• Mon
    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

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

  • Wed
    9:30 am – 4:30 pmThe Place Charlestown Community Centre Frederick Street Charlestown

    Join us for an informative one day workshop to:


    • 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



    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
    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


  • Thu
    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)


  • Fri
    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
    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).



  • Fri
    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