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E-NEWSLETTER – AUGUST, 2017

Welcome to our new Friends of Belmont BEC – Lotfi, Zoleykha Lotfi;. Support Belmont BEC a not-for- profit organisation – receive promotional & global opportunities, discounted training vouchers, low cost mentoring and networking events; Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available. Subscription is tax deductible.  www.belmontbec.com/membership

Prepare for Data Disaster
Losing data for a small business is a disaster. Unfortunately, backup and recovery planning is not a priority for most small businesses. Studies shows that 70% of companies go out of business after a major data loss. It is highly recommended to utilize an automatic backup option, which can guarantee a dependable and up-to-date backup even without artificial supports. Also, business should keep several off-site backups, such as one on the cloud and one placed in another location. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, and to protect your most valued assets, contact Qbit

Belmont BEC Business Advisors, Mentors, Business Coaches
Discuss your business issues and concerns with your confidential advisor and develop your action plan for success. 
Book by the Hour: Online – Face to Face – Phone
www.belmontbec.com/mentoring

7 strategies for working with clients in different time zones
Working with clients and customers in different time zones is challenging. It’s also a change in how you think. Unless you have experience in national and international business, thinking in terms of time zones, cultures, and non-standard work hours will take time to deal with and get used to. To read about a few tips to help – contact us.

What is Content Curation and how can you use it for your small business?
When it comes to marketing, the general consensus is that content is king. Every business under the sun is facing increasing competition, and it’s getting harder and harder to stand out. However, by publishing and sharing added value content, companies are able to get a leg up on the competition and provide marketing leads with far more than a ham-fisted, hard sell. To read the explanation – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Marketing on a Budget’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Bad customer service? Blame the manager
There’s an impulsive retort you’ve undoubtedly heard from customer service personnel on occasions when you’ve demanded to speak with their manager. It usually goes something like this: “Okay, but just so you know, he/she is only going to tell you what I just told you.” And sometimes that’s precisely what happens. One is a parrot of the other, demonstrating the issue isn’t so much about the inept person serving you but about the disconnected boss managing them. To read the solution – contact us
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

How to reach people not on social media
It’s worth noting that, according to statistics web site Statista, there are plenty of people who don’t use social media. Its figures suggest 45 per cent of Australians don’t engage with social media – so that’s 10.7 million people. If you can’t get to this group through social media, how do you get in front of them? To read the options – contact us.

Are you selling goods or services?
It’s important to understand your legal obligations, how to find and keep customers, and your requirements under fair trading law. To find out about: inventory management, selling goods, product labeling, fair trading, payments and invoicing (and more) as required by Australian law – contact us.

Can a negative leader become a positive leader?
Do you inspire your team or discourage them? Your leadership style-whether positive or negative-matters more than you realise. Pessimists don’t change the world. Throughout history, we see that it’s the optimists, the believers, the dreamers, the doers, and the positive leaders who change the world. The good news is, even if you’re the biggest pessimist you know, you can learn to change your outlook and that will change your life and make you a much stronger business leader To read the seven tips to develop grit, overcome adversity, and lead your team with real positivity – contact us.

5 common small business money mistakes
Staying on top of your business’s finances is just as important as finding new customers and serving existing ones. But, if you’re like most small business owners, bookkeeping and managing money is probably not your strong suit. You can stay ahead of the game. To read how avoid making these five mistakes – contact us.

Less than 50% of businesses use targeted email
Happily, there’s one email marketing technique that can help keep you from annoying your leads: targeted email marketing. By segmenting your email list, you can send relevant emails to individual groups of subscribers, an approach which has proven to be very effective. While an irrelevant mail might slip through here and there, the likelihood is much lower. To read the rules – contact us.

10 digital trends important to small business
The prevalence of handheld devices and the fact that desktop traffic is passing into oblivion clearly indicates that mobile is, in fact, the future. If you are not catering your content, ads, and website towards mobile users, then you are missing out on a massive opportunity. Don’t make a few technical tweaks here and there, but honestly examine your online experience to ensure that it’s integrated with a user’s lifestyle that is “on-the-go.” To read more – contact us.

How to pay yourself when you are a sole proprietor
Getting paid when you work for yourself isn’t as simple as it may seem. Sole proprietors should follow these guidelines for paying themselves in a way they don’t get in trouble with government agencies. How do you get paid when you start a one-person, unincorporated business? It seems pretty simple, right? You sell or do something and get paid. That’s how self-employment works, right? To read more – contact us
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Pricing, Costing & Cashflow’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Belt and Road Portal
HKTDC has created a portal that includes economic profiles of 65 Belt and Road economies, official policy documents, and links to official sources with listings of investment projects. Contact Us for further information

Grants available for your business
Visit www.business.gov.au/GrantFinder/GrantFinder.aspx
Learn tips of applying for Grant Submission and Tenders.
Book our online webinar or recording www.belmontbec.com/webinars
BBEC & TCF Members can contact us for your Free Webinar Voucher (save $30)

Reduce your business energy costs by 20% – 40%
FREE Access to all nine topics Energy Efficiency Webinars 
Topics include Measuring Energy; Monitoring Energy; Reduce costs in Air-conditioning, Lighting, Office Equipment; TCF Supply Chain Upstream and Downstream.
www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

Business Skills ‘On Demand’ Sessions

Live and Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.belmontbec.com/webinars
Join our webinars online your PC, Notebook, Tablet or Smartphone – Contact us

To book for upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/webinars or
contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

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Business News - Western Australia

BELMONT BEC NEWS UPDATE –
July 2017

24th Belmont & Western Australia Small Business Awards 2017
Do you know a small business in WA that deserves recognition?

Now Open for Nominations & accepting Entries – nominate your own business or nominate your clients or a supplier. 26 Categories (23 awards are statewide categories). Like support with your entry? Register for free Award Information Kits; Online Webinar; Award Business mentors can assist with your queries. Contact us  for Award Entry Forms and Information Kits or view www.belmontbec.com/awards

Belmont Business ‘Ask An Expert’ Sundowner– 26th July,       5pm-7pm
You and your staff are invited to promote your business, listen to our great speakers and meet many other small businesses on the night.  Speakers include Consul (Com) S. K. Ray (Consulate General of India, Perth), Winnie Lai Hadad (Hong Kong Australia Business Association, WA Chapter), Jamie Duff (Qbit), Cr. Margie Bass, Belmont Rotary & Carol Hanlon, BBEC & TCFWA.  You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes.  Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Iran
Carol Hanlon, CEO, Belmont BEC & TCFWA recently presented ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs’ Workshops in Tehran and Karaj in Iran. Wonderful hospitality, superb food. Talented women from the Peivand-i- Gul-i- Narges Charity Organization produce a handmade Quince Tea, very beneficial for health. Please contact if you would like to order Quince Tea to assist the women in Iran to build their small businesses.

