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News Update – December 2012

 

Season’s Greetings

The Belmont BEC team wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. This is an opportunity to also celebrate your achievements with your staff and suppliers. Our office will have a rest from Friday 21st December to January 7th and we’ll be full of energy and new projects for the New Year to come.

Do want to make your business more energy efficient?

TCF Australia ONLINE ENERGY EFFICIENCY Training & Mentoring Project is providing a range services to small businesses in the fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, leather (TCF) creative, and associated industries across Australia. The project aims to facilitate the ability for businesses to reduce energy use, create cost efficiencies and investigate new green business opportunities. Register Now for Free Training and Mentoring

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Friday December 14th at the Belmont BEC office 9am – 12pm – Bookings by phone 9479 3777 or email support@belmontbec.com

Court slaps $500,000 penalty on publishing companies who swindled SME with a bogus ad scheme
The Federal Court in Brisbane has ordered three publishing companies and their director to pay penalties totalling $500,000 for swindling small businesses by spruiking advertising services that were never requested or provided (reported by Smart Company). If you think you have been swindled, contact us.

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
Do you feel your retail shop suffers from high wage rates, high rents, high dollar, higher online competition? Jon Bird in Retail Trends warns us: “The Customer Doesn’t Care” and gives us his opinion on what Customers care about and why. To read the full article contact Clarisse.
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

Employment Laws you need to know about if you are closing your business over Christmas/New Year
An employer may direct an employee to take either paid or unpaid leave over the Christmas period provided they consider the employment law issues. To check what you need to consider contact us for more details.

Ausindustry announces: Enhanced Project By-law Scheme (EPBS)
EPBS launches a project location map to assist Australian industry to identify potential supply opportunities on major projects. For more info, contact us

Do you know the legal consideration of electronic surveillance laws in the workplace?
To find out more information download Wageline’s fact sheet “Electronic surveillance in the workplace”. Contact us for more details

New law to encourage workplace gender equality
The Federal Government has announced the passing of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 as a landmark development towards gender equality in Australian workplaces. For more info and how this will affect you, contact us

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

Green Biz Check reports: Inefficient TV’s and business usage, electronic displays & presentation media.. Like to know the world’s most efficient TV’s? Contact us for the full list

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!
Would you like to access $200 Training Voucher?
03 Dec Effective Credit Management and Debt Collection
05 Dec Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
06 Dec Commercial Leasing
06 Dec Fashioning Sustainability
11 Dec TCF Global Sourcing Opportunities
11 Dec Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing
11 Dec Creating an Online Shop
12 Dec Writing Your Business Plan
18 Dec How to Brief your Website Developer

To book for upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777. All our Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.
Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

WA ScamNet Alert: Telethon phone scam
If you receive a phone call from Telethon asking you to make a donation it’s a scam! The charitable trust has received reports of phone scammers pretending to be collecting money for Telethon but NO unsolicited calls are made to private residences during this annual appeal. For more info, contact us

OPPORTUNITIES

Are you looking for an Admin position that will lead your career to a new level?
If you are looking for a job position where you can learn every day, participate in great event organisation, launch amazing projects, improve your skills and help small businesses in their journey, contact us for more details on this available job position.

You are invited to join Friends of Belmont BEC
Support the business advisory, support services and opportunities Belmont BEC provides to you and your small business. Register www.belmontbec.com/membership or contact Marg: Ph.9479 3777 or support@belmontbec.com for further information

What is the Microenterprise Loan Program?
This Loan is an unsecured business loan for those that are unable to access mainstream business finance. The key features: Loans from $500 to $20,000; Interest Rate of 5.99% fixed; Up to 3 years repayment history; 90 day interest and repayment free access period; For businesses with five or fewer employees. Contact Geoffrey for more info.

Looking for a Grant?
Find grants and funding information for your business on Business.gov.au

 

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News Update – October 2012

 

Do want to make your business more energy efficient?

TCF Australia ONLINE ENERGY EFFICIENCY Training & Mentoring Project is providing a range services to small businesses in the fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, leather (TCF) creative, and associated industries across Australia. The project aims to facilitate the ability for businesses to reduce energy use, create cost efficiencies and investigate new green business opportunities. Register Now for Free Training and Mentoring

2012 Belmont Small Business Awards: time to Celebrate

Don’t forget to deliver your Submission this week for your chance to be recognised for your achievements. Deadline: Monday October 15th. The Awards celebrate small businesses achievements in Belmont, Perth Metro area and across regional WA. Bookings are now open for the Night of the Stars Gala Event on November 15th. Whether you are a finalist or wishing to network and celebrate with successful businesses. Book now on www.belmontbec.com/awardtickets Table bookings available. Special Entertainment Guest: Maggie Britton, International Jazz Singer

Belmont Business Sundowner, Oct 31st

You and your staff are welcome to join us for monthly networking and making new business contacts at 150 East Bar & Restaurant, 150 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot. Free Entry, Nibbles sponsored by 150 East. 5pm-7pm, Bookings Essential. Book online www.belmontbec.com/calendar

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Friday October 12th at the Belmont BEC office 9am – 12pm – Bookings by phone 9479 3777 or email support@belmontbec.com

Have you completed your Small business scams survey?
The survey aims to find out the prevalence of scams targeting small businesses across Australia, the level of victimisation and why small businesses fall victim. The results will also help to develop strategies to reduce the level of risk faced by SMEs and disrupt scams activity. Open until 18 October: www.business.curtin.edu.au/business/small-business

Second annual Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEFII), Mexico City, 6 – 7 November 2012
The WVEFII provides an excellent opportunity for networking and business development for your company to build relationships and secure business with multinational global buyers.
If interested, don’t miss our webinar Global Platform for action on Sourcing from Women Vendors on Oct 22

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
To compete with traditional Supermarkets, innovative groceries stores like Trader Joe’s and Wegmans in the US, offer a massive selection of private label: not “generic” but fun and quirky items that in many cases are better than the name brands. What can your store offer that bigger ones don’t? Find your way to be unique and adjust accordingly.
When French retailer “Nature et Découvertes” got implanted in its home country, its positioning strategy focused on the creation of a specific in-store atmosphere. All the senses were stimulated: hearing – by birdsongs; smell – by the scent of cedar; sight – by colours and natural materials; taste – by the possibility of drinking herbal tea… Such an atmosphere aimed at reinforcing consumers’ pleasure, by arranging for them to feel certain emotions and enjoy a gratifying experience. How do you create a unique shopping experience in your store?
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

You can be prosecuted for breaching laws about employing under 15 year olds
Wageline’s new guide called “When can I work?” provides an overview of the many employment laws that apply to children under 15 years of age. Contact us for the link

Tax time Scam – ScamWatch alerts
Look out for scammers calling you claiming to be from the ATO and pretending that you are eligible to receive a business grant. Read the radar in full on the SCAMwatch website.

