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belmont_bec_logoNews Update – June 2017

 

TCFWA monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCFWA are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly contact us.
Our latest News are:

24th Belmont & Western Australia Small Business Awards 2017
Do you know a small business in WA that deserves recognition?

Now Open for Nominations & accepting Entries – nominate your own business or nominate your clients or a supplier. 26 Categories (23 awards are statewide categories). Like support with your entry? Register for free Award Information Kits; Online Webinar; Award Business mentors can assist with your queries. Contact us  for Award Entry Forms and Information Kits or view www.belmontbec.com/awards

Congratulations to Carol Hanlon, CEO, Belmont BEC & TCF WA who recently presented at Women Economic Forum, New Delhi, India and was recognised with a global Award titled ‘Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All Award’.

 

LAST CHANCE – TCF Mission Hong Kong Fashion Week, July 10-13
3 Nights Free Accommodation or Travel Allowance *Sponsorship to 1st Time Buyers
TCF Buying Mission to Hong Kong Fashion Week (Spring / Summer) is suitable for: Retailers – Manufacturers – Designers – Agents – New Businesses looking to source new suppliers, brands, manufacturers. All TCF Buyers receive VIP Buyer Privileges including access to VIP Buyers Lounge. Contact Us for your Buyer Registration Form.

 

REMINDER – TCF Buying Mission VASTRA 2017, Jaipur, India, September 21-24
Free Airfare & 3 Nights Accommodation *Sponsorship to *eligible Buyers
VASTRA 2017 International Textile and Apparel showcasing the entire TCF supply chain from fibre to fashion – Textiles, Fibre, Yarn; Garments & Apparels; Home Textiles & Made-ups; Ethnic Trends & Home Furnishings; Fashion Accessories, Jewellery & Fashion Footwear; Leather Garments; Traditional Textiles, Handloom & Handicraft; Technical Textiles; Fashion Trends; Technology & Machinery; Infrastructure for textile industry. Experience the rich textile art & craft of Rajasthan. Deadline to Apply July 10th
Contact Us for your BuyerRegistration Form.

 

TCF Buying Mission CENTRESTAGE Hong Kong, 6-9 September
3 Nights Free Accommodation or Travel Allowance *Sponsorship to 1st Time Buyers
CENTRESTAGE Asia’s Fashion Spotlight will be a living showcase of trend-setting fashion icons, innovative brands and design talent from Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea and ASEAN.
VIP Buyers with Multi-stores, Dept Stores, Online Portals may also be *eligible for Airfare Sponsorship. All TCF Buyers receive VIP Buyer Privileges including access to VIP Buyers Lounge. Contact Us for your Buyer Registration Form.

 

TCF Mission Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, Shanghai, China, August 23-26
*3 Nights Free Accommodation Sponsorship to *eligible TCF Members
Intertextile Home Textile product ranges include: Upholstery Fabrics, Furniture Leather, Tassels & Trimmings, Carpets & Rugs, Bedding, Towelling, Intertextile Design Boutique, Wallcoverings, Table & Kitchen Linen, Digital Printing, Home Style. Contact Us for your Buyer Registration Form.

 

Belmont Business ‘Ask An Expert’ Sundowner– 28th June, 5pm-7pm.
You are invited to network and hear our gather tips from our great speakers that include:
Adam Rowles, Inbound Marketing Agency; Jessica Warriner, Community News; Peter Versaci, Square Node; Graham Downs, Downs Accounting; Jamie Duff, Qbit.
You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes.  Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

 

Why you need Managed IT Services? 
Technology brings opportunities for new business and simplifies operations. While technological advancements help businesses like never before, certain technology without proper support can be quite a headache to maintain. Managed IT services can ensure that your business is backed-up and secure, just in case something happens to your systems. Leaving you confident that the issue is being dealt with accordingly, and giving you the time to focus on running your business. Your company needs and deserves the best IT services available, to ensure it functions at its maximum efficiency the whole time. Contact Qbit today for peace of mind when it comes to your IT systems.
You can also request a Free IT Audit!

 

FREE BEC WORKSHOP – Financial Independence for Women
Tuesday, 20th June, 12noon – 1pm @ Belmont BEC, Cloverdale
Do you understand what income you need for your future? For Women of all ages, small
business owners. Bookings Essential – www.belmontbec.com/events
LAST CHANCE – Free Mentoring available – Phone Belmont BEC 94793777

 

FREE BEC Workshop ‘Tax for Small Business Workshop’, 22nd June, 1pm – 4pm
Provides an overview of the taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and operating a small business. Includes: different business structures, registering for GST, income tax and claiming deductions, record keeping, how to prepare and lodge BAS statements; employer obligations eg PAYG.  Limited Seats. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Book Now www.belmontbec.com/events
Can’t make the June Tax Workshop – Next Session is 10 July, 1pm-4pm

 

Build your Digital Referral Network & Increase Sales
Free Workshop – Tuesday 11th July, 9.30am-11am @ Belmont BEC
Presented by Paul Faix, Founder, MyLeadPod

Easy to use Online App providing a low cost digital sales tool – find new customers; retain existing customers; provide business intelligence; reward people for successful leads; increase brand awareness; track marketing performance; managed from anywhere; anytime on any device. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/events
Or Register your business in the Digital Referral Network at www.MyLeadPod.com with the code BELMONTBEC or Contact UsPhone: 94793777

