Business Link - October 2018

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

Upcoming events, workshops and training courses

Introductory Food Handling Training Course
This course is FREE for local food handlers and food businesses proprietors.

Under the Food Safety Standards, a food business must ensure people handling food, or supervising food operations, have the appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene.

The course, which includes training manuals and demonstrations, will cover the following areas:

  • Legislation;
  • Food safety supervising;
  • Food poisoning;      
  • Cleaning and sanitising;
  • Personal hygiene;
  • Temperature control; and
  • Pest control.

WHEN: Tuesday 9 October, 4-6pm
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
FOR MORE: Call 9707 9228 or email


Tax Essentials for Small Business Workshop
Are you new to business, or thinking of starting a small business?

Give your business the best start by coming along to this introductory workshop, run by Australian Tax Office (ATO) staff.  It will cover:

  • Business structures and their different rules, tax rates and obligations;
  • Business registrations;
  • Allowable deductions, including motor vehicle deductions, depreciation and home-based business expenses;
  • Annual and quarterly reporting requirements;
  • Record keeping principles;
  • Where to go for help and information when you need it; and
  • Why business life cycles are important.

This workshop is ideal for:

  • Small to medium sized business owners; and
  • Business owners who are starting a new business.

WHEN: Wednesday 3 October, 10.30am–12.30pm
WHERE : Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown


Record Keeping for Small Business Workshop
If you’re new to business, or are thinking of starting your own business, it’s important to get your record keeping right.

Register to attend an introductory workshop run by ATO staff. It will cover:

  • Keeping good records;
  • Tips and traps;
  • How money flows through a business;
  • Case studies and examples;
  • Completing records, statements and other forms; and
  • Stocktakes and associated records.

This workshop is ideal for:

  • Small to medium sized business owners; and
  • Business owners who are starting a new business.

WHEN: Wednesday 10 October, 10.30am–12.30pm
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown


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 11 October & Thursday 25 October
TIME: 9.30-10.30am
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown


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. It is funded by the NSW Department of Industry and the team is made up of a group of dedicated professionals who can deliver advice and support to small business owners in Greater Western Sydney. 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 2 October; Tuesday 9 October; Tuesday 23 October; Tuesday 30 October
TIME: Times available from 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm (bookings are 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 4 October; Thursday 11 October; Thursday 18 October; Thursday 25 October
TIME: 10am-3pm (hourly bookings are essential) 
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown

Get Connected@Spooktacular – Business Networking Event

The City of Canterbury Bankstown is inviting business owners across the City to start building their ‘business webs’ at our annual business networking event!

WHEN : Wednesday 31 October, 11.30am-4pm
WHERE: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, 80 Rickard Road, Bankstown

This year’s event highlights include:

  • The innovative Trick or Treat Chat Pods, where you’ll be able to chat with industry-leading experts;
  • A spooky maze; and
  • Prizes to be won with each hidden monster found.

For more information, contact Council’s Business Advisory Officer on 9707 9227, 0407 734 428 or by Friday 26 October

Job Jumpstart

Job Jumpstart can help find new ways to explore careers and prepare for work, by reading articles and using tools provided.

The information fits into three themes:

  • Looking for a job;
  • Building a career; and
  • At work.


TAFE NSW: New small business skills at NO COST to you

TAFE NSW offers a great range of new subsidised training courses and qualifications for small business owners. These courses can help you in areas including management, digital and financial skills.

Most of these courses are FREE, so be sure to enrol quickly!


TAFE NSW: Fully-subsidised training to grow your business

Grow your small business with fully-subsidised training in digital literacy, financial literacy and general business management from Australia's largest training provider.

The NSW Government has partnered with TAFE NSW to deliver a Skills for Business Initiative, which provides small businesses with:

  • Fully subsidised training; 
  • Convenient online training; 
  • The ease of studying only the units relevant to your needs; and
  • The ability to train at your own pace.


Navitas English: Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

The SEE program at Navitas English will help build your skills and knowledge and improve access to employment and further education.

Through the program, you will:

  • Prepare for interview success;
  • Become job ready;
  • Learn how to communicate effectively in the workplace;
  • Use digital technology for workplace tasks;
  • Learn how to work well in a team and independently;
  • Identify jobs which match your skills;
  • Develop confidence in language, literacy and numeracy skills; and
  • Manage money and finances.

To check your eligibility for this program, talk to your employment services provider.

FOR MORE  Call 9707 0274, email or visit

Campsie set to become Sydney’s foodie and night-time destination

Following the release of the South District Plan, Council, and the State Government, will be looking to enhance Campsie’s eat street and night time activities. This will include activating Beamish Street and better managing traffic and parking.

The plan seeks to grow local employment by 56 per cent by 2036, providing a further boost for local business.

Council will work with the NSW Government through the Campsie Planned Precinct process to provide new housing in the right places.

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 INFORMATION 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 Visit, call 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

Established in 1988, George, Lucy and their team of professionals have been looking after customers in Bankstown for more than 30 years. Hair Appeal’s stylists offer their customers the latest haircuts, styles and colours, using only top quality products at affordable prices. They strive to provide the best in customer service, always making their clients the number one priority.

The Beauty Connection arm of the business was established in 2006, so their clients had all their hair and beauty solutions in one place. Their team of beauty therapists specialise in facials, massages, nails, waxing and much more. The team keep up-to-date with training and courses to provide their customers with the latest beauty therapies and products.



Australian dollar could surge in US-China trade war at the cost of the economy

ABC Business Reporter, David Chau, has written about the potential outcomes for Australia, from the trade war between America and China.

He predicts Australia's exchange rate could surge by 6 per cent, but the nation's economy could shrink by 2.5 per cent. This could then lead to the unemployment rate rising 0.25 per cent and inflation falling by 0.2 per cent.

To read more, and to find out why David Chau thinks the trade war is ultimately bad for Australia, visit

Final thought

"The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere" Barack Obama, former president of the United States of America.