African Dream Cocktail at the Government House, 20 October
A truly special evening to raise funds for the education of many deserving children youth. Proceeds will fund scholarships and education projects in Africa. For more info and bookings visit www.theafricandream.org.au

Trends @ My Business Incubator

The Book of Fame
In 2012, the script development of an individual’s life takes the form of a self-published book. Promostyl decrypted this new trend in different articles with Self-publishing platforms and The reality book is officially born where it explains how to turn your emails into a book, but we also spotted the spread of Facebook books…The circle is now complete! To read more, contact Clarisse

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

Belmont BEC launching NEW TOPICS:

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!
Would you like to access $200 Training Voucher?
For a full list of upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777. All our Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.
Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

TCF Australia Green Fashion ‘Ask an Expert’ Forum, 18 Oct, 11:30am
How to reduce your energy usage and save money – Gain insights into TCF environmental issues – Research trends in sustainable fashion, textiles, apparels – Discover strategic market opportunities in green fashion and tap into new global ‘eco’ networks. Venue: Conscious Living Expo (Eco Living Stage access is free on that day) BOOK NOW

My Business Coaching
Would you like to have your own Business Coach to assist you through the challenges of business growth and development? Coaching programs can be tailored to suit your short, medium or long term goals and objectives. Member rates are available contact carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com at MY Business Incubator

NAB Microenterprise Loans
NAB provides unsecured business loans of between $500 and $20,000 to help start up or support an existing business of five or fewer employees. We can assist you with your Application. For further information, contact Geoffrey

ACCC webinar – Carbon price claims & your business
The ACCC’s small business webinar Carbon price claims & your business is now available to view on demand. Also covers your business rights and responsibilities – the bottom line; dealing with your suppliers and competitors; be wary of carbon-based scams. Contact us for the link to the webinar

For more information on those topics or Business Assistance contact us: support@belmontbec.com

OPPORTUNIES

You are invited to join Friends of Belmont BEC
If your $99 annual membership subscription has expired contact us to RENEW or complete online www.belmontbec.com/membership
Belmont BEC is a non-profit community organisation and membership subscriptions assist us to provide services to you and your business.

Calling all graphic designers with a passion for Cinema
This is your chance to design the framing surrounds of our CAMELOT or LUNA OUTDOOR programme as they are looking for two new designs – one for each location. For more details contact Clarisse

Planning for business success now in the palm of your hand
Business owners will now be able to create new business, marketing and emergency plans using a suite of free iPad apps developed by the Australian Government. For more information or to download the planning apps, contact us

Board Diversity Scholarships for women closing soon
Seventy full fee scholarships for women will be offered, providing the opportunity to attend the Company Directors Course or Mastering the Boardroom program. Scholarship recipients also receive complimentary twelve months membership. Applications will close on 5pm AEST Thursday 11 October 2012. Contact us for more details.

INNOVATION SUMMIT 2012, October 22 – 24, Las Vegas, USA
This year the Summit will also include software developers who are currently or are interested in interacting with the payments community. The intent is for attendees to return home with transformative ideas, skills and perspectives that will help them add meaningful innovation into their everyday work and organization. For more info, contact us

Looking for a Grant?
Find grants and funding information for your business on Business.gov.au

 

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News Update – September 2012

 

Small Businesses owners get a chance to share their concerns

Belmont BEC invites you to a Small Business Networking Forum with WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt & Members of the Shadow Cabinet. Bring along your questions and concerns regarding Small Business Issues. Bookings Essential, Friday, September 14th, 11am – 12.30pm

Do want to make your business more energy efficient?

TCF Australia ONLINE ENERGY EFFICIENCY Training & Mentoring Project is providing a range services to small businesses in the fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, leather (TCF) creative, and associated industries across Australia. The project aims to facilitate the ability for businesses to reduce energy use, create cost efficiencies and investigate new green business opportunities. Register Now for Free Training and Mentoring

2012 Belmont Small Business Awards : less than 40 days for your submission!

Don’t forget to complete your Submission this Month for your chance to be recognised for your achievements. Deadline: October 15th. This Awards not only celebrate Belmont small businesses achievements but small business within the Perth Metropolitan area and across regional WA. Contact us at awards@belmontbec.com today to see which categories are suitable for your Business.
Belmont Small Business Awards Info Sessions: every Wednesdays (Belmont BEC Office) and every Fridays (Webinar) – Booking essential

Belmont Business Sundowner, Sept 26th

You and your staff are welcome to join us for monthly networking and making new business contacts at 150 East Bar & Restaurant, 150 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot. Free Entry, Nibbles sponsored by 150 East. 5pm-7pm, Bookings Essential. Book online www.belmontbec.com/calendar

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Wednesday September 12th at the Belmont BEC office 9am – 12pm – Bookings by phone 9479 3777 or email support@belmontbec.com

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
Read about the Boomerang Principle from Jurek Leon. The question you, retailers, should be continually asking yourselves is, “Do you think that customer will come back?”. You process the transaction not the customer; you need to connect with each customer. To do this contact Clarisse for the link to the full article or for more retail tips.
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

Research helping small businesses to avoid scams by Curtin Business School is examining how often you fall victim to small business scams. Results in 2011 showed that while small businesses are a popular target for scammers, 1 in 8 small businesses surveyed could not actually identify whether or not they’d been scammed. Project co-researcher & member of the Belmont BEC Management Board, Dr Louis Geneste, highlighted that the proportion of scammed small firms is higher than the general Australian population and also reported that research from the US showed 90% of the cost of online scams involving identity theft was borne by business. One of the key aims of the research is to develop educational material for small business owners to help avoid exposure to scams. Learn more about the many types of Small Business Scams by completing the survey

New retail trading hours in WA
As you’ve noticed, all general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area are now able to trade on Sundays 11am -5pm. Small business employers who choose to open on Sundays should consider the impact of these changes on employee pay rates. Contact Geoffrey for more info.

How to compete with e-Retail: Provide me with Memories, don’t sell me Product
An American retailer called American Girl approach their market differently by adopting modern retailing techniques. Dolls, like many products, are now available online, but this company encourages its customers to walk into the store and spend at least $99 US on a doll and keep coming back to spend more. How do they do it? Contact us to read the full story by John Stanley.

IBISWorld Reports – Australia’s Decline in Productivity
Belmont BEC is able to provide viewing of the IBISWorld Industry reports. In their latest Newsletter Phil Ruthven provides charts that show that in the last 5 years seven of the nation’s 19 industry divisions had negative performance headed by Mining (aggregate 51% decline) and Utilities (aggregate 35% decline) where wages have grown. Contact Geoffrey to access this IBIS report.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

Belmont BEC launching a NEW TOPIC: Understanding Energy
An overview to saving energy & reducing costs. The topic covers Investigation, Planning & data collection, Implementation and Energy saving tips BOOK NOW

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!
Would you like to access $200 Training Voucher?
For a full list of upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777. All our Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.
Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

Learn more about the many types of Small Business Scams
Are you a business owner at risk of being scammed? Do you know what the common and emerging scam risks are for small businesses and just what the level of loss is in your industry? If you have not experienced a scam loss yet you may actually be in the “lucky minority”, or you may be very careful, or it might be your turn next, or you may simply be unaware of money already lost! By completing the Small Business Scams survey, you will actually learn more about the many types of scams that are around: www.business.curtin.edu.au/business/small-business

Tax compliance for SME
The legislation has been introduced to expand the director penalty regime, making directors now personally liable for their company’s unpaid superannuation guarantee amounts in addition to unpaid Pay As You Go (“PAYG”) withholding tax obligations.

