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News Update – November 2013

 

 

Belmont BEC News update

Celebrate Small Business Success!

Book Your Tickets Now to the ‘Night of the Stars’ Nov 28th

Don’t miss the opportunity to Celebrate Small Business Success at the 20th Belmont Small Business Awards, Grand Ballroom, Perth Exhibition Convention Centre. 6pm-8pm.  Table bookings $690
Book Tickets www.belmontbec.com/awardtickets

Make a plan to be energy efficient

Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our monthly energy-saving tips.
Don’t forget to book for our FREE webinars or register for our FREE Helpline & Energy Mentoring www.belmontbec.com/calendar

NOVEMBER
Cool Off – Make sure your AC equipment is in top running order, since cooling puts the greatest stress on your summer energy bills.
Read our next Newsletter for next month’s tips or subscribe to our blog…

FREE Seminar

Equipment Finance in your Business, 6.30pm-8pm, Friday 15th November

Valuable tips that can assist you in understanding the benefits to financing aspects of your business equipment including vehicles.
Bookings by 8th November – Westpac, 215 Belmont Ave, Belmont, Daniel Petkov, dpetkov@westpac.com.au Phone 9259 3922

The Nifnex Business Review

Download the latest edition for a great range of technology stories www.nifnex.com.au

Belmont Business Sundowner

2014 DIARY DATE Belmont Business Sundowner, will return on January 29th, 2014

Book online www.belmontbec.com/calendar

Apply for Free Mentoring

MY Business Incubator providing online support to small business across Western Australia
Would you like to access free mentoring and free business webinars to assist your business growth and development? Register at www.belmontbec.com/mybiform

Other opportunities also available under the BPW Business Incubator project providing online support to women in business anywhere in Australia. Register at www.belmontbec.com/bpwbiform

Services provided by My Business Incubator and BPW Business Incubator are partly supported by the Australian Government.

NEWS

LAST CHANCE – India International Coir Fair, New Delhi, Nov 25-26, 2013
Join the TCF Global & Belmont BEC Buying Mission with sponsored airfare and accommodation for existing firms interested to source floor covering products, horticultural products, erosion control products, rubberized coir products, coir wood, wood substitute products. Event info www.iicf2013.com.in  Contact us for application form

Are you an Australian Small Retail Business?
Join this campaign ‘Encouraging Australian Consumers to Shop Small’.  Visit www.shopsmallaustralia.com

Wisdom of Wealth Workshop, Saturday November 9th
Presented by Christina Cabrera, Blue Edge Financial Planning will take you through the steps to become financially savvy. $65
Bookings 9244 4394

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: To book an appointment email support@tcfwa.com

Accreditation for Business Advisors, Mentors, Facilitators
Interested to get formal accreditation for your past experiences in providing small business mentoring, advisory and facilitation. Apply to Australian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators email info@aief.org.au view requirements & benefits www.aief.org.au

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

Air Conditioning accounts for about 40% of the energy consumption in most businesses, and accounts for about 70% of the building owner’s (common area) energy bills, and is the key contributor to peak demand charges.  Contact us for Free Fact Sheet, Live Webinar, Recording or Free Mentor to help you lower your energy costs.
Or register at www.tcfaustralia.com/tcfaenergyform

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?

Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – contact us for info.
Can’t make the time or date – request a recording!

07 Nov  TCF Global Sourcing Opportunities
07 Nov  Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing
07 Nov  Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors
11 Nov  Starting Your New Business
12 Nov  TESTEX – Certification, Accreditation & Labelling
12 Nov  Reduce Costs in Air conditioning
12 Nov  Reduce Office Equipment Energy Costs
12 Nov  Reduce Lighting costs in your Business
12 Nov  Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
13 Nov  Monitoring your Energy Bills in Your Business
13 Nov  Buying or Selling a Small Business
13 Nov  Marketing for Small Fashion Business
14 Nov  Tips on Starting your own Fashion Label
14 Nov  Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
14 Nov  Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
15 Nov  Free Legal Advice
15 Nov  How to Licence your Trademarks & Designs Webinar
15 Nov  Effective Credit Management and Debt Collection
19 Nov  Writing Your Business Plan
19 Nov  Tips on using Social Media in your Business
19 Nov  Tips for Building a Successful Business
19 Nov  Grow Your Business Strategically
20 Nov  Tips on Saving Energy in Your Business
20 Nov  Energy Usage in your Supply Chains – Upstream & Downstream
20 Nov  Importing & Exporting
20 Nov  Marketing on a Budget
21 Nov  Preparing for a Trade Event
21 Nov  What Buyers Are Really Looking For – Recording
21 Nov  Dealing with Agents or Retailers
21 Nov  Establishing Your Label in the USA – Recording
25 Nov  Time Management
26 Nov  Reduce Costs in Air conditioning
26 Nov  Reduce Lighting costs in your Business
26 Nov  Reduce Office Equipment Energy Costs
26 Nov  Creating an Online Shop
27 Nov  Tips for Business Facilitators
27 Nov  Starting Your New Business Workshop
27 Nov  Balancing Work & Life
28 Nov  NIGHT OF STARS Awards Night – 1 Ticket
28 Nov  NIGHT OF STARS Awards Night – 2 Tickets
28 Nov  NIGHT OF STARS Awards Night – Table of 8

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

Opportunities

Special Offer – Five Free Tickets to attend 15th Nov – Effective Credit & Debt Collection webinar to improve your cash flow and collect overdue debts.  Presented by Jules Lewin, Charthill Legal.
Email us in 25 words or less ‘Why your business will benefit to improve its cashflow’ to go in the draw to win a Webinar valued at $30.

Asian Licensing Conference, Hong Kong, January 6-7, 2014
Looking for ways to generate new revenue for your business? Want to bring your
business to new heights? Licensing is the key!
Contact us for information

Winning Customers AND Saving Money
Corporate spending on product sustainability initiatives will accelerate as sustainable
product pioneers such as H&M, Nokia and Puma share evidence of the business
benefits they achieved, according to a report from Verdantix.  97% of 250 firms increased
their planned spending on sustainable product/service innovation  contact us for
free webinar on sustainable accreditation or join

Access to IBISWorld Industry Reports
IBISWorld produce comprehensive, up to date research & forecast reports on over 500

industries, including statistics and analysis. Belmont BEC/TCFWA members can access
IBISreports at our office to better assist you in business planning. Contact us for more
information.

