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.

CEBA-rian networking breakfast ~ Dome Bassendean

CEBAriansqWednesday 13th January, will see the second networking breakfast here in Bassendean (Dome Café – upstairs)

This idea is the brainchild of Greg Pound at CEBA. He’s been hosting them for 6 months already at Fast Eddies in Morley and they are really taking off.

It’s very straight forward. There is minimal structure to it and its fairly free flowing. You don’t have to be a member of CEBA either.  You all introduce yourselves briefly and there’s a theme planned based on feedback from around the table.

This meeting will focus on understanding the real needs of your customer. Retailers in particular will connect with this and perhaps benefit the most, but we all need customers.

It brings the whole role of CEBA back to its roots and original purpose. Bringing passionate business people together to learn from each other and build connections.

They’ll be run monthly, second Wednesday of the month.

If this sounds like something you would like to check out, we’ll be upstairs at Dome, Bassendean from 7.00am Wednesday 13th January.

There’s no charge, but book anyway through Meetups here.

It's Good to Talk

Kirstin BouseAs Christmas quickly approaches it is time once again for the CEBA End of year Luncheon.

Filling out the occasion will be the AGM plus a guest speaker Kirstin Bouse.

Kirstin heads up Life Resolutions which took out the top award at this years CEBA Business Awards.  Although the business is relatively new, Kirstin has been a psych for twenty years. Her focus is helping people in all walks of life to adjust well to their surroundings and challenges.  Something which probably all of us can gain from.

A theme which in a way mirrors the theme of CEBA: to open up a little and share your ideas and plans with your friends underlines Life Resolutions.  In CEBA we call it networking but it runs a little deeper for Kirstin but I think the ultimate benefits are shared

When: Tues 8th December

Time: 12 mid day – 2.00pm

Where: Wellington Room, Morley Sport and Rec Centre, Wellington Rd, Morley

Price: $55 or $66 (members/ non members)


Networking Breakfast - all things marketing

All things marketingThis is the first meeting of what we hope will be a regular gathering of people who are passionate about doing better business.

The focus of each meeting will be on “All Things Marketing” 

It’s a collaboration with CEBA.  There will be a presenter/speaker and then we open it out to the floor.  It’s informal,

We meet at Dome, Bassendean between 7am – 9.00am.

Date: Wednesday, 25th November 2015.

No charge, just buy your own coffee and food if you want to.

Places are limited. Full details and registration here please


Nominate for 2015 CEBA Business Awards

2015-Business-Awards-Launch.jpgThe Central Eastern Business Association (CEBA) Business Awards are great trophies to display and they’re proof to astute customers that they’re in good hands.

The awards are open to all businesses in the inner eastern region from Maylands, Inglewood, Dianella, Morley, Bayswater to Eden Hill, Bassendean and Ashfield and since their inception Bassendean business have graced the stage to receive a number of awards including Best Retail Business – (2011); Best Home Based Business – Kidzabuzz (2011), Best Online Business – (2013); Best New Business – Tall Style (2013); Best Business of the Year – (2013) and Best Environmentally Sustainable Business – TADWA (2014), with many more filling runners up spots too.

Mayor John Gangell when presenting the Award sponsored by the Town at last year’s gala dinner praised all entrants, emphasising that all participants gain from entering these awards, whether or not they receive a prize. It is really the singular exercise of honestly answering the questions posed for entry package. Read more

Swan Connect Economic Conference

Swan Connect2Hot on the heels of the Federal and State Budgets, the Swan Chamber of Commerce is hosting a one day conference focusing on the future of the regional economy.

The conference will be opened by Premier Colin Barnett and keynote speakers and panellists include Hon Christian Porter MP; Michael Carter, State Director of Austrade; and business leaders Dr Glen Power, CEO, Midland Hospital, Brad Geatches, CEO Perth Airport; Dale Alcock, property developer; John Garland of Garland International R.E. and many others. 

This is a chance to talk about the major projects that will change the face of this region in the years to come. Sessions will look at the new economic drivers in our region, the residential growth and how the new hospital and a university will greatly increase the diversity of the region, making it a much more desirable area to live and work.

More often than not, business owners/operators are so busy just running their businesses and, in today’s economic climate, trying to survive, but this is a chance to consider how to adjust business practises to make the most of new markets.

The target audience is local business large and small; investors both within the region, Perth based, national & international; and businesses that may be looking to relocate or expand to Swan.

Registration and full details can be found on their web site here

CEBA Business Awards 2015

CEBA Business Awards

Bassendean based business have always been well represented over the years amongst the winners of these awards.

The exciting local business awards from CEBA are on again this year.

The Town of Bassendean is once more getting involved and is a major sponsor. Along with the City of Bayswater and a number of other major supporters, the Town is actively encouraging all locally based businesses to get involved.

The launch is being held on the 12th May and then businesses have approximately 10 weeks to get their applications in for consideration. The winners are announced at a gala dinner on 21 August.;

Improvements and changes are always being made to these awards to make them more relevant and valuable to both CEBA and to local businesses. Of note this year, the association has introduced a “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Community Based Business”.

The People’s Choice Award will be managed through the associations Facebook page and the general public will be prompted to get on line and vote for their favourite local business!