 

Welcome to our new TCF Members – Clotilde, Helen Wills; Antipodes Fashion Agency, Vicki Murray; Borne Too, Jessie Parker; More Than Black, Dr Geraldine O’Brien; Nidia Hansen, Nidia Hansen; Verdant The Label, Kyra Brown; Robertson Group, Bridget Robertson. Join your TCF Industry Association – receive buying mission opportunities, supply chain linkages, free training vouchers and access to fashion business mentoring for your business; Bronze, Silver & Gold Levels available; Membership is tax deductible. www.tcfwa.com/membership

 

Stay Smart Online
The Australian Government’s online safety and security website is designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online. You can also register for security updates…..
The Stay Smart Online Alert Service is a free service for Australian internet users, to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed. Browse alerts and subscribe to stay up to date. Home and small business users are provided with easy to understand online safety and security information and solutions to help protect their online safety and privacy. To learn more – contact us.

 

TCFWA Mentors, Business Advisors and Coaches
Discuss your business issues and concerns with your confidential advisor and develop your action plan for success.
Book by the Hour: Online  – Face to Face – Phone
www.tcfwa.com/mentoring

 

Order NOW –  2017-2018 Entertainment Book or Digital Online App
Support Belmont BEC & TCFWA and order your WA Digital 2017-2018 Online App or Book at $70 and access up to $20,000 in discount savings on fine dining, cafes and entertainment. WA Book includes Bali Restaurants. Makes a great EOFY bonus office gift to benefit yourself or your staff.Order Now

 

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access from $500 up to a $20,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program.

 

How retailers are thriving in spite of the supposed death of their industry
The problem, many analysts argue, is that certain retailers are not interested enough in their customers. They’re interested in what their customers end up buying from them, sure. But they have a harder time determining what those customers want in the first place. “Big stores try to be something for everyone, and they end up being nothing for anyone.” To read the detailed article – contact us.

 

Are you having trouble managing your debts?
If your debts are out of control or you are really struggling to make ends meet, it’s important to act quickly. There are some places you can go for free help and guidance. It may sound like a good idea to pay someone to fix your credit problems, or roll all your loans into one loan. But, before you do this, consider if this really is the best option for you – or if there are other ways you could go to get help for free….? To read the advice from ASIC – contact us.

 

Tax deductions without a benefit, are a loss
It is an unfortunate fact of life that too often business owners have a total aversion to paying income tax. This can lead to earning too much black money, that the owners hope to hide from the tax man, and also can result in tax deductions being maximised without considering whether the cost adds value to the business. To read more from the SMH – contact us.

 

Why Twitter?
You will have heard of Twitter, and you might have wondered: “What is the big deal anyway?” Social networking has become a powerful way for solo entrepreneurs to connect on a global business level. Twitter is a part of the social networking world and is growing faster than any site out there! The author shares some reasons why you, as a small business owner, want to be an active Twitter user – plus some tips to help get you started. Twitter provides many advantages for the entrepreneur in social networking. To learn more – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Get Noticed by the Media’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone.  Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

 

Do you have a balanced lifestyle?
Does balance have to do with the bigger picture, allowing for some excesses every now and then as long as things don’t get too off-kilter in the long term? There are three components to a balanced life: your health habits, your relationships, and your career. Answer 15 questions to get a detailed picture of how you manage to stay balanced, even with everything on your plate. To take the quiz from Excelle for career-minded womencontact us.

 

What are the best home business ideas?
If you are looking to start a home-based business, then you are certainly not alone! Nearly 1 in 10 Australians are making extra money from home through a home business or side business.This article shows you the best home business ideas for 2017 and beyond….
Clearly, being able to earn money from home is a common reason for looking around at home-based business opportunities. But, income aside, starting a side business has a range of other benefits … to learn more – contact us.

 

How to boost your e-commerce sales
After you get your e-commerce website live, it’s time to run into the serious business of selling your products. The two primary challenges which your website faces initially are:
1) How will people get to know about your website?
2) How to attract people to come to your website and purchase products.
To read the five factors to boost your sales – contact us.

 

16 things entrepreneurs should stop doing – to avoid looking like amateurs
The only problem with the mainstreaming of entrepreneurs through television and social media is that bad habits begin to circulate. Young and ambitious learners adopt traits that they see published by their favourite visible entrepreneurs rather than the behind-the- scenes work that pushed those individuals into the spotlight. That’s the modern equivalent of thinking that dressing and talking like a rock star is good enough to go on an international tour. To read the 16 tips – contact us.

 

Why positive reviews are so valuable to small business
‘Word-of- mouth’, social proof or, in other words: popularity – has always been a key to success in business. Some small businesses (especially those off-line) have their blinders on when it comes to the internet. They may think that they serve a localised base and what people are saying on the web is irrelevant. 68%of millennials trust online reviews, opposed to 34% who trust television advertising. Online reviews can make – or break – a business.To learn much more – contact us.

