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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

StartUp Weekend

stratup-weekend-1611Returning for its 9th time at Spacecubed, Startup Weekend will be held in Perth, November 4th – 6th.

In just 54 hours, you experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life as a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

It is two and half intense days kicking off at 5.00pm Friday 4th and collapsing at 7.30pm Sunday 7th November!

All of that will cost you a shade under $100. If this sounds like you, you can still get a ticket HERE.  You can also save 10% by using the promo code “SWRocks.”

You can learn more about Startup Weekend at http://swperth.org or http://startupweekend.org.

LatestBuy are on the Trail

garage-sale2Town of Bassendean ranks in top 10 for garage sales registered Australia wide !!!

With 34 garage sales registered by residents, the Town is now ranked 7th Australia wide on a per capita basis of population for the number of garage sales registered !!!

Well done to Darren and Shaun Campbell from LatestBuy.com (113 Broadway, Bassendean WA 6054, Australia) who are the latest to get on board!!

This dynamic duo is opening their showroom and warehouse doors for a Mega Garage Sale with items starting from $1!  Toys, gadgets, kitchenware, collectibles, barware, novelties, outdoors and lifestyle products and on and on. They’re one-off product samples, discontinued lines, unwanted returns but they’re all in 100% working condition!

It’s not too late to register your business for the 22 October if you want to.  Just go to the Garage Sale trail web site here and put down all your details.  There is no cost remember

 

Railfest Thundering Back

raifest-2016The men of steam of Rail Heritage WA at the Railway Museum are back with a vengeance this year.

A great range of visiting displays, including several new heritage displays, and Brookfield are helping to spread the  safety message to the young. There will be the free shuttle bus again to reduce parking hassles, thanks to Metrobus.

Sounds like we will have the old-fashioned throb of a 60 year old X diesel class turning over during the day!

And the latest additions – model traction engines in steam (BIG ones – over 2 metres long!) and the Swan Woodturners will be demonstrating their skills.

Charity Golf Day ~ 11 November 2016

charity-golf-dayEvery year since 2012 local businessman Tony Prospero from MASC has organised a terrific charity golf event at Joondalup Resort.

Tony is one of the founders of Holeseekers, a group which amongst other things organises this annual event.

It goes without saying that Tony is a golf tragic but to join in the fun for this Golf Day, you don’t have to put yourself through the same toil that he does!  The event is organised to enjoy and afternoon of fun and to raise funds for a very valuable causes.

The charity is Bridging Communities and to date they have raised $50,000.

You can sponsor various elements of the day or just register a team as a player. The full details can be found here.  Information on last years event and a video can be found here.