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C-Res eNewsletter #3, May 2013

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Inside this issue....

  • BMA Local Buying Program goes from strength to strength
  • Building Sustainable Business Communities - A Small Business Workshop and Networking Event - Emerald & Moranbah
  • Website Development Project for Small Businesses - linking Schools with Industry
  • Linking SME's to Success - A Community Foundation Partnership
  • Community Foundation Advisory Committee seeks business representation
  • BMA Local Buying Program - online survey
  • Important information regarding supplier registration details
  • Business Community Updates

 

Upcoming Events

 

Important Dates

  • 30 May - Community Foundation funding for round 2 closes
  • 31 May - EOI for business representatives on CF Advisory Committee closes
  • 29 August - CF funding for round 3 closes
  • 28 November - CF funding for round 4 closes
Click here to visit the C-Res Website

BMA Local Buying Program goes from strength to strength

The BMA Local Buying Program continues to gain momentum after operating for 9 months.  Some key outcomes reported at the end of the third quarter include:
  • 287 approved C-Res Suppliers
  • 537 Work Instruction created
  • 397 Work Instructions approved
  • Average payment days YTD of 8.8 days from supplier claims to payment
  • Total approved spend was $6.44M
To view the BMA Local Buying Program Quarterly Update YTD March 2013 - click here.

Building Sustainable Business Communities -
A Workshop and Networking Event for Small Businesses

The Local Buying Community Foundation hosted a full-day business development workshop in Emerald in March followed by a small business, industry and BMA networking event.  The workshop attracted more than 50 participants from across the region and included presentations on:  Business planning, HR policies, Online Marketing, Bookkeeping, Tendering and Capability Statement Writing. 

The networking event was just as successful with over 90 business owners, industry representatives and community stakeholders attending. 
 

Workshop presentations are available on the website - click here to view.
A similar workshop and networking event is scheduled for 13 June in Moranbah.  Click here for program and registration information.

Website Development Project for Small Businesses -
Linking Schools and Industry

Secondary school IT students from Capella SHS, Dysart SHS and Moranbah SHS have signed up to participate in a website development project linking schools with industry.  These students will be gaining valuable real life experiences working for  businesses creating websites that businesses can choose to register and go live.  This project is funded by the Local Buying Community Foundation and delivered by TM3 Training Solutions in partnership with CHDC and Youth Invest.  It is anticipated that Blackwater and Emerald secondary schools will participate in the project in the next phase assisting local 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

TM3 Training Solutions has been successful in their application for a Community Foundation "Building Sustainable Business Communities" partnership grant aimed at "Linking SME's to Success" in Moranbah and Dysart. 

TM3 Training Solutions aims to provide business education and training through subsidised targeted workshops in the areas of e-commerce, social media, basic bookkeeping, basic computer skills, and business planning.    Businesses will be able to attend group courses as well as participating in one-on-one training/mentoring.  To register your interest in this program, email Melissa.westcott@tm3trainingsolutions.com.au

For more information on Community Foundation funding guidelines and EOI funding form - click here.

Community Foundation Advisory Committee seeks business representation

A critical element of the BMA Local Buying Program is the Community FoundationThe establishment of the Community Foundation Advisory Committee (CFAC) ensures founding 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). 

More information on the Community Foundation is available on www.localbuying.com.au/community

Interested representatives from small to medium businesses across the program footprint are required to lodge an EOI for positions:

  1. Small Business Representative – 1 from each footprint community
  2. Medium Business Representative – 1 position from any community or across communities
Click here for EOI form.  Completed forms to be emailed to info@localbuying.com.au by 5pm on 31st May.

BMA Local Buying Program - online survey

BMA and C-Res are undertaking research to understand the perceptions and the impact of the BMA Local Buying Program. The purpose of the research is to identify and track the impact of the program as well as its potential value to local businesses and the community.  The survey provides an opportunity for community feedback supporting future program development and improvement.  The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) has been appointed to undertake this research. ACCSR is a specialised research and management consultancy.
 
In order to ensure all views are captured we are inviting a broad range of local business and community stakeholders to participate.  You may receive an email shortly asking you to participate in this survey.

Important Information Regarding Supplier Registration

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.
 
Updating Supplier Details:

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 change your service areas you will need to notify C-Res.

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.  This 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
· Contact Details
 
If any suppliers  would like to make changes to their registration details , please contact C-Res on info@c-res.com.au or 1800 536 663.

Business Community Updates

Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Workshops:
  • 22 May - Tendering for Government Workshop - EMERALD
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 at  the end of every month.  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 email busk1@bigpond.com
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