 

Time management tips for you and your team
In the end, you as an entrepreneur will be judged not so much by your great ideas as by your ability to get things done. Time management is at the heart of this. And it’s not just how you manage your own time but the time of your team as well. It’s great then that some entrepreneurs took some of the time they must manage so carefully to give you some advice on managing yours. To read about the 8 tips – contact us

 

The 6 most costly mistakes when selling your business
Here are the six most costly mistakes entrepreneurs make when selling their companies.
Mistake #1: Celebrating the sale before it has closed.
You need to make sure you run your business well through its final closing.
Many sales fail. Don’t let your imagination fantasise about all the great things that you’ll do now that you’ve sold the company when it hasn’t closed. To read the ‘lessons’ – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinars ‘Buying or Selling a Business’ or ‘Preparing a Business For Sale’  (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

 

Reduce your business energy costs by 20% – 40%
FREE Access to all nine topics Energy Efficiency Webinars   www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

 

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Fully equipped training room, catering and refreshments available.
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale (free parking) – Contact Us

 

THANK YOU TO STORAGE KING PERTH AIRPORT who answered our call for help re storage of  textiles and sewing machines donated for our next delivery of community village sewing projects to prepare for our next container load.  Contact us if you would like to donate assist with the cost of freight to village sewing centres.

 

The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

 

Design Options USA – Colour Trend Forecasts for 2018  –  Contact us  for further info
TCF Members receive FREE voucher to Design Options 2018 Colour Trend Webinar

 

Like to be an Australian Sales Representative for Design Options – Contact us with your CV

Small Business Skill Development for today’s busy Entrepreneur
Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.tcfwa.com/webinars
Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – Contact us

To book for upcoming events visit www.tcfwa.com/webinars or
contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

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belmont_bec_logoNews Update – March 2017

 

TCFWA monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCFWA are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly contact us.
Our latest News are:

Business Innovation and Incubation Australia Congratulations to Carol Hanlon – she’s off to New York to present the successes the Belmont (WA) BEC & TCF WA Incubator projects during the United Nations 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW61 NGO Forums) http://belmontbec.com/…/UN-CSW-New-York-Forum-2017-Economic… Great work Carol! Read more about the project and UNCSW61 via the link
View www.bpwbusinessincubator.com/empoweringwomen

Six steps to making better decisions
Being able to make better decisions is important for your business to succeed. Being able to make them quickly is important as well. These steps can help you make better decisions.  Are you a decisive person? If your answer is, “I don’t know,” you’re probably not! Some people are better at making decisions than others. Some people are better at making the RIGHT decision better than others, and some people could use a little help. To learn about the six steps – contact us.

Belmont Business ‘Ask An Expert’ Sundowner– 29th March,  5-7pm
You and your staff are invited to promote your business, listen to our great speakers and meet many other small businesses on the night.  Speakers include Business News, FA Concept, Data Success Coach and Qbit.  You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes.  Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

Trend Forecast 2018 – INDIVIDUALIST
The Individualist woman is an art curator as well as an activist. Appreciating art at a high level and promoting social reform through industry fundraisers and society functions. Embracing political activism and encouraging change by layering wisdom with creativity. As a global citizen she’s on the forefront of societal shifts, surrounded by diverse minds and cultural influencers. Source: Fashion Snoops, Further Info contact  Michael Leow

LAST CHANCE  Join TCF Buying Mission to The World’s Biggest Gifts Trade Event
Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair, 27-30 April, 2017
FREE 3 night’s accommodation to 1st time buyers & VIP Buyer Privileges also includes access to Hong Kong Printing & Packaging Fair. Register

Pre Order NOW –  2017-2018 Entertainment Book or Digital Book
Support Belmont BEC & TCFWA and order your WA Digital 2017-2018 Entertainment Book at $70 and access up to $20,000 in discount savings on fine dining, cafes and entertainment.  Makes a great office gift to benefit you or your staff.  Order Now

Forecast Trend 2018 – QUEST
Over the past few years, the momentum of Africa’s development has accelerated rapidly with intense business and financial investments (mainly from China) fuelling an upward progression that brings Africa to the global forefront.  Kenya in particular has gained global recognition as a key IT hub. Nigeria’s film industry, known as Nollywood, is now a cultural phenomenon across the continent, influencing everything from fashion to music.  Source: Fashion Snoops, For further Information contact  Michael Leow

FREE FORUM  Retirement Income Planning for Women,
Saturday, 25th March 11am – 1pm OR  2pm – 4pm
Gain a better understanding of retirement planning issues, improve financial self-assessment, develop goal setting skills and develop a retirement plan for your future
Bookings Essential – www.belmontbec.com/events
Venue: Belmont BEC, 3/216 Belmont Avenue, Cloverdale
Also available
Free Retirement Income Webinars for Women  www.belmontbec.com/webinars
Free Mentoring available ONLINE
www.belmontbec.com/retirementmentor 
Full project details view   www.bpwbusinessincubator.com/retirement or Contact Us

Price freeze for small business
Today’s headlines are dominated by stories on rising: living costs, real estate, electricity, petrol. However, many small businesses are reluctant to follow suit, with some leaving prices for services and products unchanged for more than a decade.
A survey found that 65.4% of small business owners are financing businesses from their own pockets. To read some ‘case studies’ – contact us.

Millennials start own businesses in wake of shaky job market
Millennials, who will make up 75% of the world’s workforce by 2025, are increasingly breaking away from traditional employment and instead looking to work for themselves. A Bentley University survey found that 66% of respondents want to start their own business. To read the article – contact us. 
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Writing your business plan’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Don’t allow your information to be ‘Datanapped’!
All businesses are vulnerable to ransomware attacks. A successful attack blocks all operations and/or encrypts critical business data, until a ransom is paid. Don’t be a victim! Ensure your security is up to date and that you’re using strong passwords (we recommend 12 characters, including numbers and symbols). Not tech savvy? Contact Qbit to claim your FREE IT Audit. We will pin point any vulnerabilities so that you can take action as early as possible.

