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: 

Understanding Designs webinar

Bassendean, Ashfield and Eden Hill boast many businesses operating in the design field. In June, IP Australia is holding an introductory workshop via webinar where they will be focusing on designs, and an awareness of how to protect your product with a registered design.

You will also learn the basics of IP and gain an understanding of the design application process.

TIME: At 11:00am AEST (9.00am Perth time) on Thursday 15 June 2017 where

More information and registration: Available here

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. 


Creating Brand Energy

How do you show up in your marketplace?

What is your Brand Personality – the unique attitude, tone and style of everything you do? And what value do you offer?

The sheer volume of publicity and marketing which we face everyday is staggering.  As a business owner, how do you connect with your customers? Everything you see today promotion, advertising, marketing, positioning, publicity revolves around your brand.

And there is a lot written about branding.

Come along to a unique morning with Cath Sutherland of Conscious Business. See how you can answer all of these questions through her unique process and how you can start applying these to your organisation.

For more information or to register online:

A half-day workshop hosted by FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural & Eco Tourism)* @ $110.00/$145 (Mem/Non Mem).

*Although hosted by FACET, the workshop is not restricted to tourism related businesses. This workshop is valuable to all types of business.


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

Morley Drive closed at Tonkin Highway 21-24 April

8pm Friday 21 April – 5am Monday 24 April

  • Morley Drive closed between Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North (left-in, left-out access to local residents only).
  • Tonkin Highway will remain open, with two lanes in each direction. Access to Tonkin Highway will be available at Benara and Collier Roads.
  • Bus services on Morley Drive between Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North will be impacted. For more information visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.
  • Road users are asked to follow signed detours to access Morley Drive as shown in the map below.

As part of the Tonkin Highway upgrade from Guildford Road to Reid Highway, a new interchange will be built at Morley Drive. The interchange includes a large oval shaped roundabout at ground level that will connect Morley Drive to a raised Tonkin Highway.

Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time as delays are expected. Speed limits are reduced in the construction zone. For alternative routes and road impacts see or call 1800 748 642.

nbn – what business needs to know

You are invited to hear from nbn General Manager Business Segment Luke Robertson about the nbn™ network rollout,

  • What opportunities and benefits the nbn™ will provide to business and what business needs to know before making the switch.

There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and networking.

  • Venue The RISE, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands
  • Date Wednesday 19 April 2017
  • Time 12pm – 1.30pm
  • RSVP JaneMcNamara-at-nbnco-dot-com-dot-au
  • Closing Weds 12 April 2017

Places are limited and RSVPs are essential

The “Art of the Deal” for social capitalists

Amy Carter-James, leading Social Entrepreneur

In the Trump world “the deal’ is an economic outcome – full stop – period. For Social Capitalists however there’s more. They generate profit to further social and environmental goals as well.

Social enterprises are businesses that invest in community. Rather than maximising private profit, they want to make the world – or at least their community – a better place.

In the present climate this might sound idealistic, yet it is estimated that Social enterprise activity constitutes 2- 3% of GDP,  that there are 20,000 social enterprises operating in Australia alone and this number has grown at a rate of 37% over the past 5 years. Other research (Nielsen) found that 50% of people are willing to pay more “to companies who give back”.

Gene Hardy, Cape to Cape Tours

Australian social entrepreneurs operate in all markets from the local to the international and in all sectors.

If this stimulates your interest check out this workshop by FACET happening on 5th April.  Featuring a broad range of international and local social entrepreneurs including globally recognised social entrepreneur Amy Carter-James and Gene Hardy of Cape to Cape Tours and many others.

The workshop is designed present experience and share knowledge to empower you to use it in your business.

Event Details

  • Giving Back: Tourism Social Entrepreneurship
  • 9.00am – 5.00pm, 5 April 2017
  • Matilda Bay on the River, Crawley
  • $260 pp.
  • Full details and registration here