Category Archives: Business Association Initiatives

These posts will bring updates on what is happening in the Central Eastern Business Association (CEBA), Swan Chamber of Commerce and also the Small Business Centres in Stirling and Midland and CCIWA.

The Tasty Pear is the Peoples Choice!!

At the recent 2016 CEBA Business Awards The Tasty Pear in Hawaiian Bassendean Shopping Centre was the surprise winner of the peoples choice award!  That is, it was a surprise for the three proud owners Gill, Chantel and Kate but to many others the Tasty Pear was the obvious winner and well deserved!

They then went on to the Best Start-Up Award as well!

The awards evening was a terrific relaxed cocktail event where 80 people gathered to share stories and celebrate terrific achievements and results. The diverse range of entries and winners illustrated so well the potential and possibilities our region holds.

The overall winner went to Jade Lewis & Friends. This not-for-profit organisation has developed a range of programs to counter drug addiction amongst teenagers, female offenders, school age kids and family programs as well.

for a full list of all the winners please go to the CEBA site here



Awards Cocktail Evening

business-awards-celebrateThose business awards that we’ve been promoting over the last few weeks reach their conclusion on Friday 25 November.

The judges will have done their judging and at a Cocktail evening at The Rise in Maylands they’ll be announcing the winners under the 8 categories: Best Service Based Business, Best Retail Business, Best Franchise Business, Best Start-up (New) Business, Best Home Based Business, Best Commercial Enterprise, Best Environmentally Sustainable Business, Best Community Not-for-Profit Organisation

And who from Bassendean will pick up an award?  You’ll have to come along and find out!

But as we have maintained all along, all entries in the awards are winners regardless of whether they pick up the gong on the night.

Tackling all those questions can be a little bit sticky, like being able to write an overview of your business, thinking about business planning, describing your target market, what’s your customer service like and how do you look after your staff,  automatically put you and your business ahead of many competitors who neglect to ask themselves the same questions.  Time and again we hear operators saying the process its self was the most rewarding!

But winning does have its own unique rewards too. Having a trophy to display at home or in the shop is pretty cool plus extra publicity is provided through a link up with all the other Business Associations and Chambers in the eastern metro region and jointly featuring the finest businesses in the EMRC Business Exemplar Project.

To ensure you don’t miss out of the fun, register here to secure your ticket


Calling all Home Based Businesses

home-is-where-your-wifi-connects-automatically-t-shirts-tote-bagWorking from home is fun. Well maybe not all the time right?

Many of you probably feel a little anonymous or undiscovered?

You are all doing great things while you juggle crampt conditions or second job or looking after your partner and the children and the dog or all of the above !!

Well, why not try out for a Business Award? You deserve it.

With just a few days left before the opportunity passes for another year you should go to the CEBA web site and have a look.

Prominently  featured  on the front page the 2016 Awards are open right now.

Entering couldn’t be easier and it’s free!

If you have any  questions or need help we are just a phone call away….(William Barry – Economic Development: 9377 8000) or leave a message below.  I’ll get back to you straight away.

Just 10 Days to go....

2-stop-looking-at-the-obstacle-and-see-the-opportunityThe 2016 Business Awards will be gone before you know it.

The closing date is Friday 4th November**

So don’t hesitate or think too long about it.

Now’s the opportunity to give it a go and you never know what you might end up with!

Download the information pack and submit your entry form all on line at CEBA

** If you’re vying for Peoples Choice Award that has got a way to go yet -. It closes on Friday 18th November!

Cork & Bottle Sundowner ~ CEBA Business Awards

cb-sun1Beginning an awards submission may seem a daunting process especially when you have a million other tasks on your ‘To Do’ list.  But in reality, the time spent entering awards is more of an investment than a cost.

Even if you don’t take home first prize, being a part of the whole experience can be incredibly rewarding.


This is an invitation to bring a colleague to Cork & Bottle and learn about the 2016 CEBA Business Awards and put a strategy together to enter.