Do you provide Business Advice, Mentoring or Facilitation Services?
Are you accredited? Join the Australian Institute of Business & Enterprise Facilitators to have your skills and knowledge certified which will illustrate to your clients your exceptional competence, and they will know that you will provide integrity, skills, knowledge and trust in all your business and enterprise relations.   Like more info visit www.aibef.org.au

Workshop – Budgeting for Small Business,  Wednesday, 5  March 9.30-11.30am
A budget isn’t meant to stop you from spending money but to enable you to direct your money where it matters most and plan for your future.  During this interactive workshop you will learn: The importance of budgeting; How to create your own budget; Starting a savings plan
$49 –  Presented by Grace Mugabe (CPA) Financially Empowered
Bookings: www.belmontbec.com/events

FREE Workshop ‘Tax for Small Business Workshop’, Monday, March 20th, 1pm-4pm
Provides an overview of the taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and operating a small business. Includes: different business structures, registering for GST, income tax and claiming deductions, record keeping, how to prepare and lodge BAS statements; employer obligations eg PAYG.  Limited Seats. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Book Now    www.belmontbec.com/workshops

Six mistakes people make when they go from idea to reality
The pursuit of excellence requires you to unleash your passion. When you put your passion into everything you do, it gives you the power to become a potent pioneer. Your passionate pursuit of converting your idea into a reality will open new doors to endless possibilities.  To read the six steps – contact us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Tips on building a successful business’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Welcome to our new TCF Members – Redeemed Clothing, Caleb Murphy;  
Join your TCF Industry Association – receive buying mission opportunities, supply chain linkages, free training vouchers and access to fashion business mentoring for your business; Bronze, Silver & Gold Levels available; Membership is tax deductible. ; TCF WA Members  can also access an *8 week Free Subscription to Business News  www.tcfwa.com/membership

TCFWA Mentors, Business Advisors and Coaches  
Discuss your business issues and concerns with your confidential advisor and develop your action plan for success. $99 per hour
Book by the Hour: Online  – Face to Face – Phone
www.tcfwa.com/mentoring

The R&D Tax Incentive is the Australian Government’s principal measure to encourage industry investment in research and development.  It is a broad-based, market-driven program that aims to boost company competitiveness, improve productivity and deliver economy-wide benefits to Australia. Information Session at AusIndustry WA offices, March 16  – Bookings

Coat a Tote  –  Looking for a cute promotional item for your business, found this cute mini coat that converts to a carry bag at Hong Kong Fashion Week, like to connect directly with the manufacturer.  Contact Us

Ten ways to save money when starting a small business
Take a look at the top two reasons businesses fail: inadequate capital and excessive cost overruns. Don’t let your business fail because of these two things. Since most of us don’t have lots of capital available to us to start our operation, we must use what we have wisely.  To read the ten ways to use that capital wisely and manage your start-up costs – contact us. 
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Starting your new business’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 – you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

How to make marketing trends work for you in 2017
Using social media to market a business is now commonplace, but it’s how that social media presence converts to sales that counts. According to one marketing expert, 2017 will be the year that smaller operators fully take control of deeper analysis about who is engaging with them online and why. To read more – contact us.

Australian manufacturing is not dying, it’s evolving…..
Despite the well-publicised closure of some manufacturing sectors in Australia, manufacturing isn’t dying. Instead, like industries around the world, it’s undergoing a period of significant change as new, disruptive technologies and economic realities take hold and new markets emerge. There is a role for the manufacturing sector in Australia. Through interviews with 56 stakeholders, three workshops and a survey of industry and government organisations, as well as leading researchers, CSIRO identified major growth opportunities and what the manufacturing sector needs to do to achieve them. To learn more – contact us.
Join our TCF  Online Webinar ‘Avoiding manufacturing pitfalls’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet, or smart-phone. Bookings
www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

TCF Manufacturing Skill Training & Consultancy – Looking to improve your factory or manufacturing cluster group through “eMSkills – Emerging Manufacturing Skills Centre” model (4 pillars of industrial leadership business success) with the International Fibre Centre, TCF Training Brokerage and Consultancy –
Contact us  for further information

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access from $500 up to a $20,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program.

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale (free parking)
For details –Contact Us

MY Green Incubator – Reduce your business energy costs by 20% to 40%
FREE Access to all nine topics Energy Efficiency Webinars   www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

A BIG THANK YOU TO STORAGE KING PERTH AIRPORT who answered our call for help re storage of  textiles and sewing machines donated for our next delivery of community village sewing projects to prepare for our next container load.  Contact us if you would like to donate assist with the cost of freight to village sewing centres.
The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

Small Business Skill Development for today’s busy Entrepreneur
Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.tcfwa.com/webinars
Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – Contact us

