Why not come along to 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 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
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.
The Snowy 2.0 main works EIS is available for comment now.
Regional Economic Development - Proposed Conference
Snowy Region Construction & Development Conference
Cooma Ex Services Club, 18-19 November
Industry leaders, government reps and local chambers of commerce will share ideas and learn from the experience of other regions with large construction projects.
Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce plans to be there, and to participate in the local chambers of commerce panel on the second day of the conference.
Local businesses are invited to meet with Snowy Monaro Regional Council reps. DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED - more info soon
The meeting is looking for practical proposals to improve commercial waste management in this area. If you have a solution in mind, you'll need to email the Chamber of Commerce before the meeting date, so we can set aside time in the meeting for your input.
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
- 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.
Other Training & Events
Bombala & District Chamber of Commerce is running business training in November:
The 8 easiest ways to grow a business
10 November, 9am - 1pm $50
Tickets from the Chamber's website
Women & Leadership Australia (WLA)
End of year funding grants are available to women in NSW to support their participation in a professional development program.
This opportunity provides scholarships of up to $7,000 for women to take part in one of three leadership courses. The grants must be allocated by the end of 2019.
The programs are suitable for junior managers right through to executive level women.
Open for expressions of interest until 6 December. Apply on the WLA website.
Who is WLA?
For fifteen years, WLA has been developing female leadership and
supporting the presence of women in business and community leadership
Prioritising current and future women leaders across all sectors and industries has been a key component of their strategic impetus to date.
Looking for Support?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 as well as free Business Bytes (online video tutorials on small business topics).
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.
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
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.