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C-Res eNewsletter: January 2014

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Inside this issue....

 
  • BMA Local Buying Program - Quarterly Update
  • Local Buying Community Foundation - Quarterly Upate
  • Building Sustainable Business Communities - A Small Business and Industry Networking Event - DYSART December 2013
  • Online Marketing for Small Businesses - 2014 Projects
  • Accounting Software Workshops in Emerald
  • CHDC launches Central Highlands Business Directory
  • Tips for C-Res Suppliers on getting the most out of your workspace
  • Business Community Updates

 

Upcoming Events

Important Dates

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BMA Local Buying Program - Quarterly Update

The BMA Local Buying Program continues to provide opportunities for small businesses from Blackwater, Capella, Dysart, Emerald, Moranbah, and Nebo to competitively supply goods and services to BMA and BMC.  Since the program commenced in July 2012, progress has included (as at end December 2013): 
  • over 390 approved C-Res Suppliers 
  • over 1,700 work opportunities have been made available to local businesses
  • average payment days of 10 days from supplier claim to payment
  • total approved spend awarded to local businesses -  $21.66M
  • over $300,000 has been allocated to the Local Buying Community Foundation
To view the BMA Local Buying Program Quarterly Progress Report for end of December 2013 - click here.

Local Buying Community Foundation - Quarterly Update

The Local Buying Community Foundation is a critical element of the BMA Local Buying Program.  The Foundation aims to support economic development and sustainability of communities within BMA’s operational footprint and the broader Bowen Basin region. Through programs and initiatives that target local business training and development the Foundation is assisting to build and develop local capacity.  For all approved transactions processed through the Local Buying Program, BMA makes a financial contribution to the Community Foundation, supporting continuous investment in the region.
 
The key areas of focus for the Foundation include:

  1. Building Sustainable Futures (BSF) – focusing on wider business economic and community development. This includes (but not limited to) business grants (new, growth, innovation), employment, scholarships, regional promotion and awareness.
     
  2. Building Sustainable Business Communities (BSBC) – focusing on local business training and development. This includes (but not limited to) industry training, regional economic analysis and education for businesses.
For period July 2012 – December 2013 Foundation deliverables:
  • Total funds contributed to the Community Foundation Trust - over $300,000
  • Six successful funding rounds:  2012 - August, November / 2013 - February, May, August, November
  • 17 approved project and or initiatives delivered across the region with funding of $144,000 allocated to deliver these initiataives
To view the Community Foundation Report for December 2013 including the current committee and all projects funded - click here.
 
The first funding round for 2014 closes on 28 February.
Click here to access Community Foundation Funding Information

Building Sustainable Business Communities - A Small Business and Industry Networking Event - DYSART December 2013

The Local Buying Community Foundation hosted a small business, community and BMA networking event in Dysart in December.  The networking event attracted nearly 30 BMA and local business participants and included presentations from BMA, Dysart State High School, Dysart Community Support Group and Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.  All presenters acknowledged that these networking events are critical for establishing relationships and building networks ensuring sustainable business communities.
The next 'Small Business and Industry Networking Event' will be held in Emerald on the 13th March 2014. 

Online Marketing for Small Businesses - 2014 Projects

As the evolution of online marketing continues, so too does the need for businesses to ensure they have an online presence enabling them to remain competitive.  The Local Buying Community Foundation is committed to assisting businesses, where possible to be well informed and have a greater understanding of how to best maximise their online exposure.  In 2014, the Foundation will:
  • continue to fund the development of a training program for schools to link with small businesses to develop basic information websites.  This year the program will roll out across Blackwater, Emerald, Dysart and Moranbah.
  • provide subsidised registration costs for various workshops and webinars including:  "Developing Online Marketing Strategies" and "How to Create and Manage Your Own Business Website"
  • fund upgrades to existing websites of local business groups.  In 2014, this will include new Business Directories in the websites of Central Highlands Development Corporation, Moranbah Traders Association and Dysart Community Support Group.
For further information on any of the above projects regarding online marketing for small businesses, please  mail info@localbuying.com.au .
 

Accounting Software Workshops in Emerald

Through the support of the Local Buying Community Foundation, Central Highlands Development Corporation is providing businesses the opportunity to improve their bookkeeping skills with a number of workshops on Reckon (formerly QuickBooks) in February.  These courses are also open to community organisations but numbers are limited.

If you would like more information on the courses being held in Emerald - contact the CHDC Business Development Officer at business@chdc.com.au or click here.

CHDC launches Central Highlands Business Directory

CHDC has just launched their new online Central Highlands Business Directory with funding secured through the Local Buying Community Foundation.  
 
