tuesday or Friday 02 4998 7134.

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017
    8:30 amCessnock Leagues Club, 1 Darwin St Cessnock

    Advance Cessnock City, a partnership of the Council and local chambers of commerce are bringing in the expert, Ian Elliot for a one-off opportunity free business event.

    Master strategist, creative marketer and staff engagement expert - Ian Elliot brings with him over 30 years experience and an entertaining, relatable and humorous presentation.

    Ian is the genius behind well known brands such as 'yes' Optus, Arnotts and VB. This presentation is one not to be missed. Ian Elliot gives straightforward rules and tools that will assist you to unlock hidden revenues, undertake marketing without money and re-energise your teams.

    Download the Invitation.

    Register to Attend.

  • Thu
    02
    Mar
    2017
    10:00 am – 12:00 pmThe Place: Charlestown Community Centre Frederick Street Charlestown

    Is your plate full of things you don’t enjoy doing? Consider moving these tasks to the side through outsourcing. You can’t be expert in all things, so it's time to weigh up if there are areas of your small business that you can outsource to a specialist.

    In this workshop we will discuss areas of your business that can be outsourced, the pros and cons associated and comparing the returns versus costs. What is your time worth, and are you making the best use of it? Join the outsourcing discussion with The Business Centre.

    What you’ll learn

    • Benefits of outsourcing
    • Aspects of your business are more suitable for outsourcing
    • Outsourcing process
    • Pros and cons
    • Adapting outsourcing the real time problems – a group discussion

    Who should attend?

    Anyone wanting to improve their business management skills. 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.

    Presenter

    Brooke Phillips, Business Advisor and Trainer, The Business Centre

    Register: $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/source-on-the-side-tickets-31667141272

     

  • Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017
    12pm-1pmOnline

    Hear from leading speakers and subject matter experts as the NSW Business Chamber allows you to conveniently learn from your desk without leaving the office!

    Today a key requirement for companies supplying product and services internationally is meeting quality standards and demonstrating sound environmental management practices.

    With a growing trend for companies to demonstrate how they manage global issues and risk, this webinar aims to increase your understanding on how you can integrate sustainability, environmental and corporate management objectives, processes and programmes into a single management system.

    It will discuss how consumer expectations are changing with the global issues which can lead to an increase in management efficiencies, effectiveness and demonstrate how to adopt sustainability principles to integrate non-financial risks with corporate management processes.

    Participants will:

    • Gain an understanding of the changing business landscape in Asia Pacific with regard to customer expectations and sustainability performance
    • Increase awareness on how to strategize strategise the development of a sustainability program
    • Methods to plan and measure sustainability for the future
    • Develop appropriate business and sustainability objectives to ensure that these can be realistically achieved
    • Understand how and why corporate risk management has expanded to include the management of non-financial risk matters

    Register by  Mon 6 Mar 2017

    NSW Business Chamber member FREE

    Local Chamber Member $15

    Non-members of NSW Business Chamber $30

    Register: https://events.nswbc.com.au/Detail/EVE1705442

     

  • Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017
    5.30-7.30pmNarthex, St Johns Anglican Church, Westcott Street Cessnock

    Cost: $20.00 drinks and finger food.

    RSVP: Sheila Turnbull by 3 March 49915455, 0402390706, or swildwoman@bigpond.com.

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017
    6:30 pmGold Cobra Health and Fitness, Station St, Branxton

    Does Facebook have your head in a spin? Want to increase sales and enquiries from your Facebook Page?

    Mad Cat Marketing presents an interactive workshop where you will learn how to get the most from your Facebook Page.

    Our Q&A style workshop will answer the questions you have and provide you with handy hints and tips.

    Some areas that we will cover include:

    • How to create engaging posts
    • What type of posts achieve the best results
    • Best days and times to post
    • Making sure your page is setup correctly
    • How to grow your followers
    • Running a Facebook ad

    Plus, bring along your questions to be answered on the night.

    Alternatively, you can email them to mitch@madcatmarketing.com.au.

    Bring along notepad, pen and/or laptop.

    Bookings essential.

    $49 per person

    Register: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/49318/facebook_for_businesses_101.aspx

  • Thu
    09
    Mar
    2017
    10:30 amHunter Region BEC, Kurri Kurri

    Thinking abour starting or buying a business but don't know where to start?

    Attend a free session with Kate Murphy, HRBEC Business Advisor, who can assist and answer your questions:

    • what is research?
    • commercial leases, council approvals and home based businesses
    • business structures
    • ABN and name registration
    • insurance
    • costs
    • business planning
    • what do I expect?

    Phone 4936 2557 to book.

  • Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm The Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    Presenter
    Alex Nicolaidis is the sole director of Booksmart Accounting Solutions, a dedicated and professional business woman, bringing a wealth of knowledge in the accounting industry. Alex has completed a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Newcastle and was an Accountant for 4.5 years at two local accounting firms before taking the leap of faith and establishing Booksmart in late 2014.

    Alex believes the bookkeeping industry is in the middle of a great automation evolution. Booksmart’s client base is 95% Xero-based and she loves to show that bookwork isn’t so scary or time consuming - it can actually be very easy with the right advice.

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

     

    Register:$45

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/xero-beyond-the-basics-newcastle-tickets-31477458927

  • Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 am to 9:00 amWests City - NEX Cnr King & Union Streets Newcastle West

    The Hunter Research Foundation Centre is a new partnership between the long-standing Hunter Research Foundation and Newcastle's world-class university. Join us for the HRF Centre launch and for the first official address to the Hunter by the new Parliamentary Secretary for Education and the Hunter, The Hon. Catherine Cusack MLC.

    Join 270+ guests at our launch and our trusted, independent assessment of the Hunter, national and international economies including the trends and opportunities which will impact our region.

    Speakers:
    The Hon. Catherine Cusack MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Education and the Hunter
    Professor Caroline McMillen Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle
    Dr Anthea Bill Lead Economist, HRF Centre

    The latest edition of Hunter Region Economic Indicators will be released on the morning.

    Thank you to our Major Partner AECOM and Partner NSW Dept of Industry

    Discounted series tickets for our four events in 2017 are also available. For more information contact Maree Campbell on (02) 4985 4311 or email maree.campbell@newcastle.edu.au

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017
    7:30 am – 10:30 amMerewether Surfhouse Henderson Parade Merewether

    Grow your profits with proven strategies from industry leaders and peers.

    Intuit QuickBooks Online invites you to a free breakfast workshop from 7.30am (for an 8.00am start) at the Mereweather Surfhouse in Newcastle. Discover the latest trends and learn easy to implement tactics to increase your firm’s profitability.

    We guarantee you’ll be heading back to your office by 10.00am with a to-do list in hand you’ll be truly excited about. Be quick, places are limited!

    At this 2-hour event you will:

    • Receive practical advice from Industry leaders
      Wayne Schmidt together with the Intuit team will share 6 simple steps you can easily apply to your business tomorrow to increase profits over the next 12 months.
    • Gain valuable insights from your peers
      In a lively panel discussion, learn from Accountants and Bookkeepers who have built successful online practices as they share stories and answer your questions.
    • See what’s around the corner
      Gain an exclusive sneak-peak into the QuickBooks Online product roadmap and meet with some of our add-on partners.

    Free: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/quickbooks-online-free-breakfast-workshop-tickets-31822468861?aff=es2

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017
    8:30 am – 2:00 pmCentral Coast Mingara Recreation Club 12/14 Mingara Dr, Tumbi Umbi Central Coast

    NSW Trade and Investment invites you to Introduction to Exporting workshop on the Central Coast. This workshop aims to help aspiring and existing exporters.

    The Introduction to Exporting Workshop will cover:

    • Welcome by Adam Crouch MP, Member for Terrigal
    • Central Coast Review by Daniel Farmer, Regional Manager, Central Coast, NSW Business Chamber
    • Export panel discussion
    • Tips for export planning, resourcing, marketing and visiting your target market
    • Export case studies

    Who should attend?

    • Businesses looking to develop a growth plan to extend beyond the domestic market
    • Aspiring exporters and new Exporters
    • Existing exporters that would like an export refresher

    Event details

    • When: 8.30am – 2.00pm, Wednesday, 15 March 2017
    • Where: Mingara Recreation Club, Tasman Room, 12/14 Mingara Dr, Tumbi Umbi, NSW 2261
    • Parking: Free
    • Cost: Free (Places are limited)

    Further information:
    02 4340 8703
    Sharon.Foster@dpc.nsw.gov.au

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017
    9:30 am – 11:30 amThe 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.

    Brooke Phillips, 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 Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    Register: $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/building-your-brand-tickets-31475454933?aff=rss

     

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017
    10:30 am – 3:00 pmNorthern Settlement Services 8 Chaucer Street Hamilton

    The Settlement Council of Australia is pleased to invite you to our inaugural Newcastle Employment Innovation Forum. This forum, which is part of a series of 13 across Australia, will highlight existing success stories and facilitate the development of new ideas and initiatives that will drive improved employment outcomes for refugees and migrants.

    The Newcastle Employment Innovation Forum will bring together key players across the settlement sector, members of government, employment specialists and private enterprise in Newcastle.

    Please register your attendance here as numbers are strictly limited.

    COST: Free (refreshments provided)

    Please RSVP by COB 2nd March 2017
    p: 02 6282 8515 e: admin@scoa.org.au

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 3/84 The Boulevarde 84 The Boulevarde #3 Toronto

    Significant changes to superannuation contributions are coming - find out what they are and what you can do to appropriately structure your personal finances.

    FREE

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/superannuation-changes-update-contributions-focus-tickets-32314897729?aff=erellivmlt

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017
    6:30 pm – 11:00 pmNewcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre (NEX) Cnr King & Union Streets Newcastle West

    Please join us as we celebrate the finalists and winners at the Hunter Safety Awards gala night!

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hunter-safety-awards-gala-2017-tickets-27802844055?aff=es2

  • Mon
    20
    Mar
    2017
    10:30 am – 12:00 pmJames Busby Room The Sebel Kirkton Park 336 Oakey Creek Road Pokolbin

    Do you want to know more about potential business opportunities in Hong Kong and as a gateway to China?

    Background

    With an affluent middle class and a population of more than 7 million, Hong Kong is a substantial market for all kinds of food and wine products. Hong Kong also provides a gateway to China with over 40 million mainland China tourists last year. Hong Kong is an import-dependent market, with 95 per cent of food and beverage products imported, with opportunities for re-export.

    More and more Hong Kong and Chinese consumers learn to appreciate Australian wine and trust Australian food products. The growing demand for high quality food and beverage products not only applies to Hong Kong but also to China and wider Asia.

    What you will learn

    • Updates on latest development in Hong Kong and China
    • Business opportunities in Hong Kong / China for food and wine growers
    • Practical tips and benefits of wine and food exporting
    • Information on how to tap into the growth opportunities in Asia by using the Hong Kong platform.

    Speakers

    • Bonnie Shek, Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council – “Hong Kong: Food & Wine Trading Hub in Asia”
    • NSW Department of Industry and NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet will also provide information on NSW Government assistance.

    When: 10.30am to 12 noon, Monday 20th March 2017

    Where: James Busby Room, The Sebel Kirkton Park, 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

    Cost: FREE but registrations are essential for catering purposes

    Registrations: sydney.office@hktdc.org or throughhttps://hktdc-food-wine-hunter.eventbrite.com.au

    RSVP by: Friday 17th March

    Light refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact 02-9261 8911 or cloris.long@hktdc.org.

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seminar-asian-export-opportunities-for-food-and-wine-growers-tickets-32178156733?aff=erellivmlt

  • Mon
    20
    Mar
    2017
    6:30 pm – 8:30 pmGlee Coffee Roasters 14 Alison Road #9 Wyong

    Fortify Financial hosts this informal and intimate information evening to help you look at the four key foundations to your financial plan.

    You will go away with the tools you need to start on your financial planning journey.

    You will learn the basics of:
    -Personal cash flow & spending systems
    -Getting out of & staying out of debt
    -Protecting wealth
    -Estate Planning

    This night is aimed at beginners of all ages and of any financial level who are wanting to set up their financial plan, in the correct way.

    Once you have your foundations in place, you can then go after your goals and begin your financial future.

    6:30pm arrival for drinks and a 7pm sharp start

    Tickets are limited so please register as soon as you can.

    There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation and our advisers on hand should you have any questions of a more personal nature after the event.

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sort-your-money-out-tickets-32249707744?aff=es2

     

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017
    10:00 am – 11:30 amThree76 Hub 376 Hunter Street Newcastle

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

    Are you involved in the innovation journey?

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

    AusIndustry in collaboration with the University of Newcastle's Three76 Hub will present a short sharp and insightful overview of several National Innovation and Science Agenda initiatives include the Research and Development Tax Incentive, Accelerating Commercialisation, Innovation Connections, Incubator Support Initiative and the new Tax Incentive for Early Stage Investments.

    The event will incorporate a tour of the new Three76 Innovation Hub and a light morning tea and networking opportunity.

    Limited to 40, register today. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/innovation-journey-finding-opportunities-tickets-32523761446?aff=es2

     

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017
    12pm-1pmOnline

    Hear from leading speakers and subject matter experts as the NSW Business Chamber allows you to conveniently learn from your desk without leaving the office!

    Register by  Mon 20 Mar 2017

    NSW Business Chamber member FREE

    Local Chamber Member $15

    Non-members of NSW Business Chamber $30

    Register: https://events.nswbc.com.au/Detail/EVE1705443

     

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm The Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

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

    What you'll learn

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

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

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

    Presenter

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

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

    register: $45

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-crash-course-in-xero-newcastle-tickets-31115073021?aff=erellivmlt

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017
    8am - 10.30amHunter Valley Resort

    With the support of the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association and the Around Hermitage Association we invite you to join our Focus Group on the 21st of March 2017 - designed for small to medium accommodation providers.

    Over a couple of hours we will cover the following:

    -More then 75% of bookings are coming through Online Travel -Agents - how do you connect and manage them effectively.
    -Are you using you booking tool correctly? Do you have a booking tool?
    -Are your forecasting?
    -Is your website user friendly? What changes can we make to encourage direct bookings.
    -How often do you post on social media? What do you post?
    -How to use Facebook & Instagram to grow your business
    -Using your database to communicate with your guests.
    -How to make your guests part of your business

    Hunter Valley Resort, The Vineyard Room
    $35.00 (+gst) per person
    RSVP: by 16th March 2017
    www.adflare.com.au/events
    nicky@adflare.com.au

  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017
    6:30 pmpin Show Map Chateau Elan, Hunter Valley Australia Vintage Drive, Pokolbin

    Join the team at The Spa at Chateau Elan at The Vintage for the March Hospitality Get Together.

    Joseph Spagnolo and Kirsten Duggan, Spa Manager invite you to join them at the March Hospitality Get Together on Thursday 23rd March from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

    Please RSVP by Monday 20th March email reception@thevintage.com.au or call reception on 02 4998 2601. View on Facebook.

  • Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017
    11.30am - 1pmwebinar

    Do your employees prefer to work from home? Are you looking for ideas to empower your employees to do their best without constant supervision or micro-management?

    With the advances in IT, working remotely is becoming more popular in workplaces.  Employees want to avoid lengthy travel times and employers want to keep their staff happy, but for some business owners it is a daunting idea on how to find a balance between remote work and a controlled productive workplace. During this webinar you hear first hand from our presenter, Mikel Lindsaar, Chief Executive Officer of Reinteractive, a website that solves business problems through online web applications which is a 100% online, remote work company. Mikel is an entrepreneur and manager who has experience in applying the best practices in making remote work successful.

    Mikel will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the following:

    • How to leverage the power of remote to hire the best employees in Australia and world-wide
    • Provide you with a different viewpoint which will help business owners and employers to look at new ideas and address the challenges in their business
    • Learn about excellent internal communication tools and methods to ensure the remote workers communication is high at all times
    • Learn about the benefits remote working provides to your companies bottom line

    https://events.nswbc.com.au/Detail/EVE1705403

  • Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017
    8:30 am – 4:30 pmMaitland Town Hall 285-287 High Street Maitland

    CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP

    The best advise for recovery is not to need it. (Alesch 2008)

    Recovery is a complex, multidimensional, nonlinear process andinvolves more than rebuilding structures and infrastructure; it is about people’s lives and livelihoods. Pre and post disaster recovery planning is essential.