Welcome to our new Friends of Belmont BEC – Kidway Industries, Jenny Davis; Access 1 Security Systems, Andrew Herrmann; Hong Kong Australia Business Association (WA Chapter), Mathew Clarke; Perth Tours WA, Patricia Gamero; Hawke Associates, Geoffrey Hawke. Support Belmont BEC a not-for- profit organisation – receive promotional opportunities, discounted training vouchers, low cost mentoring and networking events; Friends of Belmont BEC can also access an *8 week Free Subscription to Business News. Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available. Subscription is tax deductible.   www.belmontbec.com/membership

Volunteer Co-ordinator Wanted
Local NFP organisations Belmont BEC & TCFWA are looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator to volunteer and assist us with the day to day supervision and support for our great team of volunteers.  Must be computer literate. Free Parking.  Contact Us

Check IT Health With Qbit Now, It’s FREE!
Has your business recently undergone a complete IT Health check? If not, you are possibly missing out on avoiding serious problems as well as discovering how you could utilize the latest technology to your advantage. Qbit’s free IT audit will check the health of your internal network, servers, computers and also checking your network security. This will pinpoint any issues or vulnerabilities within your system and provide you with options to ensure that your business maximises uptime. If all that sounds too overwhelming, don’t worry, help is at hand. Qbit is currently offering completely free IT health check services. Contact us

Belmont BEC Business Advisors, Mentors, Business Coaches 
Discuss your business issues and concerns with your confidential advisor and develop your action plan for success.
Book by the Hour: Online – Face to Face – Phone
www.belmontbec.com/mentoring

Four tips on tapping into overseas markets
Some businesses go too hard too soon, stretching their resources to hit an overseas market without first forming a strategy and researching the market. Conversely, some business owners are cautious of expansion. To read: the secret to success – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Importing & Exporting’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Four actions to immediately increase your confidence
Do you want to change your life, or become a highly acclaimed speaker? Do you want to move up the ladder, or build a business empire? Yet, there’s a hitch: While many of us want these things, we hear our inner selves saying, “That would be awesome! But I could never do that.” And it’s our job to shush that inner self. Because if we just sit around and wait for confidence, it will never come.  To learn the four actions to immediately boost your confidence and go after the future you want – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Balancing work and life’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Five tips for business expansion
Expansion can mean different things to small businesses. For some it’s about opening more stores, for others it might mean simply moving from a small office to a larger one, it could mean expanding into international markets, or even broadening your remit and adding online services to an already-established storefront.
The question is: How do you know when – and if – it’s the right time to expand your business? If you consider the right timing, get your finances in place, research new markets and establish a customer-first culture you are on track to set your business up for expansion. To read more – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘How to Grow your Business’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

21 small business survival strategies
Has your business fallen on hard times? Running a business is never a sure bet, but sometimes it can feel like you’re caught between the proverbial rock and hard place.Thanks to the Internet, you can reach customers outside of your local area. But at the same time, your customers find it easy to go online and compare prices, find product information and make purchases from companies across the country, or across the world. As a result, you may have customers calling to cancel orders or asking you to cut prices. And big companies who bought services from you in the past may be outsourcing them overseas. To read the tips – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Marketing on a Budget’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Retiring baby boomers struggling to sell their businesses
Data shows the overall value of small-to-medium enterprises is in decline, with businesses with a turnover of less than $5 million worst hit. The falling value is in direct proportion to an 800% increase in the number of businesses on the market over the past decade, with more than 60,000 businesses currently listed for sale. To read the SMH article – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Preparing a business for sale’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

What does Australian manufacturing look like in the 21st century?
For starters, Australia is close to the booming economies of Asia, which between them are home to nearly 3 billion people, including hundreds of millions in the consumption-hungry middle class. Australia has a stable political environment and a strong legal environment that respects intellectual property. And we are home to some of the world’s top 100 universities and have a skilled and educated population. These advantages mean Australia is well-placed to lead the world in certain types of manufacturing. To read the article – contact us.

Can you say “The price is right”?
Getting the product pricing right is one of the most key challenges a business faces right off the bat. So how do you find that optimal price tag? If you set your price too high, nobody is going to buy your product. If you set it too low, you risk losing profits – and there’s always the risk people will think your product is lower quality than the more expensive competition. To read a handy guide to help small businesses find that perfect balance – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Pricing, Costing & Cashflow’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Ten easy ways small business should track competitors
One of the most important, yet often unvalued requirements when running a small business, is to track and monitor competition. Having a clear understanding of competitors’ business operations, such as what they are charging, what clients they have, and what new products and services they are offering, can help a company develop their own successful business models and strategies. To read the ten tips – contact us.

Nine tips for growing a successful business
To succeed in business today, you need to be flexible and have good planning and organizational skills. Many people start a business thinking that they’ll turn on their computers or open their doors and start making money, only to find that making money in a business is much more difficult than they thought. You can avoid this in your business ventures by taking your time and planning out all the necessary steps you need to achieve success. For the tips – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Business Planning Simplified’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Four mistakes start-ups make with their BAS
Don’t get penalised for something silly like not accurately recording your income. As a start-up, you are responsible for ensuring you meet all your business GST obligations. To read the top four mistakes start-ups make, and how to avoid them, contact us.
Attend a Belmont BEC Free ‘Tax for Small Business’ Workshop Contact us to register your name for the next workshop

Practical steps for growing your home business
Many people dream of becoming their own boss and if you’re determined enough, you can certainly make it a reality. If you’ve been considering it for some time, you probably already have a plan in mind but may be hesitant to take the plunge. You don’t have to jump in at the deep end. Many big businesses began in a home or garage. Here are some strategic steps to help you get your new business under way.To learn about the steps – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘How to Grow your Business’   (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Reduce your business energy costs by 20% – 40%
FREE Access to all nine topics Energy Efficiency Webinars   www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

Effective business tips
Half-way through another year, another opportunity for your business to grow. As with any entrepreneurial ventures, there are certain risks that need to be taken in order to propel your business to move further towards the directions you want it to go. This year is no exception. But while there will always be that unpredictability overshadowing business strategies, there are also tips that have been proven effective time and time again. To read the tips – contact us.

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Fully equipped training room, catering and refreshments available.
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale (free parking) – Contact Belmont BEC

THANK YOU TO STORAGE KING PERTH AIRPORT who answered our call for help re storage of  textiles and sewing machines donated for our next delivery of community village sewing projects to prepare for our next container load.  Contact us if you would like to donate assist with the cost of freight to village sewing centres.

