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Tell us what YOU want. 2019 digital training workshop options

Advance Cessnock City hosted another round of the Digital Bootcamp in November. Participants learned many important aspects of operating a small business in the digital age, and importantly how to utilise digital technology and strategy for small businesses. Many said that they wanted to learn more about social media and how to use it in…

If you spend local, Santa will create 91 jobs in Cessnock City

Choosing to shop local is always a great investment into your community. Buying local this Christmas has a direct impact on the viability of our region’s economy as well as jobs. If local residents could consciously invest their Christmas spend towards local businesses, the combined impact of this spend could be exponential. What $50 can…

Is this Art?

Dealing with graffiti is an ongoing challenge that impacts our community. Most business owners would like to present a clean, safe and welcoming environment for our residents, workers and visitors. From a legal view point intentionally damaging or defacing any premises, vehicle or other property is a crime.  It’s also an offence to have a…

Staff safety and Christmas parties

Christmas parties are a time to let your hair down and have a laugh with your employees and co-workers. But there are things to remember so that everyone has a good time without any negative fallout.   Before the event Remind staff that although this is a party acceptable workplace behaviours still apply. Reinforce your…

Networking Event

Join us for a networking event and Christmas drinks 11 December 2018 5.30 – 7.30pm Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin Register HERE by 10 December 2018   Why should you come to a networking event? Take a look at this article on networking published on the ACC website on this…

Christmas parties and the tax department

It’s that time of year, the silly season has officially started. So what things do you need to consider in regard to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) when you organise your work Christmas party? There are probably two main areas an employer needs to concern themselves with; Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) and tax deductibility.  …

Reduce your business electricity costs

Are you paying too much for electricity? OK, stupid question, but with summer heat poised to increase everyone’s power bill, it might be time to see if you can keep your costs down. The NSW Business Chamber is trying to help businesses, great and small, to reduce the amount they pay for electricity. Compare, switch…

Are you planning for success?

Thinking about starting your own business in the Cessnock area? In the world of start-ups, it can seem like you need to be able to blog about your multi-million-dollar turnover (which you made in your first year) before you can consider yourself a success. The capacity to innovate or to come up with something fresh…

Creative employment growing at twice Australian workforce

Advance Cessnock City recently supported an event at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery called Art After Hours – Arty Party. It was an information and networking event for members of the creative industries and ran as part of Small Business Month. The event was an opportunity to support an industry many might overlook as a…

Cessnock wins national economic development award

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team have been recognised at a national level at the National Economic Development Awards 2018 held in Rockhampton. Council’s Cessnock City Youth First Employment Project and National Toolkit took out the nation’s top prize for Economic Development Strategic Thinking. Council’s unique business platform Advance Cessnock City was also recognised as…

Small businesses celebrated in Cessnock!

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team was pleased with the success of their recent Advance Cessnock City Let’s Talk Business seminar. Held on 24 October as part of NSW Small Business Month, the business event featured small business expert Mark Carter and a panel of seven local business high achievers. The event attracted over 75…

How to motivate your staff

You may be surprised to hear that 76% of Australian employees are unmotivated at work. According to a recent Gallup poll, 60% of Australian employees are ‘not engaged’, meaning they lack motivation and 16% are ‘actively disengaged’, indicating they are not only unhappy and unproductive at work, they are liable to spread negativity to co-workers.…