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NEWS UPDATE – August, 2018

25th Belmont and Western Australia Small Business Awards 2018
Do you know a small business in WA that deserves recognition?

Nominate your own business, or nominate your clients, or a supplier.
26 Categories (23 awards are state-wide categories).
Like support with your submission? Register for free Award Information Kit or Online Webinar.
Award Business mentors can assist with your queries. Entries Closing September!
Contact us for Award Entry Forms and Information Kits – or view www.belmontbec.com/awards
 

Belmont Business ‘Ask an Expert’ Sundowner– Wednesday,        29 August, 5-7pm
Venue: Belmont Sports & Recreation Club, 400 Abernethy Rd. Cloverdale.

You & your staff are invited to promote your business, listen to great speakers & make new contacts. Speakers include: Amanda Viviers – social media marketing; Renae Green, ESG – subsidies to employ new staff; Shoma Mittra, Write Click Services – content creation that sells; David Bennett, Belmont Rotary, get involved & make a difference; Jacqueline Karam & Emma Pratten, Community Newspaper Group – opportunities for small business through Community Connect. You will be invited to introduce yourself & your business to all attendees. Door Prizes. Nibbles, Drinks at bar prices. Free Entry. Bookings Essential
www.belmontbec.com/events/
 

FREE Workshop – Social Media Marketing 
August 28th , Wednesday 9.30am-12.30pm

  • develop a social media plan for business
  • Facebook for Business, LinkedIn, Twitter
  • Instagram and selling online
  • productivity tips for social media
  • tools to find your online brand voice

Venue: Belmont BEC – Bookings Essential

 

FREE Workshop – Understanding Contracts, Terms & Conditions
August 29th , Wednesday 9.30am-12noon 

  • importance of protecting your business & IP
  • what is an essential condition & contract
  • differentiate between condition, warranty & any breach
  • why a condition in a contract must be fair & reasonable

Venue: Belmont BEC – Bookings Essential

 

FREE Workshop – Find Customers Fast 
August 30th , Wednesday 9.30am-12.30pm

  • finding new customers quickly
  • develop your client personal profile
  • using evidence-based strategy instead of intuition
  • organising & maximising your data

Venue: East Fremantle, Swan Yacht Club – Bookings Essential 

 

FREE ‘LIVE’ Webinar – Credit Management & Debt Collection
September 5th, Wednesday 2pm-3pm 

  • credit management practices & reducing risk
  • know who you are doing business with
  • proof of debt/s, managing overdue debts
  • dispute resolution services at SBDC
  • lodging debt with WA magistrates court

Bookings Essential 

 

Community Connect
Community Connect is Community News’ new pathway-to-success program that focuses on helping to build brand, customers and success. Community Connect membership is designed to deliver solutions for your business. Launching on 11th to 13th September, Community Connect will kick-off with a series of seminars designed
for small-to-medium businesses, led by Australia’s number 1 small business author & entrepreneur, Andrew Griffiths. These seminars are FREE, and all attendees will receive Andrew’s #1 best seller The Big Book of Small Business. For more details – connect here. or phone 9237 1435
 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“There are two kinds of companies:
those that work to try to charge more, and those that work to charge less.
We will be the second.”
Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon – Total net worth US$99.6B
 

Join us at Women Economic Forum, Perth, July 2019
Calling for sponsors, supporters, volunteers, speakers, delegates
Like to join the team at Belmont BEC & TCFWA in staging the Women Economic Forum in Perth 2019
. Forums themes will include Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality; Economic Development; Wellbeing; Social Enterprises & Artisan Showcases, Small Business connections and linkages with hundreds of global women entrepreneurs.
Register your interest with Women Economic Forum Convenor Carol Hanlon
 

Welcome to our new Friends of Belmont BEC – EES Shipping Pty Ltd, Robin Eliezer; Get Connected Network, Chris Percival. Get involved with our not-for-profit organisation &  BEC Connect – 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
 

An inspirational video presentation by Simon Sinek
How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers. To be inspired
 

