Business Link - November 2018

Business Link - November 2018
The information contained in Business Link is distributed to business entities across the City of Canterbury Bankstown. Business Link - November 2018 The information contained in Business Link is distributed to business entities across the City of Canterbury Bankstown. News and Updates; Business Support; Business


Upcoming events, workshops and training courses

NEIS Information Workshop
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a program, funded by the Department of Employment, that assists unemployed people in turning a variable business idea into their own small business. The program can help you become self-sufficient and independent, by establishing a new small business.

Approved applicants will receive training in small business management, business skills and assistance to develop their business plan.

To learn more about this great program, attend an information session:

  • WHEN          Thursday 8 November
  • Thursday 22 November
  • TIME            9.30-10.30am
  • WHERE        Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
  • FOR MORE  Visit


Managing workplace safety
Join experts from Excite Safety as they share their knowledge on Australian work health and safety requirements, and the importance of compliance.

WHEN          Friday 9 November
TIME            11am-12.30pm
WHERE        Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
REGISTER   Call 0418 779 295 or visit

The talk will cover:

  • Where to find compliance requirements;
  • What is a safe workplace;
  • Importance of safety checks and training; and
  • Your responsibility as a business owner.


Business Connect: Realise Business – Business Advisory Sessions
Business Connect aims to:

  • Support small businesses start up;
  • Help businesses create jobs through growth;
  • Help established small-to-medium sized enterprises become sustainable; and
  • Increase business confidence across NSW.

FREE business guidance sessions are now available with a Multicultural Business Advisor, for support at any stage of your business journey. Whether you’re looking to start up your business, expand, grow, or looking for an exit plan, a Business Advisor can help.

The Community Migrant Resource Centre’s (CMRC) Multicultural Business Connect Advisory Service is another service offered by Business Connect, which is funded by the NSW Department of Industry.  The team is made up of a group of dedicated professionals, who can deliver advice and support to small business owners. They can provide advice in Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

The service provides a quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program, linking experienced business advisors with small business operators.  It also assists existing small businesses, which want to grow, expand, sell, implement a succession plan, or improve their overall business plans.

Business Connect achieves these aims by:

  • Providing general and specialist business advice;
  • Promoting business growth through innovation, improving resilience and boosting productivity; and
  • Supporting digital readiness and regional business development.


  • WHEN          Tuesday 6 November
    Tuesday 13 November
    Tuesday 20 November
    Tuesday 30 October
  • TIME            Times available from 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm (bookings essential)
  • WHERE        Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor, 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
  • REGISTER   Email David Batson on  


Business Connect: Business Advisory Bilingual Sessions (Vietnamese)

  • WHEN          Thursday 1 November
    Thursday 8 November
    Thursday 15 November
    Thursday 22 November
    Thursday 29 November
  • TIME            10am-3pm (hourly bookings are essential)
  • WHERE        Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
  • REGISTER   Email

2018 White Ribbon Tug O’ War Cup

White Ribbon is Australia's only national, male-led campaign to end men's violence against women. The campaign involves raising awareness, education and running programs with youth, schools and workplaces.

We are holding our sixth annual White Ribbon Tug O’ War Cup, where men from local businesses, organisations, community groups and residents across Canterbury-Bankstown, enter teams of five.

If you, or someone you know, is interested, get involved – get a grip, pull your weight and oppose violence against women!

  • WHEN:         Thursday 22 November
  • TIME            11.30am-2.30pm
  • WHERE        John Mackay Indoor Sports Centre, Chapel Road, Bankstown

Town Centre Christmas Decoration Grant Funding Program

We invite local businesses to apply, individually or as a group, for grants of up to $5,000, to help decorate town centres for the Christmas period, as part of our Town Centre Christmas Decoration Grant Funding Program.

Applications close Friday 16 November.

For more information, visit or contact Council’s Community Engagement Officer on 9707 9771 or

Major projects

$5.2 million Town Centre Upgrade for Canterbury
Work has begun on a $5.2 million upgrade of Canterbury Town Centre, aimed at improving the intersection at Charles Street and Roberts Street.  It includes:

  • New footpaths;
  • Landscaping (planting of trees and creation of garden beds and raingardens);
  • Installation of a charger for electric car owners;
  • Construction of raised pedestrian crossings;
  • Undergrounding of overhead power lines;
  • Installation of new lighting and smart poles;
  • Construction of kerb and gutter;
  • Reconstruction of road pavement; and
  • Installation of new trees and outdoor seating.