    Prevention, preparedness, reduced vulnerability, increasedsustainability and improved resilience are initiatives aimed at not needing “recovery,” or at least reducing the extent of damage when disaster occurs. This conference brings together emergency services, local and state government, the community services sector, service agencies, volunteers, business and community organisations to help improve community understanding of the importance of pre planning to recover from a natural disaster.

    For further details:

    Carolyn Townson

    Regional Emergency Services Coordinator

    Email: ctownson@redcross.org.au

    Phone: 02 4941 3209

    Mobile: 0418 242 872

    This conference / workshop is proudly sponsored by NRMA, free to attend.

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/towards-sustainable-disaster-recovery-tickets-30271859948?aff=erellivmlt

     

  • Wed
    29
    Mar
    2017
    10am - 12pmClub Singleton 50 Pitt Street Singleton

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    Presenter
    Alex Nicolaidis is the sole director of Booksmart Accounting Solutions, a dedicated and professional business woman, bringing a wealth of knowledge in the accounting industry. Alex has completed a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Newcastle and was an Accountant for 4.5 years at two local accounting firms before taking the leap of faith and establishing Booksmart in late 2014.

    Alex believes the bookkeeping industry is in the middle of a great automation evolution. Booksmart’s client base is 95% Xero-based and she loves to show that bookwork isn’t so scary or time consuming - it can actually be very easy with the right advice.

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

     

    Register:$45

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/xero-beyond-the-basics-singleton-tickets-31113615662?aff=rss

  • Wed
    29
    Mar
    2017
    9:30 am – 3:30 pmThe Hunter Region BEC cnr Barton and Merthyr streets Kurri Kurri

    Discover how to build your own cost effective website that will bring you results

    “The easiest and most cost-effective way to represent your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”

    How this workshop will help you

    • You will receive step-by-step training and coaching on how to develop a free or relatively inexpensive website using the Wix platform.
    • You will understand how to add important features like Photos, Dynamic Sliders, Customised Google maps, You Tube videos, Blogs, Social media, Contact details and make it Mobile Responsive.
    • You will discover how to craft your wording to attract those important customers and take action on your website.
    • In just a few short hours you will develop your own attractive and effective website.

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/build-your-own-website-workshop-tickets-32521458558?aff=es2

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017
    9.30am - 12.30pmThe Hunter Region BEC Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri

    Tax for Small Business

    A free workshop developed for small businesses.

    It will provide you with an overview of the taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and operating your small business.

    The workshop will look at subjects like

    • different business structures
    • registering your business
    • goods and services tax
    • income tax and claiming deductions
    • record keeping
    • how to prepare and lodge your activity statements

    The workshop also covers employer obligations, such as pay as you go withholding and superannuation, if you have or are intending to employ people.

    Phone 4936 2557 to register.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017
    9:30 am – 3:30 pmThe Hunter Region BEC cnr Barton and Merthyr streets Kurri Kurri

    Lift Your Sales Even Higher

    You will learn skills to make more effective sales and give you the edge over your competition

    Why you should attend this valuable one-day workshop:

    • As Harvey Mackay says “Everyone is in sales”. Do you or your team members need to enhance skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve exceptional results?
    • Can you inspire others to buy from you?
    • In a changing business world, new skill sets are needed to achieve result.
    • This program will show you how to become even more effective

    When you attend this workshop, you will discover:

    • A toolbox of strategies and techniques to become more effective.
    • What motivates people to buy and how they reveal it.
    • Effective prospecting techniques for new clients.
    • How to sell effectively on the telephone.
    • How to remove the barriers to effective communication.
    • The secret emotional selling triggers that can make or break a sale.
    • Some sale closes that work every time.
    • How you can overcome those areas of concern.
    • How to get paid up front through risk reversal.
    • How to build self-esteem and confidence
    • Some effective diary and time management ideas.

    Your investment is only $214.50 inc plus GST.

    To reserve your seat TodayPhone (02) 4936 2557 or email Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au 
    Be quick only 16 places are available
  • Mon
    03
    Apr
    2017
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pmJaimie Abbott Communications Newcastle East

    Learn how to be an authentic, confident and engaging speaker in the workplace, in front of an audience, during a job interview or for a keynote speech! Whatever the occasion, with the right presentation skills training and coaching you can achieve outstanding results.

    With presentations training you will learn to:

    • Make a great first impression
    • Develop key messages and deliver them
    • Successfully handle difficult questions
    • Feel confident

    Training handbooks will also be given and can be kept for future reference.

    INCLUDED IN YOUR FEE:

    Light supper/refreshments.

    Handbook to take home for future reference!

    $194.00

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/improve-your-public-speaking-tickets-32384196002?aff=es2

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017
    The Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King Street Newcastle

    Are you aged between 18 – 24 years? A job seeker not in employment, education or training? Ever considered starting your own business?

    In early 2017 The Business Centre is offering a new program to give you a taste of entrepreneurship and self-employment.Exploring Being My Own Boss is a workshop program conducted over two weeks (25 hours per week) and fully subsidised by the Australian Government Department of Employment. If you have a business idea, or dream of being your own boss take part and learn the practical skills to get empowered and start your own venture.

    Upon completion of the workshop there is also opportunity for complementary work placements where you can gain on-ground experience in a similar business or industry as your own start-up.

    If you'd like to learn more and are interested in undertaking the program, register your interest here and we'll be in touch.

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017
    9:30am-12:00pmNewcastle

    Growth hacking for small business workshop - Newcastle

    Date: 4th May 2017 9:30am-12:00pm

    Businesses who are interested in growing their business with minimum resources using data analytics.

    Key concepts covered:

    • What is growth hacking and why it is must for every small business?
    • Growth hacking strategies for small businesses
    • Growth hacking for start-ups
    • Five ways to achieve viral growth

    Presented by NexGroup Pty Ltd.

    Cost: $25

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is designed for people who want to improve sales.

    Registration

    Register for this workshop.

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017
    12:30 pm

    On July 1 2017 a great deal of superannuation law will come into effect.  Make sure you don’t get caught out with the changes as you may end up paying extra tax.  If you have an existing contribution strategy in place you may want to review your plans, particularly if you normally contribute up to the cap limit, or were planning to in the future.  In this webinar, the team from CareSuper will explain these changes and what this means to employers and your employees.

    The upcoming changes to the superannuation system are designed to improve the sustainability, flexibility and integrity of Australia’s superannuation system.  Most of the changes will commence from July 1 2017.

    This webinar will provide you with an understanding of:

    • The changes to Superannuation and what these will mean to you and your employees
    • The reasons why these changes have been introduced
    • The resources available to help you and your employees

    https://events.nswbc.com.au/Detail/EVE1705570

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017
    6 pm – 7:30 pm The Delany Hotel 134 Darby Street NEWCASTLE

    It's Back! We are holding another BabyXerocon to update you on the latest developments, share our tips and advice and really make sure you are getting the most out of Xero.

    Xero are holding the yearly Xerocon event in Brisbane this year from 7-9 September. We always get the latest news and updates for what's to come, ready to share with you.

    It's been our quest for some time now to #banadmin in small businesses. We want to make sure you don't have any unnecessary steps in your business and also want to show you how to run some really fascinating reports.

    Xero are ALWAYS releasing new features. Sometimes they are small features in the background and sometimes huge releases like online quotes. It's hard to keep up with what's new so let us do the hard work for you.

    We will be covering

    • What's New
    • What's coming
    • How to process transactions even faster
    • Add-ons that can help your business #banadmin even further
    • Your top Questions answered in a Q & A session
    Event Date: Tuesday 4th April 2017
    Event Time: 5:30 for networking with a kick off time of 6pm. Q & A at 7 and finish time of 7:30
    Event Location: The Delany Hotel - 134 Darby Street (Upstairs)
    Cost: Free
    Growthwise have won Xero Partner of the Year as well as the 100% Cloud Award and now Steph has been appointed to the Xero Advisory Council so who better to show you these updates!
    So who should attend:
    - Any Business Owner who uses Xero (even if all you do is invoice)
    - Bookkeepers using Xero

    Register: FREE

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-latest-updates-from-xero-tickets-26217940566?aff=erellivmlt

  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017
    10:00 am – 12:00 pmThe Business Centre 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.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-tickets-32579292541?aff=es2

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    10:30 amThe Hunter Region BEC Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri

    Do you have a business idea? Or would you like to have your own business but don't know where to start?

    The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) may be the answer.

    NEIS can provide you with the support you need to start you own business, including:

    Training in small business management

    Mentoring and advise for twelves months

    Financial support during the first nine months of operations * (*subject to eligibility criteria)

    Would you like to know more?

    The Hunter Region BEC will hold a NEIS information session at 10:30am on Thursday 6th of April at the HRBEC office, Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri.

    The session will take about an hour an NEIS facilitator, Kate Murphy, will be able afterwards to discuss your business ideas with you.

    Please phone the HRBEC on 4936 2557 to reserve your place at the session, or for more information about NEIS visit the website www.newhunterbusiness.org

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    12.30pm-2.30pmCrowne Plaza Hunter Valley 430 Wine Country Drive LOVEDALE
    Attend our workshop to explore option on how you can increase your exporting ventures, further expand your market share in China, or simply get your export journey started.
    Presentation by Gary Dawes, Senior Trade Advisor, Austrade TradeStart

    Topic: Wine Export Update, Free Trade Agreements and insights.

    Presentation by Danielle Sun, China Business Engagement Manager, Export Growth China

    Topic:

    - 2017 China import market outlook

    - What Chinese consumers are really looking for

    - Insights into the China import market

    - Tips for Australian Food & Beverage businesses to stand out from the crowd when selling to China

    Register by
    Friday 31 March 2017

     

    https://events.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au/Detail/EVE1705569

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    8:30–1:30pmBluebush Estate, 196 Wilderness Road, Rothbury

    In this 5 hour Social Media workshop, we’ll cover all the key steps to get you on track with your social media strategy. We will share some insider secrets to getting your content liked and shared.

    Session 1:
    Creating your Social Media Strategy
    - Who am I targeting
    - What social media channel should I use?
    - What is my message

    Session 2:
    Content creation
    - How to explore different topics to keep your audience interested
    - How to put a plan together without getting overwhelmed

    Session 3:
    Content Amplification
    - How to get content to your target audience
    - How to get more people to link and share your content
    - How to advertise on social media (Facebook and Instagram)

    Session 4:
    Social Media Tools
    - What are some of the social media tools to make it easier to manage
    - How to create text and awesome graphic
    - How to use data from social media to help shape your message

    In this 5 hour workshop:
    - Workbook with all the notes including planning templates and resources
    - Setup of social media including advertising platforms for Facebook & Instagram
    - An understanding of how to use social media for your business
    - Laptop required - we can provide if needed
    - Lunch and morning tea included

    $395.00 plus GST (normally $695)
    Includes 1 hour session with our social media consultant after the workshop included

    RSVP close 27th of March 2017 - WE HAVE 5 SPOTS LEFT!
    Payments due by the 31st of March 2017 - to secure your spot.
    Payment plans available, credit cards accepted.

    To Register please email:
    Nicky Govender
    Hotel Specialist
    Hotels & Tourism by Adflare
    nicky@adflare.com.au

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    9:00 AM – 4:00 PMNewcastle Cruising Yacht Club Level 1 95 Hannell Street Wickham
    Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program Founder and CEO, Greg Mowbray, will present a one day training program on what it takes to go from managing to leading.
    The program is based around the book, 'Road Rules for Leadership'.
    Topics included are
    • Manager vs leading - what's the difference?
    • The importance of effective leadership in all organisations
    • Quantifying the need for change
    • Identifying areas for change
    • A model to base your leadership development on
    • An action plan for change
    Morning tea and lunch are included.
    The Manager 2 Leader program is ideal for people new to managing and those who need some assistance in order to step up and take more responsibility. Experienced managers will take away a blueprint for accelerating their progress from manager to leader.

    Greg Mowbray is a leadership expert, consultant, trainer, speaker and author.

    He has developed the Licence to Lead program as a result of his passion for inspiring managers to step up and become leaders, and inspiring leaders to become outstanding leaders.

    Greg has experience in small, medium and large organisations, in both public and private sectors across a broad range of industry sectors. His clients include local, national and international companies. He has a Masters Degree in Medical Science, is recognised as a Certified Practising Marketer and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, the International Coach Federation and the National Speakers Association of Australia.

    Through key note speaking, training and mentoring, Greg inspires positive change in the people he works with.

    For more information on the Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program click here

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    9:30 am – 12:30 pmPacific East Room Noah's on the Beach Cnr Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street Newcastle

    Lean Six Sigma Power Session.

    In this session tailoured for Executive and Senior Managers, you will be briefed on Lean Six Sigma and how using this methodology can drive process improvement and quality perfomance in your organisation.

    You will be taken through Five Lessions in Lean Six Sigma by one of the few "Black Belt" accredited practitioners within Australia.

    The Lessons you will learn include:

    Lesson 1 : Competition

    Lesson 2: Process Management

    Lesson 3: Lean Principles

    Lesson 4: Six Sigma

    Lesson 5: Deployment Model


    Can't Make the Day or Would Like to Know More:

    CHSP Service Providers have access to online courses through the Lynda.Com platform free of charge.

    For Process Improvement there is some great content available:

    Process Improvement Fundamentals

    Operations Management Fundamentals

    Please let me know if you would like full access to all Lynda.Com courses by email at CHSPSSHCC@wesleymission.org.au.

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    10:30 am to 12:30 pmINNX - Hunter Design School 61 Parry Street Newcastle West

    Content is bespoke with 50% of learning covering something you should know - and 50% of your specific needs, projects and questions answered.
    At a minimum during this year the program will cover:

    • Positioning yourself and your company as a thought leader
    • Developing your unique intellectual property
    • Expanding your network with other senior executives
    • Easy-to-use automation tools to leverage your entire company’s time and effectiveness
    • Reducing marketing costs while increasing high-quality leads for your sales team
    • Systems to drive your personal productivity
    • Creating new income streams and launching new products and/or services

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newcastle-business-leaders-mentoring-with-craig-rispin-tickets-28271526898?aff=es2

  • Wed
    19
    Apr
    2017
    10am-12pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Today’s small business owners are faced with endless options for marketing, making it harder than ever to reach your target customers. By investing time in developing clear marketing strategy, you reduce the risk of wasting valuable resources on marketing activities that simply don’t work.

    The Business Centre can show you how to map the persona of your ideal customer, allowing you to more accurately tailor your marketing approach to appeal and satisfy their needs and wants. We can also show you how to unlock what makes you different from your competitors and talk to your customers in a more authentic way.

    If you find it difficult to summarise exactly what makes your business unique, this workshop will help you drill down and find where you offer the greatest value to your customers and pitch this in a way that will deliver results.

    Workshop topics:

    • Positioning – create your target market personas, understand your customers’ needs, what problems they need solving and how you are different from the rest of the pack
    • Messaging – identify and articulate the value you provide to your client using the Value Proposition Canvas
    • Pitch – be confident in saying what solutions your business provides to your target persona’s. Get your two sentence pitch perfect.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-marketing-getting-the-message-right-newcastle-tickets-33384171957?aff=rss

  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017
    8:30 AM – 12:30 PMKurri Kurri TAFE Campus - Hotel Academy McLeod Road Kurri Kurri

    Employers and workplace supervisors play a central role in the success of apprenticeships and traineeships in New South Wales and are in a key position to maximise the success of training.

    How well equipped are you to train and supervise an apprenticeor trainee?

    Are you confident that you know how to get the most out yourapprentice or trainee? Have you had problems with workplacetraining in the past?

    WORKSHOP OUTCOMES

    • • How to effectively supervise and “coach” apprentices & trainees
    • • The importance of effective communication in the workplace
    • • What to expect from the training provider - arranging training that works for you and your business
    • • Practical ideas to help address workplace bullying and harassment issues
    • • Training Services NSW - who are we and how can we support you and your apprentice or trainee?

