C-Res eNewsletter #4, July 2013

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Important Dates

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BMA Local Buying Program Still Going Strong After One Year

The BMA Local Buying Program has gained considerable momentum after 12 months of providing opportunities for small businesses from Blackwater, Capella, Dysart, Emerald, Moranbah, and Nebo to competitively supply goods and services to BMA and BMC.   The first year results below have so far exceeded all expectations:
  • over 300 approved C-Res Suppliers  (190 of these are new suppliers to BMA/BMC)
  • over 830  work opportunities have been made available to local businesses
  • Average payment days of 8.9 days from supplier claim to payment
  • Total approved spend was $12.38M
  • over $170,000 has been allocated to the Local Buying Community Foundation
To view the BMA Local Buying Program FY13 Report - click here.

Building Sustainable Business Communities -
A Small Business Workshop and Networking Event - Moranbah

The Local Buying Community Foundation in partnership with Moranbah Traders Association hosted a full-day business development workshop in Moranbah in June followed by a small business, industry and BMA networking event.  The workshop attracted more than 30 participants from Dysart, Moranbah and Nebo and included presentations on:  Business planning, Online Marketing, Bookkeeping, Tendering and Capability Statement Writing. 

Workshop presentations are available on the website - click here to view.

A networking event  followed the workshop and was just as successful with over 60 business owners, industry representatives and community stakeholders attending.  Presentations at this event included an update on the BMA Local Buying Program, launch of 'The Feed', launch of the 'Linking SME's to Success' program and an overview of the Website Development Project for Small Businesses.
Similar networking events are scheduled for Blackwater (11 September) and Dysart (11 December)

Website Development Project for Small Businesses -
Linking Schools and Industry

Secondary school IT students from Capella SHS, Dysart SHS and Moranbah SHS are nearing the completion of the Website Development Project for 2013 linking schools with industry.  These students have gained valuable real life industry experience working for  businesses who are nearly ready to receive their websites and go live.  The project is funded by the Local Buying Community Foundation and delivered by TM3 Training Solutions in partnership with CHDC and Youth Invest.  All businesses who participated will be promoted through the Local Buying Community Foundation and their sites will be available for viewing.  The Website Development Project will continue in 2014 with the current participating schools embedding it into their curriculum.  The addition of schools participating in the Project in Blackwater and Emerald will further benefit small businesses in these communities.  For further information about the Project or how to get involved email info@localbuying.com.au

Linking SME's to Success -
A Community Foundation Partnership

Through the support of the Local Buying Community Foundation, TM3 Training Solutions is providing Moranbah and Dysart businesses the opportunity to  build practical capability to help move their businesses forward. 

Business education and training is provided by TM3 through  a series of subsidised targeted workshops.  The first workshop was delivered on 11th July with weekly workshops running until 27th August.  Workshop topics include business planning, websites, emails and ecommerce, facebook and social media, contracting 101, marketing strategies, workplace health and safety, staff training and upskilling and money matters.  Businesses can choose to attend all workshops or a selection depending on needs and interest.

Businesses attending workshops are eligible for one of twenty small business support packages which includes up to 12 hours of one-on-one support by TM3 Training Solutions.

To find out more information on the workshops and registration details - click here.

Community Foundation Advisory Committee Welcomes New Members

A critical element of the BMA Local Buying Program is the Community FoundationThe establishment of the Community Foundation Advisory Committee (CFAC) ensures funding targets genuine community need. The CFAC assesses requests and applications drawing on expertise of the committee for the recommendation and approval of requests.

The CFAC is a representative body of key stakeholders from across the region that has a direct or indirect interest in regional economic development and collectively brings a diversity of skills, expertise and experience.  Membership comprises of permanent and elected positions.  Permanent positions are held by BMA, BMC, REDC, Central Highlands Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, and Central Highlands Development Corporation.  Elected positions hold a term of 12 months drawing from small and medium businesses in each of the four communities in the program footprint (Blackwater, Dysart, Emerald and Moranbah). 

Expressions of interests for elected positions were submitted prior at the end of May and while all the applications were of a very high calibre from across the region, the following representatives were selected for the term July 2013 - June 2014:
  • Errol Rix (Kleen Filter Services) - Small Business Representative for Blackwater
  • John Crooks (Dysart Hardware) - Small Business Representative for Dysart
  • Bronwyn Reid (4T Consultants)- Small Business Representative for Emerald
  • Erica Fredericksen (MTA) - Small Business for Moranbah
  • Travis Hoban (Hoban Smith Industries) - Medium Business Representative
To view the Community Foundation FY13 Report including all projects funded - click here.

Click here to access Community Foundation Information

CHDC Assisting Businesses To Tap Into Tender Opportunities

The Central Highlands Development Corporation has recently been successful in a Local Buying Community Foundation funding application.  With this funding they will develop a Business Portal on their existing website and engage Cordell Tenders so they can release information on advertised tenders for the Fitzroy Region, providing businesses with greater access to supply opportunities.

Information on open tenders will be distributed through the CHDC distribution list on a weekly basis until Monday 12th August.  If businesses would like more details or contact information on a tender, they can send an email request to business@chdc.com.au

If businesses would like to continue receiving this information after the 12th August, please contact the Business Development Officer at CHDC by phone (07) 4982 4386 or email business@chdc.com.au to be added to the Tender Distribution list at no cost.

Important Information Regarding the C-Res Website

Upgrades to the C-Res website are nearing completion and everyone who uses this online portal will be able to see some major differences to their workspaces once the updates go live.  If anyone experiences any difficulties please contact C-Res immediately on 1800 536 663 or info@c-res.com.au so they can be rectified.  These upgrades have been based on feedback received by suppliers and BMA and we will continue to provide a more effective website based on this information.

Updating Supplier Details:
All suppliers registered with the BMA Local Buying Program through C-Res are required to continually check and update their supplier registration details and provide mandatory information when requested.  Suppliers will only receive Requests for Quote if they have an active C-Res account and are registered in the correct categories and service areas for their business.

Goods and Service Categories:
Suppliers are encouraged to check and update their registered categories in their “My Details” section of their Workspace as required.  This can be done by suppliers at any time. 

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 suppliers can provide goods or services to areas outside their current business location then these areas need to be checked to receive RFQ’s for that area.  The service areas available are Blackwater, Emerald, Dysart and Moranbah.  To update your service areas please contact C-Res direct via phone or email.

Mandatory Documentation:
It is the responsibility of all 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).

Change to any other supplier registration information:
If any information changes from original registration, suppliers are required to contact C-Res so these details can be updated. 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

'The Feed'

'The Feed' is a smart phone app developed by Study Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday in partnership with BHP Billiton  (BMC) to allow businesses in these regions access to an emerging group of student shoppers for FREE via a simple website upload point.  If interested, go to www.studymackay.com.au or contact info@studymackay.com.au

Bowen Basin Safety Conference - Thursday 25 July 2013

"Great Safety is Great Business'' is the theme for this years not to be missed conference in Mackay on Thursday 25 July.  For more information on the conference and registration details - visit www.bowenbasinsafety.com.au

Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Workshops:

  • August - Capability Statement Writing Workshop- MORANBAH.  Expressions of Interest in attending this workshop can be emailed to Richard Mills (Richard.Mills@dsdip.qld.gov.au).  A date will be set once enough interest has been registered.

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 interested in becoming a member of the MTA and receive regular updates visit the MTA website - click here.

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