*Global Platform for Sourcing From Women Vendors
Marketing For A Small Fashion Business
*Get Started – Is Retirement in your Business Plan?
Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
Italian Fashion Media – How to get Noticed
How to Grow Your Fashion Business
Dealing With Difficult Clients
Preparing for a Fashion Trade Show
Pricing, Costing and Cashflow
Spring/Summer 2017
Importing and Exporting
Marketing on a Budget
Establishing Your Label In The USA
Get Noticed By The Media
*Connect Your Business to the Women’s Empowerment Principles
Sustainable Sourcing
How to Start A Fashion Label
*Get a Professional – Working with an Income Planner
Strategies for Off Shore Outsourcing
Writing your Business Plan
Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing and Exporting
TCF Global Fashion Sourcing Opportunities
Ethical Fashion and Triple the Bottom Line
*Get Serious – Developing your Retirement Income Plan
Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
Quality Control in the Fashion Industry
Understanding your Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Designs, Patents
What Buyers are Really Looking For 

* Free webinars
** Special Offer to TCF Members – two webinars for the price of one  during March $30 – Contact Us
To book for upcoming events visit www.tcfwa.com/calendar or contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

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belmont_bec_logoNews Update – February 2017

 

TCFWA monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCFWA are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly contact us.
Our latest News are:

Happy Chinese New Year – The year of the Rooster
Rooster years are rarely ever boring, so it’ll be a year with a lot of action. In a year that will see its share of both drama and productivity, the advice is to stay organised, think through all of your actions, and above all else, don’t slack off because the Rooster favours those who put in the hard work and stick to a plan. Oh, and one other thing: Roosters are a notoriously punctual sign, so now’s the time to start wearing a watch.

Nine business ideas under $1,000 you can run from anywhere
Looking to start a new or change your business model and refuse to be tied down to an office? Turns out you can start a company from the comfort of your own home – or better yet, from an exotic far-flung beach for under $1,000. Technology exists to make remote working convenient, so if you want the digital-nomad lifestyle and don’t have a lot of start-up cash, here are 9 low-cost business ideas you can start from anywhere. To be inspired: Contact Us 
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘How to Grow your Business’  (includes workbook) available 24/7. You can view at home on PC, tablet or smartphone    Bookings www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Belmont Business Sundowner – 22nd February, 5-7pm
‘Meet the Candidates’ in the upcoming WA State Election – hear party policies to support small business and share your views on issues affecting you and your business during the Q & A.   Combined Small Business Alliance of WA Inc. (CoSBA) will outline small business issues they are lobbying both federal and state governments.  You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes. Nibbles Provided, Cash Bar. Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

Free ‘Tax for Small Business Workshop’, Monday, February 13th
Provides an overview of the taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and operating a small business. Includes: different business structures, registering for GST, income tax and claiming deductions, record keeping, how to prepare and lodge BAS statements; employer obligations eg PAYG.  Limited Seats.
Book Now    www.belmontbec.com/workshops

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses to access from $500 up to a $20,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – Contact Belmont BEC Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program.

5 cool ways creative talent can market your business
It takes a village to grow a business. The creativities of the professional world bring an intangible element to a marketing campaign. Without their unique skills, brands wouldn’t be memorable and a logo wouldn’t be able to convey an idea. Creative professionals think outside of the box. They’re the ones revolutionising the way we market and the mediums that are used. They give us new channels to connect with customers. To learn about a  few of the most creative ways creative types are winning over customers – Contact Us
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Marketing on a Budget’ (includes workbook) available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet, smartphone  Bookings   www.belmontbec.com/webinars

More than 6,000 new computer viruses are released every month
Qbit’s WashMail protects your emails, with up-to-date virus outbreak filters. WashMail identifies emerging virus outbreaks and responds quickly, providing protection before traditional virus signatures. Contact Qbit to claim your free I.T. Health Check and they will pinpoint any vulnerabilities within your system. Visit  www.qbit.com.au or View  http://www.qbit.com.au/Services/Solutions/Spam-Protection
For a FREE IT Health Check contact  Jamie Duff  Or phone +61 6364 0600

Welcome to TCF WA  –  Annabelle and Eve, Casy Ramage; Japonica Collection, Sarah Ashburner
TCF has assisted over 6,000 creative intenders, start-ups and small businesses since established in 1998! Join our not-for-profit community network and receive receive buying mission opportunities, supply chain linkages, promotional opportunities, free  training vouchers & discounted fashion business mentoring; TCF Members can access an *8 week Free Subscription to WA Business News.  Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available. Subscription is tax deductible. Join Now

TCF Business Advisors and Mentors – Online – Face to Face – Phone
Need an objective view of your business plan & strategy! Discuss your business issues and concerns with our confidential and accredited TCF business advisors and mentors. Develop your 2017 action plan for success. Book by the Hour –  Bookings  www.tcfwa.com/mentoring

FREE Retirement Income Planning for Women
Join our Free BPW Retirement Project that will assist women in WA to gain a better understanding of retirement planning issues, improve financial self-assessment, develop goal setting skills and develop a retirement plan for your future. All services are FREE and confidential.   Register online   www.bpwbusinessincubator.com/retirement or Contact Us 

Buying or Selling a Business Workshop Series – 21st February, 9:30 – 12:30pm
Gain insights into what you need to consider to make the right decisions
1) Preparing a Business For Sale Workshop – 9.30am -10.30am
Presented by Business Broker, Brendan Cockram
2) Buying or Selling a Small Business Workshop – 10.30-11.30am
Presented by Business Broker, Brendan Cockram
3) Legal Pitfalls of Buying a Business Workshop – 11.30-12.30pm
Presented by Lawyer, Jules Lewin, Charthill Legal
$30 each session or Special Price 3 Workshops for the price of two $60
Venue: Belmont BEC  Book at www.belmontbec.com/events

Join TCF WA & BEC Buying Mission to The World’s Biggest Gifts Event
Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair, 27-30 April
Sponsored 3 nights’ accommodation to 1st time buyers.