Planning your next event?
Are you a local business looking for cheaper venue rates when you book anything from
a small meeting room through to your Christmas Party and anything in between?
Contact us today as we have some great offers from our network.

Office space 
Are you looking for a shared office or storage space? Contact us

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News Update – October 2013

 

 

LAST CHANCE – NOMINATE YOUR BUSINESS – Entries Close 28th Oct

Don’t miss the opportunity to be rewarded at the 20th Belmont Small Business Awards.Nominate your business or another business you believe deserves recognition for their achievements. You can be located anywhere in WA to participate.
Go to www.belmontbec.com/awards or email us at awards@belmontbec.com
Free Information sessions available every Wednesday

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Make a plan to be energy efficient

Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our monthly energy-saving tips.
Don’t forget to book for our FREE webinars or register for our FREE Helpline & Energy Mentoring www.belmontbec.com/calendar

OCTOBER
Drive Smarter:  Avoid speeding, rapid acceleration, and rapid breaking to lower gas mileage by 33% (at highway speeds). Drivers can save litres of fuel or nearly $1000, by driving sensibly on the highway.

Read our next Newsletter for next month’s tips or subscribe to our blog

Belmont Business Sundowner, October 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

Apply for Free Mentoring

MY Business Incubator providing online support to small business across Western Australia
Would you like to access free mentoring and free business webinars to assist your business growth and development? Register atwww.belmontbec.com/mybiform

other opportunities also available under the BPW Business Incubator project providing online support to women in business anywhere in Australia

Services provided by My Business Incubator and BPW Business Incubator are partly supported by the Australian Government.

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: To book an appointment email support@tcfwa.com

Accreditation for Business Advisors, Mentors, Facilitators
Interested to get formal accreditation for your past experiences in providing small business mentoring, advisory and facilitation. Apply to Australian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators email info@aief.org.au view requirements & benefitswww.aief.org.au

Rise of China’s Middle-Class online
According to China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC), June 2013, Internet users in Chinese mainland is 590 million, of which 464 million (or 78.5%) use their mobile phones for Internet access. A survey on China’s Middle-class Consumers published by HKTDC Research, enterprises should consider strategies on how to use appropriate means to promote their products and services via the “screens” of consumers. Contact us for the article

Australia a nation of spenders

Australians spend more than $1000 a month on a range of consumer goods, according to the latest Emma (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia) Product Insights Report. A survey of 54,000 highlights, 78 per cent have shopped online and  86 per cent have been to a shopping centre in the past four weeks. Averages highlight – grocery $141, clothing $104 , furniture/homewares $101, electrical goods $96, hardware/gardening $83, and IT products $77.  Seven in 10 Australians have shopped online domestically, with 61 per cent shopping on overseas sites. Those earning more than $80,000 a year and tertiary educated shop online most. Those aged 30 to 44 topped the list of online shoppers, at 87 per cent of males and 85 per cent of females. Australia’s biggest spenders are 30 to 60 year olds earning $80,000-plus per annum. They represent the top 33 per cent of spending per month, with an average spend of $1900 per month. Contact us for the full report

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

My Shelter Foundation
is taking sustainable building solutions to the grassroots level.  Latest project ‘Litter of Light, bringing eco-friendly bottle light to communities living without electricity.  You need sunshine, an old plastic bottle filled with water and chlorine, you get a 55-watt solar bulb that refracts sunlight! It’s powerful enough to light up a home but more than that it’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy to make. Like the full details and video of how to make a light Contact us

Blinds could be the future of power generation
Deakin University PhD student Gayathri Devi Rajmohan has applied a plasma treatment to alter the surface of the tiny spheres in order to load more dye and to improve the movement of electrons. This means that more sunlight can be captured and converted to electricity.   “By using this new technology we have started to increase the efficiency of the dye-sensitised solar cell and we believe this is one step closer to seeing our city buildings covered with cheap, flexible and efficient solar panels, so that, just like a rainforest, every bit of sunlight is captured and used without leaving any carbon footprint.”  Contact us for the article

GreenBizCheck update: What is the business value in driving sustainable lifestyles?
A new survey shows business leaders predict exponential growth in consumer demand for sustainable living within five years. But is the case for business action there?   Read More

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?

Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – contact us for info

07 Oct 2013  Starting Your New Business
08 Oct 2013  Reduce Costs in Air conditioning
08 Oct 2013  Reduce Lighting costs in your Business
08 Oct 2013  Reduce Office Equipment Energy Costs
08 Oct 2013  Pricing, Costing & Cashflow
09 Oct 2013  Monitoring your Energy Bills in Your Business
09 Oct 2013  Marketing for Small Fashion Business
09 Oct 2013  Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
10 Oct 2013  Tips on Starting you own Fashion Label
10 Oct 2013  Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
10 Oct 2013  Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
10 Oct 2013  Get noticed by the Media
11 Oct 2013  How to Licence your Trademarks & Designs Webinar
11 Oct 2013  Effective Credit Management and Debt Collection
15 Oct 2013  Writing Your Business Plan
15 Oct 2013  Tips on using Social Media in your Business
16 Oct 2013  Tips on Saving Energy in Your Business
16 Oct 2013  Energy Usage in your Supply Chains
16 Oct 2013  Belmont Small Business Awards Info Session
16 Oct 2013  Marketing on a Budget
17 Oct 2013  Preparing for a Trade Event
17 Oct 2013  What Buyers Are Really Looking For
17 Oct 2013  Dealing with Agents or Retailers
17 Oct 2013  Establishing Your Label in the USA – Recording
22 Oct 2013  Importing & Exporting
22 Oct 2013  Grow Your Business Strategically
22 Oct 2013  Creating an Online Shop
23 Oct 2013  App Your Business
23 Oct 2013  Balancing Work & Life
24 Oct 2013  Tips for Business Facilitators
24 Oct 2013  Fashioning Sustainability
29 Oct 2013  Reduce Costs in Air conditioning
29 Oct 2013  Reduce Lighting costs in your Business
29 Oct 2013  Reduce Office Equipment Energy Costs

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

OPPORTUNITIES

Winning Customers AND Saving Money
Corporate spending on product sustainability initiatives will accelerate as sustainable product pioneers such as H&M, Nokia and Puma share evidence of the business benefits they achieved, according to a report from Verdantix.  97% of 250 firms increased their planned spending on sustainable product/service innovation contact us for free webinar on sustainable accreditation or join

Access to IBISWorld Industry Reports
IBISWorld produce comprehensive, up to date research & forecast reports on over 500 industries, including statistics and analysis. Belmont BEC/TCFWA members can access IBISreports at our office to better assist you in business planning.Contact us for more information.

