Category Archives - Business Association Initiatives

These posts will bring updates on what is happening in the Central Eastern Business Association (CEBA), Swan Chamber of Commerce and also the Small Business Centres in Stirling and Midland and CCIWA.

It’s been a big year . . looking forward to 2018

This year has passed in record time and we will soon be into January.

2018 Refresh

At the top of the list, we are planning a refresh of BassendeanMeansBusiness web site.  Assisting us to do some of the ground work we recently had the good fortune to work with local university student – Sally Leavy.  Sally a third year at Notre Dame, Fremantle is completing a double degree in Commerce (Economics) and Politics (International Relations). She put in two weeks as an intern sifting through mountains of data from the ABR, distilling it down to integrate into the latest business directory and email database.  This data really helps in featuring the new operators, those starting out, those working from home and helps to build networks and bring the right people together.

2018 Localism 

Talking about bringing people together I recently met up with some members of the Bassendean Business Association over breakfast and I’m looking forward to supporting them in 2018.

A part of that support will hopefully be at the Festival of Local Business.  This event is just beginning to take shape and will happen in April.  It aims to put our community of businesses and entrepreneurs on the map in a very special way. The idea of the festival came out of the Digital Business Marketing Strategy (2018) which will be officially presented to the new Economic Development Committee when it first meets in the new year.  But you can get a sneak preview here.  The new Economic Development Committee is currently looking for members.  If you want to be part of it please nominate yourself here and make sure your hat is in the ring.

2018 Optimism

The economic and financial outlook for 2018 is positive overall.  A just published Quarterly Economic Commentary from Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre (BCEC) offers excellent objective insight into the expectations both social and commercial for 2018.  Great reading when you can separate yourself from your domestic duties this holiday.

Original & Free

And finally, as a start up business where your cash is tight and image is everything.  The biggest place where your customers find you and make a decision on whether to trust you or put their time in to check you out is of course your website.  That is the centre of your publicity.  A major element are the photos and images which are displayed.

Here is a link to 25 websites of original free stocks photos   These thousands of photos are free to download. They just ask you to acknowledge the photographer when you use the image (just like we have with the image above). The images are unique and different from the standard free stock photos.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday.  Looking forward to 2018 and growing our local economy.

 

CCI-WA and CEBA Sundowner

The chief economist Rick Newnham of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, will be visiting our region for a sundowner.  With a reputation for succinct analysis and a growing legion of fans Rick possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the economy.

Under the stewardship of Rick, CCI WA are front and centre in advocating for WA businesses and industry including Tax reform, GST re-distribution, payroll tax and much more.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, 16 November 2017
  • Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Venue: The Embleton Room, City of Bayswater
  • Catering: Drinks & Canapes
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Here (including back ground information about this event and about the speaker)
  • For any queries, please contact the CCI events team: E: functions@cciwa.com  T: 08 9365 7500

Vision For The Future Luncheon

The dust has now settled after the March state election. Labor promised a fresh start, putting jobs first and many more pledges. The expectations are high and the challenges even higher.

Join your business colleagues on Friday 26 May for a lively lunch to both listen to and to field questions of the four local labor representatives –

Lisa Baker (Member for Maylands), Simon Millman (Member for Mt Lawley), Amber-Jade Sanderson (Member for Morley) and Dave Kelly (Member for Bassendean)

CEBA’s own raconteur Peter Mathie as Master of Ceremonies will keep the speakers to task and ensure a lively event.

Registrations: Here

Budget de-construction

Hear first-hand what the Federal Budget means for WA business.

We are set to enter our 27th year of growth and Australia has continued to grow while we transition from mining investment and construction driven economy to more diversity.

However, Australia is a trading nation and WA is a trading state and at a time of lower global economic growth what does the economic future hold for us?

Hear Mathias Cormann, Federal Minister for Finance detail more of the economic and fiscal outlook for Australia and WA at the CCI Federal Budget Breakfast on 15 May.

Register here for CCI’s Federal Budget Breakfast. 

 

The Tasty Pear is the Peoples Choice!!

At the recent 2016 CEBA Business Awards The Tasty Pear in Hawaiian Bassendean Shopping Centre was the surprise winner of the peoples choice award!  That is, it was a surprise for the three proud owners Gill, Chantel and Kate but to many others the Tasty Pear was the obvious winner and well deserved!

They then went on to the Best Start-Up Award as well!

The awards evening was a terrific relaxed cocktail event where 80 people gathered to share stories and celebrate terrific achievements and results. The diverse range of entries and winners illustrated so well the potential and possibilities our region holds.