Belmont BEC & BEC Global 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
 

Emerge Internet Home Business & Residential NBN & ADSL plans
Emerge Internet uses highly innovative technology to deliver the best quality internet service offering value for money and a second to none customer service experience based here in WA. Our business grade fixed wireless options ensure fast, reliable and dependable internet maximising productivity without waiting for national networks to be rolled out.  Let us take care of your communication needs so you can take care of business.  Emerge Internet is not just a Telco, we are your communications partner! – FANTASTIC competitive NBN & ADSL plans available, No Contracts    https://www.emergeinternet.com.au/residential/nbn-and-adsl/
 

IT Tips from Nick Shmakov, Res-Q  
What’s common between Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive?
These are tools to sync your documents to the cloud. That means a copy of the file is located on your computer and another copy syncs up to the cloud. Common misconception is that the since files are in the cloud they are safe and backup isn’t required. We had a client who got a crypto locker virus which damaged all the files and synced the damages across 15 computers. The only way to restore files was to use the backup they did for one of the main PCs. Contact Res-Q IT to have all your PC’s backed up professionally every day off site.
 

A freelancers guide to creating an online portfolio
The gig economy is a fast-growing employment option. According to Intuit about 34% of the American workforce is comprised of independent contractors and freelancers, and that number is expected to grow to 43% by 2020. That’s a lot of opportunity…and a lot of competition. Although the freelance lifestyle is full of perks – high hourly rates, schedule flexibility, and creative satisfaction – it can also mean committing to constant job hunts throughout the year. To learn more
 

HURRY BOOKS NEARLY SOLD OUT –  2018-2019 Entertainment Book or order your Digital Entertainment Book online
Support Belmont BEC & TCFWA and order your Digital 2018-2019 Entertainment Book or Digital 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
 

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access up to a $10,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC  Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program.
 

Your business emails may be missing something….
5 amazing reasons to add a P.S. to your next business emails

Whatever your goal is, you should constantly be working toward it. But it isn’t always possible to bring it up naturally within the body of an email. So when you use a P.S., you can add an extra thought that doesn’t have to necessarily fit with the main message. For the tips
 

How do different age groups consume online content?
When planning a website for your business, half the battle is won if you can successfully identify your target audience: You can better customise your website to meet your audience’s needs when you have a clear idea of who your prospective consumers are. To learn what those visitors want, exactly, and how do those wants differ by age – for info
 

For business or personal travel….
Beware of fake Airbnb websites
If you’re booking on Airbnb, be very wary of communicating outside of the platform and don’t book apartments through any Airbnb websites that don’t look exactly like the regular site. Keep your eye out for small differences on the site and especially, check the URL to make sure it’s a normal Airbnb web address. To learn more
 

More Australian women now run their own businesses
If you’ve suspected there’s a growing cohort of women owning their own businesses in Australia, Census data proves your instincts are right. But the uptick recorded is not huge, with women now accounting for 33% of owner-managers in Australia, compared to 31% in 2006. Want more?
 

Blog your way to a bigger business
Education or value-based marketing is an important tool to attracting new customers to your business. Blogging is an excellent tool for sharing that knowledge with potential customers. Therefore, having your own blog or blog posting, commenting on others blogs is a smart marketing strategy, as long as you implement these tactics. To learn the tips to get you started increasing your education-based marketing online – More Info
 

Three compelling questions to ask in any sales campaign
These questions, and the corresponding underlying criteria, should be examined at multiple times during a sales campaign. They should certainly be asked near the beginning of a campaign to determine if a real sales opportunity exists and should be pursued. They should be asked again if there’s a significant change to the customer’s business profile or to the competitive landscape during a sales campaign. It might also be appropriate to pose the questions yet again if there is a major change to the profile of the sales organisation. To answer the 3 questions
 

This matters to YOUR business
You are under threat from hackers

If your organisation uses the internet – for email, banking, running a website or other activities – you need to know how to keep your information and assets safe. Many small businesses don’t realise they could be an attractive target for hackers – but the good news is that you can take simple steps to protect your business and customers. 43% of cyber-attacks are targeted against small businesses!  To learn more
 

How great managers motivate their employees
The most significant factor, that the manager controls, is his or her relationship with each employee. The second most important factor in a manager’s ability to motivate employees is creating a work environment and organisational culture that fosters employee motivation and engagement.
Employees are entrusted with the values, vision, mission, and strategic framework within which they are expected to accomplish their jobs. To learn how
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
 

Are you a retailer selling on line or over-the-counter and –
Want to sell for cash but offer your customers a plan to pay by instalments?