Changes to director’s personal liability for PAYG and SUPER
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has outlined the SME behaviour that attracts their attention, and how they identify compliance risks. Examples include tax performance varying substantially from business performance; inconsistencies in activity statements or spikes in refund claims; and large, one-off or unusual transactions.

For more information on those topics or Business Assistance contact us: support@belmontbec.com

OPPORTUNIES

You are invited to join Friends of Belmont BEC
Support the business advisory, support services and opportunities Belmont BEC provides to you and your small business. New members will be listed in our next newsletter. Register www.belmontbec.com/membership or contact Marg: Ph.9479 3777 or support@belmontbec.com for further information

What is the Microenterprise Loan Program?
This Loan is an unsecured business loan for those that are unable to access mainstream business finance. The key features: Loans from $500 to $20,000; Interest Rate of 5.99% fixed; Up to 3 years repayment history; 90 day interest and repayment free access period; For businesses with five or fewer employees. Contact Geoffrey for more info.

Looking for a Grant?
Find grants and funding information for your business on Business.gov.au

Are you a SME with a great idea?
The Innovation Vouchers Program helps SME’s overcome some of the barriers that exist on the path of commercialisation, assisting with a financial boost of up to $20,000.The funding goes towards engaging in professional skills or services that will turn their innovative ideas into a commercial reality. Closing date: September 27th. Contact Geoffrey for more info.

 

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News Update – August 2012

 

Belmont Business Sundowner, August 29th

You and your staff are welcome to join us for monthly networking and making new business contacts at 150 East Bar & Restaurant, 150 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot. Free Entry, Nibbles sponsored by 150 East. 5pm-7pm, Bookings Essential. Book online www.belmontbec.com/calendar

2012 Belmont Small Business Awards now open!

Don’t miss out on your chance to be recognised for your achievements. The Belmont Small Business Awards not only celebrate Belmont small businesses achievements but small business within the Perth Metropolitan area and across regional WA (*see awards categories). Contact us at awards@belmontbec.com today to see which categories are suitable for your Business. The Entry Form can be downloaded at www.belmontbec.com/awards
Belmont Small Business Awards Info Sessions: every Wednesdays (Belmont BEC Office) and every Fridays (Webinar) – Booking essential

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Friday August 10th at the Belmont BEC office 9am – 12pm – Bookings by phone 9479 3777 or email support@belmontbec.com

Did you know we have a Facebook page?
Like our page to keep up to connect, receive and share the latest business opportunities…
We also Like what you do, so send us your Facebook page link and we will follow you and share your opportunities with our network.

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
From the new ideas received to attract customers back to the stores, Service provider Chargebar has today released a free iPhone app allowing consumers to locate the nearest retail venue to recharge their phone or tablet battery. Chargebars are free-to-use phone and tablet battery chargers that can be installed in shops, anther smart way to attract customers. For more retail tips, contact Clarisse.
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

Clean Technology Innovation Program
The grant program has now been launched and will support applied research and development, proof of concept and early stage commercialisation activities that lead to the development of new clean technologies and associated services including low emission and energy efficient solutions,that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Information about the program has been published on the AusIndustry website

Small Business Superannuation Clearing House
The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online superannuation payments service that helps small businesses with 19 or less employees meet their superannuation guarantee obligations. Read More

International Trade Day
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia is proud to announce the seventh annual CCI International Trade Day will take place on August 30th. Industry service providers at this complimentary “open day” will provide WA businesses with information and advice on importing and exporting. Attend at least one session and be in the draw for a trip to Mauritius. Register now

Preparing to Sell to China?
Practical business guides on one of the world’s most exciting markets compiled by the HKTDC Research team are now available (USD26 each): Guide to Selling in China and Profiles of Mainland Cities as Key Consumer Markets. Contact us to know how to buy this report

ACCC releases latest report on small business activities
The ACCC report: Small Business, franchising and industry codes January-June 2012 is available on the ACCC website

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

 

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!
Would you like to access $200 Training Voucher?

07 Aug Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
07 Aug Cloud Computing
08 Aug How to Start a Small Business
08 Aug Google Tools
10 Aug Free Legal Advice
14 Aug Ways to Grow Your Business
14 Aug Marketing for Small Fashion Business
14 Aug Creating an Online Shop
15 Aug Business Planning Simplified
15 Aug Email Marketing Campaign
16 Aug Starting a Fashion Label
16 Aug Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
16 Aug How to Develop a Specification Sheet for the Fashion Industry
16 Aug Linking with Retailers and Agents
21 Aug Importing & Exporting
21 Aug Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
21 Aug How to Brief your Website Developer
22 Aug How to Start a New Business
22 Aug Marketing for Small Business
22 Aug Understanding contracts
22 Aug Managing your Online Presence
28 Aug Buying and Selling a Small Business
29 Aug Social Media: Facebook
30 Aug How To Prepare a Business for Sale

Every Wednesdays: Belmont Small Business Awards Info Session
Every Fridays: Belmont Small Business Awards Info Webinar

For a full list of upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.

Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

OPPORTUNITIES

You are invited to join Friends of Belmont BEC
Support the business advisory, support services and opportunities Belmont BEC provides to you and your small business. New members will be listed in our next newsletter. Register www.belmontbec.com/membership or contact Marg: Ph.9479 3777 or support@belmontbec.com for further information

Looking for a Grant?
Find grants and funding information for your business on Business.gov.au

Does your business have a video presence online?
MultiMediaMakers have now created a new workshop for business owners: learn the basics of video capturing, create the right shots, use your iPhone as a High Definition camcorder, get high quality audio to capture lectures and events, and edit your story and post it to your own YouTube channel. Also, you can learn how to use various formats to make your story more interesting. All-in service with broadcast equipment also available to get your video online within a week at affordable prices. For more contact Clarisse

Could you bright idea be a game changer?
The 2012 Australian Innovation Challenge can help you put it into play, through the $70,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge awards. – Entries Close 12 August 2012. Find out how to enter

 

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News Update – June 2012

 

APEC Women in the Economy Forum, June 28-30, St Petersburg, Russia

Carol Hanlon CEO, BBEC & TCF has been invited as delegate of the Australian Government to the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Women in the Economy Forum. Carol would like to hear from you and invites all women in business to share ‘your’ issues and suggestions for women starting or running a business in Australia or trading anywhere in the world today. What are the three main areas that have held you back – access to finance? business skills? confidence? access to buyers? support networks? etc. Please share your experiences by emailing carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com

Belmont Business Sundowner, June 27th

You and your staff are welcome to join us for monthly networking and making new business contacts at 150 East Bar & Restaurant, 150 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot. Free Entry, Nibbles sponsored by 150 East. 5pm-7pm, Bookings Essential. Book online www.belmontbec.com/calendar

2012 Belmont Small Business Awards now open!

This year’s Small Business Awards provide the opportunity for small businesses in Belmont, Perth and across WA to be recognised for their achievements. Great support has been received from sponsors City of Belmont, Sunday Times, National Bank and Burswood Entertainment Complex just to name a few. 22 categories are now open to receive entries and the 2012 Entry Form can be downloaded at www.belmontbec.com/awards

