BMA Local Buying Program eNewsletter: July 2014

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Inside this issue....

  • BMA Local Buying Program - Success after two years
  • Local Buying Community Foundation - Business development projects continue to be a priority
  • Building Sustainable Business Communities - Workshops and Business Networking Events
  • Online Marketing for Small Businesses - 2014 Projects
  • Linking SME's to Success in Nebo
  • 2014 Qld Small Business Week - 1 - 6 September
  • C-Res/BLBP Updates - are you making the most out of every opportunity
  • Business Community Updates


Upcoming Events

  • 6 August 2014
    “Lean for Everyone” – Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning. EMERALD (click here for registration details).
  • 6 August - 12 November 2014
    Various business development workshops NEBO (click here for flyer and registration details).
  • 1 – 6 September 2014
    “2014 Queensland Small Business Week”.   Workshop and Mentoring in various locations across Central Highlands and Isaac.
  • 11 September 2014
    Local Buying Community Foundation Networking EventBLACKWATER (BICC, 5.00pm to 7.00pm)
  • 11 December 2014
    Local Buying Community Foundation Networking Event.  DYSART (Venue TBC, 5.00pm to 7.00pm)

Important Dates

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BMA Local Buying Program - Success after two years

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 June 2014):
  • over 360 approved C-Res Suppliers 
  • over 2,900 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 -  $34.8M
  • over $450,000 has been allocated to the Local Buying Community Foundation
To view the BMA Local Buying Program Annual Report  - click here.

Local Buying Community Foundation - Business development projects continue to be a priority

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.
At the end of June 2014, the Community Foundation deliverables include:
  • Total funds contributed to the Community Foundation Trust - over $450,000
  • 25 approved projects and or initiatives delivered across the region with funding of over $232,000 allocated to deliver these initiataives
To view the Local Buying Community Foundation Annual Report  - click here.
To view the Local Buying Community Foundation July 2014 - June 2015 Information Flyer  - click here.

The next funding round closes on 29 August.
Click here to access Community Foundation Funding Information

Building Sustainable Business Communities - Workshop and Business Networking Events

The Local Buying Community Foundation hosts small business, community and industry workshops and networking events across the Bowen Basin.  In 2014, the Foundation facilitated full day workshops in both Emerald (in March) and Moranbah (in June) with networking events following the workshops.  The workshops this year have so far attracted over 60 participants while the networking events had over 140 people attend.  Workshop and event presenters and participants acknowledged how critical these are for establishing relationships and building networks ensuring sustainable business communities.
Panel at Moranbah Networking Event (L-R): Jan Anfruns (DSDIP), Mayor Anne Baker (IRC), Michael Nucifora (BMA), Trehan Stenton (TMA). 
The next 'Small Business and Industry Networking Event' will be held in Blackwater on 11 September 2014. 

Online Marketing for Small Businesses - 2014 Projects

The importance of an online presence for every business is becoming increasingly important.  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 by:
  • funding the development of a training program for schools to link with small businesses to develop basic information websites.  The program has now been delivered twice to Dysart and Moranbah and is currently being delivered in Blackwater and Emerald
  • providing subsidised registration costs for various workshops and webinars including:  "Developing Online Marketing Strategies" and "How to Create and Manage Your Own Business Website using WIX"
  • funding upgrades to existing websites  to include business edirectories including: 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 or to register your business in any of the business directories in your community, please  mail .

Linking SME's to Success in Nebo

Through the support of the Local Buying Community Foundation, TM3 Training Solutions in partnership with the Nebo Community Development Group, Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and Strategic Financial Partners is providing businesses the opportunity to attend a series of workshops and received one-on-one mentoring.  The workshops will run from August to November and businesses are encouraged to register as soon as possible as places are limited.

If you would like more information on the courses being held in Nebo and how to register  - contact Melissa Westcott at or click here

2014 Qld Small Business Week - 1 - 6 September

The 2014 Queensland Small Business Week is from 1-6 September and is aimed at encouraging businesses to:
  • network with successful small business people
  • make connections
  • gain new business ideas or inspiration
  • learn about the latest trends delivering small business opportunities
  • find solutions to business problems
  • discover how to become a successful high-growth start-up
  • find out how new technologies and social media can boost your profits
  • strengthen and celebrate small businesses in the region
For the Central Highlands and Isaac regions, Isaac Regional Council together with Central Highlands Development Corporation, C-Res (through the BMA Local Buying Community Foundation) and Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning are coordinating a series of business development workshops targeting areas of support identified by small businesses through an online survey or through community business groups.  It is anticipated, a small number of business owners who attend the workshops will have an opportunity to gain further support via one-on-one mentoring sessions.

More information regarding business workshops and mentoring sessions will be released shortly and be available on, and

C-Res / BLBP Update - Are you making the most out of every opportunity

Sole Source Deactivation:  As of 1 July 2014, BMA, as part of our local content strategy for full, fair and reasonable opportunities to our local suppliers commenced trialing sole source deactivations for all categories (except Catering). The deactivation of the sole source function is targeted at increasing the Request For Quote (RFQ) opportunities available to suppliers registered with the program. BMA/BMC users may still request to Sole Source, however these requests are subject to approval. 

To ensure suppliers receive every opportunities to quote on work packages through the BMA Local Buying Program, it is encouraged that they check their details in their workspace as work opportunities go out to categories and service areas.

Quote Due Date and TimeAll quotes must be received by C-Res through the website by 3.30pm on the quote due date.  No quotes will be accepted after this time to ensure a full and fair process for all suppliers.  If suppliers are having issues with quoting via the website, they must contact the office prior to 3.30pm

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.
To update registration details, please contact C-Res on or 1800 536 663.

Business Community Updates

Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) provides fortnightly snap shots on what is happening across the Central Highlands including upcoming workshops and events.  They also provide weekly emails regarding current tenders in the Fitzroy Central region through 'Tap into Tenders'.  To register to receive these updates visit

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.

Dysart Business Group Inc is a newly established business group in Dysart aimed at creating a network of businesses operating in the Dysart Community.  They are currently updating the Dysart Community Support Group website sponsored by the Local Buying Community Foundation to include a business directory.  If interested in providing a business profile for this directory, email

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