There are at least two organisations offering this facility. Obviously, as with any business decision: it is absolutely vital to carry out in-depth research before committing.
To read independent customer reviews on two organisations offering this service – see below.
To read independent reviews on zipPay
To read independent reviews on afterpay
 

Transporting your products overseas
For goods exports, transporting your product to an overseas market efficiently and competitively is crucial. Using a good freight forwarder is very effective, but it is also essential to understand the basics of shipping terms, pricing and documentation. Using a good customs broker and freight forwarder is the most efficient way to ship your goods. These companies are expert in documentation, freight rate negotiations and finding the most economical way to get your product to the buyer. To learn more from AusTrade .
Join our BEC Online Webinar: “Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing and Exporting ” (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars
 

Beware of fake myGov emails
Scammers have set up a clone of the myGov website to trick you into sharing your login and bank account details. The scam starts with a phishing email that looks like it is from Medicare, asking you to update your Electronic Funds Transfer details, so you can start receiving payments for Medicare claims. If you click on the link in the email you are taken a replica of the real myGov website. You’ll note the URL includes ‘.net’ instead of ‘gov.au’, which is an indication the website is not a legitimate Australian Government domain! Clicking on the link and sharing your details gives these scammers access to your personal information, which they then use to steal your money and identity! To read more
 

Volunteer Co-ordinator needed to assist our NFP Organisations
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
 

AUSTRALASIAN INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE FACILITORS – SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The business advice industry in Australia and in many other countries is self-regulated, and virtually anyone can call themselves a business or enterprise facilitator, advisor, coach, mentor or consultant. AIBEF provides accreditations for your skills and expertise.

  • Do you provide Business Advice, Consulting, Mentoring or Facilitation Services?
  • Want to give clients the confirmation of your professionalism and experience?
  • The AIBEF is awarding 20+ Scholarships – Contact AIBEF

Further Information 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 . Like Energy articles to use in your Newsletters? Contact us
 

Climate change will affect your business
Australian business has an important role to play and there are two reasons they should care: risk and opportunity. Climate change is a massive risk to the business community. Every industry must consider its specific risk to income and expenses but most commonly these will include physical impacts, regulation, competition, insurance, changing markets, investment, energy infrastructure and litigation.
To learn more
 

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
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 PC, Notebook, Tablet or Smartphone – Contact usTo book for upcoming events visit www.belmontbec.com/webinars or
contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.
 

 

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.

Sponsors Links

 

 

NEWS UPDATE – JULY, 2018

25th Belmont and Western Australia Small Business Awards 2018
Do you know a small business in WA that deserves recognition?

Now open for nominations and accepting entries.
Nominate your own business, or nominate your clients, or a supplier.
26 Categories (23 awards are state-wide categories).
Like support with your submission? Register for free Award Information Kit or Online Webinar.
Award Business mentors can assist with your queries.
Contact us for Award Entry Forms and Information Kits – view www.belmontbec.com/awards
 

 

 

 

Belmont Business ‘Ask an Expert’ Sundowner– Wednesday, 25 July, 5-7pm at Belmont Sports & Recreation Club, 400 Abernethy Rd. Cloverdale. You and your staff are invited to promote your business, listen to our great speakers and meet other small businesses on the night.  Speakers include: Jules Lewin, Charthill Legal – understanding contracts, terms & conditions Anthea Lowe, Data Success – insights into finding customers fast. Darryl Richards, Res-Q – how to ‘app’ your business. Harvey Rose, Belmont BEC – tips on preparing your award submission. Carol Hanlon, TCFWA – lower your risks when importing & exporting. You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Door Prizes. Nibbles, Drinks at bar prices. Free Entry. Bookings Essential www.belmontbec.com/events/

 

 

14 body language tips to appear more confident
How you connect with others, and value yourself, are huge components to advancing in your career. You can be the most talented person in the world, but if you’re showing that you don’t believe in yourself, well, no one will believe in you either. So, how does one exude confidence and show talent without boasting about themselves every minute of every day? Through body language! Click here.