 

NEWS

Trends@ My Green Incubator
Stylesight reporting on ECO CONSUMERS : Ethical, sustainable and thoughtful consumerism is the new normal. Innovative companies are driving sustainability from the top, while millennials are pushing for change from the ground up. To meet in the middle, corporations and consumers are working together toward common goals… for more info on Stylesight articles contact us

Fashionsource reported: ACCC warns of fines for price fixing
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has confirmed it will launch an investigation into clothing importers who are reaching agreements with overseas suppliers to stop selling their products to Australians on websites or instructing them to lift their web prices. Full article

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
MiiBrand, a new App to drive shoppers to stores, encourages consumers to follow their favourite brands so they can keep up-to-date with activity and instantly access the latest information on sales and exclusive offers wherever they are, from a single platform. For more info visit www.miibrand.com.au
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores. The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

TCF ORMOC VILLAGE SEWING CENTRES, PHILIPPINES – 4th COLLECTION
Clean up your office – TCFWA is accepting any donation of working office computers, laptops and mobile phones or anything at all that can assist in the growth of the TCF Centre of Entrepreneurship in Ormoc, Philippines. Also accepting 2nd hand sewing machines, textiles & trimmings – please drop all items at TCFWA/Belmont BEC, 7 Fairbrother St, Belmont

Online survey – please participate
The ACCC has produced a short post-campaign survey for small businesses and small business representatives to test the level of understanding about consumer guarantees in this sector. We invite you to participate in the following ACCC consumer guarantees 2012 awareness campaign – quick online survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/consumerguaranteebusinesssurvey

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!
Would you like to access$200 Training Voucher?

07 Jun Starting a Fashion Label
07 Jun Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
07 Jun How to Develop a Specification Sheet for the Fashion Industry
07 Jun Linking with Retailers and Agents
11 Jun Marketing for Small Business
12 Jun Importing & Exporting
12 Jun Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
12 Jun Cloud Computing
13 Jun How To Write a Tender or Grant Submission
13 Jun Blogging
14 Jun Empowering Creative Rural Women Through Enterprise
14 Jun Strategies for Successful Sourcing in the Fashion Industry
18 Jun Licensing
19 Jun How to Brief your Website Developer
20 Jun How to Start a New Business*
20 Jun Google Tools
21 Jun Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing/Exporting
26 Jun Creating an Online Shop
27 Jun How to Start a New Business*
27 Jun Effective Credit Management and Debt Collection
27 Jun ‘Ask an Expert’ Belmont BEC Sundowner
27 Jun Email Marketing Campaign
28 Jun How To Prepare a Business for Sale
28 Jun Understanding Fair Work Regulations

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of Belmont BEC.
For a full list of upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.

Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

OPPORTUNITIES

Position Available Belmont BEC/TCFWA – Reception, Administration, Website support
Do you have skills in administration, data management, website support, coordinating training workshops/events? Would you like to be involved with two exciting non-profit community organisations assisting small businesses? A background in small business and/or fashion industry is an advantage. FULL TIME – Please send your resume to carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com

WA Innovator of the Year Awards 2012
The Innovator Awards aim to promote and acknowledge the success of Western Australian innovators. If you are not ready to enter this year, there may be some help to get you started. Applications Close 6 July 2012 at 1pm. Contact us for more details.

Will you qualify for the Payroll Tax Rebate?
There’s some payroll tax relief which was announced in the State Budget last month. If your group payroll is between $750,000 and $1.5 million, you’ll get a rebate of the payroll tax you’ve paid of up to $41,250. There’s a partial offset available if your group payroll is between $1.5 million and $3 million. Contact us to request your Up2Date Accounting brief summary.

What Do You Think is the Biggest Obstacle in Achieving Greatness (and Happiness)?
Discover the Biggest Obstacle in Achieving Greatness in your life and business and vote. Read the article

The Australian Tourism Exchange, 15-21 June 2012
Australia’s premier tourism industry trade event and the largest annual tourism trade show of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Belmont BEC Welcomes Federal Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor
Belmont BPW receiving Hon Helen Morton, Minister for Mental Health and Disability Services
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News Update – May 2012

 

Belmont BEC Welcomes Federal Small Business Minister

Join us to meet the Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor for a Networking Forum visiting Belmont BEC to meet small businesses and gather feedback on current small business issues and concerns. Also addressing the Networking Forum will be ACCC Deputy Chair Small Business Dr Michael Schaper. If you would like to come along event at the Belmont BEC, 12.30pm-2pm Email carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Belmont Business Sundowner, May 30th

You and your staff are welcome to join us for monthly networking and making new business contacts at 150 East Bar & Restaurant, 150 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot. Free Entry, Nibbles sponsored by 150 East. 5pm-7pm, Bookings Essential. Book online www.belmontbec.com/calendar

Designedge Innovation Festival now open!

2012 designedge Innovation festival has recently launched with over 70+ events being one of the largest community Innovation Festivals in Australia as part of the Australian Innovation Festival. Staged by Belmont BEC & TCFWA the festival seeks to celebrate creativity, innovation, technology, inventors and commercialisation. Join in one of the ONLINE webinars, events, webinars or forums being staged through May www.belmontbec.com/2012innovation

2012 Belmont Small Business Awards now open!

This year’s Small Business Awards provide the opportunity for small businesses in Belmont, Perth and across WA to be recognised for their achievements. Great support has been received from sponsors City of Belmont, Sunday Times, National Bank and Burswood Entertainment Complex just to name a few. 22 categories are now open to receive entries and the 2012 Entry Form can be downloaded at www.belmontbec.com/awards

 

NEWS

ASIC ROADSHOW FOR NEW BUSINESS NAMES
The new register will enable 1.8 million current business name holders to register their name nationally through a simple and easy to use online service. Businesses will only need to register their name once, and will no longer be required to register separately in each state and territory they operate in. Existing business names currently registered in a state or territory will be automatically transferred to the new register. To attend information sessions on 15 May (10am or 1pm) or 16 May (10 am), visit http://www.asic.gov.au/business-names to reserve your seat. Places are limited.

Ebay spills on sales
Leading online auction site Ebay has released its 2012 Online Business Index (OBI), revealing its top 2,000 sellers increased their revenue by 45 per cent last year, with almost 160 Australian businesses achieving over $1 million in sales.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!
Would you like to access$200 Training Voucher? Contact Belmont BEC to put together your personalised training plan.

