Friday, 07 July 2017

Regional Incubator Program Pitch Event

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Regional Incubator Program Pitch Event

The Business Centre was host to the first Regional Incubator Program Pitch Event where eight innovative start-ups presented their ideas to 70 guests including a panel of start-up experts and investors.

The Regional Incubator Program is a collaborative project, which aims to accelerate the successful development of start-ups in the Hunter and Central Coast. Over a period of 14 weeks, program participants attended regular workshops, business advisory and mentoring sessions, and also had access to a range of targeted resources and support services.

The Business Centre congratulates all participants who pitched their ideas including:

Andreas Antoniades, Obelisk Systems
Alex Sharikov, Optim Controls
Ed Estrada, SmartGuardTech
Robyn-Anne Miosge, itsFound
Nick Smith, Corridor Insights
Cameron Owen, HackerLinx
Lloyd Davies, Scrubit
Tony Singh, Mobito

Corridor Insights, Scrubit and Mobito have been selected to go on to pitch at Newcastle City Council’s next IQ Talk event in August. HackerLinx also received a special mentoring package to continue working with The Business Centre to further develop the start-up.

A special thank you to our guest panel members, Melanie Nicholson, President/Chair, Regional Angels and Brad Gorton, Managing Director CEO, Gorton IP.

Expressions of interest for the next cohort for the Regional Incubator Program are now open. For further information and to apply, please visit, http://www.hunterfoundersforum.com.au/regional-incubator-program. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

New Effective Business Marketing workshop series

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New Effective Business Marketing workshop series

A new five-part marketing workshop program is now available to Central Coast businesses. Each session will provide participants with insight into best practice marketing theory and techniques to help them improve their business success. The series includes:

  • Part A Marketing 101 - 10:00am - 1:00pm Thursday, 22 June
  • Part B Profiling Your Market - 10:00am - 1:00pm Thursday, 29 June
  • Part C Consumer Behaviour - 10:00am - 1:00pmThursday, 6 July
  • Part D Marketing Plan - 10:00am - 1:00pm Thursday, 13 July
  • Part E E-Marketing Toolbox - 10:00am - 1:00pm Thursday, 20 July

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Business Connect Bus

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Business Connect Bus

The Business Connect Bus is on the move again, bringing highly subsidised face-to-face business advice to the following locations. If you’re looking for personalised support on how to start, grow or innovate your business, book in for a consultation with one of our experienced Business Connect Advisors.

Taree Monday, 1 May

Forster Tuesday, 2 May

Tocal Field Days Friday, 5 May - Sunday, 7 May

Scone Monday, 15 May

Singleton Tuesday, 16 May

Muswellbrook Wednesday, 17 May

Denman Thursday, 18 May

Maitland Friday, 19 May

Monday, 10 April 2017

Business Connect Innovation & Digital Strategy

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Business Connect Innovation & Digital Strategy

As part of the NSW Government's Business Connect program, a series of workshops on digital strategy, readiness and growth is being delivered by netStripes in association with The Business Centre. Events include:

Digital Strategy - User Experience Focus
Tuggerah 5:30 - 8:00pm,  Monday, 1 May 2017

Small Business Digital Readiness
Newcastle 5:00 - 7:00pm, Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Growth Online for Small Businesses
Singleton 9:30 - 12:00pm Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Central Coast Businesses Connected to Dedicated Business Support Services

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Central Coast Businesses Connected to Dedicated Business Support Services

Central Coast businesses and those looking to start up, now have access to dedicated support services following introduction of the NSW Government’s new Business Connect program. The program is a quality, highly-subsidised, personalised business advisory service that supports small-to-medium businesses to start or grow their business successfully.

Two highly-experienced and accredited Business Connect Advisors from The Business Centre – Central Coast have been appointed to deliver the services on behalf of the Department of Industry. Based locally in Tuggerah, Debbie Carroll and Dr Brian Freeman, both well-regarded stalwarts of the local Central Coast business community, now provide practical mobile, face-to-face business advice, skills, information and resources to assist any stage of business.