 

The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

 

Business Skills ‘On Demand’ Sessions

Live and Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.belmontbec.com/webinars
Join our webinars online your PC, Notebook, Tablet or Smartphone – Contact us

To book for upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/webinars or
contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

 

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Business News - Western Australia

BELMONT BEC NEWS UPDATE –
June 2017

24th Belmont & Western Australia Small Business Awards 2017
Do you know a small business in WA that deserves recognition?

Now Open for Nominations & accepting Entries – nominate your own business or nominate your clients or a supplier. 26 Categories (23 awards are statewide categories). Like support with your entry? Register for free Award Information Kits; Online Webinar; Award Business mentors can assist with your queries. Contact us  for Award Entry Forms and Information Kits or view www.belmontbec.com/awards

Congratulations to Carol Hanlon, CEO, Belmont BEC & TCF WA who recently presented​ at Women Economic Forum, New Delhi, India and was recognised with a global Award titled ‘Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All Award’.

Belmont Business ‘Ask An Expert’ Sundowner– 28th June, 5pm-7pm.
You are invited to network and hear our gather tips from our great speakers that include:
Adam Rowles, Inbound Marketing Agency; Jessica Warriner, Community News; Peter Versaci, Square Node; Graham Downs, Downs Accounting; Jamie Duff, Qbit.
You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes.  Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

Why you need Managed IT Services? 
Technology brings opportunities for new business and simplifies operations. While technological advancements help businesses like never before, certain technology without proper support can be quite a headache to maintain. Managed IT services can ensure that your business is backed-up and secure, just in case something happens to your systems. Leaving you confident that the issue is being dealt with accordingly, and giving you the time to focus on running your business. Your company needs and deserves the best IT services available, to ensure it functions at its maximum efficiency the whole time. Contact Qbit today for peace of mind when it comes to your IT systems.
You can also request a Free IT Audit!

FREE BEC WORKSHOP – Financial Independence for Women
Tuesday, 20th June, 12noon – 1pm @ Belmont BEC, Cloverdale
Do you understand what income you need for your future? For Women of all ages, small
business owners. Bookings Essential – www.belmontbec.com/events
LAST CHANCE – Free Mentoring available – Phone Belmont BEC 94793777

FREE BEC Workshop ‘Tax for Small Business Workshop’, 22nd June,1pm – 4pm
Provides an overview of the taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and operating a small business. Includes: different business structures, registering for GST, income tax and claiming deductions, record keeping, how to prepare and lodge BAS statements; employer obligations eg PAYG.  Limited Seats. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Book Now www.belmontbec.com/events
Can’t make the June Tax Workshop – Next Session is 10 July, 1pm-4pm

Build your Digital Referral Network & Increase Sales
Free Workshop – Tuesday 11th July, 9.30am-11am @ Belmont BEC
Presented by Paul Faix, Founder, MyLeadPod

Easy to use Online App providing a low cost digital sales tool – find new customers; retain existing customers; provide business intelligence; reward people for successful leads; increase brand awareness; track marketing performance; managed from anywhere; anytime on any device. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/events
Or Register your business in the Digital Referral Network at www.MyLeadPod.com with the code BELMONTBEC or Contact UsPhone: 94793777

Welcome to our new Friends of Belmont BEC – Perth Photo Restorations, Rod Lawson-Kerr; Classic Book Binders, Nita Sams; Kay Woodcock. Support your Belmont BEC not for profit organisation – receive promotional opportunities, discounted training vouchers, low cost mentoring and business diagnostics for your business; Friends of Belmont BEC can also access an *8 week Free Subscription to Business News.
Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available. Subscription is tax deductible.    www.belmontbec.com/membership

Stay Smart Online
The Australian Government’s online safety and security website is designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online. You can also register for security updates…..
The Stay Smart Online Alert Service is a free service for Australian internet users, to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed. Browse alerts and subscribe to stay up to date. Home and small business users are provided with easy to understand online safety and security information and solutions to help protect their online safety and privacy. To learn more – contact us.

Belmont BEC Business Advisors, Mentors , Business Coaches 
Discuss your business issues and concerns with your confidential advisor and develop your action plan for success.
Book by the Hour: Online – Face to Face – Phone
www.belmontbec.com/mentoring

Order NOW –  2017-2018 Entertainment Book or Digital Online App
Support Belmont BEC & TCFWA and order your WA Digital 2017-2018 Online App or Book at $70 and access up to $20,000 in discount savings on fine dining, cafes and entertainment. WA Book includes Bali Restaurants. Makes a great EOFY bonus office gift to benefit yourself or your staff.Order Now

Thinking of exiting your business?
Exiting or leaving your business with no plan in place can be stressful. By planning your exit ahead of time, you can take the stress out of what can be a difficult and emotional process. For help with planning your exit: To find out how to get started with succession planning, and to download a Succession Plan template and guide….contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinars ‘Buying or Selling a Business’ or ‘Preparing a Business For Sale’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access from $500 up to a $20,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program.

Are you having trouble managing your debts?
If your debts are out of control or you are really struggling to make ends meet, it’s important to act quickly. There are some places you can go for free help and guidance. It may sound like a good idea to pay someone to fix your credit problems, or roll all your loans into one loan. But, before you do this, consider if this really is the best option for you – or if there are other ways you could go to get help for free….? To read the advice from ASIC – contact us.

Tax deductions without a benefit, are a loss
It is an unfortunate fact of life that too often business owners have a total aversion to paying income tax. This can lead to earning too much black money, that the owners hope to hide from the tax man, and also can result in tax deductions being maximised without considering whether the cost adds value to the business. To read more from the SMH – contact us.

Why Twitter?
You will have heard of Twitter, and you might have wondered: “What is the big deal anyway?” Social networking has become a powerful way for solo entrepreneurs to connect on a global business level. Twitter is a part of the social networking world and is growing faster than any site out there! The author shares some reasons why you, as a small business owner, want to be an active Twitter user – plus some tips to help get you started. Twitter provides many advantages for the entrepreneur in social networking. To learn more – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Get Noticed by the Media’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Do you have a balanced lifestyle?
Does balance have to do with the bigger picture, allowing for some excesses every now and then as long as things don’t get too off-kilter in the long term? There are three components to a balanced life: your health habits, your relationships, and your career. Answer 15 questions to get a detailed picture of how you manage to stay balanced, even with everything on your plate. To take the quiz from Excelle for career-minded womencontact us.