Planning your next event?
Are you a local business looking for cheaper venue rates when you book anything from a small meeting room through to your Christmas Party and anything in between? Contact us today as we have some great offers from our network.

Office space 
Are you looking for a shared office or storage space? Contact us

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News Update – September 2013

 

Make a plan to be energy efficient

Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our monthly energy-saving tips.
Don’t forget to book for our FREE webinars or register for our FREE Helpline & Energy Mentoring www.belmontbec.com/calendar

SEPTEMBER
With spring just around the corner, get ready to open up your home to new, efficient windows. Replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows can save you up to $1000 annually.

Read our next Newsletter for next month’s tips or subscribe to our blog

Nominate today

Don’t miss the opportunity to be rewarded at the 20th Belmont Small Business Awards. Nominate your business or another business you believe deserves recognition for their achievements. You can be located anywhere in WA to participate.
Go to www.belmontbec.com/awards or email us at awards@belmontbec.com
Free Information sessions available every Wednesday

Belmont Business Sundowner, September 25th

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

Apply for Free Mentoring

MY Business Incubator providing online support to small business across Western Australia
Would you like to access free mentoring and free business webinars to assist your business growth and development? Register at www.belmontbec.com/mybiform

other opportunities also available under the BPW Business Incubator project providing online support to women in business anywhere in Australia

Services provided by My Business Incubator and BPW Business Incubator are partly supported by the Australian Government.

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: To book an appointment email support@belmontbec.com

Concerned about your Privacy?
Businesses can provide a postal address when completing a registration or add ABN to their registration using ASIC Connect. Add your postal address and ABN details on ASIC Connect.

Permanent Impressions
This innovative art exhibition is travelling across Western Australia featuring 50 portraits of women in WA by artist Jana Vodesil-Baruffi. To view dates: Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland, Albany, Esperance, Margaret River, Bunbury & Mandurah. View dates & paintings (Including the portrait of BBEC/TCFWA Carol Hanlon and leading WA women in business & community)

Look out for tax refund phishing scams
A new phishing email claiming to be from the ATO is currently circulating that claims you are entitled to a tax refund. But watch out – the online form and link are fake, and are designed to steal your personal information or infect your computer with malware. To update your tax details online, visit the ATO’s official website or call 13 28 66.

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

GreenBizCheck update
Four Tips on Guiding Employees to Greener Energy Habits A recent report published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, found the following four actions to be the most helpful in changing employees behaviour to become more sustainable. Read More…

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?

Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – contact us for info

03 Sep Measuring Energy Usage in Your Business
04 Sep Belmont Small Business Awards Webinar
05 Sep TESTEX – Certification, Accreditation & Labelling
05 Sep TCF Global Sourcing Opportunities
05 Sep Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing
05 Sep Global Platform on Sourcing from Women Vendors
10 Sep Pricing, Costing & Cashflow
11 Sep Monitoring your Energy Bills in Your Business
11 Sep Belmont Small Business Awards Info Workshop
11 Sep Buying and Selling a Small Business
11 Sep Marketing for Small Fashion Business
11 Sep Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
12 Sep Tips on Starting you own Fashion Label
12 Sep Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
12 Sep Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
13 Sep Free Legal Advice
13 Sep How to Licence your Trademarks & Designs
13 Sep Effective Credit Management & Debt Collection
16 Sep BPW Dinner: Empowered Women Leading Business
17 Sep Get noticed by the Media
17 Sep Reduce Costs in Air conditioning
17 Sep Reduce Lighting costs in your Business
17 Sep Reduce Office Equipment Energy Costs
18 Sep Tips on Saving Energy in Your Business
18 Sep Energy Usage in your Supply Chains
18 Sep Belmont Small Business Awards Webinar
18 Sep Marketing on a Budget
19 Sep Preparing for a Trade Event
19 Sep What Buyers Are Really Looking For
19 Sep Dealing with Agents or Retailers
23 Sep How To Prepare a Business for Sale
24 Sep Importing & Exporting
24 Sep Grow Your Business Strategically
24 Sep Creating an Online Shop
24 Sep Reduce Costs in Air conditioning
24 Sep Reduce Lighting costs in your Business
24 Sep Reduce Office Equipment Energy Costs
25 Sep Belmont Small Business Awards Info Workshop
25 Sep Starting Your New Business Workshop
25 Sep ‘Ask an Expert’ Belmont BEC Sundowner
26 Sep Fashioning Sustainability
26 Sep Women’s Empowerment Principles
27 Sep Tips on using Social Media in your Business

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

OPPORTUNITIES

APEC Women in Economy Forum, 6-8 September, Bali, Indonesia
Belmont BEC & TCF CEO, Carol Hanlon is an invited delegate to attend 2013 APEC Women in Economy Forum, Bali Indonesia and will also attending the APEC SME’s Doing Business In APEC Forum. If any Belmont BEC/TCF clients have an interest to do business in any of the 21 countries APEC economies (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) please email your area of interest to carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com

Access to IBISWorld Industry Reports
IBISWorld produce comprehensive, up to date research & forecast reports on over 500 industries, including statistics and analysis. Belmont BEC/TCFWA members can access IBISreports at our office to better assist you in business planning. Contact us for more information.

Planning your next event?
Are you a local business looking for cheaper venue rates when you book anything from a small meeting room through to your Christmas Party and anything in between? Contact us today as we have some great offers from our network.