Hall of Fine Designs – quality brands to show their latest designs and collections.
World of Gift Ideas – the newest ideas and the trendiest products.
Luxury Gifts – silverware, bejewelled items, porcelain, fountain pens, cigar boxes.
Green Gifts – gifts which contribute to a sustainable futures.
iAccessories – add-ons for smart phones,  tablets and other electronic items.
Register Here

The Hong Kong Printing and Packaging Fair, 27-30 April
Sponsored 3nights’ accommodation to 1st time buyers, Join TCF and BEC mission.

Running concurrently with Gifts and Premium Fair, the Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair caters for printing and packaging services; held at the Asia-World Expo. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available for transport between venues.
Register Here

LAST CHANCE – Are you a Speaker or Consultant? Like to present during our 13th Innovation Festival?
Belmont BEC & TCF Members are invited to register interest in being a presenter or speaker during our 13th designedge Innovation Festival which will run from Mid-April to end of May. Sessions can run live or recorded online. Opportunities closing shortly for VIP Sponsorship of designedge Innovation Festival Contact us

Home design gone digital
2016 has been a year of online launches for the home interiors industry.  Convenience and direct-to-consumer marketing strategies are winning over consumers. Brands need to align themselves digitally in the consumer’s daily flow.
On-line shopping is projected to reach $523 billion by the year 2020.
Source: Fashion Snoops, like further info Contact Us.

How to avoid  the most common pitfalls entrepreneurs make
What sets successful entrepreneurs apart from the failures has been gnawed at for decades. Now a new study has pinpointed the reasons why some boom and others bomb. The research found high-performing entrepreneurs are 27% more focused on personal and organisational power and 20% more motivated by money than their unsuccessful counterparts. To read about the points – contact us.
Writing Your Business Plan
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Writing your Business Plan’  or  ‘Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow’  (includes workbook) available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet or smart-phone  Bookings   www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Things to consider before starting a business
So you’ve made the decision to start your own business? Congratulations! Before you get started there are a few important things you need to consider. Get your business off to a flying start with five top planning tips, and help your business not only survive, but thrive. To read the tips – contact us.
Join our TCF Online Webinar ‘How to Start a Fashion Label’ (includes workbook) available 24/7. You can view at home on PC, tablet, smartphone Bookings   www.belmontbec.com/webinars

Start the New Year with a fresh approach to your Finances.
Nothing about money is set and forget. Whether your finances include your debtors ledger, credit applications, savings, loans, insurance, super or more, from time to time you need to pull these things out, dust them off and see if they need a freshen up. To read about the tips from MoneySmart on how to rejuvenate your financial affairs – Contact Us.
Join our BEC Online Webinar ‘Credit Management & Debt Collection’ includes workbook available 24/7 you can view at home on PC, tablet, smartphone
Bookings   www.belmontbec.com/webinars
 

Identity fraud
Identity fraud involves the theft of your personal information including your name, date of birth, address and other details. Fraudsters then use this information, for example, to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards, start an illegal business or apply for a passport. Your details may also be used to commit serious crimes, such as money laundering and even terrorist acts. Identity thieves are after everything that contains your personal information: bank & credit card statements, bills, driver’s license, passport, investment reports, superannuation records, storage media such as CDs &USB devices, & any documents that contain your tax file number.
To read about how it happens and what to do if it does – contact us.

Prepare, Present, Make Money
Presented by Anne Venaille – Wednesday, 22nd February 9am – 4pm

Want to Grow your Business and Increase Your Income? Overcome your fear of speaking in Public; Speak with ease, confidence and clarity about your product or service; Create a sensational and deliver a powerful presentation; Deliver your solution to people all over the world; Be seen as the authority/expert in your industry. Cost: $49pp Special price Venue: Belmont BEC  Limited Seats  Book Now 

6 simple ways to build your confidence
Confidence is vital in business. Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right.” This article explains 6 simple tips to boost your confidence and help you achieve your goals. Self-confidence gives you the courage to take sensible risks and to pursue stretching targets. Exactly what is required to build and grow a business. It also makes building and managing teams simpler as a confident approach naturally inspires confidence in others.
Everyone struggles with self-confidence at some point, even people who are naturally blessed with plenty of it. So if you are struggling with your confidence remember that you are not unusual. To read the tips – Contact Us.

Is Instragram the key to your future business success?
As the New Year kicks off, many of us will be thinking about setting and achieving goals for 2017. This year is all about me (not in an egotistical way) more the self-love, staying true and making yourself a priority kinda way. Let’s commit to making bite-size goals, and go kick-ass!  grab your diary and note down these five Instagram accounts to get you motivated not just for 2017, but for life!  Source: WGSN further info Contact Us

What’s YOUR savings style? Quiz
Have you got the Midas touch with money? Or do you still think it grows on trees? See if you’re doing what it takes to save your money! To take the 20 question quiz: What’s Your Savings Style? – Contact Us

Reduce your small business energy costs by 20% – 40%
FREE Access to all Energy Efficiency Online Webinars. Register
If you would like Energy Efficiency articles for your own newsletters Contact Us

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale. Free Parking Contact Us