    COST - Nil

    The Supervising your apprentice or trainee workshops are free of charge. Participants will receive a complimentary workbook and a copy of the Supervising your apprentice or trainee Guide book.

    WORKSHOP DETAILS

    When: 20th April 2017

    Time: 8.30am – 12.30pm

    Where: Kurri Kurri TAFE Campus, Hotel Academy. Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    RSVP

    To secure your place in the workshop, Click on Eventbrite link then the green "Register" button then the green "Checkout" button.

    Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017 cob

    Phone: 49748570 or 132811

    (Light Refreshments provided, please advise of any specialdietary requirements)

    www.training.nsw.gov.au

  • Mon
    24
    Apr
    2017
    6pm start

    All-member dinner meeting of the Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    Please contact

    David Allwood, Secretary. Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce. Email:  david.allwood2@gmail.com

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017
    10am-12pmClub Singleton 50 Pitt Street Singleton

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-singleton-tickets-32579495147

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017
    5.30 - 7.30pmKeith Tulloch Wine 989 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin

    Join the team at Keith Tulloch Wine for April Hospitality Get Together.

    Wednesday 26 April, 5:30 - 7:30pm. Nibbles & drinks provided.

    RSVP by Monday 24 April - 02 4998 7500 or email: cellardoor@keithtullochwine.com

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017
    5.30pm-7.30pmThe Place: Charlestown Community Centre Frederick Street Charlestown

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-charlestown-tickets-33030884264?aff=rss

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017
    10:30 amThe Hunter Region BEC Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

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

    You are invited to attend a free Small Business Start-up information session.

    Next session: Thursday 27th April, 10:30am

    at the Hunter Region BEC Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri.

    Please phone 4936 2557 to register.

    HRBEC Business Advisor, Kate Murphy will present the following topics and answer your questions:

    What is research?

    Commercial leases, council approvals or home based businesses

    Business structures

    Applying for an ABN and Name Registration

    Business Insurance

    Business Planning

    What are the costs?

    What will it be like?

     

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017
    10am-12pm Maitland Gaol 6-18 John Street East Maitland

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-maitland-tickets-33069763553?aff=rss

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017
    9.30am - 3.30pmThe Hunter Region BEC Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

    Team Building

    A one day workshop for team leaders, managers and supervisors

    “Building an Effective Team”

    a one day workshop for team leaders, managers and supervisors

    “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is  knowing how to get along with people.”

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Why you should attend this valuable one-day workshop:

    • You are in charge, but do you know how to motivate your team to achieve exceptional results?
    • Can you inspire your people to realise their full potential and do you have the time to do it?
    • In a changing business world, new skill sets are needed to achieve results and make it to the
    • This program will show you how to be a vital part in leading your organization’s

    Topics covered:

    1.Discover your leadership qualities.

    • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of various leadership
    • Assess and evaluate your own leadership style and learn to develop the vital traits of a successful leader.
    • Build your self-esteem, self-confidence and self-direction as you passionately get your ideas across clearly and confidently while you eliminate communication barriers and gain collaboration and cooperation at every level

    2. Building and leading your team effectively

    • Develop a clear vision for your team and communicate it to achieve
    • Create realisable action strategies that will actually make things happen creatively and innovatively.
    • Others will follow your lead when you delegate effectively and empower them to make decisions and take
    • You will understand how to engender trust and eliminate fear, leading to acceptable change and positive results through motivating your team

    3. Coping with change

    • Learn to make intelligent decisions and solve challenging problems, thus avoiding costly mistakes and minimizing your stress and worry.
    • Effectively manage change and lead the way to the efficient use of your and your team’s
    • Understand the power of technological advancement and its impact on you.

    You will want to join the other 15 excited team leaders from 9.30am to 3.30pm on 28th April 2017 in the training room of the Hunter Region BEC to effectively learn how to “Build an Effective Team” a program that will equip you to establish trust and build integrity as you lead an unbeatable team, department or entire organization, winning people over to your way of doing things.

    Your investment is only $214.50 inc GST

    To reserve your seat call (02) 4936 2557 or email Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au today.

    Be quick only 16 places are available

  • Mon
    01
    May
    2017
    5:30pm - 8:00pmCentral Coast Group Training - 3 Bounty Close, Tuggerah NSW

    Workshop on Digital Strategy - User Experience Focus

    INNOVATION & DIGITAL STRATEGY
    The Business Connect Program brings world class expertise to your local area through a series of seminars, workshops, and one on one advisory for small businesses to grow through innovation and digital readiness

    Date: Monday, 1st May 2017 - 5:30pm - 8pm

    Venue: Central Coast Group Training - 3 Bounty Close, Tuggerah.

    Contact: 1300 108 880

    bc@netstripes.com | www.netstripes.com

    Cost: $25 - Includes 2 hours of one on one advisory to build your customised
    digital strategy

    Register Here

     

  • Tue
    02
    May
    2017
    5:00pm - 7:00pmRethink Financial Group - 2 Dick Street, Newcastle

    Seminar on Small Business Digital Readiness

    INNOVATION & DIGITAL STRATEGY
    The Business Connect Program brings world class expertise to your local area through a series of seminars, workshops, and one on one advisory for small businesses to grow through innovation and digital readiness

    Date: Monday, 2nd May 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Venue: Rethink Financial Group - 2 Dick Street, Newcastle

    Contact: 1300 108 880

    bc@netstripes.com | www.netstripes.com

    Cost: $25 - All registrations includes 2 hours of One on One Advisory to build your digital strategy

    Register Here

     

  • Tue
    02
    May
    2017
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm The Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-newcastle-tickets-33031103921?aff=rss

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    9:30am – 12:00pmQuest Singleton, 5-7 Civic Avenue (Civic Room), Singleton

    Workshop on Growth Online for Small Businesses

    INNOVATION & DIGITAL STRATEGY
    The Business Connect Program brings world class expertise to your local area through a series of seminars, workshops, and one on one advisory for small businesses to grow through innovation and digital readiness

    Date: Monday, 3rd May 2017 - 9:30am – 12:00pm

    Venue: Quest Singleton, 5-7 Civic Avenue (Civic Room), Singleton

    Contact: 1300 108 880

    bc@netstripes.com | www.netstripes.com

    Cost: $25 - All registrations includes 2 hours of One on One Advisory to build your digital strategy

    Register Here

     

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    9am - 1pmThe Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin

    The Australian Wine Research Institute are hosting a seminar on Wednesday 3 May from 9am-1pm at The Sebel Kirkton Park. Cost is $45.00 per person including GST and includes morning tea.

    Seminar will cover:
    • What can I do to protect my vineyard from climate change?
    • Breeding and evaluation of new disease resistant selections.
    • Sulfur Dioxide - what are we really measuring?
    • What are the causes and management strategies of dealing with brett?
    • Copper - the good, the bad and the ugly
    • Interactive session

    Bookings are essential. To book or for more information please contact Karlene Wyborn 02 4990 0940 or email: karlene@hvwta.com.au

  • Thu
    04
    May
    2017
    10:30 amThe Hunter Region BEC Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri

    Do you have a business idea? Or would you like to have your own business but don't know where to start?

    The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) may be the answer.

    NEIS can provide you with the support you need to start you own business, including:

    Training in small business management

    Mentoring and advise for twelves months

    Financial support during the first nine months of operations * (*subject to eligibility criteria)

    Would you like to know more?

    The Hunter Region BEC will hold a NEIS information session at 10:30am on Thursday 4th of May at the HRBEC office, Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri.

    The session will take about an hour an NEIS facilitator, Kate Murphy, will be able afterwards to discuss your business ideas with you.

    Please phone the HRBEC on 4936 2557 to reserve your place at the session, or for more information about NEIS visit the website www.newhunterbusiness.org

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017
    1pm - 2pmWebinar - log in remotely

    Presenter: Howard Flanagan (Reel Wine Marketing)

    In this webinar, Howard will also take you through the principles of a basic Facebook Live Broadcasting workflow using a smartphone device.

    In this case, Howard will be using slides of an iPhone, but don't worry if you use an Android device, as the basic workflow principles are the same.

    Facebook has a staggering 1.9 billion+ users & 16 million are Australians. Given that Australia currently has approximately 2.5k wineries, countless bottle shops, online retailers, events, wine shows, wine clubs etc, How do you, your wine business or brand stand out from the "Rest of the Bunch"?

    Perhaps Facebook Live Broadcasting will make you stand out & the real beauty is, that it is FREE to use!

     

    Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/18951564557940995

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017
    7am-8.30amBranxton Golf Club 25 Cessnock Road, Branxton

    Business Networking breakfast hosted by Branxton Greta Business Chamber.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1830241157238540/

  • Wed
    10
    May
    2017
    7.15am -8.45amNEX (Wests City) Cnr King St & Union Street NEWCASTLE WEST

    Guest Speaker: Matthew Hingston, Head of Marketing and Customer Service, Greater Bank
    Topic: A better way to get more value out of your customers

    RSVP: Monday 8 May 2017

    Please advise any dietary requirements upon booking

    Important Information - Cancellations:
    No refunds will be made under any circumstances unless cancellation is received in writing more than 5 working days prior to the event. Substitute delegates are welcome.

    https://events.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au/Detail/EVE1705406

  • Wed
    10
    May
    2017
    8:30am–1:30pmHunter Valley Resort Corner Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin

    In this 5 hour Social Media workshop, we’ll cover all the key steps to get you on track with your social media strategy. We will share some insider secrets to getting your content liked and shared.

    Creating your Social Media Strategy
    – Who am I targeting
    – What social media channel should I use?
    – What is my message

    Content creation
    – How to explore different topics to keep your audience interested
    – How to put a plan together without getting overwhelmed

    Content Amplification
    – How to get content to your target audience
    – How to get more people to link and share your content
    – How to advertise on social media (Facebook and Instagram)

    Social Media Tools
    – What are some of the social media tools to make it easier to manage
    – How to create text and awesome graphic
    – How to use data from social media to help shape your message

    Workbook with all the notes including planning templates and resources
    Setup of social media including advertising platforms for Facebook & Instagram
    An understanding of how to use social media for your business
    Laptop /IPAD/Tablet required – we can provide if needed
    Lunch and morning tea include

    Date: 10th of May 2017
    Location: Hunter Valley Resort
    Cost: $395.00 plus GST (normally $695)
    Includes 1 hour session with our social media consultant after the workshop
    RSVP: Closes 3rd of May 2017 - limited to 12 attendees
    Payment: EFT & credit cards accepted.

    Contact: Nicky@adflare.com.au to RSVP

    "Great workshop, very informative and lots of great tips"
    "Adflare Group really helpful and informative morning, im looking foward to putting all my new founds skills with our social media pages into action"

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2017
    11.30am-2pmBest Western Hunter Gateway Hotel 11 Denton Park Dr RUTHERFORD

    Workplace Updates: The10 biggest mistakes employers make when managing staff

    Workplace Updates Seminars provide employers and professionals responsible for HR matters in the workplace with practical knowledge to assist in complying with Australian workplace legislation.

    The seminar will cover:

    • How to increase the productivity and engagement of your staff
    • How to reduce your exposure to unfair dismissal claims
    • How to avoid discrimination claims
    • How to avoid difficult situations that can result in bullying allegations
    • How to avoid costly workers compensation claims

    Plus, updates on areas that affect you:

    • Fair Work legislation
    • Workplace compensation
    • Superannuation
    • Payroll

    About the speaker - Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA): Trusted by Australia’s peak employer body, the Australian Chamber, as their representative to fight for employer interests in the Fair Work Commission, ABLA is recognised as one of Australia’s leading Employment Law Specialist Firms (Australasian Law Awards 2015). and the Workplace and Employment Law Firm of the year 2016 (Lawyers Weekly)

    https://events.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au/Detail/EVE1705459

  • Fri
    12
    May
    2017
    8.30am - 4.30pmCrowne Plaza Hunter Valley

    RDA Hunter’s Smart Workforce STEM conference brings together representatives from secondary and tertiary education institutions, industry and key players in the STEM fields. It aims to build stronger partnerships between STEM employers and education institutions in order to improve students STEM capabilities.
    WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
    •• School and education leaders
    •• STEM experts in Education and Training
    •• Business and Industry groups
    •• Universities, TAFE and RTO’s
    REGISTRATION
    Registrations will open January 30th.
    (Note: This conference has limited numbers and is expected to sell out)

    www.rda_stem17.eventbrite.com.au

    EVENTS AND COSTS
    •• Conference Only $366.74 (Early Bird Special)
    •• Gala Dinner $160 (Dinner Speaker, Adam Spencer)
    •• Vineyard Tour $50 (Saturday Morning)

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017
    10am-12pmDantia Smart Hub (DASH) 1/63 Ridley Street Charlestown

    Today’s small business owners are faced with endless options for marketing, making it harder than ever to reach your target customers. By investing time in developing clear marketing strategy, you reduce the risk of wasting valuable resources on marketing activities that simply don’t work.

    The Business Centre can show you how to map the persona of your ideal customer, allowing you to more accurately tailor your marketing approach to appeal and satisfy their needs and wants. We can also show you how to unlock what makes you different from your competitors and talk to your customers in a more authentic way.

    If you find it difficult to summarise exactly what makes your business unique, this workshop will help you drill down and find where you offer the greatest value to your customers and pitch this in a way that will deliver results.

    Workshop topics:

    • Positioning – create your target market personas, understand your customers’ needs, what problems they need solving and how you are different from the rest of the pack
    • Messaging – identify and articulate the value you provide to your client using the Value Proposition Canvas
    • Pitch – be confident in saying what solutions your business provides to your target persona’s. Get your two sentence pitch perfect.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-marketing-getting-the-message-right-charlestown-tickets-33384247182?aff=rss

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017
    5.30-7.30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

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

    What you'll learn

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

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

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

    Presenter

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

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

    $45

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-crash-course-in-xero-newcastle-tickets-31473904295?aff=rss

  • Wed
    17
    May
    2017
    1:30 pmwebinar - remote access

    We look at what employers can do to foster an inclusive culture in their business – from policies to education and all that’s in between – to build a more welcoming and productive workplace.

    As part of the newest Great Australian Workplace series, tune into this month’s webinar to hear from people who have worked towards creating inclusive workforces.

     

    Speakers

    JoAnna Ferrari
    Celebrated business leader and transgender community advocate

    JoAnna Ferrari is an international sales trainer across five countries, with more than 10 years of experience as a personal development and business coach and experience as both a CEO and executive for corporations. Joanna has consulted for businesses across more than 140 industries and published two books – her first leading to an event series that run for more than four years.

     

     

     

    Ross Wetherbee
    Senior Program Manager, Pride in Diversity

    Ross Wetherbee is Senior Program Manager of Pride in Diversity, Australia’s national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) workplace inclusion and the developers of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). Pride in Diversity is a social inclusion initiative of ACON, Australia’s largest LGBTI health organisation.

     

     

    In association with Biz Better Together, an Australian Chamber Initiative, gain advice, insight and valuable life lessons to support your journey to entrepreneurship.

    Biz Better Together aims to engage businesses across Australia through relevant events, seminars, professional development training, in-depth articles for publications and digital communications channels, tips on social media and much more.

     

    Register: http://www.smartcompany.com.au/partner-content/webinars/webinar-create-inclusive-workforce-wednesday-17-may-12-30pm/

  • Wed
    17
    May
    2017
    10am-12pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Are you selling yourself short? One of the most common mistakes in business is undercharging for your products or services. Our Pricing for Profit workshop will demystify pricing jargon and help you get your products and services priced for the profit you want.

    Take control of your profit by understanding how to calculate your breakeven point and what this means for your business. By learning how to be smart with your numbers, you ensure a sustainable future for your business.

    Workshop topics:

    • Pricing – getting your products and services priced for turnover and profit
    • What is Minimal Viable Product (MVP)?
    • Viability – understanding the simple numbers on how to reach breakeven.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-numbers-pricing-for-profit-newcastle-tickets-33384640358?aff=rss

     

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017
    10:30 amThe Hunter Region BEC Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

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

    You are invited to attend a free Small Business Start-up information session.

    Next session: Thursday 18th May, 10:30am

    at the Hunter Region BEC Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri.

    Please phone 4936 2557 to register.