All details and registration packs are being prepared for the launch at the City of Bayswater. Then they’ll be available on line or by contacting the CEBA Office (Here) or through the Town of Bassendean ED Office (by leaving a comment below)

Up Date for Energy Cut

Energy cut BassendeanOn Thursday, 2 April, a group of about 20 people gathered in the Council meeting room to meet and listen to Jon Dee and hear the message of energy reduction.

He crammed a lot in to his 40 minutes and if he was allowed, could have spoken for 140 minutes! Amongst his audience there was a garden centre, a health clinic, a plumbing business, a funeral home, waste management business, a real estate agent and many others and he inspired everyone with the constant ideas, examples and suggestions which are detailed in his book.

Some of his key messages for me were,

  • We need to keep in touch with technology. There are improvements coming through in technology constantly.
  • The real savings lie in branded products not the cheap ones (think of supermarket light globes as opposed to Phillips or Osram for example).
  • Savings and improvements can be made incrementally (to fit your cash flow) and
  • One of the most important points – the payback period is getting really short. A beautiful example he used was from a bookshop (ABC shop) in Albany who he met just a few days ago, had replaced all the lighting in the shop to LED’s and also put in a some relatively small solar panels. The combined savings for the business were $20,000 per annum and he would recoup his outlay within two years.
  • There is an electronic version of his book.  In fact his web site is very well designed to take you directly to the topics that you are interested in.

Energy cut Bassendean2He left the Town with four copies of his book: “The 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in your Business” to give away. The books include over a 100 case studies of savings achieved by real business here in Australia. The book is peppered with facts and figures and ideas. There are guidelines on what to look out for when choosing a device, explanation behind certain decisions, promotion of technology which has been developed in Australia and much more.

The reader cannot but help make savings from this book!  If you would like a copy make a request through the comments below.

He has promised to come back again in the not too distant future and hopefully it will be on a more suitable day then the night before the Easter long weekend!

Energy Cut: The Economic Benefits to Energy Efficiency

  • crowdTime: 5.30pm,
  • Date: Thursday 2 April
  • Venue: Community Hall, 48 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Eventbrite/Energy Cut

Guest speaker John Dee, will give a presentation to coincide with the launch of the Energy Cut guidebook covering: How to use energy efficiency to improve the profitability, resilience and value of your business.

  • How to use the Energy Cut Guidebook, the 100+ case studies and the 20 step Guide it contains to assist businesses in cutting energy bills by 10-30%. A free hardcopy of the book will be provided to attendees.
  • Will discuss topics such as lighting, air-conditioning, office equipment, and transportation.
  • How day-to-day decision making can make the difference in your business’s bottom-line.

Jon is one of Australia’s most influential figures on social and environmental issues. He is a co-founder of Planet Ark, which he championed for 15 years and DoSomething and Australian of the Year in 2010 in NSW.

Jon is a strong advocate for energy efficiency, has produced and directed over 300 environmentally themed TV and radio adverts, and was the national media front person for the Australian release of Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ documentary. This said, Jon purports that his 458-page Energy Cut Guidebook does not mention the environment or climate change, it focuses on the business case for energy efficiency.

Jon is a prolific public speaker. Within Australia and overseas, he regularly gives keynote speeches on social and environmental issues. He also gives speeches to corporations about change management, sustainability, waste, and energy efficiency.

This is now a free event.  To attend please follow these links to register and to ensure we have sufficient catering.  We’ll have some beverages which will be in keeping with it being a start of a long weekend.

Register HERE

Planet Ark founder throws a rope to business

web site sqA sundowner with a difference here. A passionate and inspiring speaker served up with gourmet pizza made to order by local PortaPizza and local beer Nail Ale, wine and soft drinks!

Jon Dee , co-founder of Planet Ark, never does things by half. Through his strong business nous he has raised more than $20million in his career, enrolled support of global figures and inspired 1,000’s of people across the country with his numerous projects in the last three decades.

Energy Cut is one of these projects and with Federal Government funding in his pocket, endorsement from Minister for Environment, Greg Hunt and support by the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) the campaign, the web site and the book were officially launched in Canberra on March 17th. He’ll be in Perth only briefly and in collaboration with Central Eastern Business Association (CEBA) the Town of Bassendean is hosting a business sundowner for the benefit of all the Eastern Perth Region.

When you register for this sundowner you will also receive a free copy of his 458 page book with over 100 real world case studies and Jon Dee will take you through some of the many ways that business can improve their bottom line by reducing energy uses which are outlined in the book.

CEBA Business Breakfast

ceba papadoulisFree Publicity in a media saturated world. Getting your name out there, getting your message across is so important but can be stubbornly hard to achieve.

Being the best in your business is no longer a guarantee for success, it’s making sure people know about you and keep reminding them.

Come along to this breakfast, learn some tips on how to do it for free and pull together a strategy so that it doesn’t feel overwhelming and frustrating!

  • Presenter: Sue Papadoulis
  • When: Wednesday, 18 February 2015 from 7:00 AM
  • Cost: Members/Non-Members $35.00/$45.00
  • Where: Coventry’s Seafood Bar & Grill
  • Ticket & Registration Link: CEBA web site