In the Trump world “the deal’ is an economic outcome – full stop – period. For Social Capitalists however there’s more. They generate profit to further social and environmental goals as well.
Social enterprises are businesses that invest in community. Rather than maximising private profit, they want to make the world – or at least their community – a better place.
In the present climate this might sound idealistic, yet it is estimated that Social enterprise activity constitutes 2- 3% of GDP, that there are 20,000 social enterprises operating in Australia alone and this number has grown at a rate of 37% over the past 5 years. Other research (Nielsen) found that 50% of people are willing to pay more “to companies who give back”.
Australian social entrepreneurs operate in all markets from the local to the international and in all sectors.
If this stimulates your interest check out this workshop by FACET happening on 5th April. Featuring a broad range of international and local social entrepreneurs including globally recognised social entrepreneur Amy Carter-James and Gene Hardy of Cape to Cape Tours and many others.
The workshop is designed present experience and share knowledge to empower you to use it in your business.
- Giving Back: Tourism Social Entrepreneurship
- 9.00am – 5.00pm, 5 April 2017
- Matilda Bay on the River, Crawley
- $260 pp.
- Full details and registration here
Minimising carbon production is not just good for the planet but also where future business opportunities can be found.
Come along to this two hour seminar with valuable speakers including Peter Newman, Curtin University on Auto Dependent Cities and Dermot Costello, Clean Energy Council presenting on Battery storage and
alternative energy initiatives.
- DATE: Friday, 28 October 2016
- TIME: 9.30am to 11.30am
- LOCATION: EMRC, 226 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont 6104
- RSVP: By Friday 21 October 2016
- by email or phone 9424 2216
- COST: Free
a good business decision Transport and Alternative Energy for a Low Carbon Future
Once, you wouldn’t dream of starting a business without a phone, that’s now been replaced by a social media presence.
Follow the links here to register for a a free two hour workshop at Bassendean Memorial Library, 17th November 2015.
We make our assumptions because we’ve got our degree, or because we’ve got experience, or because that’s just tradition. . . .
But how much do we test them and more importantly how often do we test them?
This thought was generated after receiving my daily email from Bernadette Jiwa and the Story of Telling. Bernadette leads a crusade with a singular message: The customer is the guiding light for retail business success. The frustrating thing about customers though is they’re not all the same and worse is they don’t stay the same.
The core of her technique is: talk to your customer, listen to them and get to know them.
Customers have vagaries. They have attitudes, wishes, ideas, philosophies, values. And these influence their day. These influence how much they’re going to spend and where they’re going to spend it.
Consider subscribing to the Story of Telling emails. The brief emails will help guide you in how to talk to your customers. To get you going here’s a list (Courtesy of the SBDC) of ideas for Small Business retailers and looking after customers.
If you own a pub, or a medical centre, a hair salon, a beauty salon, a book shop, a charity shop, or if you operate tourism train excursions, or you are a politician, a restaurateur, a real estate agent, a news agent, a chemist, a butcher then sign up for this. This forum will help you take a fresh look at the Old Perth Road Markets. It will seed ideas to generate extra sales and make the benefits last longer than just the time the markets are operating.
- When: 6.00pm, Tue 26 May 2015
- Where: Westpac Bassendean (On the corner of Old Perth Rd and West Rd)
- Cost: $25.00 (+$1.61 booking fee)
- Presenter: Juliet Borshoff, Principal of Design Merchants
- Catering: Light supper and refreshments included
- Flier and Registration: Please click here.
The Old Perth Road Markets have been running for over four year. They feature 65 to 100 stalls and attract 2,000 to 6,000 visitors primarily from a 5km radius of the Town. Research has shown that a significant attraction of the markets is the atmosphere. And the atmosphere is a combination of the individual stalls, the entertainment and the street and shops.
While only one section of the Old Perth Road hosts the markets, operators up and down the street can take advantage of them. Flier can be downloaded here
The Perth Autumn Festival is in full swing and it involves a range of activities from markets through to shows and small community activities. They are all promoted professionally under the banner of the Perth Autumn Festival.
This year there is a strong push to promote push bikes! And if your cafe or restaurant is bike friendly – get on the web site and get some free publicity.
Attached is the logo that will be associated with bikefriendly cafes and events. You will see this symbol on the Perth’s Autumn Festival flyer. At the Markets this Sunday their portable bicycle racks and bikefriendly banners will be on display and a bike maintenance course will be offered at a discount price of just $10.00.
To be considered bikefriendly a café or restaurant must:
- Have suitable and ample bike parking close to the café
- Must not have dress code that excludes people on bikes (i.e. exercise attire)
To add your cafe or restaurant as a bikefriendly cafe please email a photo of your bicycle parking to [email protected]
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.
He 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!
The effervescent and local resident Kim Veale is delivering a workshop over two consecutive Saturdays in April. Based on the global phenomenon of Social Enterprises she will inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in you to take the plunge with your unique business idea.
Social Enterprises go further than philanthropy or just having a social orientation with the business activities. It is eco-balancing, embracing life cycle assessment of products and making a positive return to society across the whole organisation.
Although still in its infancy, there are some great examples of social enterprises in Perth including Dismantle which operates a bike repair service to office workers in the CBD and redirects all net profits to engagement programs for at-risk young people in WA and Kim’s own “Organic Waste Solutions” which collects food waste from office buildings, to feed its worm farms and distributes the resulting quality fertilizer to community gardens to grow fresh produce.
Kim is a qualified trainer and a business mentor with the global School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Town of Bassendean is hosting her successful workshop – How to build a GOOD business – good for people, good for the planet and good for profit – at the Bassendean Memorial Library on the 11th and 18th April 2015. If you have a passion to do something positive in the world and you have a business idea, now is an opportunity to develop that idea and combine economic profit with purpose.
Download the flier for more information here
To register your attendance click through to Eventbrite
If you work for yourself you have only yourself to worry about and to keep reminding. But if you have a number of staff then it’s doubly hard to get this change happening. It gets complicated.
Jon Dee of Planet Ark fame is travelling the country helping businesses reduce their energy consumption. Jon and his business partner Pat Cash (of Wimbledon fame) moved on from Planet Ark some time ago and in 2009 founded Do Something. They recently received federal funding to promote their latest project “Energy Cut”. The program offers solutions which will all help the bottom line.
We’re talking about reducing the cost of lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, transport and equipment.
A high profile environmentalist like Jon (he was also NSW Australian of the Year 2010) has the ability to attract attention and “Energy Cut” has got quite a following.
The Town of Bassendean is investigating a possible forum in our region where Jon will make a presentation. Each person who attends an Energy Cut talk receives a free copy of the book Energy Cut: The 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business. Written by Jon Dee EnergyCut.info/jondeebio, the book will be available in both hard copy and eBook formats.
Following are links to preview some of the material created for this project
Tip Sheet: EnergyCut.info/tipsheet_business
Case Study: EnergyCut.info/casestudy_business
For the month of February (from 2nd to 27th February 2015) the Department of Commerce through the Innovation Centre WA are offering the Innovations Vouchers Program. This scheme invites applicants from small to medium enterprises (SME’s) with proposals for improvements in technology, products, services or business operations that lead to distinct competitive advantage or productivity gain.
An independent committee will judge the applicants and in May will announce the best ideas and reward them with vouchers up to the value of $20,000.
These funds can be used for technical development, compliance testing, engineering design work, technology transfer and protection of intellectual property, legal advice and commercialisation support services and more.
This funding might just be the help you need to take that idea of yours to being a real and celebrated product!
Follow the links to find out all the information and frequently asked questions.