Friday, 24 June 2016

Women In Business Wraps Up

Item Author Andrea Pugh

Women In Business Wraps Up

The Women in Business Mentoring Program has concluded with a special graduation event held recently to celebrate. A big congratulations and thank you to all participants and mentors for their hard work and commitment. A special mention of our expert team of mentors, including: Melissa Archer, Archer Business Consulting; Catherine Deverell, Prioritised; Christina Gerakiteys, The Business Centre; Shivani Gupta, Passion People Institute; Melanie Hamilton, Taggart Business Advisors; Melissa Histon, Sista Code; Gillian Hollingsworth, Kooler Ice; Karen Howard, Newcastle Business Solutions; Maureen Jack, DFK Crosbie; Lynn Jenkin, Shirlaws; Janelle Kirk, Commonwealth Bank; Jacky Kitcher, Bounce Design; Karen La Fou, NAB; Adele Martin, Firefly Wealth; Holly Martin, Hunter Headline / Just Holly; Lenore Miller, Inspired for Life; Lisa Mills, Lisa Mills Performance Coaching; Tara O’Connell, Appsolute Results; Jane Peck, Karuna Medical P/L; Dana Pichaloff, Event Cinemas; Kirsty Porteous, DFK Crosbie; Rachael Sheldrick, The Workshop Whisperer; Kylie Smiley, Mobile Marketing Link; Melanie Symington, Seaside Homes Design; and Emma Thomson, Impact Health Studio.

We wish everyone the very best moving forward in their business. We also thank and acknowledge the support of Newcasttle City Council and the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) in delivering the initiative.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Small Biz Bus on tour

Item Author Andrea Pugh

Small Biz Bus on tour

The Small Biz Bus is on the move again bringing assistance to small businesses in Tocal, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Maitland and Charlestown. If you’d like personalised advice for your small business at no cost, take advantage of a one-on-one consultation with a Small Biz Connect advisor at the following:

Tocal Field Days 9:00am – 5:00pm Friday 29 April, Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 May

815 Tocal Rd, Tocal

 

Nelson Bay 9:00am – 3:00pm Monday, 2 May

Magnus St (between Stockton St and Donald St), Nelson Bay

 

Raymond Terrace 9:00am – 3:00pm Tuesday, 3 May

William St (between Sturgeon St and Port Stephens St), Raymond Terrace

 

Maitland 9:00am – 3:00pm Wednesday, 4 May

High St (in front of Town Hall), Maitland

 

Charlestown 9:00am – 3:00pm Thursday, 5 May

Pearson St, Charlestown

 

Visit www.clikclik.com.au/smallbizbus or phone 02 4925 7700 to book your free session.

Monday, 08 February 2016

Mentoring program to support women in business

Item Author Andrea Pugh

Mentoring program to support women in business

A dedicated mentoring program for Newcastle’s business women to help improve their success is commencing in March at The Business Centre. The Women in Business program will run over four months, include up to 20 participants and comprise a mix of small group workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Main objectives of the program are to improve participant’s management skills, facilitate growth and provide opportunities for business women to network.

Workshops will be held around topics including: digital engagement; business innovation; financial planning and funding; and work/life balance. Based on their individual business needs, participants will also have access to a range of experts from disciplines including finance, business development, human resources, health, management and digital engagement.

The Business Centre General Manager, Narelle McClelland said the program will allow participants to strengthen their business management skills and enable growth, but is also a great way for Newcastle business women to network and develop connections.

"The program aims to empower women by facilitating the additional skills and support needed to help improve their business success," Narelle said.

"It’s also an excellent opportunity for participants to connect with like-minded business women and build relationships and confidence."

Applications for the Women in Business mentoring program are now open. For more information visit, www.businesscentre.com.au or phone 02 4925 7700.

The program is an initiative of The Business Centre supported by Newcastle City Council and the Federal Government through the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS).

Monday, 25 January 2016

The Rippler Effect innovation program returns for third series

Item Author Andrea Pugh

The Rippler Effect innovation program returns for third series

On 26 February, business innovation program, The Rippler Effect will be returning for a third round. The trailblazing five month course comprises a series of workshops and special guest presentations, including high-profile entrepreneurs to teach participants how to implement innovation in business.

The Newcastle-born program offers participants a unique and inspiring opportunity to gain nationally accredited skill sets in Innovation Practice and Innovation Management. Practical processes and activities are taught, allowing participants to challenge their way of thinking and develop strategies for growth and sustainability in business.

The Rippler Effect has proven highly effective and attracted participants from a diverse range of industries and positions, including managers, business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Business Centre General Manager, Narelle McClelland said the program provides participants with specialist knowledge and the practical skills and know-how to develop an innovative culture.

"The Rippler Effect is highly engaging and teaches participants how to identify opportunity and generate ideas for implementation in their business or workplace," Narelle said.

"We are very much aware of the importance of innovation and the significant benefits on offer to business and are extremely pleased with the Federal Government’s renewed focus on innovation through the National Innovation and Science Agenda."