A BIG THANK YOU TO STORAGE KING PERTH AIRPORT who answered our call for help re storage of  textiles and sewing machines donated for our next delivery of community village sewing projects to prepare for our next container load.  Contact us if you would like to donate assist with the cost of freight to village sewing centres.
The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

Small Business Skill Development for today’s busy Entrepreneur
Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.tcfwa.com/webinars
Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – Contact us

*Global Platform for Sourcing From Women Vendors
Marketing For A Small Fashion Business
*Get Started – Is Retirement in your Business Plan?
Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
Italian Fashion Media – How to get Noticed
How to Grow Your Fashion Business
Dealing With Difficult Clients
Preparing for a Fashion Trade Show
Pricing, Costing and Cashflow
Spring/Summer 2017
Importing and Exporting
Marketing on a Budget
Establishing Your Label In The USA
Get Noticed By The Media
*Connect Your Business to the Women’s Empowerment Principles
Sustainable Sourcing
How to Start A Fashion Label
*Get a Professional – Working with an Income Planner
Strategies for Off Shore Outsourcing
Writing your Business Plan
Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing and Exporting
TCF Global Fashion Sourcing Opportunities
Ethical Fashion and Triple the Bottom Line
*Get Serious – Developing your Retirement Income Plan
Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
Quality Control in the Fashion Industry
Understanding your Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Designs, Patents
What Buyers are Really Looking For 

* Free webinars
** Special Offer to TCF Members – two webinars for the price of one  during February $30 – Contact Us
To book for upcoming events visit www.tcfwa.com/calendar or contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

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belmont_bec_logoNews Update – January 2017

 

TCFWA monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCFWA are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly contact us.
Our latest News are:

TCFWA Mentors, Business Advisors, Business Coaches
Start the year of with updating your strategic business plan, discuss your business issues and concerns with your own confidential advisor and develop your action plan for success.  Book by the Hour – Online  / Face to Face – Phone
www.tcfwa.com/mentoring

Are you a Speaker or Consultant? Like to present during our 13th Innovation Festival?
Belmont BEC & TCF Members are invited to register interest in being a presenter or speaker during our 13th designedge Innovation festival which will run from Mid-April to end of May. Sessions can run live or recorded online. Opportunities to also be a VIP Sponsor of designedge Innovation Festival Contact us

Sponsorship Opportunities
24th Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards 2017

Launching mid-April and run through to end October.  Gain extensive promotion and marketing opportunities for your business. www.belmontbec.com/awards  Further info Contact Us

Volunteer Co-ordinator Wanted
Local NFP organisations Belmont BEC & TCFWA are looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator to volunteer and assist us with the day to day supervision and support for our great team of volunteers.  Must be computer literate. Free Parking.  Contact Us

FREE Retirement Income Planning for Women
Join our Free BPW Retirement Project that will assist women in WA to gain a better understanding of retirement planning issues, improve financial self-assessment, develop goal setting skills and develop a retirement plan for your future. All services are FREE and confidential.   Register online   www.bpwbusinessincubator.com/retirement or email us 

Ten steps to achieving success in life
People who know what they want and have set a course for achieving their goals are generally happier than those that just let life happen to them. This wisdom is not new. Earl Nightingale once said, “Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.” Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraged goal setting by stating that, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  To check out the ten steps – contact us.

More than 80% of the emails sent daily are spam
Spam is not only a nuisance; it affects the productivity of your staff. WashMail increases productivity and profitability, freeing up staff from the onerous tasks of manually searching for, identifying and deleting spam. Bandwidth is also freed up, as you will no longer be paying to download dangerous spam, viruses, hoaxes, scams, phishing expeditions and trojans. Contact Qbit to claim your free I.T. Health Check, we will pinpoint any vulnerabilities within your system.

Belmont Business ‘Ask An Expert’ Sundowner–25th January, 5-7pm
You and your staff are invited to promote your business, listen to our great speakers and meet many other small businesses on the night. You will be invited to introduce yourself and your business to all attendees. Venue: The Belmont, 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale. Door Prizes.  Free Entry.  Register www.belmontbec.com/events

Fifty business ideas for introverted entrepreneurs
If you like working alone and can sometimes get overwhelmed being around crowds of people all the time, you’re probably an introvert. But there are plenty of business opportunities for entrepreneurs who enjoy spending time alone. To check out some potential business ideas for introverts – contact us.

How to avoid bankruptcy
It’s a myth that bankruptcy can get rid of all of your debts. Back taxes, student loans, child/spouse support, student loans (other than the most extreme circumstances) and a few other debts cannot be gotten rid of through bankruptcy. Therefore if you are looking to get rid of these kinds of debts, you should avoid bankruptcy. You can look to budget around debts that cannot be discharged and negotiate other bills in a debt settlement or an alternative payment plan with your creditors. Contact us to read more.

The Top One Hundred Low-Cost Franchises
Franchises with lower costs of entry can make it easier for you to plan to be your own boss. Here’s a look at the strategies behind low-cost franchising and some resources on where to find successful opportunities. To check out the possibilities – contact us.

20 ways small business owners can quickly relieve stress sitting behind a desk
Running a business is stressful. But while there isn’t a way to avoid stress altogether, there are some methods you can use to relieve some of that stress throughout the workday. And you don’t even have to leave your desk! Here are some stress relief methods you can use while staying in your very own office. More? Contact us.