What are the best home business ideas?
If you are looking to start a home-based business, then you are certainly not alone! Nearly 1 in 10 Australians are making extra money from home through a home business or side business.This article shows you the best home business ideas for 2017 and beyond….
Clearly, being able to earn money from home is a common reason for looking around at home-based business opportunities. But, income aside, starting a side business has a range of other benefits … to learn more – contact us.

How to boost your e-commerce sales
After you get your e-commerce website live, it’s time to run into the serious business of selling your products. The two primary challenges which your website faces initially are:
1) How will people get to know about your website?
2) How to attract people to come to your website and purchase products.
To read the five factors to boost your sales – contact us.

16 things entrepreneurs should stop doing – to avoid looking like amateurs
The only problem with the mainstreaming of entrepreneurs through television and social media is that bad habits begin to circulate. Young and ambitious learners adopt traits that they see published by their favourite visible entrepreneurs rather than the behind-the- scenes work that pushed those individuals into the spotlight. That’s the modern equivalent of thinking that dressing and talking like a rock star is good enough to go on an international tour. To read the 16 tips – contact us.

Why positive reviews are so valuable to small business
‘Word-of- mouth’, social proof or, in other words: popularity – has always been a key to success in business. Some small businesses (especially those off-line) have their blinders on when it comes to the internet. They may think that they serve a localised base and what people are saying on the web is irrelevant. 68%of millennials trust online reviews, opposed to 34% who trust television advertising. Online reviews can make – or break – a business.To learn much more – contact us.

Time management tips for you and your team
In the end, you as an entrepreneur will be judged not so much by your great ideas as by your ability to get things done. Time management is at the heart of this. And it’s not just how you manage your own time but the time of your team as well. It’s great then that some entrepreneurs took some of the time they must manage so carefully to give you some advice on managing yours. To read about the 8 tips – contact us

The 6 most costly mistakes when selling your business
Here are the six most costly mistakes entrepreneurs make when selling their companies.
Mistake #1: Celebrating the sale before it has closed.
You need to make sure you run your business well through its final closing.
Many sales fail. Don’t let your imagination fantasise about all the great things that you’ll do now that you’ve sold the company when it hasn’t closed. To read the ‘lessons’ – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinars ‘Buying or Selling a Business’ or ‘Preparing a Business For Sale’  (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Do you provide Business Advice, Mentoring or Facilitation Services?
Are you accredited? Join the Australian Institute of Business & Enterprise Facilitators to have your skills and knowledge certified which will illustrate to your clients your exceptional competence, and they will know that you will provide integrity, skills, knowledge and trust in all your business and enterprise relations. Like more info visit www.aibef.org.au

Reduce your business energy costs by 20% – 40%
FREE Access to all nine topics Energy Efficiency Webinars   www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Fully equipped training room, catering and refreshments available.
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale (free parking) – Contact Us

THANK YOU TO STORAGE KING PERTH AIRPORT who answered our call for help re storage of  textiles and sewing machines donated for our next delivery of community village sewing projects to prepare for our next container load.  Contact us if you would like to donate assist with the cost of freight to village sewing centres.

 

The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

 

Business Skills ‘On Demand’ Sessions

Live and Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.belmontbec.com/webinars
Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – Contact us

To book for upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/webinars or
contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

 

Sponsors Links

Business News - Western Australia

BELMONT BEC NEWS UPDATE –
March 2017

Business Innovation and Incubation Australia Congratulations to Carol Hanlon – she’s off to New York to present the successes the Belmont (WA) BEC & TCF WA Incubator projects during the United Nations 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW61 NGO Forums) http://belmontbec.com/…/UN-CSW-New-York-Forum-2017-Economic… Great work Carol! Read more about the project and UNCSW61 via the link
View www.bpwbusinessincubator.com/empoweringwomen

Six steps to making better decisions
Being able to make better decisions is important for your business to succeed. Being able to make them quickly is important as well. These steps can help you make better decisions.  Are you a decisive person? If your answer is, “I don’t know,” you’re probably not! Some people are better at making decisions than others. Some people are better at making the RIGHT decision better than others, and some people could use a little help. To learn about the six steps – contact us.

Belmont Business ‘Ask An Expert’ Sundowner– 29th March,  5-7pm
You and your staff are invited to promote your business, listen to our great speakers and meet many other small businesses on the night.  Speakers include Business News, FA Concept, Data Success Coach and Qbit.  You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes.  Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

Trend Forecast 2018 – INDIVIDUALIST
The Individualist woman is an art curator as well as an activist. Appreciating art at a high level and promoting social reform through industry fundraisers and society functions. Embracing political activism and encouraging change by layering wisdom with creativity. As a global citizen she’s on the forefront of societal shifts, surrounded by diverse minds and cultural influencers. Source: Fashion Snoops, Further Info contact  Michael Leow

LAST CHANCE  Join TCF Buying Mission to The World’s Biggest Gifts Trade Event
Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair, 27-30 April, 2017
FREE 3 night’s accommodation to 1st time buyers & VIP Buyer Privileges also includes access to Hong Kong Printing & Packaging Fair. Register

Pre Order NOW –  2017-2018 Entertainment Book or Digital Book
Support Belmont BEC & TCFWA and order your WA Digital 2017-2018 Entertainment Book at $70 and access up to $20,000 in discount savings on fine dining, cafes and entertainment.  Makes a great office gift to benefit you or your staff.  Order Now

Forecast Trend 2018 – QUEST
Over the past few years, the momentum of Africa’s development has accelerated rapidly with intense business and financial investments (mainly from China) fuelling an upward progression that brings Africa to the global forefront.  Kenya in particular has gained global recognition as a key IT hub. Nigeria’s film industry, known as Nollywood, is now a cultural phenomenon across the continent, influencing everything from fashion to music.  Source: Fashion Snoops, For further Information contact  Michael Leow

FREE FORUM  Retirement Income Planning for Women,
Saturday, 25th March 11am – 1pm OR  2pm – 4pm
Gain a better understanding of retirement planning issues, improve financial self-assessment, develop goal setting skills and develop a retirement plan for your future
Bookings Essential – www.belmontbec.com/events
Venue: Belmont BEC, 3/216 Belmont Avenue, Cloverdale
Also available
Free Retirement Income Webinars for Women  www.belmontbec.com/webinars
Free Mentoring available ONLINE
www.belmontbec.com/retirementmentor 
Full project details view   www.bpwbusinessincubator.com/retirement or Contact Us

Price freeze for small business
Today’s headlines are dominated by stories on rising: living costs, real estate, electricity, petrol. However, many small businesses are reluctant to follow suit, with some leaving prices for services and products unchanged for more than a decade.
A survey found that 65.4% of small business owners are financing businesses from their own pockets. To read some ‘case studies’ – contact us.