Some key features of the Directory for businesses:
  • Main business location and contact details.
  • Goods and services offered based on set categories.
  • Service areas both within the Central Highlands and surrounds.
  • A business overview (1500 characters).
  • Option to include supporting information (ie: marketing material, business profile, capability statement, up to 2MB).
Businesses are encouraged to submit their profiles online for approval by CHDC.  Businesses currently listed on the previous Central Highlands directory have been transferred to the new directory.

To access the directory, click on the link http://www.chdc.com.au/directory/

Tips for C-Res Suppliers on getting the most out of your workspace

Some useful tips for Approved Suppliers:
  1. "How To" Documents - click on the "How To's" tab in your workspace to access these simple and easy to use documents that will assist with responding to Work Instructions and Claiming.
  2. Purchase Order Number -  work cannot commence or goods supplied without a Purchase Order.  Suppliers will be notified via email when a PO is received and it will be inserted into the approved work instruction.
  3. Claiming - claims can be processed faster and more effectively if invoices attached are addressed to C-Res and the amounts are the same as the work instruction along with supporting information such as signed timesheets by BMA and/or delivery dockets.  All documents can be scanned and uploaded onto the work instruction claim.  Also by clicking on the 'Claims' tab and clicking on 'filter', all open and previous claims will be visible to assist with managing your work tasks.
  4. Quoting effectively - quotes can stand out from competitors with supporting information such as brochures, pictures etc on the products or services being provided.
  5. Quote Due Date and Time:  all quotes (Sole Source AND Request for Quote) close at exactly 3.30pm (Qld time) on the due date outlined in the work instruction.
  6. Emails - please ensure email inbox properties are set correctly to ensure emails from C-Res are not going to junkmail.  All suppliers are encouraged to regularly check workspaces so work opportunities are not missed.  If there is a problem with your workspace, inform C-Res immediately.  If going on leave, please ensure a work colleague has access to the workspace.  Please notify C-Res immediately if an email address changes.
  7. Freight - BMA will cover the cost of freight from your business to site or as negotiated so this does not need to be added to quotes.  All freight is to be through NQX.
  8. Editing Work Instructions and Responses:  If a change is required that cannot be actioned through your workspace, please contact C-Res who will make it on your behalf.
Goods and Service Categories:
Suppliers are encouraged to regularly check and update their registered categories in their “My Details” section of their workspace to ensure maximum access to work opportunities.  .

Service Areas:
A 'service area' is an area in which your business can provide goods or services—not just the area in which your business is located.  If you can provide goods or services to areas outside your current business location then update your supplier profile to reflect your goods/services ability. The service areas available include Blackwater, Emerald (including Capella), Dysart and Moranbah (including Nebo).  To update your service areas please contact C-Res direct via phone (1800 536 663) or email - info@c-res.com.au.

Mandatory Documentation:
It is the responsibility of businesses registered with C-Res to provide current copies of all insurances and lease agreements on expiry of previous documentation submitted.  If mandatory registration requirements lapses, then businesses will have their registration temporarily disabled until C-Res receives and verifies current documentation.  Mandatory documentation includes  Workers Compensation, Public Liability and Rental Lease Agreements (if applicable).  Please take note of the automated email sent by C-Res reminding when documents are due to expire to assist with ensuring your account is valid.

Changes to any other supplier registration information:
If any information changes from original registration, suppliers are required to contact C-Res to ensure records are up to date. This includes changes to:
  • trading address;
  • employee numbers; and
  • contact details.
 
To update registration details, please contact C-Res on info@c-res.com.au or 1800 536 663.

Business Community Updates

Convergenius and QMI Solutions:
Convergenius and QMI Solutions are pleased to offer businesses a FREE Qld Government supported Major Project Supplier Program (MPSP) Assessment.  The MPSP analyses a company’s business, compares it to an ideal supplier profile and makes recommendations as to how the company might position itself to meet the needs of project owners or major contractors.The Program provides a Supplier Plan for the company comprising:
  • An assessment of the company and comparison with the profile of an ideal supplier.
  • A gap analysis identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • An action plan with specific business improvement activities addressing these opportunities.
For more information on the Qld Government supported MPSP please go to http://qmisolutions.com.au/products_services/major-project-supplier-program-mpsp-assessment/
or contact Convergenius directly; Laurence Stitt M>0427070259 E>laurence@convergenius.com
Liam Stitt M>0438153109 E>liam@convergenius.com

Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) provides fortnightly snap shots on what is happening across the Central Highlands including upcoming workshops and events.  To receive these updates visit http://www.chdc.com.au

Emerald Local Business Owners Working (ELBOW) Group meet regularly both formally, to attend organised information sessions/workshops, and informally to network with other business owners.  If you are a business owner in Emerald and are interested in being a part of this group email elbowgroup@hotmail.com.au


Moranbah Traders Association (MTA) are a well established business group in Moranbah.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the MTA and receive regular updates visit the MTA website - click here.


'The Feed'
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