Office space 
Are you looking for a shared office or storage space? Contact us

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News Update – July 2013

 

Make a plan to be energy efficient

Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our monthly energy-saving tips.
Don’t forget to book for our free webinars on www.belmontbec.com/calendar

July can be a weather-weary month to commute, so partner up with two friends at least twice a week to carpool and save $$$ each on yearly gas charges.

Read our next Newsletter for next month’s tips or subscribe to our blog

Nominate today

Don’t miss the opportunity to be rewarded at the 20th Belmont Small Business Awards. Nominate your business or another business you believe deserves recognition for their achievements. You can be located anywhere in WA to participate.
Go to www.belmontbec.com/awards or email us at awards@belmontbec.com
Free Information sessions available every Wednesday

Belmont Business Sundowner, July 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

Apply for Free Mentoring

MY Business Incubator providing online support to small business across Western Australia
Would you like to access free mentoring and free business webinars to assist your business growth and development? Register at www.belmontbec.com/mybiform

other opportunities also available under the BPW Business Incubator project providing online support to women in business anywhere in Australia

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: To book an appointment email support@belmontbec.com

TCF ORMOC Project – Packing Boxes
Do you have a store and don’t know what to do with unwanted packing boxes? Drop them at the Belmont BEC office Mon-Fri from 9 to 5pm this week only or contact us. These boxes are to finalise the packing of our next container for TCF ORMOC, Philippines project.

AusIndustry WA focus
With the highest level of solar radiation per square metre of any continent in the world, Australia has enviable solar energy resources. The Clean Technology Investment Programs Helping Manufacturers Invest in Solar Power brochure details how innovative businesses around Australia, including Hunsa Smallgoods in WA, are taking advantage of Australian Government funding to reduce their use of non-renewable energy, improve their environmental footprint and remain competitive. Read More…

If you need assistance assessing what is the best solution for your business no matter what industry, don’t miss our Implementing Energy Efficiency at your Business webinar and apply for 1 hour free mentoring.

Top 10 Bad Business Handshakes
Don’t let your business get off to a shaky start! To help raise awareness of the importance of making a good first impression, Business.gov.au developed a humorous video countdown of the Top 10 Bad Business Handshakes!
Join us at the Belmont Business Sundowner to practice your best business Handshake! www.belmontbec.com/events

Women Leadership for Enterprise, Dhaka, Bangladesh
10th Commonwealth Women’s Ministers Affairs Meeting & Commonwealth Foundation & BRAC Conference
BBEC & TCF CEO Carol Hanlon was recently invited to attend these Commonwealth Conferences on Women’s Leadership for Enterprise.  If you are interested in outcome statement and reports from the Conference please email carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

Top 5 tips for saving energy in your office
Watch this short animation from the Carbon Trust (UK) on how our behaviour and use of equipment can contribute towards the energy consumption of your office, and what you can do to help reduce this. Watch the video

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?
09 Jul Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
10 Jul Interpreting your Business Energy Bills
10 Jul Belmont Small Business Awards Info Session
10 Jul Buying and Selling a Small Business
10 Jul Marketing for Small Fashion Business
10 Jul Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
12 Jul Free Legal Advice
12 Jul How to Licence your Trademarks & Designs Webinar
12 Jul Preparing for a Trade Event
12 Jul What Buyers Are Really Looking For
12 Jul Dealing with Agents or Retailers
15 Jul Customers Matter
15 Jul BPW Dinner: Empowered Women Leading Business
16 Jul Writing Your Business Plan
16 Jul Tips for Business Facilitators
16 Jul Get noticed by the Media
16 Jul Tips for Building a Successful Business
17 Jul Implementing Energy Efficiency at your Business
17 Jul Business Opportunities in Energy Efficient Innovation
17 Jul Belmont Small Business Awards Info Session
17 Jul Marketing on a Budget
18 Jul Tips on Starting you own Fashion Label
18 Jul Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
18 Jul Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
18 Jul Quality Control in Apparel Manufacturing
22 Jul How To Prepare a Business for Sale
22 Jul Time Management
23 Jul Importing & Exporting
23 Jul Grow Your Business Strategically
24 Jul Belmont Small Business Awards Info Session
24 Jul Balancing Work & Life
25 Jul Dealing with Difficult Clients
25 Jul Fashioning Sustainability
30 Jul Creating an Online Shop
31 Jul ‘Ask an Expert’ Belmont BEC Sundowner

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

Kick start the new financial year with a business plan…
Plan for your success this financial year with the Business.gov apps, developed by business experts. Create well-structured plans, tailored to your business that you can access anytime, anywhere. If you do not have an iPad join our Business Plan Webinar or contact our business experts at support@belmontbec.com

OPPORTUNITIES

Access to IBISWorld Industry Reports
IBISWorld produce comprehensive, up to date research & forecast reports on over 500 industries, including statistics and analysis. Belmont BEC/TCFWA members can access IBISreports at our office to better assist you in business planning. Contact us for more information.

Planning your next event?
Are you a local business looking for cheaper venue rates when you book anything from a small meeting room through to your Christmas Party and anything in between? Contact us today as we have some great offers from our network.

Office space 
Are you looking for a shared office or storage space? Contact us

belmont_bec_logo

 

News Update – June 2013

 

Make a plan to be energy efficient

Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our monthly energy-saving tips.
Don’t forget to book for our free webinars on www.belmontbec.com/calendar

JUNE
Keep the Cold Out – Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking, and be sure your office is properly insulated to save up to 20% on energy bills.

Read our next Newsletter for next month’s tips or subscribe to our blog

Nominate today

Don’t miss the opportunity to be rewarded at the 20th Belmont Small Business Awards. Nominate your business or another business you believe deserves recognition for their achievements. You can be located anywhere in WA to participate.
Go to www.belmontbec.com/awards or email us at awards@belmontbec.com
Free Information sessions available every Wednesday

Belmont Business Sundowner, June 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

Apply for Free Mentoring

MY Business Incubator providing online support to small business across Western Australia
Would you like to access free mentoring and free business webinars to assist your business growth and development? Register at www.belmontbec.com/mybiform

other opportunities also available under the BPW Business Incubator project providing online support to women in business anywhere in Australia

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: To book an appointment email support@belmontbec.com

Procrastination is Your Enemy
Dennis Chiron reports: Everyone procrastinates sometimes, but did you know that 20% of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions? If you have any difficulty with your business, contact us. We may just have the right solution for you to focus on what really mathers for your business.

