• Tue
    9am to 2.15pm. Rydges Newcastle, 350 Wharf Rd, Newcastle

    COST:  Workshop Cost: $50.00

    The practical Inbound Strategy Workshop is designed to provide tourism businesses, such as tours, attractions and accommodation, with the necessary 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. This workshop will suit businesses that have been operating for at least a year and have previously attended an Export Ready 101 workshop or webcast.

    You can register to attend the workshops, or watch webcasts online via the NSW First event calendar at Be sure to register to receive updates on the link.


    Contact with any questions about the NSW First Program.

  • Wed
    1pm – 4.30pmRydges Newcastle, 350 Wharf Rd, Newcastle

    COST:  Free

    This session for Local Tourism Organisations, tourism managers and destination marketers provides an overview of the Destination NSW programs available to support regional tourism development. Find out how you can tap into the NSW First Program to support tourism businesses across the State to develop, promote and sell regional visitor experiences. Discover more about the Regional Tourism Fund and the Regional Flagship Events Program, to give you and your stakeholders the best chance to become a successful applicant.


    You can register to attend the workshops, or watch webcasts online via the NSW First event calendar at Be sure to register to receive updates on the link.


    Contact with any questions about the NSW First Program.

  • Thu
    5:30 pmThree76 Hub 376 Hunter Street Newcastle

    Learn how to turn your idea into a successful business

    About I2N Lean Startup Workshop Series

    I2N Lean Startup Workshops are highly interactive and prime participants for the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. Each workshop focuses on a fundamental aspect of lean startup methodology. These methods provide a simple structured approach to taking a potential business idea and turning it into a real business quickly, cheaply and with a higher degree of success. The premise of this approach relies on getting consistent and valid customer feedback throughout the development process to ensure that the product being built is going to add value for the customer.

    The workshops in the series include:

    Customer Validation Workshop

    5:30 - 8:30 pm, Monday 9 July 2018

    Identify a customer's problem, derive a solution and create a simple value proposition that effectively communicates the value of your solution to the customer.

    Business Models Workshop

    5:30 - 8:30 pm, Monday 16 July 2018

    Learn the key principles of how to develop a business model using the Business Canvas Model including how to map, design and improve your business idea.

    Product Design Workshop

    5:30 - 8:30 pm, Monday 23 July 2018

    Learn about the role of design and engineering in product development and how to determine the minimum amount of features you need to deliver value that will excite customers.

    I2N Lean Startup Workshop Facilitator

    Siobhan Curran, Manager, Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)

    While completing a Master in Business Administration at UON Siobhan is responsible for three innovation hubs that form the Integrated Innovation Network (I2N), which allows hub members working on high-growth potential businesses to engage in creative, social and technological innovation and entrepreneurship and be supported to work with partners to create startups and new businesses across our region.

    What is I2N?

    The University of Newcastle's (UON) Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) links innovation hubs with programming designed to support and develop innovation and entrepreneurship across the Hunter region. The hubs within the I2N include Hunter Street, Muswellbrook and Williamtown.

    Program Partner

    UON is proud to be able to bring these workshops to you at a heavily subsidised rate thanks to the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    12pm-4pmEast Maitland Library 3 Garnett Rd East Maitland

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

    This workshop is delivered over four hours with lunch provided.

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

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

    Your presenter:

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

    Networking Lunch: During the workshop lunch will be served(at approx 1pm) Don't forget to bring your business cards to connect with like-minded business people. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us and we will meet your needs.

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

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

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

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

    To be eligible for this subsidy you must complete this form.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Yes, there will be food and beverages 🙂

    Arrive at 5.45 for a 6pm start.

    Book now!