01 May How to Start a New Business*
01 May How to Brief your Website Developer
02 May Networking Forum with Federal Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor
02 May Insights into The European Fashion Industry
02 May Blogging
03 May Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
07 May Marketing for Small Business
09 May Social Media: LinkedIn/Twitter
10 May Strategies for Successful Sourcing
10 May Ways to Grow Your Business
11 May Belmont Clothes Library Workshop
11 May Empowering Creative Rural Women Through Enterprise
11 May TCF Global – Sourcing Databases & Offshore Linkages
11 May Indigenous Textiles and Design Workshop
14 May Business Planning Simplified
15 May Keeping Customers in Difficult Times
15 May The Path to Australian Energy Security
15 May Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
16 May Understanding Contracts
16 May Social Media: Facebook
18 May International Fashion Incubator Network
18 May Empowering Creative Rural Women Through Enterprise
18 May TCF Global Community Sewing Projects Workshop
21 May Protect your Business from Disaster
22 May Importing & Exporting
22 May Marketing for Small Fashion Business
22 May Connect Your Business to the Women’s Empowerment Principles Workshop
24 May Recruit and Retain the Right Employees
25 May Starting a Fashion Label
25 May Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
25 May Linking with Retailers and Agents
30 May ‘Ask an Expert’ Belmont BEC Sundowner

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of Belmont BEC.
For a full list of upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on (08) 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact us at info@belmontbec.com

Never attended a webinar?
A Web-based seminar is great way to participate in a seminar without leaving the Office or Home. For first time attendees or if you would like to maximise your understanding of how to use webinar functions to your full potential visit our user friendly guide available online or contact 08 9479 3777 for further assistance.

OPPORTUNITIES

Don’t Serve the Customer…make their Day
Research in the USA indicates customer service has declined by 15% in the last 12 months according to the consumer. All business need to relook at how they are building relationships with their customers. John Stanley’s new training package is hot of the press and addresses these issues. It is available from his webpage at $40 ,but, to Belmont newsletter readers you can obtain a copy in the next week for only $19.95. Visit www.johnstanley.com.au/daymaker

Absolute Edge Timeline for Business
This course will show you how to avoid potentially costly and damaging social media marketing mistakes and leverage Facebook Edge Rank, generate leads, build sales lists and increase sales. 10% Discount for Belmont BEC businesses. For further information contact us.

Public Speaking Dynamics present
The Susan Jeffers international best selling self development book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is available as a tutored workshop from Peter Dhu. Friday 4 May 2012 / 9.00am – 4.00pm / Cost $150 +GST – State Library of Western Australia, Perth. For booking details contact us.

 

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News Update – April 2012

 

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Belmont BEC wishes you, your family & staff a safe and pleasant Easter break.

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NEWS

Networking Event: Belmont Business Sundowner

You and your staff are invited to come along to the Belmont Business Sundowner. Bring your business cards, flyers and network to make new business contacts. Next event 18th April, 5pm- 7pm. Nibbles sponsored by 150 East Bar & Restaurant, 150 Great Eastern Highway Ascot. Complimentary Entry – bookings essential online at www.belmontbec.com/events

NEW SERVICE – ACCOUNTING / BOOKKEEPING MENTOR

Need Assistance with Getting your Bookkeeping and Accounts organised? Belmont BEC & TCFWA is offering a NEW service to its members – 2hrs FREE BOOKKEEPING SERVICE to help you get your bookkeeping records in order, check your pricing and costing’s, develop budgets and/or cash flow planning. For appointments contact support@belmontbec.com

Designedge Innovation Festival 2012! – 16 April to 31 May

Starting after Easter break, the Festival will offer national webinars, workshops and networking events. New topics are been launched: Structure appropriate for Small Business, Legal Issues for Small Business, Licensing , The Path to Australian Energy Security, and more… Check our calendar of events and start booking now on www.belmontbec.com/events

Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors

Interested to sell goods or services to multinational Fortune 500 companies or wish to source from women owned businesses globally through the International Trade Centre (ITC) program. The BPW Business Incubator project launched in New York on March 2nd, will assist women to develop business skills to access these amazing opportunities To register visit www.bpwbusinessincubator.com and complete registration and email to carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com

Are you connected to your clients properly?

How do you know you have the best system for all your Business communications? ANM are specialists in Mobile and Internet communication for all types of services from small home offices to larger enterprises. If you are looking for a communication specialist that understand IT networks, ISP, VoIP, Mobiles and can advise on the best solutions for your business needs. No obligation assessment & quote – contact ANM now and quote: belmontbec

Understanding the new business names register

A new National Business Names Registration System is expected to commence on 28 May 2012 and will replace the current state and territory registers. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) will be administering the national business names registration service. Contact support@belmontbec.com for further information.

R&D Tax Incentive

The R&D Tax Incentive is the Australian Government’s principal measure to encourage industry investment in research and development. It is a broad-based, market-driven program that aims to boost company competitiveness, improve productivity and deliver economy-wide benefits to Australia. Your business may be eligible for financial benefits under the R&D Tax Incentive. For further information contact AusIndustry on 13 28 46.

Trends@MyBusinessIncubator: AUGMENTED REALITY, OR HOW TO “SMARTSYFY” YOUR WORLD

Consumers are info-hungry: nothing new there. Information gives them the sense, or the certainty, that they have some degree of power and control. It makes them feel confident. This means that information will be increasingly in demand by consumers searching for the very best. Smartphone owners can now access information about anything, anytime, anywhere. Contact Clarisse to read more about Smartsy article.

Do you need to contact the Media? Consult the Margaret Gee’s Australian Media Guide for FREE

This Media Guide is now available for consultation for FREE to all our Friends of Belmont BEC. You can now research and connect with all the major media outlets in Australia and get updated email addresses to send your next Press Releases. (Book’s market value: $600). To book for a free consultation of the book at the office, contact Clarisse.

Just about everything a Retail Manager needs to know by John Stanley

The ‘how-to’ retail book every manager should read! By retail consultant John Stanley, this book is a wealth of information for every retail manager and store owner. Retailers can collect their complimentary copy of the book from 7 Fairbrother Street Belmont 6104 or be posted within Australia for a $10 postage handling fee. Contact us to reserve your copy or for more on John Stanley Retail Advisory services.

Send us your News

Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@belmontbec.com or contact 08 9479 3777 for further information.

Business Assistance

What’s on?

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Our Business Facilitator have once again prepared a whole range of support solutions to help you reach your business goals. If you are unsure of what is best suited for you, contact us at support@belmontbec.com

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home

Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!

Like to access $200 Training Voucher – contact Belmont BEC to put together your personalised training plan.

03 April Credit Management & Debt Collection
03 April Creating an Online Shop
04 April How to Start a New Business*
04 April Business Planning Simplified
04 April Working With A Web Developer
07 April Meet the Inventors
11 April Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
11 April Get Your Business Online
13 April Protect your Business from Disaster
16 April Writing a Tender or Grant Submission
17 April Importing & Exporting
17 April Cloud Computing
18 April How to Start a New Business*
18 April Fashion Industry IP*
18 April Google Tools
19 April Starting a Fashion Label
19 April Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
19 April Linking with Retailers and Agents
20 April How to Start a New Business*
23 April Commercial Leasing
23 April Buying and Selling a Small Business
23 April Ways to Grow Your Business
24 April Structure Appropriate For Small Business
24 April Marketing for Small Business
24 April Marketing for Small Fashion Business
24 April Keeping Customers in Difficult Times
26 April How To Prepare a Business for Sale
26 April Freight Logistics of Importing/Exporting
26 April Legal Issues for Small Business
27 April Fair Work
30 April Licensing

 

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of Belmont BEC.

For a full list of upcoming events in April visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact us at info@belmontbec.com

Never attended a webinar?