 

 

18 must have social media marketing tips for business
People in charge of social media management, especially in small businesses, don’t always have much time to browse through an extensive blog archive. To give you a hand, this site has compiled 18 blog posts that touch on the topic of social media marketing tips that will help you improve promoting your business on social media. To learn the tips – click here.  Join our BEC Online Webinar: ‘Tips on using social media in your business’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

 

 

FREE Workshop ‘Tax for Small Business Workshop’, July 17, 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/

 

 QUOTE OF THE MONTH

We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy

and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

Warren Buffett (famed investor). Total net worth $83.1B.

 

 

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access up to a $10,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC  Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program.

 

 

Join us at Women Economic Forum, Perth, July 2019   Calling for sponsors, supporters, volunteers, speakers and delegates Like to join the team at Belmont BEC and TCFWA in staging the Women Economic Forum in Perth 2019.  Forums themes will include: Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality; Economic Development; Wellbeing; Social Enterprises and Artisan Showcases, Small Business connections and linkages with hundreds of global women entrepreneurs.  Register your interest with Women Economic Forum Convenor  Carol Hanlon

 

How to make a good first impression in 30 seconds, or less
If you think you have at least a couple of minutes to make a first impression, you are wrong! …..you only have at most 100 milliseconds to form an initial impression. What this really means to small business owners is that the way you evaluate potential employees, business partners and personal acquaintances on your first-time encounter with them, is the same way other people evaluate you and your business, relying mostly on how you conduct yourself. To read the tips – click here.
 

 

How to become better at content marketing 
Marketing strategies are not as straight-forward as they once were. Gone are the days of billboards, newspaper ads, and brochures. Online content marketing is quickly paving the way as a lead marketing choice, due to its ability to reach a large audience. But did you know that, with a strategic plan, its low cost is also a benefit to many small businesses? To learn the tips – click here.

 

 

EMERGE INTERNET release national Home Business & Residential NBN & ADSL plans – FANTASTIC competitive NBN & ADSL plans available, No Contracts
https://www.emergeinternet.com.au/residential/nbn-and-adsl/

 

 

ORDER NOW –  2018-2019 Entertainment Book or Digital Entertainment Book
Support Belmont BEC & TCFWA and order your Digital 2018-2019 Entertainment Book or Digital 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

 

 

Belmont BEC and BEC Global 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

 

   

Welcome to our new Friends of Belmont BECXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  Get involved with our not-for-profit organisation and BEC Connect – 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

 

 

How to write a short bio about yourself         
Write a brief biography to introduce yourself, highlight achievements, list credentials and any notable projects with which you are involved. Bios should be short and concise, listing only relevant information. Avoid listing personal statistics, such as family and hobbies; instead angle the bio to the intended audience, whether for a personal website or a professional networking website. Want more? Click here.

 

 

Should you employ someone on a full-time, part-time or casual basis?   

To work out the correct rate of pay and entitlements for any employee, you must, as an initial exercise, correctly categorise the employee in question. The category that an employee falls into is determined by:

  • the nature of the work
  • the time period regularly worked, and
  • when the work is done (e.g. during the day or evening).

To consider the options and complexities – click here

 

   

Small business out of touch with consumers   
 There’s a wide gap between what customers say they want and what businesses think they want, according to a study by Telstra to mark the relaunch of the Telstra Business Awards. The Telstra Small Business Intelligence Report is based on two parallel surveys of over 1,000 small businesses and over 1,000 consumers. The report found small businesses underestimate the importance of being online. To read details from SMH – click here.

 

 

FaceBook updates you can’t afford to miss           
 You think you know FaceBook like the back of your hand – as you should. But to what extent do you really? The number one social media channel will continue to undergo a lot of major changes, ones that can directly impact the way you publish content. Mastering these features, tools and updates will give you that competitive edge that you need in order to stand out. Luckily, you won’t have to read the entire tech press. We know you’re pretty busy, so to ease your life, this article mashed up the essential new FaceBook updates you have to know  – for more: click here.

 

 

Retirement income planning   
The earlier you start preparing for retirement, the more options you have to set a course that suits you. The next thing to do is to sort out your finances. Work out how much money you have now, how much you might have in the future and where it will come from. To learn how to get on top of your finances (including a retirement planner) – click here.

