Business News

Try some training or networking events. 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 thrive in our area.

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.

Business Workshop, Adaminaby

13th November 2021, 9am - 5pm, CWA Hall, Adaminaby

Free marketing workshop for local businesses run by Creative Plus Business. To book your spot: email Snowy Scheme Museum or ring Claire: 0416 258 184.

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Council News

Business Recovery Hub, Cooma

Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Business Australia have opened the Snowy Monaro Business and Recovery Hub at 57 Vale Street. It is open weekdays 8:30am - 4:30pm.

The Hub connects business owners and community members to bushfire recovery support & business and community services. It will be regularly attended by business support services including:

  • Business Connect
  • Strengthening Business
  • Rewire Small Business Program
  • Council's Community Recovery Officer and Assistant Recovery Officers.
Fencing & Containment Lines Funding

Grants are available for boundary fencing via Local Land Services (LLS) if you had boundary fencing bordering public lands damaged during the 2019/20 bushfires. You could receive a one-off grant of up to $5,000 per kilometre to purchase fencing materials. Grants can be issued retrospectively, so if you have already replaced boundary fences, you can still receive funding.

To help landholders to restore vegetation on containment lines in areas used for grazing, LLS is offering landholders small grants up to $3,000 for weed control work, fertiliser and pasture re-establishment on containment lines. Read the flyer and complete the EOI form.

Free support - Entrepreneurs' Programme

The Australian Government is offering business owners practical advice to strengthen and transform your business to rebuild after the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires. Their team of independent business experts will help your business to adapt, be more competitive and productive and bring your ideas to life.

You will get access to a dedicated business facilitator who will work with you to develop a plan to navigate the challenges and opportunities faced after the bushfires. They will provide access to extensive networks, national information, resources, strategies, and guidance on relevant funding to assist your business to recover.

The business facilitators are local, independent business experts who will work directly with you to reshape your business so it's stronger, more resilient and better prepared for the future.

You can apply if your business:

  1. has a current Australian Business Number,
  2. is in an identified local government area in New South Wales, South Australia or Victoria, and
  3. was engaged in business at the time of the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.

Find out more/join the program at https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/strengthening-business, or by referral from other bushfire recovery services for business in your local community.

Other resources

Check out the Dept Primary Industries website and also Business Council of Australia (BCA) BizRebuild bushfire recovery plans.

NSW Business Chamber has supplied information on support for businesses and individuals affected by the fires, including stamp duty exemptions for replacement vehicles and free replacement licences.

Snowy 2.0

Interested in subcontracting for construction? You'll need to register with ICN and Future Generation JV advise that you also join the LECC. The major contractors are working through local chambers of commerce to connect with local businesses: to provide up to date information and as a contact point when they need particular skills.

Waste Management

Chamber members can access the latest advice on managing commercial waste fees by contacting the LECC committee.

Mobile Phone & Internet Improvements

See the Community News page.

Subsidised Training - Smart & Skilled Program

The NSW Government is subsidising skills training for farmers and regional businesses impacted by the drought and looking to transition into new or updated career opportunities.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible an applicant must be:

  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
  • residing in a postcode within regional NSW; and
  • a business owner, farmer or agriculture sector employee in a drought affected area.

Eligible training includes but is not limited to:

  • Heavy Vehicle
  • Forklift tickets
  • Confined spaces
  • Dogging
  • Auto electrics
  • Drone operations
  • Business Management
  • Chainsaw operations
  • Excavator tickets
  • Elevated work platform
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Work Health & Safety
  • Book Keeping
  • Farm Management
  • Sustainable business practices.

More information: call 13 28 11 or visit NSW Training.

Note: If you don't fit these eligibility criteria, please contact your local Training Services NSW office; support might be available.

BEC

The Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) is keen to run business training events around Adaminaby. You can have your say for what training you are interested in at our online poll here.

Want to discuss you business needs with a business advisor? Contact Kris Laird at kris@srbec.com.au.

About BEC Training

Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce receives regular updates from the 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 and can be held in Adaminaby too.

TAFE NSW

Skills for Business offers fully subsidised business management, digital or financial skills training for NSW small businesses. Find out more.  TAFE also offers short leadership courses, business degrees and certificate courses.

Government

Bin Trim

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.

Support for Businesses

Business Australia

Members of the Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce (LECC) can receive many services from Business Australia (the NSW Business Chamber re-branded) at no or minimal cost.

These include:

  • 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.

Business Australia

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.

Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre

More Resources

Business Info

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.

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) represents the international supply chain sector: importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, logistics service providers and industry groups. Contact ComplianceNet - Freight & Trade Alliance Training Support on 02 9975 1878 or czalai@FTAlliance.com.au if you need help with enrolment.

Australian Licence and Business Information Service Tax Essentials for Business Employer Obligations
Grants

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

Demographic data 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.

Try RDASI or the Snowy Monaro Regional Council website for statistical summaries.