Business Link - September 2018

Business Link - September 2018
Welcome to the September 2018 edition of Business Link. The information contained in Business Link is distributed to business entities across the City of Canterbury Bankstown. Business Link September 2018 Welcome to the September 2018 edition of Business Link. 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

NEIS Information Workshop 
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a program funded by the Department of Employment, which assists unemployed people in turning a variable business idea into their own small business. 
Approved applicants will receive training in small business management, business skills and assistance to develop their business plan. 
To learn more, attend an information session:
  • WHEN: Thursday 13 September, Thursday 27 September
  • TIME: 9.30-10.30am 
  • WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor, 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown 
  • FOR MORE: Visit​ 

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. ​
  • Tuesday 4 September
  • Tuesday 11 September
  • Tuesday 18 September
  • Tuesday 25 September
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)
  • Thursday 6 September
  • Thursday 13 September
  • Thursday 20 September
  • Thursday 27 September
TIME: 10am-3pm (hourly bookings are essential) 
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor, 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown

​Job Jumpstart

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


Policing and Criminology Careers Expo​

The School of Social Sciences and Psychology and Western Sydney University Careers are pleased to announce the inaugural Policing and Criminology Careers Expo 2018.

This event will bring some of our 2,000 policing and criminology students together with employers from a variety of industries and organisations. The event allows exhibitors to:

  • Showcase and promote their employment and graduate opportunities;
  • Increase their profile among students and the greater western Sydney community;
  • Talk to students about industries they may not have considered; and ​
  • Have the first choice of some of our top students.

WHEN: Friday 14 September, 10am-3pm

WHERE: Ian and Nancy Turbott Auditorium, Building EE, Parramatta South Campus


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

The Skills for Education and Employment 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 Canterbury-Bankstown City Brand today.

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: 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. 

PHONE: 9792 1802 



Work out what business expenses you can claim ​

Work out what business expenses you can claim by applying these three rules: 

  • The money must have been spent for your business – not a private expense; 
  • If it's a mix of business and private use, only claim the portion related to your business; and 
  • You must have a record to prove your expense. ​

A mix of business and private use

Some common expenses that can be both business and private include:

  • Motor vehicle expenses, including if you use your car for your family and business;
  • Travel expenses, including if you combine a holiday with a business trip; and​
  • Home-based business expenses, including rent or mortgage interest, if your home is also your place of business.

Remember, registered tax agents can help you with your tax return.​

FOR MORE: Visit ​

Making small cities bigger will help better distribute Australia’s 25 million people

Honorary Associate Professor in Planning at the University of Queensland and University of Sydney, Glen Searle, has written a thought-provoking article on Australia’s “agglomeration economies”. This phenomenon describes many of Australia’s larger cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, where knowledge economy and skilled people have settled, allowing knowledge and production to flow easily.

Searle speaks about how these bigger cities are growing at the expense of smaller regional cities and how, for some time now, there have been calls for a national policy to ensure a more equitable distribution of the population.

To read about what Australia has done in the past to help foster the growth of its smaller cities, what countries around the world are doing and some potential ways forward, visit​

Final thought​

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up."
– Thomas Edison (American inventor and businessman).