Why not come to some of the events listed here. Whether you have been in business for a lifetime or are starting up your first venture, there's always more to learn. And maybe your input can help other businesses to thrive in our area.
Think about whether your business can employ a young (or not so young - over 50yo) job seeker... you could be eligible for a subsidy.
Or you might be able to help out with work experience for young job seekers.
Join the Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce: help develop our local economy, turn innovative ideas into action, network with other business owners and lobby for improved government services in this area.
In the News
Mobile Phone & Internet ImprovementsMore details on the Community News page.
Change is coming for some business customers. See the Chamber page for more info.
Events & Training
Tour of Birdsnest, Cooma
Wednesday 18 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Popular behind-the-scenes tour of this highly successful online business, includes a session with Jane Cay
Free tour but bookings are essential, and these tours fill quickly.
About BEC Training
Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce receives regular updates from the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) on business seminars, courses and networking events held in this region.
Many BEC seminars are designed for small numbers of participants and cost very little. Personal service and customised training prevail.
BEC events are a good way to discuss your queries and ideas with experienced business consultants, and to talk with other business people who face similar challenges.
Events are regularly held in Cooma and Jindabyne.
If there is sufficient interest (say 4 participants), BEC is happy to run courses in Adaminaby. Contact the Chamber of Commerce if you want local training.
BEC Academy Website
Online Small Business Learning Centre @ $47/year.
- Video tutorials
- Latest information on technology tools, eg social media and website development to increase productivity
- Simple step by step processes to help your business progress.
Acronyms gone mad? No, it's the Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO).
ASBFEO wants to hear from small businesses and family enterprises about the issues that face them while running a business in Australia. It is running a forum on its website where businesses can put up comments.
ASBFEO's role is to:
- advocate for small businesses and family enterprises;
- provide access to dispute resolution services; and
- ensure that Government policies take into account the needs of small businesses and family enterprises.
The NSW Bin Trim program has been designed to help small and medium sized businesses quickly identify simple actions to cut waste and boost profits.
Under the Bin Trim Business Grants Program, your business may be eligible for free advice and funding support to help you waste less and recycle more. Over 8,000 businesses have already joined the Bin Trim program. Round 2 aims to help another 12,000 businesses.
If your business employs between one and 199 employees, an EPA-funded Bin Trim assessor may be able to conduct a free waste and recycling assessment and produce an action plan for your business.
Your business may also be eligible for a rebate of between $2,000 and $25,000 to help with the cost of recycling equipment. A Bin Trim assessor can help you to apply.
The Southern Region BEC delivers the Bin Trim program in southern NSW.
Businesses can register now for this free program by contacting Geoff at the Southern Region BEC on 0428 930 196, office 6297 3121 or by email.
Grants and Rebates for Employers
Employing staff might be more affordable than you think.
Small Business Grant
The NSW Small Business Grant Scheme came into effect on 1 July 2015. The scheme entitles businesses that don't pay payroll tax, a grant of up to $2000 for hiring a new full time equivalent (FTE) employee for 12 months. Part time or casual positions may also be eligible, and paid pro rata.
The grant applies to new positions filled on or after 1 July 2015 and continues until 30 June 2019. The grant will be payable after the first anniversary of the hire of a new employee.
NSW Jobs Action Plan
This plan provides a rebate of $6000 to businesses that pay payroll tax, for new jobs. It targets businesses with under 50 employees.
The employment needs to meet all of these conditions:
- a person is employed, full-time, part-time or on a casual basis, in a position that is a new job
- the employment commences on or after 1 July 2011
- the employment is maintained for a period of at least 2 years, to be eligible for the full rebate
- the services of the employee are performed wholly or mainly in NSW.
Support for Businesses
NSW Business Chamber
Members of the Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce (LECC) receive many benefits and services from the NSW Business Chamber at no or minimal cost.
- hotlines for business support and legal, industrial relations and marketing advice
- NRMA discounts plus advice on buying and maintaining vehicles
- business templates and information from the members' area of the NSW Business Chamber website.
You can read more on the LECC's webpage.
Southern Region BEC
SRBEC offers individual consultations with business advisors for current or wouldbe business people. Resources such as upcoming training dates, business plan templates and links to useful websites are on the SRBEC website.
SRBEC has a second, subscription based website as a one-stop-shop solution for anyone who is looking to start a new business ($29 for 1 year subscription):
- links to all the requirements to start a new business
- a powerful diagnostic tool to analysis your business-readiness
- access to an online meeting with a business advisor
- business planning template.
Visit the website or phone 6297 3121.
The SRBEC is setting up 'outreach offices' around their region, so let them know that you want regular advisory and training services in the Adaminaby area.
Check out the Small Business Toolkit or learn about website design at smallbiz.nsw.gov.au.
Consult business.gov.au for checklists of essentials for starting or growing a business, for grants and assistance, or to get more information on the regulations and licensing which govern your business.
Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI) lists an amazing array of grants and awards for business, as well as business news.
Collated Demographic Data on this Region
This is a valuable resource to:
- provide facts and figures for a funding application
- support a submission to a government inquiry, on a topic that's vital to your business
- help you to see if your new business idea might be a goer
- assist you with research projects, if you are upgrading your qualifications.