Climate Innovators ~ Climathon Bassendean 27/10/17

Bassendean has stepped up to the challenge and along with Berlin, Budapest, Athens, Brooklyn, Sydney, Canberra, Washington, Warsaw and over 70 other cities we will explore innovative ideas for sustainable business, technology solutions, community behaviour and other insights on local renewable energy production.

Cities and towns have a significant role to play in tackling climate change by becoming more energy efficient, increasing reliance on renewable energy, and moving to more sustainable modes of transport. Already, investments in renewable energy worth millions of dollars are being rolled out across Australia by businesses, local councils and community groups.

This Climathon challenge aims to develop ideas for how the residents, businesses and community in the Town of Bassendean can contribute to Australia’s climate change target to reduce emissions by 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030 through innovative renewable energy practices.

This challenge also supports the objectives in the Town of Bassendean’s Strategic Community Plan 2017-2027.

Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge, take action in your city! If you want to BE PART OF THIS it’s not too late to be part of it –  Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017

How will you benefit from Climathon?

  • Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Australian cities, towns and shires are at risk from worsening climate impacts, such as floods, water scarcity and extreme heatwaves. Meanwhile, urban populations are major contributors to climate change, producing around three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from activities such as heating, cooling and lighting buildings, transportation and industrial activities.


Networking in Bassendean

Come along on Tuesday 31 October for relaxed environment to update and increase your local contacts.  Every month we meet up at Dome Bassendean (upstairs) for informal discussion and networking.

This month the focus is Cultural Awareness. Learn how to Increase your cultural awareness and take advantage in business in culturally diverse environments.

  • Impact of cultural differences in business
  • Capitalise cross cultural understanding in your business
  • Way to identify cultural gaps
  • Practical application of awareness

Facilitated by Rika Asaoka-Director/Training Facilitator @ Language & Culture

The Details:

Tuesday 31st October 7:15am to 9:00am at Dome Cafe Bassendean.

Members and Non Members welcome but places are limited.

CLICK HERE to book via EventBrite.

Think Small First Competition for shoppers and small businesses!

From this Saturday 28 October until 10 December, Small Business Matters is running a state-wide shopper competition to help celebrate our small business sector.

Small businesses and shoppers are invited to get involved to encourage people to Think Small First!  By spending at least $10 at a participating small business and entering online, shoppers can go in the draw to win $2,000. (T&C’s apply).  Shoppers can locate their local participating small businesses at the Small Business Matters shopper map: –

Who doesn’t need that in the lead up to Christmas?

Below is a video of a recent Connect Event, Making Your Business Work For You, featuring a panel of small business owners on business plan preparation, steps for taking planned and unplanned leave, setting up a support network and maintaining a positive work/life balance.

The speakers included Benjamin Trinh from Life Ready Physio & Pilates, Helen Pow from The Little Posy Co., Brian Greedy from Brian Greedy Business Solutions, and facilitated by Kate Eccles from Bankwest.

They shared their unique insights and real life experiences. Some of the key takeaways from them were: (more…)

Think Small First: Small Business Day, Saturday 28 October 2017.

This statewide movement is gaining momentum.  Designed to raise awareness about small business in Western Australia. They are the lifeblood and heart of what makes our local communities great. This is about celebrating our passionate entrepreneurs, butchers, mechanics, artists, accountants, gardeners, interior designers, foodies, personal trainers and more.

Without small business, a community doesn’t thrive.  Without small business, our economy would not survive.  Small business are a huge part of our life.

There are more than 210,000 small businesses in WA which encompasses a massive 97 per cent of ALL businesses in the state.  Small businesses employ nearly half of ALL jobs in Western Australia.

Impressive right?

It’s time to celebrate these things and remind ourselves to think small first.  It’s a great time to get involved.

Step 1.  On Saturday 28 October make the decision to do all your shopping at small businesses.

Step 2.  Think beyond 28 October 2017!

The way we shop influences what is available to shop in.  How do you normally shop?  Small businesses keep the large and global corporations more competitive.  When a small business disappears – so does our diversity and variety.  We can’t afford that.  Instead of shopping at a large business, how about shopping at an independent store or a small business?


Step 1.  Join the movement.  Upload your logo or photo on our supporter wall here.

Step 2.  Let’s get loud!  Download a poster and stick on your business window – help communicate why small businesses are important to our community!  You can also download an e-signature and other materials to use here.

On 28 October 2017!

Step 1.  Take a photo and post on our Small Business Matters Facebook page or tweet it – and go in the draw to win a fantastic prize (to be announced).  Use the tag #smallbizwa

Seminar: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for Business

Take advantage of the latest cloud computing and connected technology.  Start gaining valuable insights into advancing your business for very little effort and cost.