    HRBEC Business Advisor, Kate Murphy will present the following topics and answer your questions:

    What is research?

    Commercial leases, council approvals or home based businesses

    Business structures

    Applying for an ABN and Name Registration

    Business Insurance

    Business Planning

    What are the costs?

    What will it be like?

     

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017
    5:00 pmThe Lovedale Bar Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

    Hospitality Get Together at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

    Please join us for drinks and nibblies on Thursday, 18th May from 5pm at:

    The Lovedale Bar
    Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

    Please RSVP by Wednesday, 17th May 2017 to
    Brooke Harland - Business Development Manager
    02 4993 0867 or brooke.harland@ihg.com

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017
    9am to 3.30pmNewcastle Jockey Club Darling Street Broadmeadow
    Career Links are proud to coordinate the Newcastle Lake Macquarie Career & Training Expo, we have coordinated the Expo since 2009. The expo attracts
    high school students and their parents from across the region, in 2016 over 3,800 students attended.
    Since 2009 over 30,000 student passed through the Expo doors.
    Career Links is a not -for-profit organisation, committed to the youth of this region, we coordinate this event to support them in transiting from school
    to their future careers. The expo connects students and their parents with career options, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future.
  • Tue
    23
    May
    2017
    8.30am - 11amCessnock Leagues Club
    • Are Millennials lazy, entitled, difficult or just different?
    • Largest emerging generation in Australia
    • High unemployment threat, job futures and future workforce at risk
    • Digital influence vs digital pressures
    • Shifting workplace and customer expectations

    Millennials, born between 1981 and 1998 are the largest emerging generation in Australia. Millennials have been born into a world of Google, Snapchat, social media and changing pressures.

    Millennials have always had the luxury of instant gratification through technology.

    They have been raised in an environment where everyone receives a participation award.

    Accused of being entitled with their heads in their phones, they are a whole generation being disenfranchised by work – facing unemployment and under-employment.

    The number and type of jobs is contracting their opportunities for a career and a future. Claire Madden will tell you about generational change and the affect it will have on your business.

    Help us workshop local solutions to a global phenomenon. This presentation is ideal for all types of businesses. 

    It is a MUST ATTEND for every mother, father, and grandparent.

     

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

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017
    1:30 pmWebinar - log in remotely

    Every business wants to find more customers and make more sales. But if you’re not planning for success, growth can cost your business that can leave you worse off.

    The secret is good preparation, at the right time. Finding the weak points in your business early and reinforcing them to handle scale is critical to capitalising on your efforts.

    Find out how successful entrepreneurs prepared their companies for the prime time. Join Sholto Macpherson from DigitalFirst.com and Steven Skinner from Oracle/NetSuite to learn the specific areas you will need to address in your own business.

    Sholto Macpherson, DigitalFirst.com

    Sholto Macpherson is a business technology journalist and analyst specialising in online accounting software. Since June 2011 he has published DigitalFirst.com, a blog about the latest accounting technology for fast-growing cloud accounting practices. You can see the site here.

    Sholto has 17 years of experience contributing to magazines and websites, radio and TV segments, webinars and conferences about online accounting software and other cloud technologies. His stories have appeared in The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers and tech industry websites such as CRN.com.au and iTnews.com.au.

    Steven Skinner, Oracle + Netsuite

    Steven Skinner is a distinguished solutions specialist and part of Oracle + NetSuite CFO, Centre of Excellence for JAPAC. Steven’s role is to support and influence the C-Suite, CFO’s and their finance teams on their transform journey, by evaluating, selecting and implementing the right enabling technologies. Despite the fact Steven works at NetSuite, he provides organisations with unbiased, independent advice around Business Transformations journeys.

    Steven believes that by aligning governance, with people’s effort, accepting and adopting best practices, all enabled by start-of-the-art integrated applications, will led to high performing wonderful organisations.

    Steven is a regular speaker at CFO events & conferences across JAPAC and a thought leader around: Business Transformations, Digital Disruption, ERP/Business Implementations, and Transitioning from Compliance to Advice Firms (Accounting Industry).

     

    Register: http://www.smartcompany.com.au/partner-content/webinars/webinar-know-high-growth-hurting-business-tuesday-30-may-1-30pm/

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017
    10am-12pmCharlestown

    Are you selling yourself short? One of the most common mistakes in business is undercharging for your products or services. Our Pricing for Profit workshop will demystify pricing jargon and help you get your products and services priced for the profit you want.

    Take control of your profit by understanding how to calculate your breakeven point and what this means for your business. By learning how to be smart with your numbers, you ensure a sustainable future for your business.

    Workshop topics:

    • Pricing – getting your products and services priced for turnover and profit
    • What is Minimal Viable Product (MVP)?
    • Viability – understanding the simple numbers on how to reach breakeven.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-numbers-pricing-for-profit-charlestown-tickets-33384772754?aff=es2

     

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017
    5:30 pmHunter Valley Visitor Centre
    TOPIC IN FOCUS:
    TOURISM PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATION
    HUNTER VALLEY WINE COUNTRY BUSINESSES
    Attracting New Markets | Working Together | Promoting conversions | Increasing Off-Peak Visitation
    Venue:Hunter Valley Visitor Centre, 455 Wine Country Drive Pokolbin NSW
    Phone: 02 4993 4185
    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!!

     

     

  • Wed
    31
    May
    2017
    10am-12pmSingleton

    Are you selling yourself short? One of the most common mistakes in business is undercharging for your products or services. Our Pricing for Profit workshop will demystify pricing jargon and help you get your products and services priced for the profit you want.

    Take control of your profit by understanding how to calculate your breakeven point and what this means for your business. By learning how to be smart with your numbers, you ensure a sustainable future for your business.

    Workshop topics:

    • Pricing – getting your products and services priced for turnover and profit
    • What is Minimal Viable Product (MVP)?
    • Viability – understanding the simple numbers on how to reach breakeven.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-numbers-pricing-for-profit-singleton-tickets-33416578887?aff=es2

     

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    12pm - 2pmNoah's on the Beach 30 Zaara Street Newcastle

    Topic: Energy security and the role of Snowy Hydro
    Guest Speaker: Paul Broad, Managing Director and CEO at Snowy Hydro
    RSVP: Essential Friday 21 April unless sold out prior. Numbers are strictly limited.

    Please advise any special dietary requirements on booking.

    Important Information - Cancellations: No refunds will be made under any circumstances unless cancellation is received in writing more than 5 working days prior to the event. Substitute delegates are welcome.

    https://events.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au/Detail/EVE1705414

  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017
    10am-12pmThe Place: Charlestown Community Centre Frederick Street Charlestown

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/start-your-own-business-charlestown-tickets-33031628490?aff=es2

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017
    9.30am - 12.30pmHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr St, Kurri Kurri

    Australian Tax Office Workshop - Overview of topics covered:

    Hobby or business business structure, Registering your business, Goods and Services Tax, Pay as you go instalments, Pay as you go withholding, Other Tax liabilities and credits, Income and deductions, Small business benchmarks, Record Keeping, Business Activity Statement, Superannuation, Closing your business, Further help and Assistance

    Phone: 4936 2557 to Register

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017
    9:00am - 5:00pm AESTThe Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King Street Newcastle

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

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

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

    Tickets: FREE

    Register: The Rippler Effect

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017
    11am - 12pmHunter Region Business Hub Cnr Barton & Merthyr Sts, Kurri Kurri

    Free Info Session

    Trent is a business banker with a passion for helping his customers grow their business. Having been previously self employed, Trent understands both the challenges and highs that running your own show entails.

    We'll look at what you need to focus on by looking at what lenders want to see. No death by powerpoint here, just some simple truths to help you position your business better to get that funding you need to survive & succeed.

    Whether you are just starting out or looking to triple your revenue this year, business funding will be required at different times to help you manage your growing cashflow needs. This presentation will help you make better financial decisions and reach your business & personal goals.

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683069245328773/

  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017
    5:45 pmThe Happy Wombat 575 Hunter Street, Newcastle

    HBWN invites you to an evening of health, fitness and networking in one of Newcastle's friendly and comfortable restaurant bar, with our special guest speaker, Scott Hingston.

    Scott has been a personal trainer and lifestyle motivator for 12 years, commencing in Sydney, and then returning home to Newcastle. The way health and fitness impacts on your every day life is why he is so passionate about what he does. Scott is highly regarded in his field to the point where he was an assistant coach on the Channel 10 show Biggest Loser.

    He will provide you with advice and motivation to set goals aligned to success in order to help you achieve a work life balance.

    Our venue is The Happy Wombat. Enjoy a 2 course meal that meets all dietary requirements and a glass of champagne on arrival.

    When: Wednesday 14 June 2017, registration from 5.45pm.

    Where: The Happy Wombat 575 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300

    Tickets:
    • $55 for 2017 financial members
    • $65 for non-members and guest

    Prices includes booking fee

    RSVP: Friday 9 June 2017

    Book Now. We hope to see you there!

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017
    10:30 amHunter Region Business Hub Cnr Barton & Merthyr Sts, Kurri Kurri

    Are you thinking about starting or buying a business but don’t know where to start?
    You are invited to attend a free
    Small Business Start-Up information session

    The Hubs Business Advisor, Kate Murphy,
    will present the following topics and answer your questions
    • What is research?
    • Commercial leases, council approvals for home based businesses
    • Business structures
    • Applying for an ABN & Name Registration
    • Business Insurance
    • Business Planning
    • What are the Costs?
    • What will it be like?

    Next session
    Thursday 15th June 10:30am
    at the Hunter Region Business Hub
    cnr Barton and Merthyr Street Kurri Kurri
    Please phone 4936 2557 to register or
    Email reception@hunterregionbec.com.au

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017
    4:00 pmPalfreyman Chartered Accountants, 198 Vincent St, Cessnock

    Palfreyman Chartered Accountant would like to invite you to attend our complimentary superannuation update seminar on Thursday 15th June at 4pm to be held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. This seminar is open to all members of the community who wish to keep up to date with the latest in superannuation changes. We will be discussing how these changes will affect employers, employees, SMSF and business owners so there is something for everyone. Be quick to secure your spot as places are limited.

    Come along and bring with you any questions you might have, we will be more than happy to help out those who ask.

    Tea, Coffee and refreshments will be available.

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

    Free, register now.

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017
    7.15 - 8.30amThe George Tavern Greenhills 5 Molly Morgan Drive, Maitland

    Steve Owen is an executive business coach with over 20 years of experience in leading and managing people and teams to the achievement of targets with improved productivity. Steve is also a member of our Rotary Club and is now in official partnership with Asthma Australia, and negotiating with the Lung Foundation and Australian Physiotherapy. With his business partner, who has just returned from a trip to China, Steve is developing a Community Benefit Program. He will be speaking to us about what the current research and what they hope to do in our local and national community.
    Kids and families are more than welcome. Join us for breakfast and a good time!

     

    Book now:

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017
    Wed
    21
    Jun
    2017
    Tuesday – 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Wednesday – 8:30 am to 2:30 pmSite Safe Meeting Place – Unit 5, 163-167 Brighton Ave, Toronto NSW

    All of us and our businesses are challenged by digital disruption and innovation. This bootcamp is to help you take these concepts head on. In just two half day sessions you will have a transformational experience to the digital world.

    World-class expertise brought to your doorstep.

    $100 per attendee

    Venue:
    Site Safe Meeting Place – Unit 5, 163-167 Brighton Ave, Toronto NSW 2283

    DAY 1

    20th June – Tuesday – 2:00pm to 7:00pm

    • Small Business Digital Readiness
    • Customer Personas & Buying Cycle

    DAY 2

    21st June – Wednesday – 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

    • Design Thinking & Lean Start Up
    • Growth Hacking For Small Business

    Contact:
    bc@netstripes.com

    1300 108 880

    Bookings: https://www.netstripes.com/product/digital-bootcamp-toronto/

  • Wed
    21
    Jun
    2017
    6:30 pmHunter TAFE - Kurri Kurri Campus McLeod Road, Kurri Kurri

    August 2017 is our 25th anniversary.
    As an early celebration we have asked Christine Atkins,
    our 2016 business woman of the year to
    talk about her journey
    to being identified as one of
    our Hunter Valley female business leaders
    Please come along and help us to celebrate

    Date Wednesday 21st June 2017
    Time 6.30pm
    Address Hunter Valley Hotel Academy, Block BB, Kurri Kurri TAFE Campus McLeod Rd Kurri Kurri
    1st Building on your left as you drive through the gates
    Cost $50 for a 2 Course Dinner
    RSVP Wednesday 14th June 2017
    Phone 4936 2557
    Email Reception@hunterregionbec.com.au

  • Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017
    5:30 pmPeterson House Cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

    Peterson House & Balloon Aloft invite you to the June Hospitality Get Together at Peterson House.

    Please join us for some drinks, food and balloon tethering on Thursday 22nd June from 5:30pm, at:

    Peterson House
    Cnr Broke Road & Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin

    Please RSVP by Monday 19th June, to:
    Shane Henwood - Cellar Door Manager
    02 4998 7881 or shanehenwood@petersonhouse.com.au

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017
    10am-1pm6 Beaumont St, Islington

    MEDIA WORKSHOP
    With Andreza

    All women are welcome
    Saturday 24 June 2017
    10am - 1pm
    The Women's Room - 6 Beaumont St Islington

    How can we use the media for taking a message to wide and diverse audiences? Let’s get together to discuss the use of online and offline channels for finding our voice, influencing perception, and gaining more public support.

    We’ll talk about the media landscape and how to craft media messages, write effective media releases, talk to journalists and how to engage with social networks.

    Bring your ideas, questions and we’ll have a merry Saturday filled with food for thought. Book now

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    ABOUT ANDREZA: With nearly ten years’ experience in the fields of Marketing and Communications, I’ve been exposed to a range of organisations, information systems and business cultures – locally and internationally. Trained as a journalist, I have also worked in public relations, corporate and online media, knowing how to build positive brand reputation and engage with the public.

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    10am-12pmBroughtons at the Bay D'ALBORA Marinas Nelson Bay, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay

    Join our team of Industry Experts for this 2 hour interactive Workshop where they will share with you actionable tips and tricks on how to better your Business!
    Topics:
    Kathryn Rimmer - Goal Setting, "Skill or Will"
    Nerin Chappell - Effective Task and Information Management.
    Peta Cussell - Gaining the most out of your staff
    Karen Harris - The Importance of Keeping Good Financial Records
    Kylie Smiley - 5 social media marketing tips to save time and keep you on track for success.

    Tickets $25, Book online now.

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    9.30am-12pmNoahs on the Beach Cnr of Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street Newcastle

    The seminar covers recent amendments to legislation, as well as recent case law, for duties, grants, land tax and payroll tax. Any proposed changes as a result of the state budget will also be discussed.

     

    Book now

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    9.30am-12pmNoahs on the Beach Cnr of Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street Newcastle

    The seminar covers recent amendments to legislation, as well as recent case law, for duties, grants, land tax and payroll tax. Any proposed changes as a result of the state budget will also be discussed.

     

    Book now

  • Tue
    04
    Jul
    2017
    4:00 pm – 6:30 pmBest Western Hunter Gateway 11 Denton Park Dr, (Hunter Room) Rutherford

    This is a must attend workshop for every small business owner and startup. It will help you save years of messing around by trial and error.

    Key Concepts Covered:

    • Importance of customer personas
    • Understanding your customers buying cycle
    • 3 ways to develop customer personas
    • Strategising based on your customer buying cycle.
    • Converting customer needs into products and services based on personas and their buying cycle.

    This is a 2.5 hours workshop on customer personas and buying cycle which will help small business owners and startups to understand their customers better in order to fulfil their needs.

    One of the most important success factors for any business is to understand: who our ideal customers are, understand their needs, their buying behaviour of customers, the way they buy, what they look for and how. As businesses, we can serve them and build trust and loyalty way before they start checking online for products or services.

    Learn what the big businesses do from one of the authorities on Small Business innovation and digital readiness, CEO of NetStripes, Dinesh De Silva, on “Succeeding online” by understanding your ‘Customer Buying Cycle & Customer Personas’.

    Join this interactive session where you can ask questions and meet other like-minded business owners and startups.