The overall winner went to Jade Lewis & Friends. This not-for-profit organisation has developed a range of programs to counter drug addiction amongst teenagers, female offenders, school age kids and family programs as well.

for a full list of all the winners please go to the CEBA site here

 

 

Awards Cocktail Evening

business-awards-celebrateThose business awards that we’ve been promoting over the last few weeks reach their conclusion on Friday 25 November.

The judges will have done their judging and at a Cocktail evening at The Rise in Maylands they’ll be announcing the winners under the 8 categories: Best Service Based Business, Best Retail Business, Best Franchise Business, Best Start-up (New) Business, Best Home Based Business, Best Commercial Enterprise, Best Environmentally Sustainable Business, Best Community Not-for-Profit Organisation

And who from Bassendean will pick up an award?  You’ll have to come along and find out!

But as we have maintained all along, all entries in the awards are winners regardless of whether they pick up the gong on the night.

Tackling all those questions can be a little bit sticky, like being able to write an overview of your business, thinking about business planning, describing your target market, what’s your customer service like and how do you look after your staff,  automatically put you and your business ahead of many competitors who neglect to ask themselves the same questions.  Time and again we hear operators saying the process its self was the most rewarding!

But winning does have its own unique rewards too. Having a trophy to display at home or in the shop is pretty cool plus extra publicity is provided through a link up with all the other Business Associations and Chambers in the eastern metro region and jointly featuring the finest businesses in the EMRC Business Exemplar Project.

To ensure you don’t miss out of the fun, register here to secure your ticket

 

Calling all Home Based Businesses

home-is-where-your-wifi-connects-automatically-t-shirts-tote-bagWorking from home is fun. Well maybe not all the time right?

Many of you probably feel a little anonymous or undiscovered?

You are all doing great things while you juggle crampt conditions or second job or looking after your partner and the children and the dog or all of the above !!

Well, why not try out for a Business Award? You deserve it.

With just a few days left before the opportunity passes for another year you should go to the CEBA web site and have a look.

Prominently  featured  on the front page the 2016 Awards are open right now.

Entering couldn’t be easier and it’s free!

If you have any  questions or need help we are just a phone call away….(William Barry – Economic Development: 9377 8000) or leave a message below.  I’ll get back to you straight away.

Just 10 Days to go….

2-stop-looking-at-the-obstacle-and-see-the-opportunityThe 2016 Business Awards will be gone before you know it.

The closing date is Friday 4th November**

So don’t hesitate or think too long about it.

Now’s the opportunity to give it a go and you never know what you might end up with!

Download the information pack and submit your entry form all on line at CEBA

** If you’re vying for Peoples Choice Award that has got a way to go yet -. It closes on Friday 18th November!

Cork & Bottle Sundowner ~ CEBA Business Awards

cb-sun1Beginning an awards submission may seem a daunting process especially when you have a million other tasks on your ‘To Do’ list.  But in reality, the time spent entering awards is more of an investment than a cost.

Even if you don’t take home first prize, being a part of the whole experience can be incredibly rewarding.

INVITATION

This is an invitation to bring a colleague to Cork & Bottle and learn about the 2016 CEBA Business Awards and put a strategy together to enter.

  • Whole new entry platform being launched this year
  • Get tips on what the judges are looking for
  • 8 award categories including Home Based, Retail, Franchise, Start-Up, Service Based and more.
  • Speakers include Steve Fletcher/Stuart Ridgway proprietors of Cork & Bottle, Greg Pound, Chairman of CEBA, previous winners of CEBA Business Awards.

cb-sun2Join us for drinks and Networking

  • WHERECork & Bottle, 77 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean
  • RSVP – events@ceba.com.au
  • COST – Free
  • Welcome drink and selection of bites and treats provided

The 2016 CEBA BUSINESS AWARDS are open until 4.00pm, 4th November 2016. Winners and runners up will be announced at the Gala Cocktail Evening 25th November 2016.  All entries are via the website www.ceba.com.au/business-awards. Download the entry pack

What sets you apart?

ceba-2016-business-awardsBefore the 4th November, put aside a couple hours and consider your marketing, your customer service, the improvements and goals you have for your business and you will be well on your way to completing a submission for the Central Eastern Business Association (CEBA) Business Awards.

The Town of Bassendean has supported these awards from the outset and strongly recommends all businesses owners to give it a go.

This year the association has made big strides in simplifying the entry process.  Follow this link here to find tips on how to enter, the entry package, and the entry portal itself.

The questions are straight forward and you will gain a great insight into your own business from just completing the submission form.

Figure out what sets you apart from the crowd!