The first two hours of one-to-one business advice offered through Business Connect are free, and further advisory sessions highly subsidised by the NSW Government: six hours for $125 only.

The Business Connect program also offers Central Coast businesses access to an extensive workshop and seminar program, on topics including business planning, how to start up, bookkeeping, marketing and social media. Upcoming workshops include Start Your Own Business on Tuesday, 4 April and Social Media Options for Small Business Tuesday, 9 May.

Central Coast business owners, and those aspiring to start a new venture can access the services by phoning 1300 134 359, or visiting industry.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Business Skills Program for Refugees

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Business Skills Program for Refugees

Refugees and other members of Newcastle's multicultural community will receive free skills training to help them establish their own businesses as part of a project run by Newcastle City Council with local partners, including The Business Centre.

The Multicultural Small Business Program will see around 12 refugees and immigrants attend workshops over a 10-week program to help them set-up and run small businesses in Newcastle and the Hunter.

As part of the program, The Business Centre is delivering a series of business education workshops catering to both English and Arabic speaking participants, with use of an interpreter.

Managing delivery of the workshop program, Gordon Whitehead, ASBAS Coordinator, The Business Centre said starting a business can be challenging ordinarily, but even more so if you’re from a different cultural background and not yet acquainted with the various rules and regulations in Australia.

“The program will teach participants how to successfully set-up up a business and meet all necessary requirements, including legal, business structures, marketing, financial planning and budgeting, and tax obligations”, Gordon said.

“The 10-week business education program comprises workshops, business advisory sessions and networking opportunities. Participants will also have access to mentors from the local migrant business community to assist them.”

The Business Centre's Chief Executive Officer, Pierre Malou said it the Multicultural Small Business Program is a fantastic opportunity to simply share our business culture with men and women freshly arrived in Australia.

“Whilst “give it a go” might be our motto, we too can learn from participants attending this program. Most of them come from war-torn areas. Their resilience is second to none. They are also determined to succeed in their new country. At The Business Centre we believe these attributes will help them succeed in starting up their own business.” 

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Back to Business Week 2017

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Back to Business Week 2017

Back to Business Week is a NSW Government initiative that celebrates small to medium businesses and promotes and supports the critical role they play in local communities. The event series will provide a range of quality and personalised support services from 26 February – 4 March 2017, including the following three workshops presented by The Business Centre:

Friday, 03 February 2017

Business Connect Bus

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Business Connect Bus

The Business Connect Bus is on the move, bringing highly subsidised face-to-face business advice to the following locations. If you’re looking for personalised support on how to start, grow or innovate your business, book in for a consultation with one of our experienced Business Connect Advisors.

Register online or phone 1300 134 359.

 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Exploring Being My Own Boss

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Exploring Being My Own Boss

In early 2017 The Business Centre is offering a new program to give 18-24 year old job seekers a taste of entrepreneurship and self-employment. Exploring Being My Own Boss is a workshop program conducted over two weeks (25 hours per week), which teaches practical skills for participants to get empowered and start their own venture. The program is fully subsidised by the Australian Government Department of Employment.

Registration for the first workshop is now open. REGISTER ONLINE

Monday, 28 November 2016

Outstanding Client Experience at The Business Centre

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Outstanding Client Experience at The Business Centre

The Business Centre has received the honour of the Small Biz Connect (SBC) Outstanding Client Experience Award 2015-16. SBC is a NSW Government subsidised program that provides a personalised business advisory service to small business. The Award is based on the highest overall score from external research on client satisfaction and likelihood to recommend – of all SBC providers in the State.

The Business Centre has delivered the SBC program on behalf of the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) since 2012. 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.

In delivering the service, The Business Centre provides support to 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 was a great pleasure to be acknowledged for outstanding customer satisfaction.

"It’s something we strive to deliver and pride ourselves on doing well. To be acknowledged for this, particularly based on results of external research, is very pleasing," Narelle said.

