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Our local business come up with some brilliant ideas which they are willing to share!

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.

 

The State of Startups – insights and highlights

Here in Bassendean we’re supporting startups at every opportunity.  Recently we attended the State of Startups at City of Perth.  Our own Dave Kelly MLA as the Minister for ICT & Innovation; Science, opened the event and was followed by presentations from Techboard, StartupMuster, StartupAUS, and eGroup.

Minister Kelly began his presentation cleverly comparing the State Government’s first twelve months in office and startup life – “full of ideas but no money, the classic definition of a startup”. With a focus on initiatives that are likely to create West Australian jobs, the Minister provided further updates on the Government’s New Industries Fund.

You can read more about it here.

This was followed by presentations from the co-founders of Techboard and StartupMuster, the CEO of StartupAUS and Chairperson of StartupWA. Highlights from their panel discussion included:

  • Andrew Outhwaite reiterating the value of data collection, evaluation and mapping of ecosystem growth; and encouraging everyone to keep paying it forward – “whatever we can do to collaborate and increase the likelihood of startups and founders getting the support they need”.
  • Peter van Bruchem advocating for more visibility and sharing – not just raw data, but also startups’ stories “to encourage and enable others to achieve what they might not otherwise have been able to achieve”.
  • Monica Wulff’s challenge to the whole startup community to take our story mainstream, highlighting the globally-scaleable businesses we build, and how they are going to benefit Australia in the long-term – “change the narrative, tell your stories loudly and proudly”
  • Alex McCauley on the importance of connectedness – not just within spaces and local communities, but across states and the whole nation.

Read the full EVENT INSIGHTS AND HIGHLIGHTS blog here

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: – http://smallbusinessmatters.net.au/page/small-business-locator

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

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/135264457111760.

Innovator of the Year 2017

How inventive have you been in the last 12 months?  Applications for the WA 2017 Innovator of the Year program are now open.

Award winners will share in a prize pool of $145,000 to help commercialise their innovations, with the overall winner receiving a prize of $75,000.  Finalists and semi-finalists will receive professional assistance in the form of pitch presentation training, one-on-one mentoring, financial forecasting and a legal health check to enhance their prospects of commercialisation.  Finalists will also receive an edited video so they can showcase their innovations to the world.

Winners from last year include an electronic pain assessment tool, which utilises automated facial recognition technology, the world’s first fully automated 3D robotic bricklaying system, an industrial grade threaded nut combined with a rapid release mechanism, Flash flaming of seeds to improve land restoration, Instatruck: an on-demand truck matching service for customers’ with specific delivery requirements and owner/drivers who have delivery capacity.  The ideas and winners are as diverse as our whole economy.

Applications for the 2017 WA Innovator of the Year Program are now open. Applications close at 12:00pm AWST on 6 June 2017.

2017 WA Innovator of the Year program details: 

Reshaping our World – Technology in industry

Technology is now in everything we touch. It is switching, fixing, simplifying, adjusting, speeding up the world (and industry) as we know it – with robotics and 3D printing, remote control and smart everything, energy storage and artificial intelligence.

This is transformative stuff and we are living in the fourth industrial revolution.

On Tuesday 30th May, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WA) is hosting a light breakfast with a presentation by their Chief Economist Rick Newnham.

In this presentation, he will discuss the convergence of the physical and digital worlds and explore the eight essential technologies that will affect WA business and the economy in the future.

Venue – CCI Function Centre, Hay St.

Cost – $45/$55 (Mem/Non Mem)

More Info and Register – Click here 

It’s on again….

Calling all entrepreneurs, new thinkers, young and old.  Startup Weekend is back for it’s 10th occasion at Spacecubed.

If you’ve never been it’s 54 hours of intense mind blowing action and real businesses come from it. Starting at 5.00pm on Friday it all wraps up on Sunday evening at 9pm.

It’s a learning experience for everyone.  Learn how to pitch, meet interesting people, make excellent contacts, start a new career.

And all of that for under $100. Can’t be bad!

Watch the video here

Go to the facebook page here

Register here