    KEY NOTE PRESENTER

    Dinesh is the founder & CEO of NetStripes

    $25 book now.

  • Tue
    04
    Jul
    2017
    5:45 pmCentral Charlestown Leagues Club 8 Bula Street, Charlestown

    Are you a local business looking to grow your business and build professional relationships?

    Join us for networking, guest speakers, social events ​and workshops in a friendly and relaxed environment!

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    5.45pm - Doors open: casual networking (introduce yourself to others, place your cards on the networking table,grab a drink from the bar and set up any promotional displays).
    6.15pm - Round Robin - Business Introductions
    6.45pm: Business presentation - Jacquie Garrett - Indie Recruitment
    6.50pm: Guest speaker & Q&A - SEO with Kate Toon
    + relaxed business networking
    7.05pm: Finger food dinner & casual networking

    Our events are VERY casual, you can arrive or leave at anytime.
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    Please feel free to advertise your business on our page
    www.facebook.com/newcastlebiznetworking
    and our group
    www.facebook.com/groups/NewcastleHunterValleyNetworking

  • Tue
    04
    Jul
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    Cost: $25 per ticket.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

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

  • Tue
    04
    Jul
    2017
    Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017
    Tuesday – 1:00pm to 6:30pm, Wednesday- 8:00am to 1:30pm Best Western Hunter Gateway 11 Denton Park Dr, (Hunter Room) Rutherford

    All of us and our businesses are challenged by digital disruption and innovation. This bootcamp is to help you take these concepts head on. In just two half day sessions you will have a transformational experience to the digital world.

    World-class expertise brought to your doorstep.

    $100 per attendee

    Venue:
    Best Western Hunter Gateway
    11 Denton Park Dr, (Hunter Room)
    Rutherford 2320

    DAY 1

    4th July – Tuesday – 1:00pm to 6:30pm

    • Small Business Digital Readiness
    • Customer Personas & Buying Cycle

    DAY 2

    5th July – Wednesday- 8:00am to 1:30pm

    • Design Thinking & Lean Start Up
    • Growth Hacking For Small Business

    Contact:
    bc@netstripes.com

    1300 108 880

    Bookings: https://www.netstripes.com/product/digital-bootcamp-in-maitland/

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017
    11am-1.30pmBest Western Hunter Gateway 11 Denton Park Dr, (Hunter Room) Rutherford

    Ideal for business who are serious about growing their customer base using some of the most innovative and affordable techniques available through technology.

    Key Concepts Covered

    • What is growth hacking and why it is must for every small business?

    • Growth hacking strategies for small businesses

    • Growth hacking for startups

    • 5 ways to achieve viral growth

    Growth hacking is for any business who is serious about growth.

    This is a 2.5 hours workshop on Growth hacking a widely used process by successful businesses for rapid experimentation across marketing channels and multiple strategies to identify the most effective and efficient ways to grow a business. Growth hacking is a process of rapid experimentation across marketing channels and product development to identify the most effective and efficient ways to grow a business.

    The concept is based on combining marketing knowledge technology, product development and data analytics to create a system to achieve viral growth.

    We will also discuss how to get started, to decide on strategies and measure it.

    KEY NOTE PRESENTER

    Dinesh is the founder & CEO of NetStripes

    $25 book now.

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017
    8am-10.30amBest Western Hunter Gateway 11 Denton Park Dr, (Hunter Room) Rutherford

    This is for startups and established businesses who are looking for the recipe to create rapid and lasting demand for their products and services.

    Key Concept Cover:

    – Innovation principles for every business

    – 4 Priorities & 4 characteristics of the best innovators in the world

    – Design thinking & lean startup model to bulletproof your business

    – Validation board: Principles and Practice

    2.5 hours workshop to understand a very important concept for any business, established or startup on how best to become an agile and innovative business.

    You will also be introduced to validation board, which, is vital to convert your business idea into a tested product or service within a week and also remove any incorrect assumptions from your business model which can be damaging. It is based on testing assumptions businesses make and finding the wrong assumptions as fast as possible. This is so our businesses and startup ideas can succeed as quick as possible opposed to ending up with little or no success after months of hard work.

    KEY NOTE PRESENTER

    Dinesh is the founder & CEO of NetStripes

    $25 book now.

  • Thu
    06
    Jul
    2017
    10:30 amHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr St, Kurri Kurri

    Do you have a business idea?

    Would you like to have your own business but don’t know where to start?

    The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) may be the answer

    NEIS provides you with support to start your own business, including:

    • Training in Small Business Management
    • Mentoring and advice for twelve months
    • Financial support during the first nine months of operations (subject to eligibility criteria)

    Would you like to know more?

    If you want to turn your dream into a reality, come along to learn how NEIS may be able to assist you.

    The NEIS facilitator, Kate Murphy, will be available afterwards to discuss

    your business ideas with you.


    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration


     

  • Fri
    07
    Jul
    2017
    10.30am - 12.30pmINNX - Hunter Design School 61 Parry Street Newcastle West

    Business Leaders Mentoring with Craig Rispin

    Craig Rispin has been providing highly customised mentoring to his business leaders clients for over 18 years. Learn about trends impacting business and get your questions answers.

    What will be covered?

    Content is bespoke with 50% of learning covering something you should know - and 50% of your specific needs, projects and questions answered.
    At a minimum during this year the program will cover:

    • Positioning yourself and your company as a thought leader
    • Developing your unique intellectual property
    • Expanding your network with other senior executives
    • Easy-to-use automation tools to leverage your entire company’s time and effectiveness
    • Reducing marketing costs while increasing high-quality leads for your sales team
    • Systems to drive your personal productivity
    • Creating new income streams and launching new products and/or services

    Book now for free

  • Fri
    07
    Jul
    2017
    1:00 pmNewcastle Cruising Yacht Club Level 1 95 Hannell Street Wickham
    Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program Founder and CEO, Greg Mowbray, will present a one day training program on what it takes to go from managing to leading.
    The program is based around the book, 'Road Rules for Leadership'.
    Topics included are
    • Manager vs leading - what's the difference?
    • The importance of effective leadership in all organisations
    • Quantifying the need for change
    • Identifying areas for change
    • A model to base your leadership development on
    • An action plan for change
    Morning tea and lunch are included.
    The Manager 2 Leader program is ideal for people new to managing and those who need some assistance in order to step up and take more responsibility. Experienced managers will take away a blueprint for accelerating their progress from manager to leader.

    Greg Mowbray is a leadership expert, consultant, trainer, speaker and author.

    He has developed the Licence to Lead program as a result of his passion for inspiring managers to step up and become leaders, and inspiring leaders to become outstanding leaders.

    Greg has experience in small, medium and large organisations, in both public and private sectors across a broad range of industry sectors. His clients include local, national and international companies. He has a Masters Degree in Medical Science, is recognised as a Certified Practising Marketer and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, the International Coach Federation and the National Speakers Association of Australia.

    Through key note speaking, training and mentoring, Greg inspires positive change in the people he works with.

    For more information on the Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program click here

    Book now $595

  • Tue
    11
    Jul
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    Presenter
    Alex Nicolaidis is the sole director of Booksmart Accounting Solutions, a dedicated and professional business woman, bringing a wealth of knowledge in the accounting industry. Alex has completed a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Newcastle and was an Accountant for 4.5 years at two local accounting firms before taking the leap of faith and establishing Booksmart in late 2014.

    Alex believes the bookkeeping industry is in the middle of a great automation evolution. Booksmart’s client base is 95% Xero-based and she loves to show that bookwork isn’t so scary or time consuming - it can actually be very easy with the right advice.

    Cost: $45 per ticket

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

  • Thu
    13
    Jul
    2017
    1pm-2pmThree76 Hub 376 Hunter Street Newcastle

    Ever wondered what social entrepreneurship is? Well, meet Jacqueline Haines. After a decade or more of running a heavy industrial project management company, she’s now turning her hand to setting up an enterprise which has a more social and intimate focus. With the tagline ‘We’re for(e)play’, her startup vavven.org is looking to disrupt the $15b global sex toy industry from its Mayfield base by selling ethically produced products as well as using the brand to promote gender issues. Vavven also gives back by donating a third of its profits to aid organisations that champion sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world. Come along and hear from Jacqueline about the unique challenges facing founders of social enterprises, and what the future has in store for Vavven.

    About Startup Stories

    Startup Stories takes place every Thursday from 1pm at University of Newcastle's coworking space Three76 Hub on Hunter Street. Over BYO lunch, a startup founder talks candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region.

    Program Partners

    UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program funding.

    Book now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/startup-stories-jacqueline-haines-vavvenorg-tickets-35224880566?aff=es2

  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

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

    What you'll learn

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

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

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

    Presenter

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

    Cost: $45 per ticket.


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

  • Wed
    19
    Jul
    2017
    2pm to 5pmMcIntyre Theatrette Newcastle Museum 6 Workshop Way Newcastle

    Find out what the 2016 Census of Population and Housing tells us about ourselves, our communities and Australia.

    Every five years the Census provides a snapshot of Australia. Census data are used by individuals, organisations and governments to make informed decisions on policy and planning issues that affect the lives of all Australians.

    The Seminar will include a 45-minute overview of:

    • 2016 Census results
    • Key findings specific to the seminar locations
    • Understanding Census data.

    Data specialists will also be available after the presentation to provide product support and guidance.

    For media inquiries, please go to the ABS Media Centre.

    Book now

     

    Can’t make it to a seminar

    At least one seminar in each capital city will be webcast. Details coming soon.

    Seminar webcasts will be recorded and available on the ABS YouTube channel after the event.

  • Thu
    20
    Jul
    2017
    10:30 amHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr St, Kurri Kurri

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

    You are invited to attend a free

    Small Business Start-Up information session


    Hunter Region Business Hubs  Advisor, Kate Murphy,

    will present the following topics and answer your questions

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

    Address: Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration

  • Mon
    24
    Jul
    2017
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pmNovotel Newcastle Beach 5 King Street Newcastle

    In a recent survey conducted by Software of Excellence, 80% of dental practices said they did not know enough about their business performance. This seminar offers a step-by-step guide to understanding the potential in your business, tracking the Key Performance Indicators that really matter, setting realistictargets to increase revenues and how to task individuals and teams to guarantee results.

    CPD Learning Objectives

    • Understand the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that you should focus on to meet both your business and individual objectives;
    • Identify targets for each job role based on industry benchmarks; and
    • Understand the key daily tasks that drive performance in each role

    This seminar provides hands-on advice on the most effective way to transform your dental practice’s performance ensuring your business reaches its full potential in 2017.

    Who should attend?

    • Principal Dentists
    • Business Owners
    • Practice Managers

    Time and Cost

    Our FREE-TO-ATTEND seminars qualify for 1.5 CPD hours

    6:30pm: Seminar starts (registration and light refreshments from 6pm)

    8:00pm: Seminar concludes

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/newcastle-24-july-2017-using-your-data-to-transform-practice-performance-tickets-30536323967?aff=es2

     

  • Mon
    31
    Jul
    2017
    10am-4pmThe Nelson Resort 3 Government Road Nelson Bay

    Imagine your sales process was highly effective and efficient….what would you do with all your spare time ?

    This book breaks down the myths and gives you a step by step process to have an effective and simple sales strategy plan to increase your profits in any business.

    Join us for an Interactive Two day workshop where you will be

    Identifying and planning your Businesses Sales Strategy for success…..and for freeing up your time…..for important stuff like travel!

    Bonus:

    Also, provides you with a foundation document to keep you on track with your sales strategy & success

    Book now:

  • Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017
    10:00am - 12:00pm6 Dick Street Newcastle

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    Cost: $25 per ticket.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Government under the Business Connect program.

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

  • Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017
    2-3pmCessnock Performing Arts Centre 198 Vincent St Cessnock

    Worried about employment prospects? Why not create your own job by starting a business?

    This free session supports anybody who is considering starting up a business or has a business idea they want to explore it further. We will provide you with essential information to start your own business.

    Learn how to identify critical issues and make the right decisions as you prepare to start your business.

    Session topics include:
    Questions to ask yourself before you start
    Check that your business idea is going to work
    How much money do you need to set up and run your business?
    Write a business plan
    Legal requirements
    Advice and support for your business
    Grants and help for your new business.

    After the session you may wish to explore the free business support services offered by Hunter Futurepreneurs Program.

    Contact Cheryl Royle
    Entrepreneurship Facilitator – Hunter Region
    M: 0407 991 277 E: Cheryl@thefinerline.com.au

    Free Tickets

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017
    10:30 amHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr St, Kurri Kurri

    Do you have a business idea?

    Would you like to have your own business but don’t know where to start?

    The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) may be the answer

    NEIS provides you with support to start your own business, including:

    • Training in Small Business Management
    • Mentoring and advice for twelve months
    • Financial support during the first nine months of operations (subject to eligibility criteria)

    Would you like to know more?

    If you want to turn your dream into a reality, come along to learn how NEIS may be able to assist you.

    The NEIS facilitator, Kate Murphy, will be available afterwards to discuss

    your business ideas with you.


    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration


     

  • Fri
    04
    Aug
    2017
    7:00 amWests City - NEX Cnr King & Union Streets Newcastle West

    Youth Employment: The path ahead for the Hunter

    The next event in the HRF Centre's 30th anniversary Hunter Economic Breakfast Series will focus on youth employment and the path ahead for the Hunter.

    Australia's future prosperity relies upon the full participation of young people in the economy, as creators, entrepreneurs and innovators. The most recent economic data show that the Hunter’s unemployment rate stands at 5.5%, while youth unemployment is almost double this rate at 10.9%.

    So what does that mean for the Hunter economy and for local businesses, government and the community sector?

    Join 270+ other guests on 4 August and be informed, challenged, inspired and connect.

    Our keynote speaker will highlight seven new job clusters to help young people navigate the new work order, and discuss the urgent need to shift mindsets in our approach to jobs, careers and work.

    A panel of experts will bring a Hunter perspective and respond to the keynote presentation. And the quarterly economic report on the region by the HRF Centre's lead economist will feature a special segment on youth employment.

    Speakers:
    Maggie HillFoundation for Young Australians - The New Work Mindset
    Anthea Bill, PhD HRF Centre - Hunter Economic Update and Youth Employment
    Expert panel including Geoff Crews, Forsythes Recruitment

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

    Thank you to our event partner: Dept. of Employment (Job Active) and Forsythes Recruitment

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

    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hrf-centre-2017-economic-breakfast-4-august-2017-tickets-35391245167?utm_campaign=claim_tickets_1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=claim_tickets_listing_title

  • Fri
    04
    Aug
    2017
    1:00 pmNewcastle Cruising Yacht Club Level 1 95 Hannell Street Wickham
    Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program Founder and CEO, Greg Mowbray, will present a one day training program on what it takes to go from managing to leading.
    The program is based around the book, 'Road Rules for Leadership'.
    Topics included are
    • Manager vs leading - what's the difference?
    • The importance of effective leadership in all organisations
    • Quantifying the need for change
    • Identifying areas for change
    • A model to base your leadership development on
    • An action plan for change
    Morning tea and lunch are included.
    The Manager 2 Leader program is ideal for people new to managing and those who need some assistance in order to step up and take more responsibility. Experienced managers will take away a blueprint for accelerating their progress from manager to leader.

    Greg Mowbray is a leadership expert, consultant, trainer, speaker and author.

    He has developed the Licence to Lead program as a result of his passion for inspiring managers to step up and become leaders, and inspiring leaders to become outstanding leaders.

    Greg has experience in small, medium and large organisations, in both public and private sectors across a broad range of industry sectors. His clients include local, national and international companies. He has a Masters Degree in Medical Science, is recognised as a Certified Practising Marketer and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, the International Coach Federation and the National Speakers Association of Australia.

    Through key note speaking, training and mentoring, Greg inspires positive change in the people he works with.

    For more information on the Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program click here

    Book now $595

  • Wed
    09
    Aug
    2017
    7:15 amNEX (Wests City), Cnr King St & Union Street, Newcastle West

    Harvard Business Review says that if you’ve tried introducing a new idea into your organisation – especially an abstract idea like sustainability, diversity or innovativeness – you know it’s tough. People may ignore your concept, rubbish it or even steal it. Participate in this session to learn some of the latest insights about employee engagement.