"Our team of SBC Advisors work closely with clients to help them in their business - whether just starting out, or selling up. We genuinely care and get a great buzz seeing them succeed."

Monday, 14 November 2016

Beep Beep!

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Beep Beep!

The Small Biz Bus will soon be bringing assistance to small businesses in Newcastle East, East Maitland and Tea Gardens. If you’re looking for personalised advice for your small business at no cost, book in for a one-on-one consultation with a Small Biz Connect Advisor at the following:


Newcastle East
 9:00am to 3:00pm Wednesday, 23 November

Pacific Park, Newcastle East

East Maitland 9:00am to 3:00pm Thursday, 24 November

East Maitland Library car park, East Maitland

 

Tea Gardens 10:00am to 3:00pm Friday, 25 November

Marine Drive (opposite Nicole's Art Gallery & Cafe), Tea Gardens

Visit www.clikclik.com.au/smallbizbus or phone 1300 134 359 to book your free session.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Smart Arts returns to Newcastle

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Smart Arts returns to Newcastle

Cultural sector development program, Smart Arts is returning to Newcastle in October following highly successful delivery of the initiative in Port Stephens. The Business Centre and Octapod are investing again to deliver the program, which includes a series of capacity-building events to support the creative industries in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

The program comprises two business education workshops and a creative sector consultation and networking event, all designed to assist artists, creative practitioners, arts and cultural professionalsto build sustainable creative businesses. Learn more.

Friday, 26 August 2016

The Business Centre awarded Best Regional BEC

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The Business Centre awarded Best Regional BEC

The Business Centre has been awarded Best Regional BEC at the recent 2016 BEC Australia Awards for Performance held in Melbourne as part of the Small Business Development Conference 2016.

Federal Minister for Small Business, the Hon Michael McCormack MP presented The Business Centre with the Award, which recognises Business Enterprise Centres (BECs), their management and staff whose business practices, innovation and core service delivery has realised outstanding outcomes and economic benefits to the local community.

The awards program highlights excellence within the national BEC network, which first commenced operations in the early 1980’s. The philosophy of the network is to provide, information, advice and assistance to business intenders and existing business owners so that they are well-placed to develop their businesses as successful and profitable entities.

The Business Centre General Manager, Narelle McClelland said it was an honour to be acknowledged for the assistance they provide to businesses.

“We’re extremely pleased to be awarded Best Regional BEC - a salute to our dedication, working to achieve successful outcomes for businesses in our local community,” Narelle said.

“We’re tremendously proud of what we do in helping people achieve their business goals.”

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Women in Business mentoring for start-ups

Item Author Brooke Phillips New

Women in Business mentoring for start-ups

Applications are now open for the Women in Business mentoring program for start-ups, commencing in September. If you're a woman in the start-up phase of business, face challenges and could benefit from expert mentoring, please contact us on 02 4925 7700 or register your interest online.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Developing a business blueprint for success

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Developing a business blueprint for success

Failing to plan is planning to fail. It’s an old adage that we’ve all likely heard, but nonetheless remains hugely relevant in the world of business. For more than 30 years The Business Centre has been working to support business development, offering core workshops and advice on planning to assist clients in their ventures. In all that time, the fact that starting your own business requires a significant amount of research and planning has never changed but how you go about it certainly has.

Enter the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool that allows you to efficiently develop a clear and comprehensive roadmap for success. The proven framework not only allows you to prepare a solid plan and consolidate your efforts, but also enables you to test your plan thus helping to mitigate risk and improve the chance of success.

The plan developed using this process is highly actionable and will be one revisited often; not a document left to sit gathering dust. It is suitable for those just starting out, as well as established business owners looking to effectively review and update their overall plan and strategy.

It you’d like to learn more about this practical, time-saving tool, The Business Centre regularly delivers a ‘Business Planning that Works’ workshop, and also has experienced Business Advisors available for one-on-one consultations to help you develop your business blueprint for success. Consultations are fully subsidised through the NSW Government’s Small Biz Connect program. Phone 02 4925 7700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more.

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