Recycle unwanted computer equipment
The City of Perth Lions Club is seeking unwanted computer equipment for their Computer Refurbishment Project through TADWA (Technical Assistance for People with Disabilities) where a small group of retired professional people give freely of their time and expertise to collect, clean, refresh and distribute used computer equipment to provide a supply of low cost computers to Seniors, Pensioners, Students and the disadvantaged. For computer disposal, contact Computer Project Chairman, City of Perth(Host) Lions Club, Murray Fletcher on 92583891 or email smfnbridge33@yahoo.com

Access to IBISWorld Industry Reports
IBISWorld produce comprehensive, up to date research & forecast reports on over 500 industries, including statistics and analysis. Belmont BEC/TCFWA members can access IBISreports at our office to better assist you in business planning. Contact us for more information.

Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors
If you would like to register for this program as buyer to source from women owned businesses in developing countries or perhaps register as a seller (51% owned or managed by women) then you may be eligible to link with Fortune 500 companies for a % of their procurement budget.   An International Trade Centre (ITC) program in conjunction with WEConnect and BPW International – target Industry sectors are IT, Telecomms, BPO, Clean & Green Technologies, Construction, Mining, Coffee, Garments & Apparel, Office Products & Services, Suppliers to Major International Events, Shipping & Logistics. For further information email carol.hanlon@tcfglobal.com or join our free info webinar on www.belmontbec.com/calendar

Commonwealth Business Women
A program of the Commonwealth Business Council and launched during CHOGM Perth 2011 in conjunction with BPW International and British Association of Women Entrepreneurs.  Commonwealth Business Women will assist you to link and network with women in business from their 54 country members of the Commonwealth email carol.hanlon@tcfglobal.com  for further linkages and information.

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

Clean Energy Map
Australians are now able to follow and share clean and renewable energy projects across the country, thanks to a new online Clean Energy Map. It features more than 1,200 energy efficient and pollution saving projects from 16 separate Australian Government programs and initiatives, many of which have been funded by the carbon price. To find out more, get directed to the Clean Energy Map website from our blog.

Contact us for more information

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?
11 Jun Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
11 Jun Marketing for Small Fashion Business
12 Jun Interpreting your Business Energy Bills
12 Jun Buying and Selling a Small Business
12 Jun Belmont Small Business Awards Info Session 12/06
12 Jun Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
13 Jun Tips on Starting you own Fashion Label
13 Jun Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
13 Jun Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
13 Jun Quality Control in Apparel Manufacturing
14 Jun Free Legal Advice
14 Jun How to Licence your Trademarks & Designs Webinar
14 Jun TCF Global Sourcing Opportunities
14 Jun Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing
14 Jun Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors
17 Jun Tips for Business Facilitators
18 Jun Writing Your Business Plan
18 Jun Get noticed by the Media
18 Jun Tips for Building a Successful Business
19 Jun Implementing Energy Efficiency at your Business
19 Jun Business Opportunities in Energy Efficient Innovation
19 Jun Belmont Small Business Awards Webinar
19 Jun Marketing on a Budget
20 Jun Preparing for a Trade Event
20 Jun What Buyers Are Really Looking For
20 Jun Dealing with Agents or Retailers
21 Jun Customers Matter
24 Jun Time Management
25 Jun Importing & Exporting
25 Jun Grow Your Business Strategically
25 Jun Creating an Online Shop
26 Jun Belmont Small Business Awards Info Session 26/10
26 Jun Starting Your New Business Workshop
26 Jun 7 Essentials to creating Massive Success
26 Jun Balancing Work & Life
26 Jun ‘Ask an Expert’ Belmont BEC Sundowner
27 Jun Dealing with Difficult Clients
27 Jun Fashioning Sustainability

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

Kick start the new financial year with a business plan…
Plan for your success this next financial year with the Business.gov apps, developed by business experts. Create well-structured plans, tailored to your business that you can access anytime, anywhere. If you do not have an iPad join our Business Plan Webinar or contact our business experts at support@belmontbec.com

OPPORTUNITIES

SPECIAL OFFER to our Members
The Essentials App Guide and the Productivity App Guide will help you keep up to date with the Digital trends. You can also book an App Expert Session online. This offer is kindly offered by Allphones Belmont.
If you are not a member yet, join today

Wanted: Small business photos
The Office of the Australian Small Business Commissioner (ASBC) are looking to create a library of small business photos which can be published on the ASBC website and used in marketing material by the ASBC. The collection of photos will not be used to promote individual businesses, but to showcase small businesses conducting their everyday business. Send us your photo with short profile and contact details and we will onforward.

Enter the 2013 WA Innovator of the Year Awards – ENTRIES CLOSE 3PM 3 JULY 2013
Prize packages of up to a total value of $190,000 will be awarded to the winning innovations. Finalists will also be given the opportunity to take advantage of core business skills training and mentoring sessions with professionals. The competition is open to innovators across public, private and education sectors. For further enquiries please email: innovator_enquiries@commerce.wa.gov.au

Telstra Business Centre Belmont
Businesses can have access to Business Class at the Telstra Business Centre (TBC) in Belmont. TBC will provide small business in Perth South region with access to a range of market-leading technologies and services specifically designed to cater to business customers. Contact TBA at 1300 4TELCO or (08) 9373 1600 and info@tbcbelmont.com.au. TBA is also proudly sponsoring the Environment Award of the 20th edition of the Belmont Small Business Awards.

Office space 
Are you looking for a shared office or storage space? Contact us

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News Update – May 2013

 

Make a plan to be energy efficient

Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our monthly energy-saving tips.
Don’t forget to book for our free webinars on www.belmontbec.com/calendar

MAY
Think Global – In honour of ENERGY EFFICIENCY GLOBAL FORUM 2013, May 20-21st, share one of our tips that appear on our new blog with an international friend, family member, or associate to help save energy worldwide.