SMEs of any size are specifically targeted for this morning presentation happening on both Thurs and Fri.

Achieve real time data collection, monitoring and reporting of production equipment, and make use of sensor technology, data analytics and the cloud to optimise plant and equipment. In particular:

  • review examples of local IoT implementations
  • see how different sensors can be applied retrospectively to your plant and equipment
  • gain an understanding of the cloud, data processing and standard dashboard reporting

No longer just for businesses with deep pockets or the latest manufacturing equipment.

This session includes an open forum to share ideas and information with other SMEs to aid in moving to the implementation stage.

  • Thursday or Friday 19 or 20 October 2017
  • 9:00am – 10:30am
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 180 Hay Street, East Perth WA 6004
  • Cost: FREE
  • More details and registration Here


TEDx Perth is coming . . . .

Saturday 11 November 2017 marks the day when Innovators come together. Cultures come together. Ideas come together for inspiring talks by some of WA’s leading thinkers. 

The day is fully catered and features performances, speaker Q&As, interactive displays and the all-important after-party.

This annual event, in its sixth year, is the second-largest TEDx event in Australia and sells out quickly.

Be part of the conversation.TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event.

Startup Weekend Perth is back!

Returning for its 11th time, Startup Weekend will be held at Spacecubed Perth, November 17th – 19th.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup, Silicon Valley style. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

Get your tickets fast as this event has always been sold out early! Limited early bird tickets are available at a heavily discounted rate until October 14th.

You can learn more about Startup Weekend here.

Lastly, to keep up with ongoing announcements for the event, make sure you join the Facebook event at

Midland Line Shutdown

Expect a little bit of disruption next weekend folks. Because of the East Perth Station upgrade (as part of the how future crowds from the new stadium will be managed) the Midland Line has to close for the long weekend 22 – 25 Sept (incl).

This will impact those on the roads as well as those who normally take the train as the number of vehicles on the road will increase. It’s unfortunate in that it is the first week of the school hols and the opening of the Perth Royal Show.  Replacement buses will operate throughout the Shutdown and will be increased to cater for Royal Show passengers.

The Shutdown will take place from around 7pm on Thursday 21 September through to the last service on Monday 25 September (public holiday).

There is plenty of information on the Transperth website, including a Shutdown passenger brochure and accessible brochure, plus an information video and a Shutdown Facebook page which will be monitored and updated daily with tips for travelling during the Shutdown.


Australians & their social media

The recent release of the Sensis Social Media Report 2016 is essential reading for all business operators. It reveals we love our social media more and more. For example time spent on Facebook has increased over 40% on last year and now exceeds 12.5 hours per week. That’s more than half a day per week.

In brief:

  • Facebook is King. 70% of the population has a social media profile and of these 95% have a profile on Facebook.
  • Respondents access Social Media about 32 times each week (roughly the same as previous year). However, the time spent when checking in has risen 40% on last year, rising from 17 mins per check in to 24 mins. That equals 12.5 hours per week.
  • And we check in at all times of the day.
    • 49% first thing we do when we open our eyes in the morning
    • 18% when commuting
    • 22% during work
    • 33% breaks
    • 36% lunch time
    • 63% after work
    • 35% last thing before going to bed
  • 48% of small and medium enterprises (SME’s) are on social media (+17% on last year) and 79% of large business (+23% on last year)
  • Smartphone ownership up +6% on last year reaching 76% penetration. On average the population have three internet enabled devices.
  • An important takeaway is the population are paying more importance to reviews. They are reading them and making them much more easily. This is Tripadvisor, Yelp , Zomato and many others.  This is the “word of mouth” which has always been customers most trusted information. This underlines the need for businesses to get on the front foot and avoid negative reviews if you can.   We have published a lot on the topic of social media over the years and we put up a great post on this very topic a couple of years ago. If you want some quick tips on handling bad reviews it is still available here – “How to deal with negative comments on social media
  • It is more a question of how rather than if business and markets should use social media to connect and engage with consumers meaningfully
    and effectively. From this report you can get an insight into When to post, Who to post to, What to post, Where to post.
  • The full report can be down loaded here.

Financial Management Course

Are you on track for the new financial year?

Keep on top of the latest changes in GST legislation and reporting requirements. Review your current software options and get a health check on your bookkeeping practices.

Hosted by Tracey Edwardes, Business Station, Gosnells.

DATE AND TIME: Thu. 21 September 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
LOCATION: Town of Bassendean, Council Chambers, 48 Old Perth Rd; Bassendean.
COST: Free