Stage one is expected to be completed by late 2019.  For more information, visit


CBCity enters into state-first power contract
In a NSW first, the City of Canterbury Bankstown has signed a new energy contract, along with another 17 councils, which will see it use more renewable energy.

The Program for Energy and Environmental Risk Solutions (PEERS) contract, coordinated by Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC), was signed with Origin Electricity Energy Limited earlier this month. It stipulates:

  • Approximately 20 per cent of the Council’s annual electricity load will be renewable energy, purchased from the Moree Solar Farm project, until the end of 2030;
  • The balance (80 per cent) will come from non-renewable sources for three years, following which the renewable portion may be increased; and
  • The price of renewable energy will be lower than the standard non-renewable energy.

This agreement means our renewable energy usage will jump to 22.5 per cent and deliver a saving of over $90,000 in the first three years alone.

MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees

MIGAS works with Australia’s leading employers and small business owners to find talented people who want to pursue a career in trades, through an apprenticeship or traineeship pathway.

For more information, visit

City Brand now available to local businesses and the community

Local businesses and community groups are encouraged to download and use the FREE City of Canterbury Bankstown Brand!

Our City Brand is based on the idea of ‘Where Interesting Happens’. We are proud of our diversity and what comes from it – unique and authentic experiences and unapologetic pride about who we are.

What’s available?

  • Downloadable branding suite of materials including logos, email signatures, decal templates; and
  • Tangible City Brand kit, which including a branded information book, tote bag, notepad, pen and shopfront sticker.

Why should you use the City Brand?

  • It’s a way for businesses and groups to connect other and collectively promote the great things our City is made up of;
  • It’s a free marketing tool to use alongside your own brand;
  • It positions your business as a proactive, innovative and leading organisation;
  • The more businesses on board, the stronger the brand becomes; and
  • It will make Canterbury-Bankstown a ‘drive-to’ destination by making our City Brand a recognisable one.

To access the brand, visit

For more details, call the Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service on 9707 9228

Become a member of Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service (CBBAS)

For an annual investment of just $170+GST, your organisation will receive:

  • Complimentary entry to six CBBAS networking events;
  • Invitations to member-only events;
  • Free listing in online CBBAS business directory;
  • The ability to promote special offers to other members through the CBBAS Directory and e-newsletter – Business Link;
  • An opportunity to exhibit, at a discounted rate, at major CBBAS events;
  • Spotlighting of member businesses at regular networking events and in other promotional material;
  • Special rates on a range of selected business-related products and services provided by other members;
  • Promotional opportunities for your business through a sponsorship arrangement at selected CBBAS events;
  • Access to helpline advice on legal, industrial relations and marketing matters by industry experts;
  • Free listing of available jobs on online CBBAS jobs board; and
  • Complimentary use of CBBAS meeting rooms (conditions apply).

For more information, visit or contact Domenica Mirarchi on 9707 9227, or email

This offer is part of Council’s commitment to local businesses.

Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service membership applications are approved at the discretion of Council.

CBBAS Business Member Spotlight

This year, Sunshine Meats is celebrating its 30th year of supplying the finest meats, smallgoods and food products to its customers throughout.

The company, located at Milperra, was founded in 1988 by Jose Pereira, who is considered to be one of the most creative and innovative people in the smallgoods sector today.

Mr Pereira continues to create magic at his state-of-the-art factory, using the highest quality, locally-sourced meat and poultry, to make tasty products. Sunshine Meats has received numerous awards for their products, including Australia’s Best Artisan – Ham 2016, awarded by the Australian Pork Corporation.

NSW EPA opens grants up to $250,000 to reduce food waste

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is offering grants of up to $250,000, to establish five Love Food Communities across the state.

The funding aims to help tackle the issue of food waste in homes, businesses, schools, supermarkets, clubs, pubs and community groups.

For more details, visit 

Quick reads from Business News Daily

Business News Daily Social Media Strategist, Saige Driver, has produced two articles we think you will be interested in.  The first talks about three key tips for negotiating a business loan, focussing on the importance of:

  • Doing your research and going to the right banks;
  • Knowing the terminology; and
  • Being prepared.

The second is about tracking and monitoring your profit margins, so you can keep an eye on the health of your business and ensure your company grows.

For more information, visi​t 

Final thought

"Failure is success in progress." Albert Einstein