Business Link - August 2018

 

 

Upcoming events, workshops and training courses

Introductory Food Handling Training Course
Attend the free Introductory Food Handling Training Course this month. The course is 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 14 August, 4-6pm
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
REGISTER: Call 9707 9228 or email domenica.mirarchi@cbcity.nsw.gov.au

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 9 August & Thursday 23 August
TIME: 9.30-10.30am
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
FOR MORE: Visit sydneybusiness.org.au/about-neis

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 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 even if you’re 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.

Its workshops are ideal for:

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

WHEN: Tuesday 7 August, Tuesday 14 August, Tuesday 21 August
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 david@realise.business

Business Connect: Business Advisory Bilingual Sessions (Vietnamese)
WHEN: Thursday 9 August, Thursday 16 August, Thursday 23 August, hursday 30 August 
TIME: 10am-3pm (hourly bookings are essential)
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
REGISTER: Email SBA_Vietnamese@cmrc.com.au 

Local Safety Forums (Revesby Ward)
Council, in partnership with NSW Police, is running a series of Local Safety Forums to discuss current crime statistics, provide residents with an opportunity to share concerns and workshop suggestions for improvement.
The next forum will be held for residents who live in the Revesby Ward, which includes the suburbs of:

  • East Hills;
  • Milperra;
  • Padstow;
  • Padstow Heights;
  • Panania;
  • Picnic Point;
  • Revesby; and
  • Revesby Heights.

WHEN: Monday 13 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: Padstow Seniors Citizen Centre, 17 Cahors Road, Padstow
REGISTER: Call 9789 9594 or visit cb.city/localsafetyforums by Thursday 9 August

Mobile App Workshop for Small/Medium Businesses by DigiGround
Bring your mobile app ideas and learn to make them a reality!

Living in a world where new technology is being created every day, a lot of small and medium business owners are implementing new tech-savvy concepts for their company. Although, with so many advances in the digital space, business owners are starting to wonder if they should have a mobile app for their company, in addition to their website. DigiGround General Manager John Luhr will educate attendees on how apps can:

  • Help you communicate with your customers;
  • Save you time and increase efficiency in your business;
  • Help you individualise your product or service delivery;
  • Be as simple or complex as your business needs; and
  • Be produced on a budget

WHEN: Wednesday 1 August, 2-4pm
WHERE: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
REGISTER: Call Domenica Mirarchi on 9707 9227 or email domenica.mirarchi@cbcity.nsw.gov.au 


South-West Sydney Jobs and Skills Expo

The City of Canterbury Bankstown is hosting its fifth annual South-West Sydney Jobs and Skills Expo!

The FREE event is for jobseekers, students, graduates and people looking to change career paths.

Exhibitors will provide information on exploring tertiary and VET course options, find internships, traineeships, apprenticeships and plan new career pathways.

The event will feature:

  • A jobs board, displaying more than 1,000 available positions;
  • Workshops, with one-on-one and group discussions;
  • Major employers will be accepting job applications;
  • Tertiary and VET courses will be accepting enrolments;
  • Apprenticeship and traineeships opportunities;
  • Industry shows;
  • Practise job interviews;
  • A resume builder; and
  • Hotdog lunch (11.30am-1.30pm).

There will also be devoted workshops for one-on-one and group discussions on:

  • Proven job searching techniques;
  • How to write a good resume;
  • Perfecting your interview skills, including a mock interview;
  • Dressing for success;
  • Using job matching software;
  • Downloading and using Council’s Youth Step-Up App; and
  • Preparing industry-specific cover letters.

WHEN: Thursday 23 August, 9.30am-2.30pm
WHERE: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, 80 Rickard Road, Bankstown


Local Government Week

To help celebrate Local Government Week, the City of Canterbury Bankstown is inviting residents to attend one of five pop-up information sessions to learn more about the key projects and services Council provides to the local community:

  • Saturday 28 July (10am-4pm) at Bankstown Bites Food Festival, Olympic Parade, Bankstown;
  • Monday 30 July (2.30-5pm) at Wiley Park, Roselands;
  • Tuesday 31 July (10am-1pm) at Canterbury Town Centre;
  • Wednesday 1 August (2-4pm) at Padstow Town Centre; and
  • Thursday 2 August (3-6pm) at Condell Park Town Centre.

Western Sydney University Tourism and Heritage Careers Expo

Western Sydney University (WSU) is hosting the Tourism and Heritage Careers Expo. This event connects WSU Tourism and Heritage students in all years of study with a range of employers from relevant industries.

As an employer, the expo will allow you to:

  • Raise your organisation's profile; and
  • Meet face-to-face with candidates for job vacancies.

As a student, the expo will allow you to:

  • Hear from graduates about their journey into satisfying work;
  • Explore available employment opportunities;
  • Refine your networking skills;
  • Explore your own personal career direction; and
  • Learn about career opportunities.