Registrations for The Rippler Effect are now open, see here for more.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Business Centre Best in State

Item Author Margaret

The Business Centre Best in State

The Business Centre has been awarded for outstanding achievement at the recent Small Biz Connect Awards held in Sydney. NSW Small Business Commissioner, Robyn Hobbs OAM presented The Business Centre with the Outstanding Achievement Award for exemplary service to small businesses in 2014/2015 through the Small Biz Connect program.

Small Biz Connect, a NSW Government subsidised program provides a personalised business advisory service to small business. The program offers NSW businesses access to expert advice on starting and managing small business through face-to-face support and development of key business skills.

The Business Centre delivers the program on behalf of the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner (OSBC). In delivering the service, The Business Centre provides support to micro and small business owners, spanning Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter, Port Stephens, Dungog, Gloucester and Great Lakes areas.

The Business Centre General Manager, Narelle McClelland said, ‘It is fantastic to be recognised for the assistance we provide to small businesses. The accolade is testament to our dedicated team of professionals who are deeply passionate about the help they provide working tirelessly to support small business in our region.’

‘We’re immensely proud of our work and the businesses we assist.’ said Ms McClelland

The Business Centre was also recipient of the Commissioner's Special Category Award, acknowledging the special contribution made to small businesses impacted by this year’s devastating floods. Business Advisors, Paulina Mangano, Brooke Phillips and Steve Wait received special recognition for the assistance they provided to small businesses in affected areas throughout April and May.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Blogging for Business

Item Author Margaret

Blogging for Business

What is business blogging and why do you have to do it? Like many small business owners in the Hunter, you'll constantly juggle with time constraints, so is blogging really worth it, or can your business survive without it?

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

News Bites - Identity Crime, Food Labelling and Hootsuite!

The Nuts and Bolts, Item Author Margaret

News Bites - Identity Crime, Food Labelling and Hootsuite!

So much to review... so little time! Get the short version of Small Business News. This blog is all about... Identity Crime, Food Labelling and Hootsuite!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

FOCUS on Catherine Deverell of Prioritised!

Your Small Biz Video Hub Small Business Focus Interviews, Item Author Margaret

FOCUS on Catherine Deverell of Prioritised!

Focus is a way of sharing success stories from micro, small and medium business owners throughout the Region. The Team at The Business Centre are pleased to introduce... Catherine Deverell of Prioritised!

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

News Bites - Innovation Festival, Apple and Codes!

Item Author Margaret

News Bites - Innovation Festival, Apple and Codes!

So much to review... so little time! Get the short version of Small Business News. This blog is all about... Innovation Festival, Apple and Codes!

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

What is IP... and why does your Business need it?

Small Business Mastermind The Nuts and Bolts, Item Author Margaret

What is IP... and why does your Business need it?

Intellectual property (IP) is not just for inventors… IP is critical for every business in protecting your unique ideas. It could be the symbol or logo that represents your business... or the training manuals that you have developed and written. It could be the tag line that describes your business or the jewellery or clothing designs you have created. 

Monday, 06 July 2015

FOCUS on Rochelle Jekot of Harmony Beans

Small Business Focus Interviews, Item Author Margaret

FOCUS on Rochelle Jekot of Harmony Beans

Focus is a way of sharing success stories from micro, small and medium business owners throughout the Region. The Team at The Business Centre are pleased to introduce... Rochelle Jekot of Harmony Beans

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Small Business Scams and Cybercrime

Small Biz Toolbox, Item Author Margaret

The ACCC and the Institute of Public Accountants recently hosted a small business scams and cybercrime forum with the aim of helping small business operators and stakeholders understand the scam and cybercrime risks small businesses face, and how they can best protect themselves. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

News Bites - Support, Funding and Heat!

Small Business Mastermind The Nuts and Bolts, Item Author Margaret

News Bites - Support, Funding and Heat!

So much to review... so little time! Get the short version of Small Business News. This blog is all about... Support, Funding and Heat!

Tuesday, 09 June 2015

FOCUS on Coni Maddy of Bowen Therapy and Beyond

Your Small Biz Video Hub Small Business Focus Interviews, Item Author Margaret

FOCUS on Coni Maddy of Bowen Therapy and Beyond

Focus is a way of sharing success stories from micro, small and medium business owners throughout the Region. The Team at The Business Centre are pleased to introduce... Coni Maddy of Bowen Therapy and Beyond

Tuesday, 09 June 2015

Countdown to End of Financial Year

Money Matters, Item Author Margaret

Countdown to End of Financial Year

With the end of the financial year just weeks away, it's time for small business owners to complete bookkeeping and tax returns for 2014-15 and begin planning for 2015-16.

Business.gov.au have put together an excellent checklist of the essential tasks for small business owners at the end of the financial year.  A little planning and hard work now can help you get your business organised and work smarter for the year ahead.  

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