     

    RSVP: Monday 7 August 2017

     

    Register

  • Wed
    09
    Aug
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmScone Motor Inn, 55 Kelly Street, Scone

    Create an e-newsletter template to build relationships with your customers

    More than 15 million people and businesses around the world use Mailchimp for their marketing emails. It integrates with hundreds of popular apps for business including Wordpress, Eventbrite, Facebook and Google. Mailchimp’s base subscription is free and allows you to perform lots of useful marketing actions to grow your customer base.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Sign up for a free Mailchimp account
    • Import or add contacts to contact lists
    • Create an email or newsletter template
    • Send an email or newsletter through Mailchimp
    • Add a sign up box to your website
    • Link Mailchimp to your social media accounts
    • Analyse the results of your campaigns to improve your campaign
    • Enhance your content

    Who should attend?

    Mailchimp beginners and people looking for a clever, cost effective tool to manage email marketing.

    What to Bring
    Laptop with Internet access capabilities

    Presenter
    Jelinda Millgate is the Business Centre’s Regional Business Advisor for the Upper & Lower Hunter Regions. Jelinda is an experienced small business marketer and holds a MBA with a specialisation in Marketing, from University of Newcastle.

    Cost: $45

    Register Here

  • Mon
    14
    Aug
    2017
    10:00am - 12:00pmThe Business Centre 6 Dick Street Newcastle

    Women on start-up boards

    A start-up with a dynamic and productive board can take your business vision to the next level. They can also be a stressful and unwelcome intrusion. In this workshop, Melanie shares her board and business experience with female founders to help them create boards that stimulate bold ideas that not only encourage business scalability, but add value to the economy and community.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • What a Board does and how it can attract investment in your start-up
    • How to build a successful board from the beginning
    • How to attract and recruit great board members
    • Common challenges that affect Start-up boards and how to solve them
    • How female founders can change board culture to drive innovation in the global economy

    Who should attend?

    • Start-up founders thinking about their board role for the first time
    • Women with board experience, but looking to join a start-up board
    • Professionals with interest in the start-up sector​

    Presenter

    Melanie Nicholson partners with Entrepreneurs, CEOs and small business owners to help them create dynamic culture, boards and systems. In June 2017, she was elected President/Chair of Regional Angels, a board that works together to help regional based start-ups grow and scale. Melanie also sits on the board at Roost Creative, a co-working space in Newcastle. Melanie’s distinctive life journey gives her the ability to create “out of the box solutions” for leaders wanting to grow and thrive in a culture of prosperity.

    Cost: $45

    Register Here

  • Tue
    15
    Aug
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

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

    What you'll learn

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

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

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

    Presenter

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

    Cost: $45 per ticket.


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

  • Wed
    16
    Aug
    2017
    6:30 pmThe Production Hub 3 Crown street, Newcastle

    Join us at The Production Hub for an evening of networking and honest conversation about our business highs and lows. (Guest speaker TBC).

    You'll also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the likeminded passionate and driven women that make up our community, and to make real connections while enjoying some delicious food with a glass of wine.

    You can attend our events on a casual basis or choose the Grow Membership which includes entry to all After Dark events, the Christmas party and SoarCon.

    Soar Collective connects and supports Australia's regional businesswomen of calibre through online community, authentic networking events and practical workshops.


    We look forward to seeing you there!

     

  • Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017
    10:30 amHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr St, Kurri Kurri

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

    You are invited to attend a free

    Small Business Start-Up information session


    Hunter Region Business Hubs  Advisor, Kate Murphy,

    will present the following topics and answer your questions

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

    Address: Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration

  • Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017
    2:30 pmNovotel 5 King St, Newcastle

    Over the last 10 years Dale Beaumont has personally trained over 50,000 people to achieve business success.

    As a result, many of Dale’s clients have now become multi-millionaires, while others have achieved complete lifestyle freedom – a business that runs, without the owner.

    During this time, Dale has refined his methodology into 52 “tried and tested” strategies.

    Now for the first time ever, Dale is going to share all 52 Ways and he’s going to do it all in just one day. And, for a limited time, this brand-new event is 100% free.

    NOTE: This event will be unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s open to all current and aspiring business owners that are ready to achieve breakthrough results.

    Book free tickets now: https://52ways.com/?utm_campaign=52W%20170817%20NC&utm_source=Facebook%20Event&utm_medium=social

  • Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017
    9am-3pmCessnock Plaza

    The Small Biz Bus will be parked in the Cessnock Plaza carpark Thursday, 17 August 2017 between 9am -3pm. Small businesses can book a FREE session with an advisor by calling 1300 134 359 or by visiting www.industry.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect.

    If you are starting a business, find out more about how the NSW Government supports businesses.

    If you want to grow your business, find out more about how the NSW Government supports businesses.

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017
    10am-12pmSingleton

    Are you selling yourself short? One of the most common mistakes in business is undercharging for your products or services. Our Pricing for Profit workshop will demystify pricing jargon and help you get your products and services priced for the profit you want.

    Take control of your profit by understanding how to calculate your breakeven point and what this means for your business. By learning how to be smart with your numbers, you ensure a sustainable future for your business.

    Workshop topics:

    • Pricing – getting your products and services priced for turnover and profit
    • What is Minimal Viable Product (MVP)?
    • Viability – understanding the simple numbers on how to reach breakeven.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-numbers-pricing-for-profit-singleton-tickets-33416578887?aff=es2

     

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    What are you, your products or services worth?

    One of the most difficult things for newly formed small business to do is to set 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 will demystify the topic of pricing and demonstrate its importance in business planning and growth.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    Who should attend?

    Small business owners, either starting or established who need guidance on how to price their goods or services.

    Presenter

    Craig Toyne is the Accounting Director of Newcastle based Rethink Financial Group. Craig bases his business on being customer focused and communicating to clients in plain language.

    Parking

    Metered parking is available directly in front of the building on King Street (free after 5pm).

    Cost: $45

    Register Here

  • Tue
    29
    Aug
    2017
    10:30 amCnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW

    NEIS information sessions

    Do you have a business idea?

    Would you like to have your own business but don’t know where to start?

    The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) may be the answer

    NEIS provides you with support to start your own business, including:

    • Training in Small Business Management
    • Mentoring and advice for twelve months
    • Financial support during the first nine months of operations (subject to eligibility criteria)

    Would you like to know more?

    If you want to turn your dream into a reality, come along to learn how NEIS may be able to assist you.

    The NEIS facilitator, Kimberlie Clare-Campbell, will be available afterwards to discuss your business ideas with you.

    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017
    6.30pm for 7.15pm until 10.30pmNEX (Wests City), Cnr King St & Union Street, Newcastle West

    The Hunter Business Awards are Australia’s most prestigious regional business awards. They acknowledge and promote the role of member businesses in the region’s business growth.

     

    Tickets are on sale, register now.

     

    Register

  • Tue
    05
    Sep
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    Cost: $25 per ticket.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

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

  • Thu
    07
    Sep
    2017
    10:30 amHunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Cnr Barton and Merthyr St, Kurri Kurri

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

    You are invited to attend a free

    Small Business Start-Up information session


    Hunter Region Business Hubs  Advisor, Kate Murphy,

    will present the following topics and answer your questions

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

    Address: Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration

  • Thu
    07
    Sep
    2017
    1:00 pmNewcastle Cruising Yacht Club Level 1 95 Hannell Street Wickham
    Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program Founder and CEO, Greg Mowbray, will present a one day training program on what it takes to go from managing to leading.
    The program is based around the book, 'Road Rules for Leadership'.
    Topics included are
    • Manager vs leading - what's the difference?
    • The importance of effective leadership in all organisations
    • Quantifying the need for change
    • Identifying areas for change
    • A model to base your leadership development on
    • An action plan for change
    Morning tea and lunch are included.
    The Manager 2 Leader program is ideal for people new to managing and those who need some assistance in order to step up and take more responsibility. Experienced managers will take away a blueprint for accelerating their progress from manager to leader.

    Greg Mowbray is a leadership expert, consultant, trainer, speaker and author.

    He has developed the Licence to Lead program as a result of his passion for inspiring managers to step up and become leaders, and inspiring leaders to become outstanding leaders.

    Greg has experience in small, medium and large organisations, in both public and private sectors across a broad range of industry sectors. His clients include local, national and international companies. He has a Masters Degree in Medical Science, is recognised as a Certified Practising Marketer and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, the International Coach Federation and the National Speakers Association of Australia.

    Through key note speaking, training and mentoring, Greg inspires positive change in the people he works with.

    For more information on the Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program click here

    Book now $595

  • Wed
    13
    Sep
    2017
    10am-12pmCharlestown

    Are you selling yourself short? One of the most common mistakes in business is undercharging for your products or services. Our Pricing for Profit workshop will demystify pricing jargon and help you get your products and services priced for the profit you want.

    Take control of your profit by understanding how to calculate your breakeven point and what this means for your business. By learning how to be smart with your numbers, you ensure a sustainable future for your business.

    Workshop topics:

    • Pricing – getting your products and services priced for turnover and profit
    • What is Minimal Viable Product (MVP)?
    • Viability – understanding the simple numbers on how to reach breakeven.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    $25

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-numbers-pricing-for-profit-charlestown-tickets-33416639067?aff=es2

     

  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    10:30 amCnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW

    NEIS information sessions

    Do you have a business idea?

    Would you like to have your own business but don’t know where to start?

    The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) may be the answer

    NEIS provides you with support to start your own business, including:

    • Training in Small Business Management
    • Mentoring and advice for twelve months
    • Financial support during the first nine months of operations (subject to eligibility criteria)

    Would you like to know more?

    If you want to turn your dream into a reality, come along to learn how NEIS may be able to assist you.

    The NEIS facilitator, Kimberlie Clare-Campbell, will be available afterwards to discuss your business ideas with you.

    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration

  • Fri
    22
    Sep
    2017
    7:00 pmCessnock Leagues Club 1 Darwin Street, Cessnock

    At the Gala Awards Dinner the winners of the 24th Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards 2017 will be presented.

    Spend the evening celebrating the success of all businesses showcased by the awards. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with other business owners.

    The evening includes:

    • Champagne and canapés on arrival
    • Two-course meal (Drinks are not included and can be purchased at the cash-only bar. No eftpos facilities available.)
    • Keynote speaker is international profiling and communications specialist Alan Stevens who harnesses the power of reading people to persuade and influence outcomes.

    Date:     Friday, September 22

    Time:     7pm

    Dress:    Cocktail

    Venue:  Cessnock Leagues Club 1 Darwin Street, Cessnock

    Cost:      $120 each (including GST) $1080 for a table of 10 in one transaction (including GST)

    RSVP     with payment by September 8 via

    email: reception@huntervalleyhub.com.au

    or

    mail: PO Box 195 Kurri Kurri NSW 2327

    or

    phone   4936 2557.

    Click here for attendance form

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    1:00 pm – 4:30 pmCheryl Flett Portrait 5 Omaru Close Nords Wharf
    This hands on - up close Photography Workshop is perfect if you would like to know how to photograph your products & services in a way that evokes a warm & fuzzy feeling without the stark, clinical, white look of a catalogue or just generic stock photos
    .
    This course will help you photograph your products and services with styling in a simple easy way and on a budget.
    How does it relate to a service? - Say you are a natural Therapy Practitioner, Motivator, Blogger & you use some beautiful tools to decorate your space or in your every day practices or subjects your write about on Social Media. This Workshop will show you how to photograph in a way that evokes more understanding & feeling of how you work. You get to be more creative!
    You will learn “hack” ideas to make something look amazing & inviting. I will show you the behind the scenes tricks for some great images
    .
    You will learn simple easy LIGHTING HACKS to show case your products. You won’t need to buy expensive photography lighting.
    CAMERA GEAR – I will give you some ideas on what to buy that will get you the results you want on a budget. You don’t need expensive camera gear.
    Cost $150.00
    There’s a limit of 6 seats in each Workshop – so be quick to book your seat. Limited upcoming Workshop dates.
    Dates 9th Sep or 23rd Sep. 1.00pm to 4.30pm
    Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements. Light snack provided. Gluten Free options available. Coco quench Milk Option supplied.
    Need more Information? - Phone Cheryl on 0414 822 844

    FAQs

    Is there a photography skill level required?

    No skill level necessary. Beginners welcome.

    What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

    On street parking available. Own transport

    What can I bring into the event?

    A digital Camera, if you have one. (Not compulsory). Notepads & pens provided.

    Dress Requirement?

    Casual comfy clothes.

    How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

    Phone: Cheryl Flett 0414 822 844

    Email: cheryl@cherylflettportrait.com

    What's the refund policy?

    No refund if cancelling under 2 days from event date.

    10% penalty if cancelling with more than 2 days notice.

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    9am-4pmUniversity of Newcastle University Drive Callaghan
    Exploring the ecological, eco-tourism and health benefits of the Richmond Vale Rail Trail 

    Proudly supported by the Donaldson Conservation Trust

    Our conference aims to address the local benefits of an active transport system, and identify areas such as the Richmond Vale Rail Trail that can be converted into a highly utilised system and corridor for active transport.

    The RVRT concept offers walkers, naturalists, bird lovers and conservation students a wonderful chance to observe the scenic beauty and extraordinary ecological diversity along the trail, from the tidal swamps through to the rugged forests of the Sugarloaf Ranges, contained within the Stockrington State Conservation Area.  The RVRT offers a unique opportunity to all, as the gentle gradients along much of the rail trail make it suitable for most fitness and ability levels.

    The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and Pathways to Sustainability (P2S) underpin the themes of this conference by bringing our attention to the benefits such a corridor could bring locally, such as Education and Conservation Studies, Health and Wellbeing, an intuitive trail with links to our Smart City, Recreation as well as the economic benefits through Tourism.

    Join us for a FREE engaging and thought provoking conference on

    Wednesday 27 September 2017

    CT202, Computing and Information Technology Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus (map link below).

    http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/our-environments/our-campuses-and-locations/newcastle/map

    Conference commences at 9am and will conclude around 4.10pm.

    Further details on the conference can be found on our website www.tomfarrellinstitute.org

     

     

    Register

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    10:00am - 12:00pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    Cost: $25 per ticket.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

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

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017
    7:00 pmCessnock Leagues Club 1 Darwin Street Cessnock

    The Cessnock Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Customer Service Awards 2017. The Gala dinner will be held October 6th.

    Date:     Friday, October 6

    Time:     7pm

    Dress:    Cocktail

    Venue:  Cessnock Leagues Club 1 Darwin Street, Cessnock

    For Tickets Customer Service Awards tickets.

     

  • Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pmNewcastle Conservatorium Auckland Street Newcastle

    How can you tell who is really an expert? We cannot easily test them as they know more than we do. Awaiting the outcome of their advice may take days, months, or years; would you wait for five years to determine whether your dentist is effective?

    We make such decisions by evaluating a 'proxy' for an expert’s ability. When looking for a mechanic, we settle on one we can talk to. Among real estate agents, one we feel we can trust. And among scientists, one we can understand. A set of such cues about who is acting 'expert-like' has been programmed into our psyche since childhood. They are signals of authority that are evident in every conversation.

    Professor Wil Rifkin began studying 'expert status' after reading about African witchdoctors as seen by social anthropologists. He has compiled a list of '25 Ways to Spot an Expert', analysing how we tend to determine a voice of authority.

    In this talk he will explain the measure of authority that we give to someone based on our perception of their knowledge, skill, and ability. Insight on this ‘negotiation of expert status’ can help us both in our decision-making to recognise experts and, for those who are subject matter experts themselves, in our dialogue and manner when working with others. In the example above, this talk would be useful for both dentists and their customers!

    About the speaker

    Professor Will Rifkin is Chair of Applied Regional Economics at the Hunter Research Foundation Centre at the University of Newcastle.

    He was former Chair in Social Performance in the Centre for Coal Seam Gas at the University of Queensland in a joint appointment with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. Holding degrees from MIT, Stanford and the University of California – Berkeley, Professor Rifkin is an engineer-turned-sociologist. For 25 years, Professor Rifkin’s focus has been on ethnographic research and experimentation toward improving communication between technical and nontechnical people. He has consulted with major commercial and government organisations in Australia and the United States in areas ranging from ethics to planning to management communication capabilities.