A Web-based seminar is great way to participate in a seminar without leaving the Office or Home. For first time attendees or if you would like to maximise your understanding of how to use webinar functions to your full potential visit our user friendly guide available online or contact 9479 3777 for further assistance.

Update your details

Update your details JPEG 5If you have moved or changed your phone/email contact details please remember to let us know. Email us at info@belmontbec.com or contact Kiera at 9479 3777.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Rising Stars 2012 – Registration now open!

The Rising Stars Awards program recognises fast growing, successful WA businesses. Don’t miss this year’s Awards Ceremony where 2012’s fastest growing private companies will be announced. For further information visit www.rising-stars.com.au

$1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs for manufacturers launched

The Clean Technology Investment Program and Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program provide $1 billion in funding to help Australian manufacturers transition to a clean energy future. Grants are now available to help manufacturers to invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low pollution technologies, processes and products. Contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

Commercialisation Australia funding program

A competitive, merit-based assistance program offering funding and resources to accelerate the business building process for Australian companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors. It offers a range of funding options as well as multi-layered networking opportunities to help you achieve business success. Contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

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News Update – March 2012

 

NEWS

Networking Event: Belmont Business Sundowner
Belmont Business Sundowner, Wednesday 28th March 5pm-7pm. Complimentary Entry. Nibbles sponsored by 150 East Bar & Restaurant, 150 Great Eastern Highway Ascot. All Welcome, Free Entry – book online at www.belmontbec.com/events

International Women’s Day, March 8
Join us for an action packed celebration lunch of sharing stories, skills and talents with a huge range of interesting and inspiring speakers, artists, fashion parade, Afghan village handicrafts and candle lighting ceremony celebrating women from around the globe. Book online or contact Kaitlyn & Melissa on 9479 3777.

Are you connected to your clients properly?
How do you know you have the best system for all your Business communications? ANM are specialists in Mobile and Internet communication for all types of services from small home offices to larger enterprises. If you are looking for a communication specialist that understands IT networks, ISP, VoIP, Mobiles and can advise on the best solutions for your business needs. No obligation assessment & quote – contact ANM now and quote: belmontbec

Scam Alert: Fake Government Grant Cold-Calls
Scammers claiming to represent the Australian Government have been targeting Australians. The Department has identified a cold-call scam operation where the scammer announces themselves as the Australian Government Grants Department and claims ownership of the Government’s website www.grantslink.gov.au. If you receive a suspicious call take care with any information you provide and if unsure call 1800 026 222 (toll free). More details available online.

Creative Rural Women through Enterprise Development and Global Fashion Opportunities
TCF Global and Belmont BEC are presenting a seminar in New York, March 2 with guest speakers from around the globe including Trend Forecasting from Stylesight; Nigeria Fashion Week; World Fashion Organisation. BBEC & TCF CEO Carol Hanlon is also attending the United Nations CSW general sessions as delegate BPW. Visit www.tcfglobal.com/empoweringwomen or email carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com for further information.

Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors
Interested to sell goods or services to multinational Fortune 500 companies or wish to source from women owned businesses globally through the International Trade Centre (ITC) program. BPW Business Incubator project being launched in New York on March 2, will assist women to develop business skills to access these amazing opportunities To register visit www.bpwbusinessincubator.com, and email carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com completed registration from.

National Broadband Rollout – Victoria Park, Burswood and Great Eastern Highway
National Broadband Rollout will moving up from Victoria Park and along Burswood and Great Eastern Highway during current upgrade roadwork’s. Ongoing maps of rollouts available to view online.

Trends @ My Business Incubator: John Stanley reports on the retail Trends for 2012
Weekday Convenience and Weekend Experience will be the major drivers in 2012 in retailing. The consumer will expect you to provide convenience in the week which may mean you will need to offer different services in the week. At the weekend they want your store to WOW them and therefore more theatrical events will need to be organised at weekends to catch the consumer’s attention. For more information and retail trends contact Clarisse.

Absolute Edge First Click Facebook, March 28 and First Click Twitter, March 29 – Perth
The Absolute Edge Perth social media course will show you how to avoid potentially costly and damaging social media marketing mistakes and leverage Facebook and twitter to grow a fanbase, generate leads, build sales lists and increase sales. Further information available online or contact Kylie at Absolute Edge on 9361 3055 or email kylie@absoluteedgemarketing.com.au

Do you need to contact the Media? Consult the Margaret Gee’s Australian Media Guide for FREE
This Media Guide is now available for consultation for FREE to all our Friends of Belmont BEC. You can now research and connect with all the major media outlets in Australia and get updated email addresses to send your next Press Releases. (Book’s market value: $600). To book for a free consultation of the book at the office, contact Clarisse.

Just about everything a Retail Manager needs to know by John Stanley
The ‘how-to’ retail book every manager should read! By retail consultant John Stanley, this book is a wealth of information for every retail manager and store owner. Retailers can collect their complimentary copy of the book from 7 Fairbrother Street Belmont 6104 or be posted within Australia for a $10 postage handling fee. Contact us to reserve your copy or for more on John Stanley Retail Advisory services.

Send us your News
Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@belmontbec.com or contact 08 9479 3777 for further information.

Speaker Opportunities
Belmont BEC is calling for guest presenters who would like to participate in the 2012 Designedge Innovation Festival to run nationally April 16 – May 31. An associate festival of the Australian Innovation Festival this is a great opportunity to present to new networks. Forward your speaker profile and presentation topic to support@belmontbec.com

Digital Futures Forum, March 29
Digital Futures Forum 2012 showcasing current and future benefits and trends of the digital economy. Find out how business, industry and large scale government services will be transformed by new digital initiatives such as the National Broadband Network (NBN). For further information please contact info@belmontbec.com

Business Assistance

What’s on?
Our Business Facilitator have once again prepared a whole range of support solutions to help you reach your business goals. If you are unsure of what is best suited for you, contact us at support@belmontbec.com

‘Live’ Webinars
Online Training from your office or home

06 March How to Brief your Website Developer
07 March How to Start a New Business
07 March Blogging
12 March Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
12 March Writing Tender or Grant Submissions
13 March Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
13 March SEO & Google Adwords
14 March Marketing for Small Business
14 March Social Media: LinkedIn/Twitter
15 March Starting a Fashion Label
15 March Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
15 March Linking with Retailers and Agents
19 March How to Start a New Business
19 March Keeping Customers in Difficult Times
19 March Protect your Business from Disaster
20 March E-commerce & Online Databases
21 March Business Planning Simplified
21 March Social Media: Facebook
22 March How To Prepare a Business for Sale
26 March Buying and Selling a Small Business
27 March Importing & Exporting
27 March Credit Management & Debt Collection
27 March Marketing for Small Fashion Business
27 March Creating an Online Shop
28 March Email Marketing Campaign
30 March Ways to Grow Your Business

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of Belmont BEC.
For a full list of upcoming events in March visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact us at info@belmontbec.com

Never attended a webinar?
A Web-based seminar is great way to participate in a seminar without leaving the Office or Home. For first time attendees or if you would like to maximise your understanding of how to use webinar functions to your full potential visit our user friendly guide available online or contact 9479 3777 for further assistance.

