Message from Chamber President, Anthony Fox
Another year has come around, to NSW Small Business Month 2020. It has been quite a year—drought, fires and COVID-19. Small businesses in the Armidale region, like the community, have been resilient, tough and enterprising in dealing with the adversity. This month is a month to reflect upon the critical importance of small business to the local and Australian economy and look to recovering from the debilitating effects of the COVID shutdown.
There are a number of events on during the month which should be of interest, some of which have been organised by the Chamber. We encourage you to participate.
Stay safe and stay distant.
NSW Small Business Month is an initiative of the NSW Government. Its 2020 themes are focused on helping small buisness, 'reboot, upskill and look to the future. '
The Chamber, in partnership with the Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre is offering a comprehensive workshop designed to help you utilise Google to optimise your online presence, Get Discovered. Stay Discovered. Also of note, local HR business and Chamber member, Pinnacle People Solutions is also offering four webinars covering: employment contracts and position descriptions; recordkeeping; and the correct payment of staff - your lawful obligations.
SMALL BUSINESS FOCUSED EVENTS
BEING OFFERED FOR THE ARMIDALE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
7 - BNI All Seasons Networking Breakfast Meeting. Focus presentation: The ins and outs of commercial real estate - Stephen Ramage, The Professionals Armidale
7 - Employment Contracts & Position Descriptions - A focus on regional small business - Pinnacle People Solutions
13 - WiNG (Women's Networking Group) Breakfast - with Dr Lorina Barker
13 - Build your Brand on Social Media - Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre
13 - LinkedIn - Market You & Your Business - Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre
14 - BNI All Seasons Networking Breakfast Meeting. Focus presentation: What can go wrong, will go wrong. What to do when it does - the plumbing perspective - Jeff McCann. H2O Plumbing & Maintenance Services
14 - What does good record keeping look like? A focus on regional small business - Pinnacle People Solutions
14 - Introduction to Podcasting - Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre
15 - Regional Small Business - an economic perspective. A webinar with Terry Rawnsley, Principal & Partner SGS Economics & Planning. This event is sponsored by the Chamber
20 - YouTube for Beginners - Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre
21 - Business Foundations- Plan for the Future - Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre
21 - BNI All Seasons Networking Breakfast Meeting: Focus presenter: Ingrid Rothe, Vivid Thinking
21 - Are you paying your staff correctly? A focus on regional small business - Pinnacle People Solutions
22 - Get Discovered, Stay Discovered Workshop - Armidale Business Chamber and the Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre
27 - Marketing to Pivot your Business - Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre
28 - BNI All Seasons Networking Breakfast Meeting: Focus presentation: Growing your business through networking in the middle of a pandemic, Robert Hartup, Executive Director BNI North Coast and New England.
28 - Policy & Procedures: Your Lawful Obligations - a focus on regional small business - Pinnacle People Solutions
28 - Build your Brand on Social Media - Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre
29 - A Small Business Lunch with the Hon. Adam Marshall, Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales - Save the date! More details to follow
GET DISCOVERED, STAY DISCOVERED WORKSHOP
22 October 2020, 12-1:30pm
Today being online isn’t going to help your business unless it is discoverable. This workshop is broken down into 3 parts:
• Learn how to create and manage a Google My Business (maps) Listing
• Learn how to apply basic on page Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to your website
• Learn how to read the data from Google Analytics
After the workshop participants will be left with the knowledge of how to build an online profile on these major platforms. They will be able to start building by themselves by setting up a 1 on 1 session to help tune and finalise their businesses online profiles.
Cost: This is a FREE event. This includes a free 1 on 1 follow up, 1 per business. Attendees must have an ABN.
REGIONAL SMALL BUSINESS - AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE
A webinar with Terry Rawnsley, Principal & Partner, SGS Economics & Planning.
15 October 2020, 12-1 pm
Terry Rawnsley is the Principal & Partner of SGS Economics and Planning.
Terry publishes research and provides advice as to how cities and regions function and as to their economic performance. He speaks at industry and public events and conferences as well as presenting on television. He also works with all tiers of Government, ASX listed companies private businesses and not -for -profits.
This is a FREE Chamber event.
MANDY WALKER, FOCUS FIRST
The Armidale Business Chamber has put together a free business coaching package to support business who are looking to grow their business.
In partnership with Mandy Walker of Focus First the Chamber is providing a 45 minute one on one business coaching consultation (via phone). Each session is tailored to the needs of the individual business, whether those are: 'tactical and practical', providing help with navigating the now; or survival, keeping your business afloat; or for future planning, reimagining your business or starting a new one.
The consult is by appointment only. Contact Mandy via email or phone 0459 098 618.
We've been busy working with the Armidale Regional Council - with funding from the Federal and NSW Governments - to develop a local card to support shopping with our local retailers and keep money circulating in our community. A great gift idea that also supports our community. Rolling out soon, keep an eye out.
Along with providing support to the Chamber, Edwina works as Regional Promoter with the UNE SMART Region Incubator and runs her small business Small Batch Graphic.
Edwina has come on board on a casual basis to assist the Chamber in operating its new programs and helping launch the Chamber into a fresh, forward-thinking 2021.
nTech & Communications is a locally owned and family operated business situated in Armidale NSW. nTech has a strong focus on business IT needs, and NBN telephony communications.
Located in Cinders Lane, Infinity for Skin provides treatments and medical grade skin care products. Infinity for Skin also offer the services of a highly qualified and experienced local Doctor administering Injectables.
A business networking organisation. BNI offers a structured approach to networking designed to support member business growth. BNI meets Wednesdays for breakfast. Currently meeting virtually.
Providing website design, website development solutions and website hosting services to clients across Australia.
They also provide photography services to the local regions.
Carr’s newsXpress is a locally owned and operated newsagency.
Located in the Armidale mall. for all your stationery needs.
H20 Plumbing & Maintenance Services, offers various plumbing, drain and gas fitting services, including emergency plumbing, blockages, burst or leaking water pipes and even roof guttering.
An after hours service is also available.
Formerly Laser Electrical Armidale, O’Brien Electrical Armidale provides electrical solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and rural properties across Armidale and the New England region. While O'Brien Plumbing offers a complete range of indoor and outdoor plumbing services at affordable prices
Every idea starts with a spark. Reel Spark is a start-up videography business based in Armidale NSW; here to help tell your stories, your way.
An online publication headquartered in Armidale.
Vivid Minds. Vivid Futures shines a spotlight on small business, startups and community leaders across the New England.
Have you submitted an application to join the Chamber in the last couple of months but your business hasn't been featured? Let us know and we'll make sure you appear in next month's newsletter.
* Free membership offer is for a limited time only.
President - Anthony Fox
Vice President - Deborah Hunter
Accounts -Cathryn McFarland
Secretary - Aileen MacDonald
Board Member - Bryn Griffiths
Board Member - Monty Maquire
Board Member - Peter Bailey
Armidale Business Chamber
210 - 212 Beardy Street, Armidale, NSW 2350
02 6771 1177