     

    Register for free

  • Fri
    13
    Oct
    2017
    8:30 am – 12:30 pmNeW Space Corner of Hunter and Auckland Streets Newcastle

    China is one of the most valuable contributors to the strength of Australia’s economy and our top trading partner. As a result of this relationship and strong economic ties, there is a need to maintain an understanding of current trends and impacts of China’s strategic and economic initiatives.

    China's Belt and Road Initiative is a major undertaking to connect Asia, Europe and Africa along five routes to enhance stronger economic ties and efficient allocation of resources. Find out what this means for Newcastle's business community by learning about the topic in more depth, as well as gaining insight to the opportunities around trade development, investment and tourism growth.

    Hosted on Level 5 at the stunning new UON City Facility NeW Space, we will be welcomed by Professor Tony Travaglione, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean.

    The event will be structured with two speaker streams focussing on both tourism and trade and investment, with a lively panel discussion at the conclusion of the event.

    Speakers include:

    • Ms Hongbo Wang, Consul (Commerce), Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney (keynote)
    • Dr Hao Tan, Senior Lecturer in International Business and Strategy at the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle
    • Dr Jim Harrowell, New South Wales’ Special Envoy to China
    • Mr Nick Coyle, Executive Director and CEO, Austcham Beijing
    • Ms Tracy Colgan, President, Kamsky Associates
    • Mr Geoff Crowe, CEO, Port of Newcastle
    • Ms Cheng Lei, Anchor, CCTV News, Host of CCTV News Biz Asia
    • Mr Oliver Tams, Travel Partnerships specialist at Think! Procurement
    • Mr David Thomas from Think Global (MC)

    register

  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

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

    What you'll learn

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

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

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

    Presenter

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

    Cost: $45 per ticket.


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

  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017
    9:00 am – 12:30 pm755 Hunter Street Newcastle West

    Have you noticed that many more organisations are asking how to reduce their psychological injury rates, and the increase in media dialogue about how important it is to promote employee mental health & wellbeing? Are you wondering how to actually go about it?

    We all want to create a productive, engaged and resilient workforce, but it can be a struggle to know exactly where to start.

    That’s why we’ve designed our Healthy Heads at Work three-part workshop series to guide you through a structural, practical and integrated process to proactively manage the psychosocial work environment and best support your people to thrive and perform at their peak.

    Workshop 1: Managing Psychosocial Risks

    Tuesday 12th September

    Topics

    • Building an integrated psychological wellbeing framework
    • Preventing psychological injuries

    Who for? Leaders, Managers, HR and WHS Professionals

    Workshop 2: Managing People for Positive Mental Health

    Tuesday 17th October

    Topics

    • Supporting your people to thrive
    • Reducing work stress in your employees

    Who for? Leaders, Managers, HR and WHS Professionals

    Workshop 3: Building Occupational Resilience

    Tuesday 28th November

    Topics

    • Practical training to enhance your resilience
    • Increasing your ability to cope with pressure

    Who for? Anyone who wants to learn about preventing negative effects of work stress & how to adapt to challenge & change.

    Cost

    One workshop $340 per person (including GST)

    Discounted Offer - Book Three workshops for $920 (including GST)

    (This discount can be used for one person to attend all three workshops or for three people to attend one workshop together).

    Your Facilitator

    Traci is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and member of the Australian Psychological Society & College of Organisational Psychologists. Traci has significant experience in the design and delivery of workplace psychological health, resilience & wellbeing interventions across a range of work settings. She has delivered numerous presentations on all matters related to workplace mental health and wellbeing.

    Traci is passionate about championing a workplace within which employees are psychologically well, engaged and supported to perform at their optimum.

    Traci presented an amazing session on Mental Health in the Workplace – she created meaningful and practical take-aways for our attendees who work in a highly emotive & stressful environment. I highly recommend Traci as an engaging and captivating speaker.”

    Adam Blatch, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Australia (May 2017)

    For more information call us on 49253147 or email simone.beer@safetyworks.com.au

  • Thu
    19
    Oct
    2017
    3:00 pm – 7:00 pmNewcastle Jockey Club Darling Street Broadmeadow

    The NHS Trade Expo is back and it's better than ever!

    Designed exclusively for tradies, apprentices, owner builders, and serious DIYers, it's the BIGGEST Expo for the Trade in Newcastle & the Hunter Valley!

    • Leading manufacturers on display
    • Lots of freebies
    • BBQ & drinks
    • Prizes to be WON
    • Interactive demo's
    • EXCLUSIVE Expo ONLY Specials
    • Entertainment
    • 'WIN a Harley' prize will be drawn
    • Exclusive Apprentice only competitions!
    • 1 CPD point per hour of attendance

    REGISTER BEFORE 6 OCTOBER & GO IN THE DRAW TO WIN A PASLODE FRAMEMASTER TOOL PACKAGE WORTH OVER $700!

    Major Sponsors: USG Boral, James Hardie and Hume Doors & Timber

    register

  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    9:00 am – 1:00 pmNikinpa Aboriginal Child & Family Centre 9-13 Beckley Street Toronto

    It's not just an Aboriginal cultural education program, but one designed specifically to assist employers wanting to build a workforce representative of the communities they serve.

    Designed to support any organisation committed to reconciliation and forms a crucial part of any Indigenous employment initiative. This program will help you to improve retention of Indigenous staff by helping your employees, supervisors, and workplaces understand Aboriginal experience and what they can do to make Indigenous employment work.

    The aim is to provide information and perspective on Aboriginal cultures, experience, including the impact of history and trauma, with a focus on its application to Aboriginal employment and your workplace. You will be encouraged to think about how you can apply the learnings in your own workplace to support Aboriginal employment initiatives and staff.

    Lindsay provides a holistic look at Aboriginal cultures, experience, and the workplace. Her dynamic and, at times humorous, presentation style encourages open questioning and discussion.

     

    $99 Register

    What others have said:

    “I learnt so much in 4 hours - I learnt more in the time than any other cultural awareness training ever attended. ”
    — Jenni Allan, CEO, Adssi HomeLiving Australia

    “What has stopped me previously from learning about Aboriginal people was the fact I was frightened I would be made to feel blamed or would feel blame. Thankfully, your presentation was far from blaming anybody. I felt a sense of relief, and the way it was all done took away my anxiety and just opened my mind completely. I have told everybody that would listen what a great workshop and learning experience it was.”
    — Kim, Ranger, Lake Macquarie City Council

    “During my PhD studies at Macquarie University, I attended a cultural awareness training seminar conducted by Lindsay Stanford. Lindsay invited me to her seminar as she thought it might benefit my research, which was on Indigenous issues. The session was incredibly useful. Lindsay is an approachable and forthright woman and the session enabled open conversation about issues relating to Indigenous employment in a comfortable and mutually respectful environment. Personally it gave me deeper insight into the multiple perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, challenging stereotypes and encouraging asking questions rather than making assumptions.
    I highly recommend this training for anyone working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians.”
    — Rebecca Reeve, PhD

  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    9:00am - 1:00pmNikinpa Aboriginal Child & Family Centre 9-13 Beckley Street Toronto, NSW 2283

    Designed to support any organisation committed to reconciliation and forms a crucial part of any Indigenous employment initiative. This program will help you to improve retention of Indigenous staff by helping your employees, supervisors, and workplaces understand Aboriginal experience and what they can do to make Indigenous employment work.

    The aim is to provide information and perspective on Aboriginal cultures, experience, including the impact of history and trauma, with a focus on its application to Aboriginal employment and your workplace. You will be encouraged to think about how you can apply the learnings in your own workplace to support Aboriginal employment initiatives and staff.

    Cost: $99

    Register here

     

  • Wed
    08
    Nov
    2017
    10:30 am – 11:30 amHunter Region Business Hub 99 Barton Street #79 Kurri Kurri

    Worried about employment prospects? Why not create your own job by starting a business?

    This free session supports anybody who is considering starting up a business or has a business idea they want to explore it further. We will provide you with essential information to start your own business.

    Learn how to identify critical issues and make the right decisions as you prepare to start your business.

    Session topics include:
    Questions to ask yourself before you start
    Check that your business idea is going to work
    How much money do you need to set up and run your business?
    Write a business plan
    Legal requirements
    Advice and support for your business
    Grants and help for your new business.

    After the session you may wish to explore the free business support services offered by Hunter Futurepreneurs Program.

    Contact Cheryl Royle
    Entrepreneurship Facilitator – Hunter Region
    M: 0407 991 277 E: Cheryl@thefinerline.com.au

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/from-unemployed-to-self-employed-tickets-38751387443

  • Wed
    08
    Nov
    2017
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Cessnock City Library 63/65 Vincent St Cessnock

    Worried about employment prospects? Why not create your own job by starting a business?

    This free session supports anybody who is considering starting up a business or has a business idea they want to explore it further. We will provide you with essential information to start your own business.

    Learn how to identify critical issues and make the right decisions as you prepare to start your business.

    Session topics include:
    Questions to ask yourself before you start
    Check that your business idea is going to work
    How much money do you need to set up and run your business?
    Write a business plan
    Legal requirements
    Advice and support for your business
    Grants and help for your new business.

    After the session you may wish to explore the free business support services offered by Hunter Futurepreneurs Program.

    Contact Cheryl Royle
    Entrepreneurship Facilitator – Hunter Region
    M: 0407 991 277 E: Cheryl@thefinerline.com.au

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/from-unemployed-to-self-employed-tickets-38751387443

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017
    10:30 amCnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets, Kurri Kurri NSW

    Do you have a business idea?

    Would you like to have your own business but don’t know where to start?

    The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) may be the answer

     

    NEIS provides you with support to start your own business, including:

    • Training in Small Business Management
    • Mentoring and advice for twelve months
    • Financial support during the first nine months of operations (subject to eligibility criteria)

     

    Would you like to know more?

    If you want to turn your dream into a reality, come along to learn how NEIS may be able to assist you.

    The NEIS facilitator, Kimberlie Clare-Campbell, will be available afterwards to discuss your business ideas with you.

    Date and Time 2: 09/11/2017 10:30 am

    Address: Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017
    Morning session - 8.45am for a 9am start Afternoon session - 12.45pm for a 1pm start Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

    The HVWTA is inviting all cellar doors, tour operators and accommodation providers, who wish to take their marketing initiatives to the next level to attend this workshop. The workshop will be run by Cellar Door Success. The presenter has great knowledge of the Hunter Valley's challenges, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.

    There are full day packages and half day packages available. The following topics will be scheduled for each session:

    Date: Tuesday 14 November

    Location: Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin.

    Time:
    Morning session - 8.45am for a 9am start
    Afternoon session - 12.45pm for a 1pm start

    9am - 12 midday

    • Staff Recruitment and Training
    • CD Sales Techniques
    • Group Sales and Strategies

    Lunch (for full day attendees)

    1pm - 4pm

    • Strategic Marketing
    • Web Traffic
    • Digital Marketing
    • Email Campaigns

    Cost:
    Full day package (including all AM/PM refreshments and lunch) $160.00 inc gst - Members
    Full day package (including all AM/PM refreshments and lunch) $208.00 inc gst - Non-members

    Half day package (including refreshments) $90.00 inc gst - Members
    Half day package (including refreshments) $117.00 inc gst - Non-members

    Registrations close Tuesday 7 November COB.

    Please RSVP with your full name, email, place of business and phone number to jacqueline@hvwta.com.au or phone 02 4990 0900.

  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017
    10:30am - 12.30pmSingleton Diggers, York St, Singleton

    Do you know how to set up your Facebook page to generate interest in your business on the world's biggest social media platform? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of creating and managing a business page on Facebook, as well as other useful tools to get the most out of your page.

    What you'll learn

    • How to simply set-up and brand your business page
    • How to manage your business page settings, including security
    • How to build your audience (push and pull)

    Who should attend?

    All small business owners that want to grow their presence on Facebook.

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

    Presenter

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

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

    Michael thrives on providing great customer service and the opportunity to help customers receive timely information on the platform of their choice. Big business or small business, if you feel the same way and want to take advantage of the opportunity to use Facebook to connect with your customers then there will be no shortage of takeaways for you at this workshop.

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

    COST: $45

    REFUND POLICY: Refunds up to 1 day before event

    View Eventbright registration

     

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    10:00am - 12:00pm6 Dick Street Newcastle

    Join us at this workshop and we can help you identify your niche market, build your avatar and construct meaningful messages tailored for your market.

    Develop your Why! Why will a client choose you as their service provider?

    Content:

    • What is unique about your business?
    • What is your value proposition?
    • Creating your customer avatar
    • Build your customer experience

    Presented by The Business Centre.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is designed for business owners who intend to start a new business under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and are planning to build strong marketing strategy.

    COST: $25

    Register for this workshop.

     

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    10am-12.30pmEstate Tuscany - cr Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane Pokolbin

    Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and NSW Department of Industry invite you to learn from key government agencies, industry groups and service providers, about programs and assistance to support and grow your business.

    After the presentations there will be opportunity to speak directly with representatives and obtain further information.

    This comprehensive session will cover presentations from:

    • Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association
    • Office of Regional Development – Department of Premier and Cabinet
    • Trade and Investment – Department of Industry
    • TradeStart
    • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)
    • Austrade – Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
    • AusIndustry
    • Jobs for NSW
    • Training Services NSW - Department of Industry
    • Regional Development Australia (Hunter)
    • HunterNet and Central Coast Industry Connect
    • Food Innovation Australia (FIAL)
    • Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Other groups in attendance (and information available) from Wine Australia, NSW Wine Association, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Safework Australia, Regional Development Australia (Central Coast).

    This wonderful opportunity is ideal for wine growing or food and beverage businesses; new, potential and existing exporters; and businesses wishing to hear about the latest programs and types of assistance.

    When: Thursday 16 November 2017, 9.45am Registration for a start at 10:00 am – 12:30pm

    Venue: Estate Tuscany - cr Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane Pokolbin NSW 2320, Hunter Valley

    Cost: Free

    Who should attend?

    • Wine growers
    • Food and beverage companies
    • New, potential and existing exporters
    • Businesses wishing to hear about the latest programs and types of assistance.

    Cost: FREE. Refreshments will be served.

    RSVP by 13 November 2017 to sharon.foster@industry.nsw.gov.au.

    Download the Flier and Registration Form

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    1pm - 3:30pmMasonic Hall, 51 The Boulevarde, Toronto

    Startups and small businesses who are serious about growing their business using new innovation and digital readiness techniques.

    Key concepts covered:

    • You will learn and be inspired by a leading authority on digital readiness and innovation for small business.
    • What is digital readiness for small business and why is it so important?
    • Important aspects of digital readiness.
    • The six traps small businesses must avoid to achieve digital readiness.
    • The four steps in achieving digital engagement of your prospective customers.
    • How to build a road map to achieve digital readiness.

    Presented by NetStripes.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is designed for business owners who are looking for the right online tools for their business.

    Register for this workshop.

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    4pm - 6:30pmMasonic Hall, 51 The Boulevarde, Toronto

    This is a must attend workshop for every small business owner and start-up. It will help you save years of messing around by trial and error.

    Key concepts covered:

    • The importance of customer persona
    • Understanding your customers buying cycle
    • Three ways to develop customer persona
    • Strategising based on your customer buying cycle
    • Converting customer needs into products and services based on persona and their buying cycle

    Presented by NetStripes.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is designed for business owners who plan to build strong marketing strategy.

    Register for this workshop.

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017
    half day workshopsMasonic Hall 51 The Boulevarde, Toronto

    The NSW Department of Industry has appointed NetStripes through the NSW Business Connect program to provide funded “Specialist Services in Digital Readiness to NSW ” workshops for Hunter businesses. Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.