National Bank Microenterprise Loan Program
Belmont BEC can assist eligible new and existing businesses access up to a $20,000 loan for your small business. Like more information? – contact Belmont BEC Accredited Partner of the NAB Microenterprise Loan Program

FREE Tax for Small Business Workshop – Monday, February 20th 1pm-4pm
available for you or your staff to understand your taxation and superannuation obligations associated with starting and/or operating your small business. Includes business structures, GST, claiming deductions, BAS and record keeping. Refreshments provided.   Book Now – limited spaces www.belmontbec.com/events

Belt and Road Portal
HKTDC has created a portal that includes economic profiles of 65 Belt and Road economies, official policy documents, and links to official sources with listings of investment projects. Contact us for further info.

Earn money online
Niche websites, which can be loosely described as a small website that covers a very specific niche, went through a boom period during the late 2000s and through to around 2012. The typical way money is made through niche websites is via advertising revenue from Google Adsense and also affiliate income which is usually via the Amazon Associates program. To read more – contact us.

Australians waste $10 billion per year
When it comes to expenses like health insurance and mortgage repayments, Australians are prone to counting every penny. Watching the Reserve Bank’s interest rate decisions and complaining about the cost of premiums are something of a national pastime. But there’s one area where we are recklessly bleeding cash: buying groceries that will end up in the bin. A new report shows that Australian households waste a collective $10 billion, or $1100 per household, on wasted food each year, with the average household tossing a whopping 14 per cent of what they buy. Curious? Contact us.

Ladies – How to establish yourself in a male-dominated field
Women are starting businesses at a rate three times that of men, but there are still inroads to be made in typically male-dominated fields such as publishing, biotechnology and gaming, to name a few. The author recommends: being clear about goals and timelines; and she advises women not to be afraid to make mistakes. “Just try,” she says. Ultimately, she points out, “No one but you is going to know better what you’re good at or what really drives you.” To read the article-contact us.

Invitation to the 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewellery Fair
22-26 February, 2017 at IMPACT Challenger, Exhibition & Convention Centre
The Fair is a dynamic place to interact, providing a comprehensive   business networking environment comprising  over 1,800 exhibitors and attracting over 30,000  international visitors and jewellery  traders from all over the world. Contact us.

Email master class – Email copywriting is an art form.
You receive a lot of emails that you delete without opening, and there are some that you nearly always look at. What makes the difference? Well, that’s where the art of email copywriting comes in!  There are always numerous questions about how to write an email follow-up sequence. The author lists the most common ones , with concise answers. For the full article – contact us.

Six web layout myths busted
Challenge your assumptions, break out of old habits and discover what’s newly possible with layout on the web. When the web was first invented, there was no technology for page layout. Every background was grey. Every page was a single column of text, filling the whole space from side to side. Over the years, we’ve created one hack after another to tackle page layout. Contact us to learn more.

Welcome to our new TCF Members – Nadz & Sabs, Sabrina Rashid; FA Concept, Aymeric Futol
Join your TCF Industry Association – receive buying mission opportunities, supply chain linkages, free training vouchers and access to fashion business mentoring for your business; Bronze, Silver & Gold Levels available; Membership is tax deductible. www.tcfwa.com/membership

Reduce your small business energy costs by 20% – 40%
New Year Special – FREE Access to all nine topics Energy Efficiency Webinars    www.tcfaustralia.com/webinars

FOR HIRE – Training & Meeting Rooms at Belmont BEC
Unit 3, 216 Belmont Ave., Cloverdale (free parking) Contact Us
The information featured in this newsletter is published in good faith in an endeavour to disseminate a wide range of business-related content. While we endeavour to verify the comments and advice, we cannot make any warranties regarding the accuracy of data from other sources, or the relevance to individuals’ circumstances. Any actions you may consider are dependent on your individual choice and circumstances and are strictly of your own volition; consequently, we are not liable for any resulting consequences. We have no control over the content of any links to other websites and are not liable for any resultant actions taken by readers.

Small Business Skill Development for today’s busy Entrepreneur
Recorded Webinars for Online – Anytime – Fast Track your Training
www.tcfwa.com/webinars
Join our webinars online through your iPad or iPhone – Contact us

Italian Fashion Media – How to get Noticed
How to Grow Your Fashion Business
Spring/Summer 2017
Sustainable Sourcing
Understanding your Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Designs, Patents
Strategies for Off Shore Outsourcing
Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing and Exporting
Preparing for a Fashion Trade Show
Quality Control in the Fashion Industry
Get a Professional – Working with an Income Planner
Make Customer Experience Your Competitive Edge
Dealing With Difficult Clients
Connect Your Business to the Women’s Empowerment Principles
Pricing, Costing and Cashflow
Importing and Exporting
Global Platform for Sourcing From Women Vendors
TCF Global Fashion Sourcing Opportunities
Marketing on a Budget
Writing your Business Plan
Marketing For A Small Fashion Business
What Buyers are Really Looking For
Get Noticed By The Media
How to Start A Fashion Label
Get Serious – Developing your Retirement Income Plan
Ethical Fashion and Triple the Bottom Line
Get Started – Is Retirement in your Business Plan?
Establishing Your Label In The USA
Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls

* Free webinars
** Special Offer to TCF Members – two webinars for the price of one  during January $30 – Contact Us
To book for upcoming events visit www.tcfwa.com/calendar or contact us on 61 8 9479 3777.

Sponsors Links