Millennials start own businesses in wake of shaky job market
Millennials, who will make up 75% of the world’s workforce by 2025, are increasingly breaking away from traditional employment and instead looking to work for themselves. A Bentley University survey found that 66% of respondents want to start their own business. To read the article – contact us. 
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Writing your business plan’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Don’t allow your information to be ‘Datanapped’!
All businesses are vulnerable to ransomware attacks. A successful attack blocks all operations and/or encrypts critical business data, until a ransom is paid. Don’t be a victim! Ensure your security is up to date and that you’re using strong passwords (we recommend 12 characters, including numbers and symbols). Not tech savvy? Contact Qbit to claim your FREE IT Audit. We will pin point any vulnerabilities so that you can take action as early as possible.

Do you provide Business Advice, Mentoring or Facilitation Services?
Are you accredited? Join the Australian Institute of Business & Enterprise Facilitators to have your skills and knowledge certified which will illustrate to your clients your exceptional competence, and they will know that you will provide integrity, skills, knowledge and trust in all your business and enterprise relations.   Like more info visit www.aibef.org.au

Workshop – Budgeting for Small Business,  Wednesday, 5  March 9.30-11.30am
A budget isn’t meant to stop you from spending money but to enable you to direct your money where it matters most and plan for your future.  During this interactive workshop you will learn: The importance of budgeting; How to create your own budget; Starting a savings plan
$49 –  Presented by Grace Mugabe (CPA) Financially Empowered
Bookings: www.belmontbec.com/events

FREE Workshop ‘Tax for Small Business Workshop’, Monday, March 20th, 1pm-4pm
Provides an overview of the taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and operating a small business. Includes: different business structures, registering for GST, income tax and claiming deductions, record keeping, how to prepare and lodge BAS statements; employer obligations eg PAYG.  Limited Seats. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Book Now    www.belmontbec.com/workshops

Six mistakes people make when they go from idea to reality
The pursuit of excellence requires you to unleash your passion. When you put your passion into everything you do, it gives you the power to become a potent pioneer. Your passionate pursuit of converting your idea into a reality will open new doors to endless possibilities.  To read the six steps – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Tips on building a successful business’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Welcome to new Friends of Belmont BEC – RC Electrical, Rob Cherriman; Data Success Coach, Andrea Lowe
Support your Belmont BEC not for profit organisation  – receive promotional opportunities, discounted  training vouchers, low cost mentoring and business diagnostics for your business; Friends of  Belmont BEC can also access an *8 week Free Subscription to Business News; Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available. Subscription is tax deductible. www.belmontbec.com/membership

Belmont BEC Business Advisors, Mentors , Business Coaches 
Discuss your business issues and concerns with your confidential advisor and develop your action plan for success.
Book by the Hour: Online – Face to Face – Phone
www.belmontbec.com/mentoring

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. Information Session at AusIndustry WA offices, March 16  – Bookings

Ten ways to save money when starting a small business
Take a look at the top two reasons businesses fail: inadequate capital and excessive cost overruns. Don’t let your business fail because of these two things. Since most of us don’t have lots of capital available to us to start our operation, we must use what we have wisely.  To read the ten ways to use that capital wisely and manage your start-up costs – contact us. 
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Starting your new business’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

How to make marketing trends work for you in 2017
Using social media to market a business is now commonplace, but it’s how that social media presence converts to sales that counts. According to one marketing expert, 2017 will be the year that smaller operators fully take control of deeper analysis about who is engaging with them online and why. To read more – contact us.

Australian manufacturing is not dying, it’s evolving…..
Despite the well-publicised closure of some manufacturing sectors in Australia, manufacturing isn’t dying. Instead, like industries around the world, it’s undergoing a period of significant change as new, disruptive technologies and economic realities take hold and new markets emerge. There is a role for the manufacturing sector in Australia. Through interviews with 56 stakeholders, three workshops and a survey of industry and government organisations, as well as leading researchers, CSIRO identified major growth opportunities and what the manufacturing sector needs to do to achieve them. To learn more – contact us.

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access from $500 up to a $20,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program.

How to improve your online presence
For your business to be successful, your online presence needs to be strong and healthy. Even if you aren’t an expert, you can use these tips to build your online presence.  Words that come to mind when you’re trying to build an online presence are: overwhelming, daunting, frustrating, and stressful, right? Not only is everybody competing for customer eyes and ears online, you have very little time to invest into what has become an essential task to business growth. For the 8 tips – contact us.

Signs that your employees are stealing from you
Are your employees stealing from your business? How can you tell?  Workplace theft is more common than most small business owners think. According to statistics, about 75% of employees have stolen from their employer once and about 38% have stolen at least twice. When you include theft of time, the percent of employees that have stolen from their employer goes up to a whopping 95%! To learn about the 12 signs – contact us

Four Tech Trends to watch out for in 2017
2017 was a big year for tech. We’ve seen advancements across the board, from virtual reality to wearables, and there have even been pizzas delivered by drones.
With 2017 – many experts are predicting big movements in financial technology and the Internet of Things, and many SMEs are in a prime position to benefit from these trends. To read the four major tech trends business owners can expect to see shaking up the game in the next 12 months – contact us.

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale (free parking)
For details –Contact Us

MY Green Incubator – Reduce your business energy costs by 20% to 40%
FREE Access to all nine topics Energy Efficiency Webinars   www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

A BIG THANK YOU TO STORAGE KING PERTH AIRPORT who answered our call for help re storage of  textiles and sewing machines donated for our next delivery of community village sewing projects to prepare for our next container load.  Contact us if you would like to donate assist with the cost of freight to village sewing centres.
The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

Live and Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.belmontbec.com/webinars
Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – Contact us

Strategies for Off Shore Outsourcing
Pricing, Costing and Cashflow
Fashioning Sustainability Diverse Perspectives
Understanding your Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Designs, Patents
Get Started – Is Retirement in your Business Plan?
Preparing a Business for Sale
TESTEX – Textile Accreditation & Labelling
Establishing Your Label in the USA
Preparing For A Fashion Trade Show
Understanding the Australian Privacy Changes
Sustainable Sourcing in HK & China
Italian Fashion Media
Get a Professional – Working with an Financial Planner
Marketing for Small Fashion Business
How To Grow Your Business
TCF Global Fashion Sourcing Opportunities
How To Write A Tender Or Grant Submission
Tips on Using Social Media in your Business
Starting Your New Business
How To Brief Your Website Developer
Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing
Quality Control In The Fashion Industry
Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
Tips on Building a Successful Business
Importing and Exporting
Marketing On A Budget
*Connect your Business to the Women’s Empowerment Principles
Credit Management And Debt Collection
Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacturing
How To Grow Your Fashion Business
*BPW Business Incubator – Retirement Income Planning for Women – 40 sponsored places available to women of any age
Ethical Fashion and the Triple Bottom Line
*Global Platform for Sourcing From Women Vendors
What Buyers Are Looking For
How To Start A Fashion Label
Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
Spring/Summer 2017
Get Serious – Developing your Retirement Income Plan
Get Noticed By The Media
Buying Or Selling A Business
Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing and Exporting
Balancing Work And Life
Writing Your Business Plan 

