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SSC Newspaper : September 2010
By Natalie O’Brien Do you want to improve your sales performance? Ever wondered how Google Search results work? Or perhaps you just want to test your great business idea in the market place. Budding entrepreneurs and small business owners will have a chance to take part in all of these activities – and more – during the annual Small Business September month. Sponsored by the Department of Industry and Investment together with local governments, including the Strathfield Council, the month highlights the importance of small businesses making the most of their skills as well as exploring new technologies and tools to increase their profitability. Small Business September includes more than 300 events around New South Wales and features 150 organisations. Most events are free and all have been designed by industry experts to help owners lift the performance of their businesses. Events in Strathfield include five business workshops: Google Workshops – How to Improve your Online presence and How to Test an Idea (September 27); Business Websites and How to Improve Sales Performance (September 28); and How to Start Your Own Small Business (September 29). Small Business September will be followed by a Business Mentoring program, which will start in early October and run for the rest of the year. Business Mentoring is a 10-week program taught by experts across a range of disciplines such as marketing, finance and management. The program includes weekly sessions covering presentation, group discussion and one-on -one advice. Strathfield mum Fiona Ng is a small business owner who used the mentoring program to kick-start her dream of promoting Australian- made body care products while working from home. “I am the mother of two young children and I wanted to have a better home life balance,” she said. Ng had identified a gap in the market for Australian-made bath and body care products and says the mentoring program gave her the guidance she needed to get started with her online business. She said the course gave her access to marketing and website experts, as well as fostering networking between new and more established business owners. “ We still keep in touch, we all help each other and keep each other up to date with new things,” she said. Strathfield Council’s Business Development Initiative is designed to help local business, no matter where they are in their current growth cycle. Among the initiatives are events intended to help businesses boost their profitability. The events also encourage small business owners to come together and network. Strathfield Small Business Network is another event that gives an opportunity for small business owners to network in a spirit of mutual support, particularly for those who have recently started their business. Bookings for all Small Business September events are essential. Call 97489999 or visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. ■ PERFORMERS WANTED The Strathfield Chamber of Commerce is calling for performers, either individuals or groups, to be part of the 2010 Music @ the Square this December. The annual event takes place on December 4, 11 and 18 at the town square, from 1pm to 8.30pm. Performers are also invited to take part in the Chamber’s Olde Fashioned March Fair in 2011. Contact the secretary on 0432 32 34 39 or email email@example.com for further details. ■ GET INTO GOODIE BAG It is not too late to have your promotional material included in the Strathfield Chamber of Commerce Goodie Bag to be distributed at the Strathfield Council Spring Fair on Sunday October 24. And don’t forget business owners, managers and employees are always welcome to attend the Chamber’s monthly meeting – held at the Westpac Bank on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm. Call the Secretary on 0432 32 34 39 if you plan to attend. Chamber Roundup 14 Strathfield Scene “The course gave me access to marketing and website experts.” – Fiona Ng SEPTEMBER 2010 BUSINESS How to fast track your business – now Fiona Ng, kick starting her dream of making body care products from home. Fiona Ng’s www.daintybelle.com.au is offering a discount on products ordered during September; readers just need to type in the discount coupon code “Strathfield” at the “Redeem Discount Coupon” section and a 10 per cent discount will be applied. REAL ESTATE AGENTS Strathfield Partners Real Estate Agents 6 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9763 2277 www.strathfieldpartners.com.au Richardson & Wrench Strathfield Suite 1, 30-34 Churchill Ave Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9745 2733 www.rwstrathfield.com.au Georges Ellis & Co Suite 5, 58 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9744 7412 www.georgesellis.com.au J & J Realty Partners Pty Ltd Suite 7 level 4, 11 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9746 3344 www.jjrealty.com.au LJ Hooker 2 Albert Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9746 2222 www.ljhooker.com.au/strathfield Raine & Horne Strathfield 1 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9764 4777 www.raineandhorne.com.au/strathfield Regal Court Apartments 20-34 Albert Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9764 6902 SERVICESDIRECTORY REAL ESTATE AGENTS Marvay 32 Coronation Pde, Enfield, NSW 2136 Tel (02) 9715 1665 www.marvay.com.au Real Estate Services Shop 2A, 15 Parnell St, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9744 5511 www.ress.net.au Sydney Buy Homes Suite 7/12 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9764 2999 Unique Property Real Estate Suite 9 Level 1/ 11 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9763 7277 www.unique-property.com VSATown&Country 181 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9758 7500 PAINTERS AND DECORATORS David Surgenor 51 Rickard Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0417 244 500 I Do Painting PO Box 3271, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0404 040 089 www.idopainting.com.au Inner West Handy Services PO Box 1352, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0400 350 428 REMOVALISTS Eden Express Unit 702/7 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9746 2488 LAWYERS Butlers Law Group Suite 8, Level 2, 15 Parnell St Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9744 3900 Hall Partners Suite 1, Level 5, 11 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9764 3561 www.hallpartners.com.au Shanahans Solicitors Level 1/15 Parnell St, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9744 3755 www.shanahans.com.au Garry Seo & Associates Suite 2E, 9-13 Redmyre Rd Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9763 5977 O’Hara & Company Level 1, 58 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9745 3511 YARD SERVICES Top Cut Lawn & Garden Care 21 Coronation Pde, Strathfield 2135 Tel 0418 404 508 PLUMBERS Flamminio Plumbing Services 31 High St, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0419 273 244 ELECTRICIANS Grahame True Electrician 4 Strathlora St, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0418 252 200 BJ Electrical 8 Smallwood Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0412 000 735 CLEANING ATM Cleaning Management Suite 7, Level 6 Strathfield Plaza 11 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9763 2344 Clean & Tidy Australia Unit 4/1-4 The Cresent Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9746 6611 Lpk Services Pty Ltd 11 Cave Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9742 6197 Safe Group Australia Pty Ltd PO Box 1513, Strathfield 2135 Tel 0433 217 781 ASAP Carpet Cleaning Tel 0424 292 200 SS#4 014-015 business.indd 14 9/09/10 6:19 PM