Update your details
If you have moved or changed your phone/email contact details please remember to let us know. Email us at info@belmontbec.com or contact Kiera at 9479 3777.

OPPORTUNITIES

Innovation Vouchers – Round 2 – Applications close 12pm, March 2
Are you a SME with a Great Idea? Innovation WA recognises that you have great ideas and is offering eligible SME’s a financial boost to assist with turning your ideas into commercial reality. Up to $20,000 available to access professional skills, services or knowledge that will enable you to advance your idea or commercial activity in WA. Reminder: Applications close 2nd March. Contact support@belmontbec.com for further information.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards – Applications close March 13
The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition designed to identify, support and encourage projects by female entrepreneurs. The application period closes March 13. Contact info@belmontbec.com or apply online.

City of Perth’ Convention Scholarship – Applications close March 30
The 2012 ‘City of Perth’ Convention Scholarship is a $10,000 grant awarded annually to an individual representing a non-profit association to assist in their personal and professional development, either through attendance at a relevant international conference, or undertaking further study in their chosen field. Contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

$1 billion clean Technology Investment Programs for manufacturers launched
The Clean Technology Investment Program and Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program provide $1 billion in funding to help Australian manufacturers transition to a clean energy future. Grants are now available to help manufacturers to invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low pollution technologies, processes and products. Contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

Commercialisation Australia funding program
A competitive, merit-based assistance program offering funding and resources to accelerate the business building process for Australian companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors. It offers a range of funding options as well as multi-layered networking opportunities to help you achieve business success. Contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

3 Wishes Year of the Dragon Competition
Congratulations to Anita Kidd , Mosquita, WA who won 3 hours of mentoring with her wishes to sell to more retailers; establish better work/life balance as young mum running homebased business; expand her jewellery business. We had a huge response from across Australia of entries and will allocate 10 runner-up vouchers of a complimentary ‘live’ webinar (valued $20) in the topic best suited to assist each entrants wishes come true.

Would you like a free website?
With your own website, you can help new and existing customers better understand what your business has to offer. As a partner of the Getting Aussie Business Online movement to help small businesses get online. Get started online now or contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

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News Update – February 2012

 

NEWS

Networking Event: Belmont Business Sundowner
Belmont Business Sundowner, Wednesday 28th March 5pm-7pm. Complimentary Entry. Nibbles sponsored by 150 East Bar & Restaurant, 150 Great Eastern Highway Ascot. All Welcome, Free Entry – book online at www.belmontbec.com/events

International Women’s Day, March 8
Join us for an action packed celebration lunch of sharing stories, skills and talents with a huge range of interesting and inspiring speakers, artists, fashion parade, Afghan village handicrafts and candle lighting ceremony celebrating women from around the globe. Book online or contact Kaitlyn & Melissa on 9479 3777.

Are you connected to your clients properly?
How do you know you have the best system for all your Business communications? ANM are specialists in Mobile and Internet communication for all types of services from small home offices to larger enterprises. If you are looking for a communication specialist that understands IT networks, ISP, VoIP, Mobiles and can advise on the best solutions for your business needs. No obligation assessment & quote – contact ANM now and quote: belmontbec

Scam Alert: Fake Government Grant Cold-Calls
Scammers claiming to represent the Australian Government have been targeting Australians. The Department has identified a cold-call scam operation where the scammer announces themselves as the Australian Government Grants Department and claims ownership of the Government’s website www.grantslink.gov.au. If you receive a suspicious call take care with any information you provide and if unsure call 1800 026 222 (toll free). More details available online.

Creative Rural Women through Enterprise Development and Global Fashion Opportunities
TCF Global and Belmont BEC are presenting a seminar in New York, March 2 with guest speakers from around the globe including Trend Forecasting from Stylesight; Nigeria Fashion Week; World Fashion Organisation. BBEC & TCF CEO Carol Hanlon is also attending the United Nations CSW general sessions as delegate BPW. Visit www.tcfglobal.com/empoweringwomen or email carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com for further information.

Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors
Interested to sell goods or services to multinational Fortune 500 companies or wish to source from women owned businesses globally through the International Trade Centre (ITC) program. BPW Business Incubator project being launched in New York on March 2, will assist women to develop business skills to access these amazing opportunities To register visit www.bpwbusinessincubator.com, and email carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com completed registration from.

National Broadband Rollout – Victoria Park, Burswood and Great Eastern Highway
National Broadband Rollout will moving up from Victoria Park and along Burswood and Great Eastern Highway during current upgrade roadwork’s. Ongoing maps of rollouts available to view online.

Trends @ My Business Incubator: John Stanley reports on the retail Trends for 2012
Weekday Convenience and Weekend Experience will be the major drivers in 2012 in retailing. The consumer will expect you to provide convenience in the week which may mean you will need to offer different services in the week. At the weekend they want your store to WOW them and therefore more theatrical events will need to be organised at weekends to catch the consumer’s attention. For more information and retail trends contact Clarisse.

Absolute Edge First Click Facebook, March 28 and First Click Twitter, March 29 – Perth
The Absolute Edge Perth social media course will show you how to avoid potentially costly and damaging social media marketing mistakes and leverage Facebook and twitter to grow a fanbase, generate leads, build sales lists and increase sales. Further information available online or contact Kylie at Absolute Edge on 9361 3055 or email kylie@absoluteedgemarketing.com.au

Do you need to contact the Media? Consult the Margaret Gee’s Australian Media Guide for FREE
This Media Guide is now available for consultation for FREE to all our Friends of Belmont BEC. You can now research and connect with all the major media outlets in Australia and get updated email addresses to send your next Press Releases. (Book’s market value: $600). To book for a free consultation of the book at the office, contact Clarisse.

Just about everything a Retail Manager needs to know by John Stanley
The ‘how-to’ retail book every manager should read! By retail consultant John Stanley, this book is a wealth of information for every retail manager and store owner. Retailers can collect their complimentary copy of the book from 7 Fairbrother Street Belmont 6104 or be posted within Australia for a $10 postage handling fee. Contact us to reserve your copy or for more on John Stanley Retail Advisory services.

Send us your News
Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@belmontbec.com or contact 08 9479 3777 for further information.

Speaker Opportunities
Belmont BEC is calling for guest presenters who would like to participate in the 2012 Designedge Innovation Festival to run nationally April 16 – May 31. An associate festival of the Australian Innovation Festival this is a great opportunity to present to new networks. Forward your speaker profile and presentation topic to support@belmontbec.com

Digital Futures Forum, March 29
Digital Futures Forum 2012 showcasing current and future benefits and trends of the digital economy. Find out how business, industry and large scale government services will be transformed by new digital initiatives such as the National Broadband Network (NBN). For further information please contact info@belmontbec.com

Business Assistance

What’s on?
Our Business Facilitator have once again prepared a whole range of support solutions to help you reach your business goals. If you are unsure of what is best suited for you, contact us at support@belmontbec.com

‘Live’ Webinars
Online Training from your office or home

06 March How to Brief your Website Developer
07 March How to Start a New Business
07 March Blogging
12 March Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
12 March Writing Tender or Grant Submissions
13 March Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
13 March SEO & Google Adwords
14 March Marketing for Small Business
14 March Social Media: LinkedIn/Twitter
15 March Starting a Fashion Label
15 March Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
15 March Linking with Retailers and Agents
19 March How to Start a New Business
19 March Keeping Customers in Difficult Times
19 March Protect your Business from Disaster
20 March E-commerce & Online Databases
21 March Business Planning Simplified
21 March Social Media: Facebook
22 March How To Prepare a Business for Sale
26 March Buying and Selling a Small Business
27 March Importing & Exporting
27 March Credit Management & Debt Collection
27 March Marketing for Small Fashion Business
27 March Creating an Online Shop
28 March Email Marketing Campaign
30 March Ways to Grow Your Business

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of Belmont BEC.
For a full list of upcoming events in March visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact us at info@belmontbec.com

Never attended a webinar?
A Web-based seminar is great way to participate in a seminar without leaving the Office or Home. For first time attendees or if you would like to maximise your understanding of how to use webinar functions to your full potential visit our user friendly guide available online or contact 9479 3777 for further assistance.