Read our next Newsletter for next month’s tips or subscribe to our blog

Nominate today

20th Belmont Small Business Awards launched on 17th April. Nominate your business or another business you believe deserves recognition for their achievements. You can be located anywhere in WA to participate.
Go to www.belmontbec.com/awards or email us at awards@belmontbec.com

Belmont Business Sundowner, May 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

Apply for Free Mentoring

MY Business Incubator providing online support to small business across Western Australia
Would you like to access free mentoring and free business webinars to assist your business growth and development? Register at www.belmontbec.com/mybiform

other opportunities also available under the BPW Business Incubator project providing online support to women in business anywhere in Australia

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: To book an appointment email support@belmontbec.com

WA – A State of Innovation
The Innovation Centre WA (ICWA) aims to increase the commercialisation of research and innovation in WA. ICWA conducts regular seminars and hosts events relating to the commercialisation of ideas, entrepreneurship and innovation. Contact us for more information

Do you run a small business?
You can access Free online education program on Australia’s competition and consumer laws. Modules available online delivered by the ACCC. Visit www.ccaeducationprograms.org

Small businesses beware – don’t let scammers slip under your radar with invoices for unwanted services
Adepto admitted that they had made false and misleading representations in relation to advertising services that were never requested. Even if small businesses did not agree to take out an ad, Adepto posted them a copy of the ad as published in the publication and an invoice seeking payment. If the business did not pay, Adepto representatives made follow-up calls demanding payment for the unwanted and unordered ad. How these scams start: You receive a call from someone claiming to represent a business directory or publication you’ve never heard of… For more information on false billing scams and other scams targeting small businesses, visit the SCAMwatch small business scams section or contact us

Keep Your Eye On The Steampunk Trend
Promostyl reports: when the imagination of a neo-retro goth marries with notions of the past, it gives birth to a trend that even scientists from IBM have defined as the major influential subject to emerge in the coming years.

Speak confidently and present like a professional
Public Speaking Dynamics has a full understanding of the wide and dynamic range of public speaking situations and requirements that occur during our lives. Tackle any speaking situation that confronts you, whether as a beginner, supervisor or as a manager presenting to the media or at a conference. Contact us to receive the list of workshops available in May

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

Make Your Home office Smarter
Having a more efficient office is not only good for the planet — it can also save you money on your electricity bill. Wattio, developed in the heart of Spain’s sustainable energy revolution, leverages smartphone technology and a suite of user-friendly hardware to allow you to monitor, control, and optimize your home’s energy use straight from your phone. Watch the Video on http://youtu.be/1xJOZcnu7RI

Contact us for more information

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?
13 May Developing Social Media policies for your business & staff
13 May Tips on using Social Media in your Business
14 May Understanding Energy Use in your Business
14 May Interpreting your Business Energy Bills
14 May Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
14 May Email Hell to Email Heaven in 60 Minutes
14 May Marketing on a Budget
15 May Energy Efficiency Accreditation
15 May Buying and Selling a Small Business
15 May Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
16 May Tips on Starting your own Fashion Label
16 May Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
16 May Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
16 May Quality Control in Apparel Manufacturing
20 May BPW Dinner: Empowered Women Leading Business
21 May Implementing Energy Efficiency at your Business
21 May Business Opportunities in Energy Efficient Innovation
21 May Writing Your Business Plan
21 May Tips for Building a Successful Business
22 May Self-managed Superfunds and Retirement Planning
22 May App Your Business
22 May Good Contracts Will Safeguard Your Business
23 May Preparing for a Trade Event
23 May What Buyers Are Really Looking For
23 May Dealing with Agents or Retailers
23 May Creating an Online Shop
28 May Understanding Energy Use in your Business
28 May Interpreting your Business Energy Bills
28 May Importing & Exporting
28 May Grow Your Business Strategically
29 May Energy Efficiency Accreditation
29 May Starting Your New Business Workshop
29 May Balancing Work & Life
29 May ‘Ask an Expert’ Belmont BEC Sundowner
30 May Fashioning Sustainability

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

Kick start the new financial year with a business plan…
Plan for your success this next financial year with the Business.gov apps, developed by business experts. Create well-structured plans, tailored to your business that you can access anytime, anywhere. If you do not have an iPad join our Business Plan Webinar or contact our business experts at support@belmontbec.com

OPPORTUNITIES

Free Creative Space – Vintage Shop Fremantle
A unique opportunity exists for a design creative to work from a new vintage pop-up shop in Fremantle in exchange for being a Shop Sitter!  Work on your design project, showcase your pieces and receive cross promotional support. Times are flexible Monday to Friday, Weekends optional.
Call Lisa on 0403 609 439 or email us

Opportunities for Small Businesses
Are you working on your marketing plan or planning a sales trip? Check www.belmontbec.com/opportunities for special offers. And if you have a special offer for our network contact us now to know how you can promote it.

Choosing premises for your business?
There are a number of things to consider when choosing a location for your business to lease. If you are  considering signing a retail lease, make sure you completely understand and agree with the clauses in the lease. Contact us for more details and also tips from Business.gov.au

 

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News Update – April 2013

 

Special Membership Offer

3 months Free Special Membership Offer Friends of Belmont BEC
Join in April for 12 months Membership benefits and receive 3 months for free, contact us to receive more details

www.belmontbec.com/membership

Make a plan to be energy efficient

Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our monthly energy-saving tips.
Don’t forget to book for our free webinars on www.belmontbec.com/calendar

APRIL
This month outsmart the energy vampires in your office by unplugging what you’re not using. Use a smart power strip for automatic savings.
Read our next Newstletter for next month’s tips…

Belmont Business Sundowner, Apr 24th

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

Apply for Free Mentoring

MY Business Incubator providing online support to small business across Western Australia
Would you like to access free mentoring and free business webinars to assist your business growth and development? Register at www.belmontbec.com/mybiform

other opportunities also available under the BPW Business Incubator project providing online support to women in business anywhere in Australia

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Next appointment April 12th Bookings on www.belmontbec.com/workshops or email support@belmontbec.com

SCAMwatch
Think carefully about unsolicited offers to register domain names overseas. SCAMwatch is warning businesses to treat with caution unsolicited invitations to register or renew internet domain names in China and other countries.