 

 

Don’t get angry when a client asks for a discount – do this instead 
You’ve got this great client. Let’s call her Jane. You’ve been working together for years, and you think the relationship is pretty rock solid. One day Jane calls you out of the blue and says: “Look, we’ve enjoyed working with you all these years but times are tough. We’re gonna need you to give us a 20% discount going forward please.” To know how to react – click here.

 

 

Hourly rate calculator   
Your ultimate aim of course is to cover your time, your costs and retain a profit, while being able to charge out at a level that’s in line with market rates. Need more help with this kind of thing? As you go through the hourly rate calculator you’ll see helpful tips popping up to guide you. Happy billing! To access the free calculator from Flying Soloclick here.

 

 

Inexpensive ways to get your business noticed 
Congratulations on your business. The only problem is, no one knows about it. So how do you get the word out online, without having to spend thousands of dollars on advertising or PR, or buying FaceBook or Twitter followers?  Dozens of small business owners and social media, and marketing experts share their nine top tips for how new businesses can get noticed online, without having to spend a lot of money To read the tips – click here.  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

 

   

7 out of 10 products fail …. how to flip those odds   
 From design to prototyping, patenting, manufacturing, packaging, fulfilment, sales and marketing, there are so many tasks for inventors to tackle. On top of that, there are so many ways to fail. When you are coming into new territory the chances of things going wrong are higher than the chances of things going right. Add to that the seemingly endless bad advice, poor processes, consultants ready and willing to take your money, sketchy manufacturers and sales programs promising six figures. To lean more – click here.

 

   

Strategies to improve your memory     
 A video presentation that breaks down seven simple techniques you can use to improve your memory. Whether you just want to make sure you nail your next presentation or need to have a long-term system, these techniques can help you have the most important information in your hip pocket when you need it most.  All of the techniques to improve memory are fairly simple, but many of them require dedication in order to be effective. To watch the video – click here.

 

 

9 easy ways to de-clutter your office space   
Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk if you swipe the mess into a bin or a desk drawer. A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time. And it doesn’t have to take hours and hours. Instead, do a little at a time, like an ongoing project versus a one-time, all day event. Click here for details.

 

 

Australasian Institute of business AND enterprise FACILITATORS – Scholarship Program 
The business advice industry in Australia 9and in many other countries0 is self-regulated, and virtually anyone can call themselves a business or enterprise facilitator, advisor, coach, mentor or consultant.  AIBEF provides accreditations for your skills and expertise.

  • Do you provide Business Advice, Consulting, Mentoring or Facilitation Services?
  • Want to give clients the confirmation of your professionalism and experience?
  • The AIBEF is awarding 20+ Scholarships – Contact AIBEF   Further Information visit www.aibef.org.au
 

 

Do you fly frequently?
If you are looking to fly from Perth to Melbourne, or Adelaide to Canberra, or any other cities within Australia then you can opt for Google Flights Australia. This Google product allows you to search and compare all the possible flights between two locations. You can also book your flight ticket either on this same application or on the official website of the various airlines. The online software will help you to plan your entire itinerary in the cheapest airfare available. More info? Click here.

 

 

Volunteer Co-ordinator needed to assist our NFP Organisations
Local NFP organisations – Belmont BEC and 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  hotlink to info@belmontbec.com

 

 

SPECIAL OFFER – STORAGE KING PERTH AIRPORT
15% off Storage Boxes and 50% off the first 2 months of storage.  Storage King can ship your parcels to anywhere in Australia and globally. Storage King arrange the booking and email consignment notes to clients to attach to their cartons.  Contact Paul   Or view storageperthairport.com.au

Our special thanks to Storage King Perth Airport for their great support in sponsoring storage of textiles and sewing machines donated for our next delivery of community village sewing projects

 

   

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

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 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.

 

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.

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  BELMONT BEC NEWS UPDATE – JUNE 2018

25th Belmont and Western Australia Small Business Awards 2018
Do you know a small business in WA that deserves recognition?

Now open for nominations and accepting entries.
Nominate your own business, or nominate your clients, or a supplier.
26 Categories (23 awards are state-wide categories).
Like support with your submission? Register for free Award Information Kit or 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 Sundowner– Monday, 25th June 5-7pm
Meet the WA Treasurer Hon Ben Wyatt, MLA, Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs will provide an update on the WA Budget re small business including the economic outlook, directions and WA small business opportunities.