WHEN: Tuesday 21 August, 1-3.30pm
WHERE: Ian and Nancy Turbott Auditorium Building EE, WSU Parramatta South Campus


South Western Sydney/Macarthur Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo

The perfect opportunity for students and job seekers with over 100 potential employers and training providers with opportunities available now

Bring copies of your resume and get in first on the road to a rewarding career

  • WHEN: Thursday 30 August, 3-8pm
  • WHERE: Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool

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 you or your small business. These courses can help you in areas including management, digital and financial skills.

Best of all, most of these courses are FREE – so be sure to enrol quickly!

FOR MORE tafensw.edu.au/subsidisedtraining


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.

FOR MORE tafensw.edu.au/skillsforbusiness


Navitas English: Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program at Navitas English will help build your skills and knowledge and improve access to employment and further education by:

  • Helping improve your language, literacy or numeracy;
  • Introducing you to local job opportunities; and
  • Connecting you with study opportunities.

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 see@navitas-english.com.au or visit navitas-english.com.au/skills-for-education-and-employment-see/


Canterbury-Bankstown Local Business Awards

Each year, Council sponsors the Local Business Awards. Last year, there were 264 businesses listed as finalists.

WHEN Wednesday 15 August, 6.30pm
WHERE Revesby Workers Club, 2B Brett Street, Revesby


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 secondary streets 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, unapologetic pride about who we are and we strive to make our City a ‘drive to’ destination.

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 cb.city/citybrand

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 cb.city/CBBASmembership, call Domenica Mirarchi on 9707 9227 or email domenica.mirarchi@cbcity.nsw.gov.au

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

Vanden Global is a dynamic international waste management company supporting waste generators.

The company has been built on the brand promise of ‘reliable responsible recycling’.

Vanden Global’s professional team are on hand to consult customers on their product range, help achieve maximum value and share specialist knowledge of plastics and their recycling applications.

Tailored collection plans for all types of recyclable waste are available from Vanden Recycling Australia, VG Recycling Finland and Vanden Recycling UK.

PHONE +61 (0) 3 9318 9111
EMAIL simon@vandenrecycling.com
FOR MORE www.vandenrecycling.com


Council accepts $2.5 million to fast track new planning controls

At the June 2018 meeting, the City of Canterbury Bankstown agreed to enter into a $2.5 million funding agreement with the State Government to prepare new comprehensive planning control. In agreeing to the funding, Council has committed to preparing a new Local Environmental Plan and Development Plan controls within two years, to ensure they align with the priorities and directions of the South District Plan, released by the Greater Sydney Commission in March 2018.

The new planning controls will address significant policy differences between the two former councils, such as the application of the R3 Medium Density Residential Zone, ensuring consistency in planning rules across our City. 


Start your business off on the right foot!

The Federal Government has created a step-by-step guide that walks you through the process of starting a business.

The online tool will help you:

  • Prepare, plan and make key decisions for your business;
  • Understand business and tax registrations;
  • Set up your operations;
  • Prepare your finances; and
  • Protect your business.

When the guide was created, Australian business owners and experts were consulted to ensure it was easy to use and included all the necessary information.

If you’re in the business of helping business, let them know about the Starting a Business Guide!

FOR MORE Visit https://www.business.gov.au/news/start-your-business-off-on-the-right-foot


Simple ways to protect your business from scammers this tax time

The end of the financial year isn’t just a busy time for businesses – it’s also a prime time for cybercriminals.

It's a good time to stop and remind your employees of the increased risk and the simple steps you can reduce the risk to your business.

Know the status of your tax affairs

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if a message is really from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or a scam. You’re less likely to fall victim to a scam if you’re aware of the details of debts owed, refunds due and lodgements outstanding. You can check these regularly by logging into your myGov account or contacting your registered tax professional.

Monitor your accounts for suspicious activity

Keep an eye on your accounts for suspicious activity. If you notice transactions you didn’t make, contact the organisation immediately to confirm the transaction.

Unauthorised access to systems by past employees is a common security issue for businesses. Immediately remove access, including AUSkey, from people who don’t work for you anymore or who no longer require access.

Keep your business information safe

Cybercriminals can use information, such as your AUSkey, to commit tax fraud in your name. Beware of anyone asking you to confirm your details and be sure not to share your details unless you’ve confirmed the person you’re dealing with is who they say they are.

Be smart with social media!

Much like your personal profile, consider what business information you’re sharing publicly. Scammers use information from social media to impersonate you and send emails to your clients requesting information or money.

If you're ever unsure about a request for information or the validity of an ATO interaction, call the ATO Scam Hotline on 1800 008 540 or visit the ATO's scam page.

Also, if you believe your business has been the victim of cybercrime, report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN). If your business has experienced a data breach, contact the ATO for assistance on 1800 467 033 or visit the ATO's Data Breach Assistance.

FOR MORE 
Visit staysmartonline.gov.au

Final thought

“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well."
– John D. Rockefeller Jr (American business magnate).