AusIndustry WA reports
WA’s premier wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited was recently awarded $1.27m funding from the Clean Technology Innovation Program to support a CETO Seawater Desalination Demonstration Pilot Plant. For more info, contact us

A Plan for Australian Jobs
The Australian Government job plan will give Australian firms a fair chance to win work on major resources and infrastructure projects, improving their opportunities to gain the experience, scale and business connections needed to successfully become part of global supply chains. Contact us for more info.

Did you know that…Home Based Business is Leading Australian Small Business?
According to Marketing Means Business, ABS data reveals that over 68% of all Micro and Small Business in Australia are home-based. According to the ABS, this is equivalent to approximately 2 million people. To read the full article, contact us

Can your smart phone help you be more Energy efficient?
We’ve found 10 Energy Efficiency Smartphone Apps for your business. All small businesses ready to test them and give us their feedback will get free mentoring with an Energy mentor! Apply now.

The surprising facts about Admin at Work
When Canon Australia commissioned a survey of 1,005 Australian office workers in late 2012, they discovered some unexpected insights: 65% secretly enjoy admin for a break but 63% say admin is a drain on productivity. 35% think their business should make better use of technology to manage admin. For tools on how to improve your admin and productivity in your office, contact us

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

Using Games to Engage Employees in Sustainability
Based on a National Environmental Education Foundation/Roper Report in America, only 12% of people would pass a basic energy quiz. Companies increasingly need to fill that gap by providing education and awareness programs that both engage and drive behaviour change. This is where game-based learning can work. To learn Green Biz Check rules of a tried and tested sustainability learning game you can use with your staff.

Contact us for more information

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?
08 Apr Starting Your New Business
09 Apr Implementing Energy Efficiency
09 Apr Business Opportunities in Energy Efficient Innovation
09 Apr Effective Credit Management & Debt Collection
10 Apr Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
10 Apr Energy Efficiency Accreditation
10 Apr Marketing on a Budget
10 Apr Get noticed by the Media
11 Apr Preparing for a Trade Event
11 Apr What Buyers Are Really Looking For
11 Apr Dealing with Agents or Retailers
16 Apr Understanding Energy Use in your Business
16 Apr Interpreting your Business Energy Bills
16 Apr Writing Your Business Plan
16 Apr Tips for Building a Successful Business
16 Apr How to Brief your Website Developer
17 Apr Buying and Selling a Small Business
17 Apr Belmont small Business Awards – Official Launch
18 Apr Tips on Starting you own Fashion Label
18 Apr Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
18 Apr Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
18 Apr Quality Control in Apparel Manufacturing
19 Apr The Adventures of Writing a Book
22 Apr Get Your Business Structure Right
23 Apr Implementing Energy Efficiency at your Business
23 Apr Business Opportunities in Energy Efficient Innovation
23 Apr Importing & Exporting
23 Apr Good Contracts Will Safeguard Your Business
23 Apr Grow Your Business Strategically
23 Apr Creating an Online Shop
24 Apr Email Hell to Email Heaven in 60 Minutes
24 Apr Energy Efficiency Accreditation
24 Apr Starting Your New Business
24 Apr 7 Essentials to creating Massive Success
24 Apr Balancing Work & Life
24 Apr ‘Ask an Expert’ Belmont BEC Sundowner
30 Apr Understanding Energy Use in your Business
30 Apr Interpreting your Business Energy Bills

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

Kick start the new year with a business plan…
Plan for your success this year with the Business.gov apps, developed by business experts. Create well-structured plans, tailored to your business that you can access anytime, anywhere. If you do not have an iPad join our Business Plan Webinar or contact our business experts at support@belmontbec.com

Energy Efficient Lighting Event
AIGroup in conjunction with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce are holding a free energy efficient lighting seminar on Friday 12 April. Bookings essentials at energyefficiencyassist@aigroup.asn.au

OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities for Small Businesses
Are you working on your marketing plan or planning a sales trip? Check www.belmontbec.com/opportunities for special offers.   And if you have a special offer for our network contact us now to know how you can promote it.

Are you exporting goods and/or services?
The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation’s (EFIC) purpose is to make export business opportunities happen. EFIC supports Australian businesses in expanding their export and offshore activities by providing finance and insurance solutions. For more info, contact us.

Choosing premises for your business?
There are a number of things to consider when choosing a location for your business to lease. If you are  considering signing a retail lease, make sure you completely understand and agree with the clauses in the lease. Contact us for more details and also tips from Business.gov.au

 

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News Update – February 2013

 

Happy New Year of the water Snake

Experts advise that this 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. We wish you a successful year and will remain on your side to support the progress of your business, celebrate your achievements and offering you a wide variety of business guidance and opportunities.

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

Belmont Business Sundowner, Feb 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

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Next appointment February 22nd Bookings on www.belmontbec.com/workshops or email support@belmontbec.com

Yes, you can be liable for misleading or false comments posted by followers on your business’s facebook page
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube give all businesses a new, direct way to interact with customers, to attract new customers, and to promote their products and services. However, businesses using social media channels have a responsibility to ensure content in these channels is accurate, irrespective of who put it there. For more info, come to our Sundowner 27 Feb to discuss the issue with our guest speaker from ACCC or contact us for recommendation.

The IP Australia website is now adaptive for mobile devices
If you are one of the thousands of small businesses creating, protecting, managing and commercializing your intellectual property, IP Australia now has a fully adaptive website for mobile devices to make it easier to access and download information, and to do business on-line.  www.ipaustralia.gov.au

Review into the Franchising Code of Conduct
The Minister for Small Business has announced a review into the Franchising Code of Conduct, calling for submissions from the franchising sector. Submissions close on Friday 15 February 2013. For more details on the review, contact us.

Skype scammers are posing as Customs and Border Protection officers
Customs and Border Protection is warning the public of fake Skype correspondence from the agency. A Skype profile, claiming to be from Customs and Border Protection, contacted an importer requesting payments and documentation to be supplied before cargo consignments would be released. If you have reason to doubt the validity of a caller or an email, ask for their name and contact details, then check these details with the Customs and Border Protection switchboard by calling 1300 558 287. You can also report any suspicious activities to Customs Watch by phoning 1800 06 1800

ACCC releases latest report on small business activities
The Small Business In Focus: small business, franchising and industry codes, July-December 2012 report is available on the ACCC website. Contact us for the link

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

Insulating Door Draught Excluder – slide one under your door to stop draughts
Wenko developed a clever draught excluder for doors that stops draughts and traps the warm or cool air in your office space areas, where you want it. This is an easy way to improve energy efficiency in your home office especially when you are leasing or cannot afford major home improvement. It will reduce your cooling or heating costs, save energy and reduce your carbon footprint

The Clean Energy Plan and Australia’s industries
This new IBIS report is now available at the Belmont BEC office. Contact the Belmont BEC team for a Free consultation.