* Free webinars
** Special Offer to Belmont BEC  Members – two webinars for the price of one  during March save  $30 – Contact Us
To book for upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

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BELMONT BEC NEWS UPDATE –
February 2017

Happy Chinese New Year – The year of the Rooster
Rooster years are rarely ever boring, so it’ll be a year with a lot of action. In a year that will see its share of both drama and productivity, the advice is to stay organised, think through all of your actions, and above all else, don’t slack off because the Rooster favours those who put in the hard work and stick to a plan. Oh, and one other thing: Roosters are a notoriously punctual sign, so now’s the time to start wearing a watch.

Nine business ideas under $1,000 you can run from anywhere
Looking to start a new or change your business model and refuse to be tied down to an office? Turns out you can start a company from the comfort of your own home – or better yet, from an exotic far-flung beach for under $1,000. Technology exists to make remote working convenient, so if you want the digital-nomad lifestyle and don’t have a lot of start-up cash, here are 9 low-cost business ideas you can start from anywhere. To be inspired: Contact Us 
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘How to Grow your Business’  (includes workbook) available 24/7. You can view at home on PC, tablet or smartphone    Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Belmont Business Sundowner – 22nd February, 5-7pm
‘Meet the Candidates’ in the upcoming WA State Election – hear party policies to support small business and share your views on issues affecting you and your business during the Q & A.   Combined Small Business Alliance of WA Inc. (CoSBA) will outline small business issues they are lobbying both federal and state governments.  You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes. Nibbles Provided, Cash Bar. Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

Free ‘Tax for Small Business Workshop’, Monday, February 13th
Provides an overview of the taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and operating a small business. Includes: different business structures, registering for GST, income tax and claiming deductions, record keeping, how to prepare and lodge BAS statements; employer obligations eg PAYG.  Limited Seats.
Book Now    www.belmontbec.com/workshops

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access from $500 up to a $20,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program.

5 cool ways creative talent can market your business
It takes a village to grow a business. The creativities of the professional world bring an intangible element to a marketing campaign. Without their unique skills, brands wouldn’t be memorable and a logo wouldn’t be able to convey an idea. Creative professionals think outside of the box. They’re the ones revolutionising the way we market and the mediums that are used. They give us new channels to connect with customers. To learn about a  few of the most creative ways creative types are winning over customers – Contact Us
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Marketing on a Budget’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet, smartphone  Bookings   www.belmontbec.com/webinars

More than 6,000 new computer viruses are released every month
Qbit’s WashMail protects your emails, with up-to-date virus outbreak filters. WashMail identifies emerging virus outbreaks and responds quickly, providing protection before traditional virus signatures. Contact Qbit to claim your free I.T. Health Check and they will pinpoint any vulnerabilities within your system. Visit  www.qbit.com.au or View  http://www.qbit.com.au/Services/Solutions/Spam-Protection
For a FREE IT Health Check contact  Jamie Duff  Or phone +61 6364 0600

Welcome to new Friends of Belmont BEC – Jem’s Hems and Repairs, Jennette McKay; Downs Accounting, Graham Downs; Optimum Care, Grace Torrens
BBEC has assisted over 20,000 intenders, start-ups and small businesses since it established in 1994!  Join our not-for-profit community network and receive promotional opportunities, buying mission opportunities, free training vouchers and discounted mentoring for your business; Members of  BBEC can also access an 8 week Free Online Subscription to WA Business News.   Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available. Subscription is tax deductible. Join Now

BEC Business Advisors and Mentors – Online – Face to Face – Phone
Need an objective view of your business plan and strategy? Discuss your business issues and concerns with our confidential and accredited business advisors and mentors. Develop your 2017 action plan for success. Book by the Hour –  Bookings  www.belmontbec.com/mentoring

FREE Retirement Income Planning for Women
Join our Free BPW Retirement Project that will assist women in WA to gain a better understanding of retirement planning issues, improve financial self-assessment, develop goal setting skills and develop a retirement plan for your future. All services are FREE and confidential.   Register online   www.bpwbusinessincubator.com/retirement or Contact Us 

Buying or Selling a Business Workshop Series – 21st February, 9:30 – 12:30pm
Gain insights into what you need to consider to make the right decisions
1) Preparing a Business For Sale Workshop – 9.30am -10.30am
Presented by Business Broker, Brendan Cockram
2) Buying or Selling a Small Business Workshop – 10.30-11.30am
Presented by Business Broker, Brendan Cockram
3) Legal Pitfalls of Buying a Business Workshop – 11.30-12.30pm
Presented by Lawyer, Jules Lewin, Charthill Legal
$30 each session or Special Price 3 Workshops for the price of two $60
Venue: Belmont BEC  Book at www.belmontbec.com/events

Join TCF WA & BEC Buying Mission to The World’s Biggest Gifts Event
Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair, 27-30 April
Sponsored 3 nights’ accommodation to 1st time buyers.

Hall of Fine Designs – quality brands to show their latest designs and collections.
World of Gift Ideas – the newest ideas and the trendiest products.
Luxury Gifts – silverware, bejewelled items, porcelain, fountain pens, cigar boxes.
Green Gifts – gifts which contribute to a sustainable futures.
iAccessories – add-ons for smart phones,  tablets and other electronic items.
Register Here

The Hong Kong Printing and Packaging Fair, 27-30 April
Sponsored 3nights’ accommodation to 1st time buyers, Join TCF and BEC mission.

Running concurrently with Gifts and Premium Fair, the Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair caters for printing and packaging services; held at the Asia-World Expo. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available for transport between venues.
Register Here

LAST CHANCE – Are you a Speaker or Consultant? Like to present during our 13th Innovation Festival?
Belmont BEC & TCF Members are invited to register interest in being a presenter or speaker during our 13th designedge Innovation Festival which will run from Mid-April to end of May. Sessions can run live or recorded online. Opportunities closing shortly for VIP Sponsorship of designedge Innovation Festival Contact us

Lifestyle story-telling
“Like music, the fashion business is fundamentally a culture business. We sell culture as a prerequisite to selling a product.  If you don’t buy the culture of the brand, you are not going to buy the $3,000 handbag. ” Storytelling is the new necessity, telling a meaningful narrative from start to finish.
Source: Fashion Snoops. Like further info contact us.

