Protect your business from scams

ASIC are sending out reminders and advice on the constant threat of scammers for business.

As a business owner, it’s important to learn how to protect yourself and your business from scams. Many scammers will imitate government departments to try and lure you into giving them valuable information and paying false payments.

Scams targeting ASIC customers

Recently there have been a number of scams targeting customers of ASIC. Customers are being contacted via email by scammers pretending to be ASIC staff requesting payment of fees and personal information to renew their business or company name.

The emails from scammers can often contain a link to an invoice with fake payment details or infect your computer with malware. Emails claiming to be from ASIC are probably a scam if it asks you to:

  • make payments over the phone
  • make payments to receive refunds
  • provide credit and bank details directly by email or phone.

To learn more, including what to do if you’re unsure whether an email is from ASIC, check out ASIC’s information on Scams targeting ASIC customers.

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Were you in the dark?

Don’t forget if you suffered losses from the power outage a couple of weeks ago, make sure to lodge a claim with Western Power. You have up to 60 days from when the power came back on.

There are possibly two claims forms to investigate.

For loss of goods there is a damage claim form. You need to note down the items lost and the rough cost of these.

If it was in addition out for more than 12 hours, there is the extended outage payment scheme form. This is the standard payment of $80.00.

Also, it is worth noting in the the event that a claim is unsuccessful with Western Power and you want to apply to your insurance, your insurance company will want confirmation from Western Power that a recorded outage occurred on that date. Either way you will need to go through the claims process. The links are here:

Morley Drive & Tonkin disruption 17 ~ 20 Feb

The heavy rain last week put a halt to the planned road works at Morley drive.

They are now promising to carry out the works this weekend.  Be prepared!! Expect speed restrictions on the Tonkin (which will stay open) but slimmed down to one lane each way.

Morley Drive will be closed in the vicinity of the Tonkin Hwy for the whole weekend.  Diversions for traffic is mapped out here

Over the weekend the contractors will build a bypass for Morley Drive. This will allow the construction of the huge roundabout which will be the new connection for Morley Drive to the Tonkin Hwy.

The details are as follows: 8pm Friday 17 February to 5am Monday 20 February

  • Morley Drive closed between Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North (left-in left-out access to local residents only).
  • Tonkin Highway will remain open with a single lane in each direction. Access to Tonkin Highway will be available at Benara and Collier Roads.
  • Bus services on Morley Drive between Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North will be impacted. For more information visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.

Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time as delays are expected. Signed detours will be in place, and speed limits are reduced within the construction zone. For alternative routes and road impacts see www.northlinkwa.com.au or call 1800 748 642.

NBN underway

So what jobs will the future bring?On the 20th December the Town of Bassendean received a construction and activity notice to advise that the telecommunications network infrastructure forming part of the National Broadband (NBN) will commence 30th December 2016.

This will be first apparent in the Eden Hill area and I’ve had a call already this morning (9 Jan) confirming that indeed the crew are on site and getting the job done!!!

NBN have outlined the following anticipated impact to the verge adjacent to residential properties caused by the works and the proposed remediation works that will be undertaken:

ANTICIPATED EFFECT:

  • Limited disturbance to ground surfaces such as footpaths, grass road verge and sandy soils.
  • Slight disruption to pedestrian and vehicular traffic flows due to small crews working to install the telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Minor noise and dust generation.
  • Short term restriction to property access.

PROPOSED REMEDIATION:

  • Construction to be confined to footways and established telecommunication alignments.
  • Contractors will follow all applicable industry standards in the installation of its facilities.
  • Care and appropriate precautions taken at all times to ensure public safety.
  • Reinstatement of all road surfaces and pathways to a condition that is similar to its condition before the activity began.

Benara Rd Diversions

As part of the Tonkin Highway upgrade from Guildford Road to Reid Highway, Benara Road will become a flyover over Tonkin Highway.

To construct the new flyover, traffic has been diverted onto a temporary bypass road.  to enable completion of the next stage of works, Tonkin Highway will be realigned with the following to occur:

8pm Friday 13 January to 5am Monday 16 January

  • Benara Road closed between Beechboro Road North and Crimea Street.
  • Tonkin Highway will remain open. However, there will be no access to Benara Road.
  • Access for local residents will be maintained. There will be left-in, left-out access to Benara Road from Crimea Street and Beechboro Road North. Local residents can also access their homes via surrounding local roads.

Road users are asked to use alternative routes to access Benara Road this weekend, as shown in this map.

 

Northlink Collier Rd disruption

On going work on the Tonkin Highway will cause some major disruptions this coming weekend (8pm Friday 16 December to 5am Monday 19 December)

The attached map illustrates the complicated detour arrangements which will be in place.

Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time as delays are expected. If possible try and make alternative arrangements to avoid the area.

  • Collier Road closed between Grey/Jackson Street and Spencer Street (access to local businesses only).
  • Tonkin Highway will remain open. However, there will be no access to Collier Road.
  • Bus services on Collier Road between Grey/Jackson Street and Beechboro Road South will be impacted. For more information visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.
  • There will be NO ACCESS FOR RESTRICTED ACCESS VEHICLES to the surrounding business/industrial area via Collier Road. For more information, visit mainroads.wa.gov.au/UsingRoads/HeavyVehicles.

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!