MC Hannah Beazley – You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Promote your business and make new contacts. Door Prizes. Nibbles, Drinks at bar prices. Free Entry.Bookings Essential www.belmontbec.com/events
Venue: Belmont Sports & Recreation Club, 400 Abernethy Rd. Cloverdale.
 

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access up to a $10,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC  Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Progra

FREE Workshop ‘Tax for Small Business Workshop’, June 15, 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/

Urgent attention needed …
…as ASIC finds firms unprepared for new standards

The corporate regulator has warned that it will be focusing on the new accounting standards for 30 June, 2018 reporting, noting that “surprisingly few companies” have adequately prepared for the impact of the new standards. For details – click here

IT Tips from Nick Shmakov, Res-Q  
TIP 1) Identity thefts and cyber crime is on the rise. Make sure you: Update your passwords and have separate passwords for your online banking and email accounts; Educate your staff on what to be aware of. Most of the hacking happens via email links and attachments; Have a backup of all your data, including backup of your dropbox and other cloud based storages
TIP 2) Identify 3 things that takes most of your time and search for ways to reduce time it takes to complete the task.
TIP 3) Slow computer / system / wireless can cost you more than $13500 a year.
Make your internet speeds as fast as you can get; Upgrade your old drive with an SSD drive – $299 will save you time in the long run; Tools that can help you save time and money: Online CRM system, digital white board to collaborate with clients and staff, online booking system, email that syncs across all your devices.
Contact Res-Q IT to have all your PC’s backed up professionally every day off site.
 

Join us at Women Economic Forum, Perth, July 2019
Calling for sponsors, supporters, volunteers, speakers, delegates
Like to join the team at Belmont BEC & TCFWA in staging the Women Economic Forum in Perth 2019
. Forums themes will include Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality; Economic Development; Wellbeing; Social Enterprises & Artisan Showcases, Small Business connections and linkages with hundreds of global women entrepreneurs.
Register your interest with Women Economic Forum Convenor Carol Hanlon

SheTrades Global.

LiverpoolUK, June 26-28
SheTrades Global is the anchor event on women in the economy to be held during the International Business Festival (IBF), and SheTradesGlobal will host 1200 companies to learn and do business.
TCF Global is a partner trade organisation of International Trade Centre and will be represented by Carol Hanlon at SheTrades Global Liverpool UK.
If you are interested to be linked with new artisan suppliers from developing countries email your interest to Carol Hanlon, TCF Global .

EMERGE INTERNET release national Home Business &  Residential NBN & ADSL plans – FANTASTIC competitive NBN & ADSL plans available,  No Contracts
https://www.emergeinternet.com.au/residential/nbn-and-adsl/
 

A reporting change for employers
Single Touch Payroll

It starts from 1 July, 2018 for employers with 20 or more employees.
You will report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation information from your payroll solution each time you pay your employees. Single Touch Payroll will be expanded to include employers with 19 or less employees from 1 July 2019. For details – click here.
 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way.
In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. ‘Here, open it, it’s perfect. You’ll love it.’
Opportunities – the good ones — are messy, confusing and hard to recognize.
They’re risky. They challenge you.”
Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube
 

ORDER NOW –  2018-2019 Entertainment Book or Digital Entertainment Book
Support Belmont BEC & TCFWA and order your Digital 2018-2019 Entertainment Book or Digital 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
 

Belmont BEC & BEC Global 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
 

Welcome to our new Friends of Belmont BEC – Ascot Rotary Club, President Elect Aidan Wood & Members. Get involved with our not-for-profit organisation &  BEC Connect – receive promotional opportunities, discounted training vouchers, low cost mentoring and business diagnostics for your business; Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available. Subscription is tax deductible. www.belmontbec.com/membership
 

Tips for writing a successful tender response
If the tender specification documents haven’t asked for a particular format or structure, keep your tender response document clear, logical and well organised. Include a clear and persuasive introduction that states the purpose, rationale and central proposition of your bid. If you don’t know how to begin developing your tender response, use the tender development checklist as a guide – click here.
Join our BEC Online Webinar: ‘How to write a tender or grant submission’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone.
Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars
 

An important leadership skill most do not use
Active listening is a vastly under-appreciated skill. Research suggests that we hear speech at a rate of 500-1000 words per minute, and only speak 125-175 words per minute. Speaking to others may be considered easy by most; yet, many struggle with how to effectively listen. Studies indicate people spend between 70-80% of their day engaged in some form of communication, and over half that time is devoted to listening. For more details – click here.
 