How to avoid  the most common pitfalls entrepreneurs make
What sets successful entrepreneurs apart from the failures has been gnawed at for decades. Now a new study has pinpointed the reasons why some boom and others bomb. The research found high-performing entrepreneurs are 27% more focused on personal and organisational power and 20% more motivated by money than their unsuccessful counterparts. To read about the points – contact us.
Writing Your Business Plan
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Writing your Business Plan’  or  ‘Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow’  (includes workbook) available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet or smart-phone  Bookings   www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Things to consider before starting a business
So you’ve made the decision to start your own business? Congratulations! Before you get started there are a few important things you need to consider. Get your business off to a flying start with five top planning tips, and help your business not only survive, but thrive. To read the tips – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Starting Your New Business’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet or smartphone. Bookings   www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Start the New Year with a fresh approach to your Finances.
Nothing about money is set and forget. Whether your finances include your debtors ledger, credit applications, savings, loans, insurance, super or more, from time to time you need to pull these things out, dust them off and see if they need a freshen up. To read about the tips from MoneySmart on how to rejuvenate your financial affairs – Contact Us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Credit Management & Debt Collection’ includes workbook available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet, smartphone
Bookings   www.belmontbec.com/webinars
 

Identity fraud
Identity fraud involves the theft of your personal information including your name, date of birth, address and other details. Fraudsters then use this information, for example, to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards, start an illegal business or apply for a passport. Your details may also be used to commit serious crimes, such as money laundering and even terrorist acts. Identity thieves are after everything that contains your personal information: bank & credit card statements, bills, driver’s license, passport, investment reports, superannuation records, storage media such as CDs &USB devices, & any documents that contain your tax file number.
To read about how it happens and what to do if it does – contact us.

Prepare, Present, Make Money
Presented by Anne Venaille – Wednesday, 22nd February 9am – 4pm

Want to Grow your Business and Increase Your Income? Overcome your fear of speaking in Public; Speak with ease, confidence and clarity about your product or service; Create a sensational and deliver a powerful presentation; Deliver your solution to people all over the world; Be seen as the authority/expert in your industry. Cost: $49pp Special price Venue: Belmont BEC  Limited Seats  Book Now 

6 simple ways to build your confidence
Confidence is vital in business. Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right.” This article explains 6 simple tips to boost your confidence and help you achieve your goals. Self-confidence gives you the courage to take sensible risks and to pursue stretching targets. Exactly what is required to build and grow a business. It also makes building and managing teams simpler as a confident approach naturally inspires confidence in others.
Everyone struggles with self-confidence at some point, even people who are naturally blessed with plenty of it. So if you are struggling with your confidence remember that you are not unusual. To read the tips – Contact Us.

A  magazine – with only advertisements!
While it sometimes feels like we’re inundated with ads all day, everyday (rumour has it we see 5,000 brand messages daily), reading a magazine that only consists of ads may seem like overkill. But when you find out it’s a place for creatives and agencies to submit work they never imagined running. Source: WGSN further info Contact Us

20 embarrassing and writing errors even smart people make
How you speak and write plays a big part in your level of success in life. Use words improperly and others will instantaneously – and often unintentionally and subconsciously – judge your intelligence or education. To check out the list of common embarrassing errors even smart people make – Contact Us.

Reduce your small business energy costs by 20% – 40%
FREE Access to all Energy Efficiency Online Webinars. Register
If you would like Energy Efficiency articles for your own newsletters Contact Us

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale. Free Parking Contact Us
The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

Live and Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.belmontbec.com/webinars
Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – Contact us

Marketing On A Budget
Italian Fashion Media
*Connect your Business to the Women’s Empowerment Principles
Tips on Using Social Media in your Business
Establishing Your Label in the USA
Tips on Building a Successful Business
How To Grow Your Business
Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
TCF Global Fashion Sourcing Opportunities
How To Write A Tender Or Grant Submission
What Buyers Are Looking For
Importing and Exporting
Get Noticed By The Media
Understanding the Australian Privacy Changes
*BPW Business Incubator – Retirement Income Planning for Women – 40 sponsored places available to women of any age
How To Brief Your Website Developer
Marketing for Small Fashion Business
Ethical Fashion and the Triple Bottom Line
*Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards – Information Session
Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing and Exporting
Writing Your Business Plan
Spring/Summer 2017
TESTEX – Textile Accreditation & Labelling
*Global Platform for Sourcing From Women Vendors
Preparing a Business for Sale
Quality Control In The Fashion Industry
Starting Your New Business
Fashioning Sustainability Diverse Perspectives
How To Grow Your Fashion Business
Pricing, Costing and Cashflow
Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacturing
Preparing For A Fashion Trade Show
How To Start A Fashion Label
Credit Management And Debt Collection
Strategies for Off Shore Outsourcing
Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing
Balancing Work And Life
Buying Or Selling A Business
Sustainable Sourcing in HK & China
Understanding your Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Designs, Patents

* Free webinars
** Special Offer to Belmont BEC  Members – two webinars for the price of one  during February save  $30 – Contact Us
To book for upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/calendar or contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

Sponsors Links

Business News - Western Australia

BELMONT BEC NEWS UPDATE –
January 2017

Belmont BEC Business Advisors, Mentors , Business Coaches
Start the year of with updating your strategic business plan, discuss your business issues and concerns with your own confidential advisor and develop your action plan for success.
Book by the Hour – Online – Face to Face – Phone
www.belmontbec.com/mentoring

Are you a Speaker or Consultant? Like to present during our 13th Innovation Festival?
Belmont BEC & TCF Members are invited to register interest in being a presenter or speaker during our 13th designedge Innovation festival which will run from Mid-April to end of May. Sessions can run live or recorded online. Opportunities to also be a VIP Sponsor of designedge Innovation Festival Contact us

Sponsorship Opportunities
24th Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards 2017

Launching mid-April and run through to end October.  Gain extensive promotion and marketing opportunities for your business. www.belmontbec.com/awards  Further info Contact Us

Volunteer Co-ordinator Wanted
Local NFP organisations Belmont BEC & TCFWA are looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator to volunteer and assist us with the day to day supervision and support for our great team of volunteers.  Must be computer literate. Free Parking.  Contact Us

FREE Retirement Income Planning for Women
Join our Free BPW Retirement Project that will assist women in WA to gain a better understanding of retirement planning issues, improve financial self-assessment, develop goal setting skills and develop a retirement plan for your future. All services are FREE and confidential.   Register online   www.bpwbusinessincubator.com/retirement or email us 

Ten steps to achieving success in life
People who know what they want and have set a course for achieving their goals are generally happier than those that just let life happen to them. This wisdom is not new. Earl Nightingale once said, “Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.” Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraged goal setting by stating that, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  To check out the ten steps – contact us.

