A number of successful events have been held over the past few months.
A Bella Vista Business Alliance Coffee Morning was held on the 29th August in the premises generously provided by our Venue Partner - Amway. "5-Minute Business Wisdom" Speakers included Doug Bladon and Susan Tanner from ANZ Business Banking Norwest. Another Coffee Morning was held under the auspices of Macquarie Park Business Alliance in the Macquarie University Incubator on the 20th September. Presentation included a video about office printing equipment by Mitronics, a Business Alliance Australia preferred supplier.
Coffee Mornings attracted a number of new startup businesses, as well a lot of businesses keen to engage with the local business community and learn more about Business Alliance Australia. Our Coffee Morning events are completely free of charge to first time visitors.
The Bella Vista Business Alliance Business After Hours event was held on the 11th October at The Hills Shire Council and included a presentation on innovation by Dr Michelle Byrne, Mayor of The Hills Shire Council, special guest The Hon Alex Hawke MP and a live presentation on new era marketing concepts by Tracey Jewel via remote link from Perth.
Stay put for more events! There are two more events planned before the end of the year - a Business After Hours networking event at Kellyville Pets, November 13th, the biggest pet shop in Australia and Business Alliance Australia Christmas Party on the 13th December in the iconic Cropley House. For more information and to register, or to sign up to our regular e-newsletters please visit www.businessalliance.com.au
Greenwood Group Realtors
Tim Foster-Greenwood from Greenwood Group Realtors will be celebrating 37 years in the Real Estate Industry soon. He is very passionate about Real Estate and has some exciting opportunities coming up in Glenorie with 13 big subdivisions that include stunning Blue Mountain views, will shortly start marketing affordable priced real estate in QLD and has numerous other interesting properties currently on the market. Tim has a wealth of knowledge of the industry and is also very savvy when it comes to selling smart homes. Tim loves his Rugby Union and supports his beloved South African Springboks and of course The Wallabies. He is a Kellyville Local, Grandfather of two, loves swimming. He is a strong supporter for the Sydney Metro Northwest project in progress and thinks it will bring more growth and potential for development to the Hills District.
Cropley House were celebrating their grand opening on the 17th of October 2018. It was an exciting event to remember. Cropley House are set up to cater for conferences breakfast, lunch and dinner presentations. The stunning venue will be showing off their Wedding facilities at Their Wedding Open Day's on the 3rd and 24th November, and 8th of December 2018. Cropley House have beautiful gardens with plenty of room for children to run around making it a perfect venue for family events such as christenings as well.
Sydney Electrical Contractors
We would like to congratulate Connie Vlassopoulos and Robert Theodoridis from Sydney Electrical Contractors for being awarded a certificate of commendation at the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) 2018 Excellence Awards for Small Contracting Business Company. The NECA Awards are very prestigious and are the equivalent to The Logies in the electrotechnology industry. The NECA Awards Night at The Star in Sydney celebrated quality, technology, innovation, management, WHS and commercial expertise within the industry. Robert and Connie are absolutely delighted with this achievement from this recognition provided by leading experts within their industry. It verifies all the hard work that they put into their business and their employees. They are dedicated to creating a positive atmosphere for their employees, celebrating achievements, rewarding diligence and providing ongoing professional development. Sydney Electrical Contractors are passionate small business advocates and their contribution has resulted in growth and expansion throughout Sydney.
Bright Accounting and Taxation Services
Leo Colgar from Bright Accounting and Taxation Services has had a significant achievement recently. Leo attained a new client three months ago with more than ten years overdue tax returns. The client always worked in very high corporate positions in that period, so the amount of income that was calculated for him was pretty significant, including his salaries plus profit shares, etc.
Solving the case involved working together with a tax lawyer as always. The figures were prepared and presented to the ATO. After the lodgements, ATO reviewed the figures and decided not to charge the client any penalties. This was a great success by itself alone. On top of that, a successful negotiation with ATO resulted in the reduction of the interest from $3.6m to $1.6m.
Moreover, the ATO gave the client a chance to pay the whole amount in two instalments, one in October, the second one in January. The total amount the client needs to pay is now $4m, while it was $6m originally - a literal saving of $2m.
Recently Steven Brown from Etienne Lawyers was asked to deliver a presentation to businesses on the benefits of protecting the business's intellectual property. He was asked to make it interesting. Interesting it was. Rather than a presentation, Steven developed an entertaining game: Commercialisation.
The game consists of each player:
- having a game board in front of them
- being given a starting cash flow
- being told of the scenario of them being in charge of a business that has developed a new product that the business is marketing
- being told of the IP they could protect and the costs of protecting their IP.
The players then have to determine how much of their limited cash starting pot they use to protect their valuable IP and how much they keep for working capital to produce the product to sell and make a profit.
Commercialisation is played over 4 rounds. Each round discusses real-life issues of a business that has IP to protect and deals with the real-life issues of how competitors try and defeat the IP protection of your business.