    Details

    • Date :  Thursday 16 and Friday 17 November 2017
    • Time : 1.30 to 6.30pm and 8.30am to 2pm
    • Venue :Masonic Hall 51 The Boulevarde, Toronto NSW 2283
    • Cost : $100.00 (for 4 workshops + 4 hours fully funded tailoThis Digital Bootcamp delivers business owners a seismic shift in the knowledge they require to run their businesses using digital strategies and includes the following
      • Small business Digital Readiness (minimum standards for every business today in being digitally ready
      • Customer personas and buying cycles (Understanding your ideal customer, who is not your customer and their buying behavior)
      • Design thinking and start up - (important for every small and medium business)
      • Growth Hacking for small business - (innovative digital growth strategies and principles )
      • on1 digital advisory) and further 1on1 digital advisory for 34months.
    • Read more
    • Register today
  • Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017
    11:30am - 2pmMasonic Hall, 51 The Boulevarde, Toronto

    Businesses who are interested in growing their business with minimum resources using data analytics.

    Key concepts covered:

    • What is growth hacking and why it is must for every small business?
    • Growth hacking strategies for small businesses
    • Growth hacking for start-ups
    • Five ways to achieve viral growth

    Presented by NetStripes.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is designed for business owners who want to improve sales.

    Register for this workshop.

  • Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017
    8:30am - 11amMasonic Hall, 51 The Boulevarde, Toronto

    This is for start-ups and established businesses who are looking for the recipe to create rapid and lasting demand for their products and services.

    Key concepts covered:

    • Innovation principles for every business
    • Four priorities and four characteristics of the best innovators in the world
    • Design thinking and lean start-up model to bulletproof your business
    • Validation board: Principles and practice

    Presented by NetStripes.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is designed for business owners who are looking for improved market share and profit.

    Register for this workshop.

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

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

    What you'll learn

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

    Who should attend?

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

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

    Presenter

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

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

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

    COST: $45

    REFUND POLICY: Refunds up to 1 day before event

    View Eventbright registration

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

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

    What you'll learn

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

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

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

    Presenter

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

    View Eventbright registration


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

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

    IP For Innovators

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

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

    COST: FREE

    View Eventbright registration


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

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

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

    Are you involved in the innovation journey?

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

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

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

    Limited to 40, register today.

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

    Tools and processes for working smarter.

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

    Content:

    • Managing risk with policies and procedures

    • Mobile business tools for marketing, managing money and more

    • Being responsive to the changing needs of business

    • Tips on claiming through the NDIS Portal

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

    COST: $27.33

    View Eventbright registration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Register by
    Tuesday 21 November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Register

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017
    9:00 am – 12:30 pm755 Hunter Street Newcastle West

    Workshop 3: Building Occupational Resilience

    Tuesday 28th November

    Topics

    • Practical training to enhance your resilience
    • Increasing your ability to cope with pressure

    Who for? Anyone who wants to learn about preventing negative effects of work stress & how to adapt to challenge & change.

    Cost

    One workshop $340 per person (including GST)

    Your Facilitator

    Traci is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and member of the Australian Psychological Society & College of Organisational Psychologists. Traci has significant experience in the design and delivery of workplace psychological health, resilience & wellbeing interventions across a range of work settings. She has delivered numerous presentations on all matters related to workplace mental health and wellbeing.

    Traci is passionate about championing a workplace within which employees are psychologically well, engaged and supported to perform at their optimum.

    Traci presented an amazing session on Mental Health in the Workplace – she created meaningful and practical take-aways for our attendees who work in a highly emotive & stressful environment. I highly recommend Traci as an engaging and captivating speaker.”

    Adam Blatch, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Australia (May 2017)

    For more information call us on 49253147 or email simone.beer@safetyworks.com.au

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    Presenter

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

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

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

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

    COST: $45

    View Eventbright Registration

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

  • Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pmDSA-18 Hub Building E, Unit 2.03 1 Technology Place Williamtown

    Nowadays, the media is reporting on cyber security attacks constantly, whether it is wannacry ransomware, phishing or system hacks, or leakage of personal data such as credit card and Medicare details. Furthermore, the recent developments in smart infrastructures, big data and cloud services, on the one hand can provide new business opportunities, while on the other give rise new security threats and attacks.

    This talk will explore different types of cyberattacks, the capacities of the cyber criminals and some recent developments in cyber security that can help to counteract these attacks and achieve secure and trusted software platforms. It will also provide some practical advice for companies and individuals to protect their sensitive data and applications. A key takeaway of this talk is on what each of us can do (or, has a responsibility to do!) for making this digital world more secure.

    About the speaker

    Professor Vijay Varadharajan is Global Innovation Chair Professor in Cyber Security at the University of Newcastle. He is also the Director of the Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC) at Newcastle.
    In addition to full time roles at Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney, Vijay has been an invited visiting professor at institutions around the world including Australia, the UK, India, Singapore, Germany and France. His expertise has been called on internationally with advisory roles for organisations including the NSW Government, the European Union, Microsoft and SAP.

    Program Partners

    UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program funding.

    Register for Free

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

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

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

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

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

    You will have the opportunity to:

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

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

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

    View Eventbright registration

    COST: $35 - $55.

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

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

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

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

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

    Small Business Start-Up information session

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

    will present the following topics and answer your questions

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

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

    Address: Cnr Barton and Merthyrs Streets Kurri Kurri NSW

    Phone: 02 4936 2557

    View Eventbrite Registration

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    Presenter

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

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

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

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

    COST: $45

    View Eventbright Registration

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

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    5.30-7.30pmQueens Wharf Hotel, 150 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
    $35.00 member only event
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    Dress Code
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    Festive or Business Casual
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    Essential online by 28 November
  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pmDSA-18 Hub Building E, Unit 2.03 1 Technology Place Williamtown

     

    Rapid Phenotyping is the startup enterprise of three UON/HMRI post-doc researchers: Dr Jamie Flynn, Dr Anthony Martin and Dr William Palmer. In 2016 these three researchers-turned-entrepreneurs took a leap of faith out of their PhDs and into the startup landscape. The trio’s first project, a ‘CLARITY light-sheet’ microscope, gave them the skills to build products to rapidly analyse solid and liquid samples to service the agricultural sector. This has led to their first product, a handheld device which can instantaneously analyse the chemical composition of plants and foods.

    Rapid Phenotyping describe their product as a chemistry lab in the palm of your hand. Bypassing the need to send samples off-site, farmers and winemakers can receive their test information instantly and at reduced cost. They are now engaged on projects with the CSIRO, NSW Department of Primary Industries and international plant breeding institutes. The tech has further potential application in Defence and Security industries for rapid battlefield detection of chemicals and first responder HAZMAT teams, as well as on-site real-time substance detection for border security and drug units.

    Come along to startup stories and hear about how locally-developed technology is being generated to solve global problems. Light lunch provided.

    About Startup Stories

    Startup Stories takes place every Wednesday from 1pm at University of Newcastle's coworking space DSA-18 Hub at Williamtown. Over a light lunch, a startup founder talks candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region.

    Program Partners

    UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program funding.

    Register for Free

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    9am to 4pm and 9am to 1pm (1.5 day workshop)Maitland City Bowling Club, Opal Rom 14 Arthur Street Rutherford

    This training will run on 6th & 7th December from 9am to 4pm and 9am to 1pm (1.5 day workshop)

    ARENA and Frontier Impact Group invite community energy groups, local governments, and not-for-profits to attend the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit Workshop series.

    The workshops will provide you with an understanding of the tools needed to enable community renewable projects to get off the ground more quickly with sound economic outcomes. It will also provide an in-depth understanding of the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit, which was developed as a guide to support community solar projects.

    What is the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit?

    The Community Energy Funding Toolkit funded by ARENA and developed by Frontier Impact Group, with project partners Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE, represented by Embark and Community Power Agency) to increase the likelihood of success for renewable projects in your community. The Funding Toolkit is set up on a modular basis and includes a series of guidebooks. You can download the guidebooks at www.frontierimpact.com.au/toolkit.

    What You Will Learn

    The objective of the training is to develop local skills in the utilisation of the toolkit to ensure solar projects are delivered quickly and efficiently. After this workshop you will have done the planning and financial assessment of a real project – your own or one that we recently supported. You will also:

    • Identify key challenges in securing funding for Community Energy projects and how to overcome them
    • Recognise the steps required to develop a Behind the Meter Solar PV project
    • Application of Behind the Meter Solar PV steps in real cases studies
    • Managing risks associated with the development of Solar PV Projects
    • Learn how to use and apply the financial model template for Behind the Meter Solar PV projects
    • Understand the sharing of benefits between host sites and Behind the Meter Solar PV project investors

    Register for free

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    9am to 4pm and 9am to 1pm (1.5 day workshop)Maitland City Bowling Club, Opal Rom 14 Arthur Street Rutherford

    This training will run on 6th & 7th December from 9am to 4pm and 9am to 1pm (1.5 day workshop)

    ARENA and Frontier Impact Group invite community energy groups, local governments, and not-for-profits to attend the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit Workshop series.

    The workshops will provide you with an understanding of the tools needed to enable community renewable projects to get off the ground more quickly with sound economic outcomes. It will also provide an in-depth understanding of the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit, which was developed as a guide to support community solar projects.

    What is the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit?

    The Community Energy Funding Toolkit funded by ARENA and developed by Frontier Impact Group, with project partners Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE, represented by Embark and Community Power Agency) to increase the likelihood of success for renewable projects in your community. The Funding Toolkit is set up on a modular basis and includes a series of guidebooks. You can download the guidebooks at www.frontierimpact.com.au/toolkit.

    What You Will Learn

    The objective of the training is to develop local skills in the utilisation of the toolkit to ensure solar projects are delivered quickly and efficiently. After this workshop you will have done the planning and financial assessment of a real project – your own or one that we recently supported. You will also:

    • Identify key challenges in securing funding for Community Energy projects and how to overcome them
    • Recognise the steps required to develop a Behind the Meter Solar PV project
    • Application of Behind the Meter Solar PV steps in real cases studies
    • Managing risks associated with the development of Solar PV Projects
    • Learn how to use and apply the financial model template for Behind the Meter Solar PV projects
    • Understand the sharing of benefits between host sites and Behind the Meter Solar PV project investors

    Register for free

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    4:30 pmCypress Room 1, Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin

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

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

    The course includes:

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

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

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

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

    Date: Thursday 7 December.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tickets: FREE

    Register: The Rippler Effect

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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

    Course includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What you'll learn

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

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

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

    Presenter

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

    View Eventbright registration


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

  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017
    9:30 am – 4:30 pmThe Place Charlestown Community Centre Frederick Street Charlestown

    Join us for an informative one day workshop to:

    NAVIGATE YOUR MODERN AWARD

    • Increase compliance with the Fair Work Act and National Employment Standards.
    • Gain peace of mind that your staff will be paid correctly.
    • Avoid costly and time-consuming back pay claims.
    • Learn how to quickly and effectively find what you're looking for in your industry awards.

    This course is idea for:

    • Payroll processors
    • Office managers
    • HR coordinators
    • Small business proprietors
    • People managers and supervisors
    • Roster coordinators

    This workshop is facilitated by our Workplace Relations Expert, Brent Williams CAHRI, who has been working with and educating on Industrial Awards for over 25 years.

    Cost: $309.09

    Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/navigating-your-modern-awards-tickets-39945995548?aff=es2

     

    Brent Williams has worked and consulted in the field of Human Resources Management and Consulting across a variety of business sectors for more than 25 years. Brent is passionate about helping people in their quest for self-development and career success, and helping business leaders create engaged, compliant and loyal workplace cultures.

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018
    1:00 pm – 3:30 pmBusiness Growth Centre 48 Oakdale Road Gateshead

    The hugely popular Bizruption event by NetStripes which has been inspiring thousands of small businesses and startup owners with Digital Readiness and Innovation is being brought to regional & metropolitan NSW by the new Business Connect program of the NSW Government with a aim to inspire and educate small businesses and startups in NSW.

    Technology is disrupting every industry around the globe. As business owners, how do we be the agents of change asopposed to being the victims of disruption in our industries? We believe small business owners understand their industries intimately and are in the best position to create change, innovate and grow their business.

    • You will learn and be inspired by a leading authority on digital readiness and innovation for small business.

    • What is digital readiness for small business and why is it so important.

    • Important aspects of digital readiness.

    • The six traps small businesses must avoid to achieve digital readiness.

    • The 4 steps in achieving digital engagement of your prospective customers.

    • How to build a road map to achieve digital readiness.

     

    $25 plus GST + Processing Fee

    Register 

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018
    4:00 pm – 6:30 pmBusiness Growth Centre 48 Oakdale Road Gateshead

    This is a must attend workshop for every small business owner and startup. It will help you save years of messing around by trial and error.

    Key Concepts Covered:

    • Importance of customer personas
    • Understanding your customers buying cycle
    • 3 ways to develop customer personas
    • Strategising based on your customer buying cycle.
    • Converting customer needs into products and services based on personas and their buying cycle.

    This is a 2.5 hours workshop on customer personas and buying cycle which will help small business owners and startups to understand their customers better in order to fulfil their needs.

    One of the most important success factors for any business is to understand: who our ideal customers are, understand their needs, their buying behaviour of customers, the way they buy, what they look for and how. As businesses, we can serve them and build trust and loyalty way before they start checking online for products or services.

     

    Learn what the big businesses do from one of the authorities on Small Business innovation and digital readiness, CEO of NetStripes, Dinesh De Silva, on “Succeeding online” by understanding your ‘Customer Buying Cycle & Customer Personas’.

    Join this interactive session where you can ask questions and meet other like-minded business owners and startups.

    $25 (Plus GST, Processing Fee)

    Register

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018
    10:00 am – 1:00 pmMerewether Surf Club Watkins St & John Parade Merewether

    At this Social Media “Half Day” Workshop you will:

    • develop your social media strategy
    • develop your social media guidelines
    • have a plan to respond to negative comments
    • learn about Facebook Live videos
    • LinkedIn publishing
    • Instagram posts
    • PR & Influencer outreach
    • get 1-on-1 feedback from Adam Franklin

    Here's a reader response that sparked the idea for this workshop:

    "I've reached the conclusion that I need deadlines, and want flesh & bone trainers. As great as your online course is, I want it in a classroom with flesh & bone people sitting next to me."

    So this will be a "doing" day but not a "technical" workshop. What I mean by this is it's for non-techies, like me and you. We'll get the high level and important content created, and then I'll help you delegate the techincal tasks to your team. And if you dont have a team I recommend using Automation Agency who can do all these niggly techie tasks for you!

    I propose teaching you what you need to do in-person AND we'll actually DO IT in the workshop. I'll teach you but most importantly I'll be there to give feedback and help you get it DONE on the day.

    Register $57

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018
    11:00 am – 1:30 pm Business Growth Centre 48 Oakdale Road Gateshead

    Ideal for business who are serious about growing their customer base using some of the most innovative and affordable techniques available through technology.

    Key Concepts Covered

    • What is growth hacking and why it is must for every small business?

    • Growth hacking strategies for small businesses

    • Growth hacking for startups

    • 5 ways to achieve viral growth

    Growth hacking is for any business who is serious about growth.

    This is a 2.5 hours workshop on Growth hacking a widely used process by successful businesses for rapid experimentation across marketing channels and multiple strategies to identify the most effective and efficient ways to grow a business. Growth hacking is a process of rapid experimentation across marketing channels and product development to identify the most effective and efficient ways to grow a business.

    The concept is based on combining marketing knowledge technology, product development and data analytics to create a system to achieve viral growth.

    We will also discuss how to get started, to decide on strategies and measure it.

    $25 plus GST (and a processing fee).

    Register 

     

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 am – 10:30 amBusiness Growth Centre 48 Oakdale Road Gateshead

    This is for startups and established businesses who are looking for the recipe to create rapid and lasting demand for their products and services.

    Key Concept Cover:

    – Innovation principles for every business

    – 4 Priorities & 4 characteristics of the best innovators in the world

    – Design thinking & lean startup model to bulletproof your business

    – Validation board: Principles and Practice

    2.5 hours workshop to understand a very important concept for any business, established or startup on how best to become an agile and innovative business.

    You will also be introduced to validation board, which, is vital to convert your business idea into a tested product or service within a week and also remove any incorrect assumptions from your business model which can be damaging. It is based on testing assumptions businesses make and finding the wrong assumptions as fast as possible. This is so our businesses and startup ideas can succeed as quick as possible opposed to ending up with little or no success after months of hard work.

     

     

    $25 plus GST + Processing Fee

    Register