More than 80% of the emails sent daily are spam
Spam is not only a nuisance; it affects the productivity of your staff. WashMail increases productivity and profitability, freeing up staff from the onerous tasks of manually searching for, identifying and deleting spam. Bandwidth is also freed up, as you will no longer be paying to download dangerous spam, viruses, hoaxes, scams, phishing expeditions and trojans. Contact Qbit to claim your free I.T. Health Check, we will pinpoint any vulnerabilities within your system.

Belmont Business ‘Ask An Expert’ Sundowner–25th January, 5-7pm
You and your staff are invited to promote your business, listen to our great speakers and meet many other small businesses on the night. You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes.  Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

Fifty business ideas for introverted entrepreneurs
If you like working alone and can sometimes get overwhelmed being around crowds of people all the time, you’re probably an introvert. But there are plenty of business opportunities for entrepreneurs who enjoy spending time alone. To check out some potential business ideas for introverts – contact us.

How to avoid bankruptcy
It’s a myth that bankruptcy can get rid of all of your debts. Back taxes, student loans, child/spouse support, student loans (other than the most extreme circumstances) and a few other debts cannot be gotten rid of through bankruptcy. Therefore if you are looking to get rid of these kinds of debts, you should avoid bankruptcy. You can look to budget around debts that cannot be discharged and negotiate other bills in a debt settlement or an alternative payment plan with your creditors. Contact us to read more.

The Top One Hundred Low-Cost Franchises
Franchises with lower costs of entry can make it easier for you to plan to be your own boss. Here’s a look at the strategies behind low-cost franchising and some resources on where to find successful opportunities. To check out the possibilities – contact us.

20 ways small business owners can quickly relieve stress sitting behind a desk
Running a business is stressful. But while there isn’t a way to avoid stress altogether, there are some methods you can use to relieve some of that stress throughout the workday. And you don’t even have to leave your desk! Here are some stress relief methods you can use while staying in your very own office. More? Contact us.

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses access up to a $20,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – contact Belmont BEC Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program

FREE Tax for Small Business Workshop – Monday, February 20th 1pm-4pm
available for you or your staff to understand your taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and/or operating your small business. Includes business structures, GST, claiming deductions, BAS and record keeping. Refreshments provided.   Book Now – limited spaces www.belmontbec.com/events

Belt and Road Portal
HKTDC has created a portal that includes economic profiles of 65 Belt and Road economies, official policy documents, and links to official sources with listings of investment projects. Contact us for further info.

Earn money online
Niche websites, which can be loosely described as a small website that covers a very specific niche, went through a boom period during the late 2000s and through to around 2012. The typical way money is made through niche websites is via advertising revenue from Google Adsense and also affiliate income which is usually via the Amazon Associates program. To read more – contact us.

Australians waste $10 billion per year
When it comes to expenses like health insurance and mortgage repayments, Australians are prone to counting every penny. Watching the Reserve Bank’s interest rate decisions and complaining about the cost of premiums are something of a national pastime. But there’s one area where we are recklessly bleeding cash: buying groceries that will end up in the bin. A new report shows that Australian households waste a collective $10 billion, or $1100 per household, on wasted food each year, with the average household tossing a whopping 14 per cent of what they buy. Curious? Contact us.

Ladies – How to establish yourself in a male-dominated field
Women are starting businesses at a rate three times that of men, but there are still inroads to be made in typically male-dominated fields such as publishing, biotechnology and gaming, to name a few. The author recommends: being clear about goals and timelines; and she advises women not to be afraid to make mistakes. “Just try,” she says. Ultimately, she points out, “No one but you is going to know better what you’re good at or what really drives you.” To read the article-contact us.

Email master class – Email copywriting is an art form.
You receive a lot of emails that you delete without opening, and there are some that you nearly always look at. What makes the difference? Well, that’s where the art of email copywriting comes in!  There are always numerous questions about how to write an email follow-up sequence. The author lists the most common ones , with concise answers. For the full article – contact us.

Six web layout myths busted
Challenge your assumptions, break out of old habits and discover what’s newly possible with layout on the web. When the web was first invented, there was no technology for page layout. Every background was grey. Every page was a single column of text, filling the whole space from side to side. Over the years, we’ve created one hack after another to tackle page layout. Contact us to learn more.

Welcome to our new Friends of Belmont BEC – Country Wide Insurance Brokers, Matthew Jones; Blackburn Accounting, Tim Blackburn
Support your Belmont BEC not for profit organisation – receive promotional opportunities, discounted training vouchers, low cost mentoring and business diagnostics for your business; Friends of Belmont BEC can also access an *8 week Free Subscription to Business News, Bronze, Silver & Gold Levels available; Subscription is tax deductible. www.belmontbec.com/membership

Reduce your small business energy costs by 20% – 40%
New Year Special – FREE Access to all nine topics Energy Efficiency Webinars    www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale (free parking) Contact Us
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Global Platform for Sourcing From Women Vendors
Get Noticed By The Media
Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing and Exporting
TESTEX – Textile Accreditation & Labelling
How To Write A Tender Or Grant Submission
How To Grow Your Business
Establishing Your Label in the USA
How To Start A Fashion Label
Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
What Buyers Are Looking For
Tips on Building a Successful Business
TCF Global Fashion Sourcing Opportunities
Fashioning Sustainability Diverse Perspectives
Preparing a Business for Sale
Understanding the Australian Privacy Changes
Sustainable Sourcing in HK & China
Italian Fashion Media
Buying Or Selling A Business
Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
How To Grow Your Fashion Business
Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing
Pricing, Costing and Cashflow
Balancing Work And Life
Preparing For A Fashion Trade Show
Importing and Exporting
Credit Management And Debt Collection
Spring/Summer 2017
Starting Your New Business
Marketing for Small Fashion Business
Quality Control In The Fashion Industry
Marketing On A Budget
Specification Sheets for Apparel Manufacturing
Writing Your Business Plan
Strategies for Off Shore Outsourcing
Connect your Business to the Women’s Empowerment Principles
Ethical Fashion and the Triple Bottom Line
How To Brief Your Website Developer
BPW Business Incubator – Retirement Income Planning for Women – 40 sponsored places available to women of any age
Understanding your Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Designs, Patents
Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards 2016 – Information Session
Tips on Using Social Media in your Business

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