  • Whole new entry platform being launched this year
  • Get tips on what the judges are looking for
  • 8 award categories including Home Based, Retail, Franchise, Start-Up, Service Based and more.
  • Speakers include Steve Fletcher/Stuart Ridgway proprietors of Cork & Bottle, Greg Pound, Chairman of CEBA, previous winners of CEBA Business Awards.

cb-sun2Join us for drinks and Networking

  • WHERECork & Bottle, 77 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean
  • RSVP – [email protected]
  • COST – Free
  • Welcome drink and selection of bites and treats provided

The 2016 CEBA BUSINESS AWARDS are open until 4.00pm, 4th November 2016. Winners and runners up will be announced at the Gala Cocktail Evening 25th November 2016.  All entries are via the website Download the entry pack

What sets you apart?

ceba-2016-business-awardsBefore the 4th November, put aside a couple hours and consider your marketing, your customer service, the improvements and goals you have for your business and you will be well on your way to completing a submission for the Central Eastern Business Association (CEBA) Business Awards.

The Town of Bassendean has supported these awards from the outset and strongly recommends all businesses owners to give it a go.

This year the association has made big strides in simplifying the entry process.  Follow this link here to find tips on how to enter, the entry package, and the entry portal itself.

The questions are straight forward and you will gain a great insight into your own business from just completing the submission form.

Figure out what sets you apart from the crowd!

Inside Hoffman Engineering

inside-hofmann-engineeringsqHofmann Engineering, Bassendean is one of Australia’s most successful precision engineering businesses. And next week Eric Hofmann, Managing Director is providing an inside into this exceptional organisation. Also in attendance will be Minister for Small Business Sean L’Estrange and Mayor John Gangell.

This is a perfect opportunity to join up with colleagues and share your knowledge and learn from one of the greats operating right here in our midst.


WHERE: Hofmann Engineering Pty. Ltd – 3 Alice Street, Bassendean, WA 6054

Cost: Free

REGISTER (Essential): here

CEBA Business Awards 2016

ceba-awards-launch-2016sqsmThe launch for this years Business Awards is just around the corner. That is, they are being held near by in City of Bayswater and they’re being held soon – Friday 23rd September!

There are a number of changes and improvements which have been implemented into the program this year, for a start the Gala Dinner will run as a Cocktail evening instead.

But the Town of Bassendean sponsorship remains as does the support of the City of Bayswater and there will be the friendly rivalry between us to see how many winners each of us can generate!  Together we are enthusiastic on seeing lots of entries and submissions from our huge number of small to medium businesses.

Come along to this launch and learn about what’s involved in making a submission, what are the prizes and what are the benefits for the effort required.

Register here


Training in your business


Apprenticeship AustraliaAs part of your recruitment and training strategy, have you considered apprenticeships and traineeships?

Investing in training through apprenticeships or traineeships can provide your business with real benefits.

With over 500 qualifications across all industries, ranging from Certificate II through to Advanced Diploma level, there is a qualification to suit everyone from front-line staff, office administrators and management.

If you are interested, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA)  and there to help you:

  • Identify suitable training options to skill your staff
  • Access candidates through a Jobs Board on
  • Determine eligibility for financial incentives or benefits
  • To sign up apprentices and trainees and manage the training contract
  • With Offer ongoing support
  • Access mentoring support for you and your apprentices/trainees throughout the training period.

To follow up, contact Kiara-Jean.Archer: [email protected]

Social Media (Facebook) Training

Della Cornish

Presenter Della Cornish heads up her own consultancy Social Ekho and has wide experience

CEBA are offering a terrific opportunity for any Facebook novices to get a good grip on what this phenomena is all about.  Allow two hours (8am to 10am) and $49 or $69 (Members or Non Members) to come away with all the know how you need to get started and whet your appetite for this marvelous marketing tool.