Valid income and deductions for business
Most income you receive in carrying on your business is assessable income, which means you need to declare it and it’s subject to tax. You can claim tax deductions for most costs you incur in running your business. Concessions, offsets and rebates can reduce your tax payable. You must keep accurate and complete records of all your assessable income and the deductions you claim. To learn more from the ATO – click here.

Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding is the practice of using internet platforms, mail-order subscriptions, benefit events and other methods to find supporters and raise funds for a project or venture. As the industry expands and new developments arise, there is a need to review and update the information. If you’re involved in crowdfunding – regardless of your role – you need to be aware of the tax consequences. These vary depending on the nature of the arrangement, your role in it and your circumstances. To learn more about the implications – click here.

Five growth hacks for small businesses and start-ups
Growth hacks are proving increasingly popular with Australian small businesses. These initiatives are often short-term strategies to increase customers or sales. A growth hack can work for any type of business.
Tactics will vary depending on your target market and product. A growth hack that might work brilliantly for say an Amazon or FaceBook won’t work for an early-stage software business, and it almost certainly won’t work for a cafe or retail store. To learn about the tips – click here.
 

Is the dominance of Google, FaceBook and Amazon bad for competition?
How to tame the tech giants
Not long ago, being the boss of a big Western tech firm was a dream job. As the billions rolled in, so did the plaudits: Google, FaceBook, Amazon and others were making the world a better place. Today these companies are accused of being BAADD: big, anti-competitive, addictive and destructive to democracy. Regulators fine them, politicians grill them and one-time backers warn of their power to cause harm. To read more – click here.
 

Picking the perfect web hosting platform
When it comes to starting your own online business, blog, or personal website, there are a ton of options. Just deciding what you want your website to be and look like is a monumental task in itself. Once you have that figured out you will have to then begin the search for a web-hosting platform that can provide you with reliable service. The options may appear to be limitless at first, but if you know what you are looking for and what you need, you can narrow your choices down to a web hosting platform that is right for you. To read the tips – click here.
Join our BEC Online Webinar: ‘How to brief your website developer’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone.
Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Australians express support for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Findings from a recent YouGov Omnibus study revealed that 87 per cent of Australians strongly supported corporate social responsibility (CSR), while two-thirds said they had a more positive view of businesses that donated to charity. The environment was also noted as a significant concern for consumers, with 58 percent of Australians believing businesses had a responsibility to prevent environmental damage in their supply chain. To read about the reactions – click here.
 

Investment scams
Investment scams are often so professional, slick and believable that it is hard to tell them apart from genuine investment opportunities. They can come to you via a phone call, email or social media. They may even be an offer from someone you trust.
There are three main types of investment scams. In all cases the money you ‘invest’ goes straight into the scammer’s bank account and not towards any real investment. To read some good advice –click here.

Check your FaceBook privacy policy
When you sign up to social media platforms you agree to the privacy policies of each individual site. Privacy policies govern how your personal information can be used – some social media organisations may share your information, such as email addresses or user preferences, with third party businesses. For more info- click here.
 

AUSTRALASIAN INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE FACILITORS – SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The business advice industry in Australia and in many other countries is self-regulated, and virtually anyone can call themselves a business or enterprise facilitator, advisor, coach, mentor or consultant. AIBEF provides accreditations for your skills and expertise.

  • Do you provide Business Advice, Consulting, Mentoring or Facilitation Services?
  • Want to give clients the confirmation of your professionalism and experience?
  • The AIBEF is awarding 20+ Scholarships – Contact AIBEF

Further Information visit www.aibef.org.au

 

Grants and assistance
Need a grant or assistance in your business? Generally, the government doesn’t offer funding just to start a business. Instead, try searching for activities such as research and development, trade, indigenous business, innovation or employment. To check out what is available – contact us
 

Reduce your business energy costs by 20% – 40%
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