Clean Technology Investment Programs
Visit the AusIndustry updated website for access to key program information and connect to energy efficiency resources.  Find out about successful applications using the new searchable Grant Recipients list where you can search for emission reduction and energy saving projects in your industry sector.

Contact us for more information

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?
13 Feb – Effective Credit Management and Debt Collection
14 Feb TCF Global Sourcing Opportunities
14 Feb
Get noticed by the Media
14 Feb
Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing
14 Feb Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors
18 Feb
BPW Dinner: Empowered Women Leading Business
19 Feb
Writing Your Business Plan
20 Feb
Buying and Selling a Small Business
21 Feb
What Buyers Are Really Looking For
21 Feb
Dealing with Agents or Retailers
21 Feb
Preparing for a Trade Event
26 Feb
Importing & Exporting
27 Feb
Tips on Starting you own Fashion Label
27 Feb
Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
27 Feb
Starting Your New Business
27 Feb
Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
27 Feb
Quality Control in Apparel Manufacturing
27 Feb
‘Ask an Expert’ Belmont BEC Sundowner
28 Feb
Fashioning Sustainability
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

Kick start the new year with a business plan…
Plan for your success this year with the Business.gov apps, developed by business experts. Create well-structured plans, tailored to your business that you can access anytime, anywhere. If you do not have an iPad join our Business Plan Webinar or contact our business experts at support@belmontbec.com

OPPORTUNITIES

Jobs Bonus for Australian businesses
Businesses that hire mature-aged workers are now eligible to receive the new $1000 Experience+ Jobs bonus. The bonus is available to any business that provides employment opportunities to job seekers aged 50 years and above. This incentive aims to: increase mature-age participation in the workforce, address negative attitudes to mature-aged people and encourage employers to recognise the wealth of knowledge and experience that mature-aged people can bring to business. For more details contact us

Supporting employers and apprentices in the construction industry
The Apprentice Kickstart program aims to increase the number of Australian apprentices in the building and construction industries. The program provides funding and incentives to eligible small and medium business owners and Group Training Organisations who take on new apprentices. The Apprenticeship Kickstart program is available until 28 February 2013. Contact us for more details

R&D Tax Incentive
The AusIndustry Perth office will be hosting a number of Compliance Ready Workshops to assist potential applicants for the R&D Tax Incentive program. Contact us for more details.

ICN Gateway
ICN Gateway, claim to make certain you’ll never miss an opportunity to build the perfect partnership. With the online business tool it allows suppliers to browse and register their interest in new business and it helps project managers to manage the supplier registration process. If you’re a supplier, register your business free of charge. Contact us for more details

2013 Resident Entrepreneur Program Launch , 13 February
Contact us for more details on how to register

You are invited to join Friends of Belmont BEC
Would you like business advisory, support services and opportunities for your business? Belmont BEC provides all the support you and your small business need. Join at  www.belmontbec.com/membership or contact us at 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 – February 2013

 

Happy New Year to all

and best wishes for a successful year ahead in business

2013 is the time to relook at your strategic business direction, as your client is changing as fast as their technology!  Belmont BEC will be launching My Business Coaching services in February and this maybe the support you need to keep you on top of the competition.  Contact us for further info

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

Belmont Business Sundowner, Jan 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

NEWS

FREE LEGAL ADVICE:  Bookings by phone 9479 3777 or email support@belmontbec.com

Message from our Team
Our thoughts and sympathy goes to all those who have lost family, friends or property in the recent bushfires. If you have been affected, Government assistance is now available for businesses as well. The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) provides urgent financial assistance to disaster affected communities. Contact us to find more about your local authority.

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
Apply for this month’s OPPORTUNITY for RETAILERS. This will allow you to lower your Energy cost and why not take the opportunity to organise nice threats for your clients: Thursdays’ Creative Iced Teas, Fridays’ Colourful Macarons, Saturdays …
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

Trends @ MY Green Incubator

Products that can save Energy in the Office:

Energy Monitors and Meters: The first step for Home based business
Energy Efficiency Monitor your energy consumption with energy meters, it’ll help you take first steps towards reducing your energy usage, your bills and your carbon footprint. With an energy monitor, you’ll be able to see how much you are using, and how much you can save when you switch things off. Easy to install, user friendly and now coming in stylish designs.

The Eco Kettle – makes a great cuppa and saves even more energy and money
The latest version of the innovative Eco Kettle has been improved and easier to use, and still has a unique double chamber that gets you to measure out only how much water you need, saving electricity, water, money and time, making it better for the planet… and yep, you still get to have a great cup of tea.

Contact us for more information on those products

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?
21 Jan – Pricing, Costing & Cashflow
23 Jan
Self-managed Superfunds and Retirement Planning
23 Jan
Marketing on a Budget
23 Jan
App Your Business
29 Jan
What Buyers Are Really Looking For
29 Jan
Dealing with Agents or Retailers
29 Jan
Preparing for a Trade Event
30 Jan
Tips on Starting you own Fashion Label
30 Jan
Starting Your New Business
30 Jan
Be aware of Manufacturing Pitfalls
30 Jan
Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacture
30 Jan
Quality Control in Apparel Manufacturing
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

OPPORTUNITIES

OPPORTUNITY for RETAILERS: optimise your energy consumption on your existing air conditioning system
FREE TRIAL available for our retailer network –
Solar Naturally offer you the opportunity to try the AirconMiser and save on your Air conditioning costs by 30% or more. The successful applicants can get instant electricity savings for free for up to 3 months. Requirements: Any reverse cycle air conditioning system (ideally non inverter) – Minimum 10kw sized.  Contact us to apply now.

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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