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Grants for SME cyber health check

Cyber crime has become more prevalent. Even big players like Facebook and the Federal Government have been affected. But before you decide that your small business is too small to be of interest to hackers, or that you don’t do much on-line business think about the following.   Do you have a website or Facebook…

2019 STOMP festival April 28

From the Chambers – Cessnock STOMP Festival, Kurri networking

Cessnock STOMP Festival 2019 – Book your stall! The annual Cessnock STOMP Festival will soon be upon us. Organisers are urging local businesses to ensure they have booked their stall. Due to demand places are becoming limited.   The STOMP Festival is all set for the April 28. If previous years are anything to go by,…

It’s official! Cessnock has the best burgers

Burgerfiend in Cooper St Cessnock has received the Australian Good Food Guide’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Award for the best burger in Newcastle and the Hunter. The accolade is quite a mouthful, but then so are Burgerfiend’s delicious burgers!   Apparently the secret ingredients are the use of great local ingredients, closely followed by care and…

From the chambers – Digital Training

Hunter Region Business Hub will be running the first of its 2019 workshops for digital business skills next week, Tuesday 12 February, 10am-12pm. Entitled ‘make Google fall in love with your website’ it is designed to give you the skills to attract more customers to your website and ultimately to your business. The HUB will…

Who are my customers and what do they want?

An important element when starting or expanding a successful business is knowing who your customer is and what they want. Many people start or buy businesses without thinking about these key questions, let alone finding answers. If you take the time to research and define who your products or services are aimed at, then you…

Training day in digital media Cessnock November 2018

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…

Consultation for Branxton Suburb Emblem – Signage

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.  …