Update your details
If you have moved or changed your phone/email contact details please remember to let us know. Email us at info@belmontbec.com or contact Kiera at 9479 3777.

OPPORTUNITIES

Innovation Vouchers – Round 2 – Applications close 12pm, March 2
Are you a SME with a Great Idea? Innovation WA recognises that you have great ideas and is offering eligible SME’s a financial boost to assist with turning your ideas into commercial reality. Up to $20,000 available to access professional skills, services or knowledge that will enable you to advance your idea or commercial activity in WA. Reminder: Applications close 2nd March. Contact support@belmontbec.com for further information.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards – Applications close March 13
The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition designed to identify, support and encourage projects by female entrepreneurs. The application period closes March 13. Contact info@belmontbec.com or apply online.

City of Perth’ Convention Scholarship – Applications close March 30
The 2012 ‘City of Perth’ Convention Scholarship is a $10,000 grant awarded annually to an individual representing a non-profit association to assist in their personal and professional development, either through attendance at a relevant international conference, or undertaking further study in their chosen field. Contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

$1 billion clean Technology Investment Programs for manufacturers launched
The Clean Technology Investment Program and Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program provide $1 billion in funding to help Australian manufacturers transition to a clean energy future. Grants are now available to help manufacturers to invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low pollution technologies, processes and products. Contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

Commercialisation Australia funding program
A competitive, merit-based assistance program offering funding and resources to accelerate the business building process for Australian companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors. It offers a range of funding options as well as multi-layered networking opportunities to help you achieve business success. Contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

3 Wishes Year of the Dragon Competition
Congratulations to Anita Kidd , Mosquita, WA who won 3 hours of mentoring with her wishes to sell to more retailers; establish better work/life balance as young mum running homebased business; expand her jewellery business. We had a huge response from across Australia of entries and will allocate 10 runner-up vouchers of a complimentary ‘live’ webinar (valued $20) in the topic best suited to assist each entrants wishes come true.

Would you like a free website?
With your own website, you can help new and existing customers better understand what your business has to offer. As a partner of the Getting Aussie Business Online movement to help small businesses get online. Get started online now or contact info@belmontbec.com for further information.

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News Update – January 2012

 

Belmont BEC wishes you a wonderful and successful New Year. We hope we can help you reach your business goals and face the market successfully through our range of services, webinars and information resources.

Happy New Year!

Dragon-TileHappy New Year to all and for the Chinese New Year of the Water Dragon, January 23rd.

Carol H, Clarisse, Carol W, Geoffrey, Dennis, Marg, Kaitlyn, Denice and the team

International Women’s Day 2012

jilalgasInternational Women’s Day 2012

Join us for an action packed lunch on March 8th with a celebration of sharing stories, skills and talents with a huge range of interesting and inspiring speakers, artists, designers, fashion showcase village handicrafts and candle lighting ceremony celebrating women from around the globe. Limited seating, book online or contact Kaitlyn at 9479 3777.

Are you connected to your clients properly?

Studies show that choosing an appropriate Communication carrier for your business will not only save you some bucks but can save you time and allow you to expand your market. How do you know you have the best solution for your Business growth? ANM are specialists in Mobile and internet communication for all types of services from small home offices to larger enterprises. ANM sell solutions, not products to their clients. If you are looking for a communication specialists that understands your business needs and can recommend the best solution for you, contact ANM now and quote: belmontbec

Just about everything a Retail Manager needs to know by John Stanley

The ‘how-to’ retail book every manager should read! By world famous retail consultant John Stanley, this retail book is a wealth of information for every retail manager and store owner. Retailers can collect their complimentary copy of the book from 7 Fairbrother Street Belmont 6104 or be posted within Australia for a $10 postage handling fee. Contact us for more info.

TCF Global & Belmont BEC Seminar – UN CSW56 – New York, March 2

As part of the United Nations Commission Status Women (UNCSW) NGO events being ran in New York during Feb/March – TCF Global, Belmont BEC & BPW will be delivering seminar on – Empowering Women in Rural Communities through enterprise development and global fashion opportunities. Designers wishing to link with women in developing countries for product development re embroidery, sewing, textiles & accessories please contact carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com

Thinking and Speaking Off the Cuff? February 7

One day workshop designed to help you think and talk on your feet in situations that may arise unexpectedly, or without notice. The ability to think and speak on your feet is a tremendous asset to have in your social, business and daily life. Speaking off the cuff is often required for meetings, impromptu presentations, supervising staff, job interviews and when responding to questions from an audience. More information available online.

Improve your web communication with Motion Design

Willing to add a bit more boost to your website and videos online? Experienced Motion Designer, Julien Noyer, is now available for our members willing to take their communication to the next level smartly at a special rate. View his portfolio on Vimeo or Lets-get-motivated blog. For more information on what is Motion Design and full contact details, contact Clarisse.

Send us your News

Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Contact us for more info.


 

Business Assistance

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Our Business Facilitator have once again prepared a whole range of support solutions to help you reach your business goals. If you are unsure of what is best suited for you, contact us at support@belmontbec.com

Webinars

16/1 Buying or Selling a Small Business

16/1 Business Planning

17/1 How to Brief your Website Developer

18/1 Protect your Business from Disaster

18/1 Blogging

12/1 Starting a Fashion Label

12/1 Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls

12/1 Linking with Retailers and Agents

23/1 How to Start a Small Business*

24/1 Importing & Exporting

24/1 Creating an Online Shop

25/1 Keeping your Customers in Difficult Times

25/1 LinkedIn/Twitter

25/1 Writing Tender or Grant Submissions

30/1 Pricing, Costing & Cashflow

31/1 Media Strategy Using Online Tools

 

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of Belmont BEC.

For a full list of upcoming events in January visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777.

 

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact Kaitlyn at info@belmontbec.com

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OPPORTUNITIES

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards – Applications Now Open!

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition designed to identify, support and encourage projects by female entrepreneurs. The application period closes March 13, 2012. To apply visit www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/how-to-apply

Would you like a free website?

With your own website, you can help new and existing customers better understand what your business has to offer. As a partner of the Getting Aussie Business Online movement to help small businesses get online. Visit www.belmontbec.com/GABO and get started now!

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