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Award Winners - Hayes Girling Financial

Hayes Girling Financial recognised with Count Financials’ 2019 Excellence in Client Engagement Award

Hayes Girling Financial has received the 2019 Excellence in Client Engagement Award from Count Financial, in honour of their outstanding achievements in the field of financial advice.

Hayes Girling Financial was chosen from a nominated panel of highly qualified financial advice firms in the Count Financial network at their 2019 annual conference in March. This award recognises firms who have demonstrated exceptional diligence and high-quality financial advice.

Andrew Surman, Managing Director said he was deeply honoured to receive the 2019 Excellence in Client Engagement Award.

“There were so many wonderful candidates, so we were genuinely surprised and humbled to have been chosen,” he said. “We’re grateful for the efforts of our hardworking team and especially for the support of our loyal clients– and we’d like to dedicate this award to them.

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Entries now open for the 2019 Worksafe Awards

It's time to recognise our health, safety and return to work champions!

Victorians with a passion for the health and safety of workers are encouraged to enter this year's WorkSafe Awards.  Nominate yourself or your teammates today!

The awards highlight the incredible achievements of businesses and individuals to improve health and safety in the workplace and help those workers who have been injured on the job.

They're also an opportunity for workplaces to share their success stories and show how they are leading the way.

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Boost Your Business Vouchers - Round 3 now open

Boost Your Business Vouchers support Victorian businesses to become more productive, employ more people, improve market access and in general, increase their scale, diversity and profitability.

Vouchers are used by Victorian businesses or organisations in exchange for services that will build their capabilities in three main areas:

  • Market Engagement – services to assist companies and organisations to identify and secure international market development and export opportunities.
  • Innovation – services to assist companies to develop or commercialise new products and improve process innovation.
  • Business Capability – services to assist companies to position them to support future growth.

Round 3 of Boost Your Business is now open and closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 12 May 2019.

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Design2Thrive - Business Transformation Program

Design2Thrive is a revolutionary Victorian Government initiative for Victorian SME and NFP organisations that are keen to drive sustainable, profitable growth.

An interactive 12 month immersion in design-led thinking across strategy, culture, marketing and product design, Design2Thrive uses world’s best practice to educate and empower owners and senior managers to realise their vision, aspirations and successfully achieve their company’s full potential.

Design2Thrive is a comprehensive, on-site and interactive program comprising 5 stages delivered over a 12 month period. Delivered by three industry leaders, the program focuses on identifying issues and opportunities, developing a practical action plan, providing tools and mentoring to empower and support teams to achieve successful implementation.

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Single Touch Payroll for Small Business - ATO Workshop

When:    23 Apr 2019, 10:00am-11:00am
Where:   Knox City Council, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South

Are you an employer, or are you thinking of hiring workers? Join us for this 1 hour session to understand how your payroll tax and super reporting obligations, as an employer, have been streamlined, using Single Touch payroll. Find out how you can automatically report payments such as salaries, wages, tax withheld and superannuation from your payroll solution each time you pay your workers.

The INNovation Summit and TEDxCasey 2019

When:    28 Apr 2019, 8:00am-5:30pm
Where:   Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

An event unlike any other, The INNovation Summit will spark conversations around community needs, entrepreneurship and economic progression for one of Australia’s fastest growing areas, our Casey Cardinia Region. It's a full-day event of open and ticketed events, as well as giveaways, food trucks & entertainment, allowing for you to come and go as you please - or stay for it all!

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The Casey Cardinia Startup Pitchfest gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their startup at the upcoming INNovation Summit and a chance to win an incredible package of prizes to help them build their business.

Ten startups will have the chance to pitch their idea (or new business) by doing a 5-minute presentation to an experienced panel of judges in front of our live audience.

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Facebook for your Business

When:    1 May 2019, 9:30am-11:30am
Where:   Knox City Council, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South

Social media is everywhere!  Learn the basics of Facebook marketing success and equip yourself to extract the best of this powerful online marketing tool that few small businesses can afford to ignore.

Get set to take away the basics of what you need to know about Facebook marketing, the resources required to get started and a plan that you can action tomorrow at this essential small business workshop.

Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre - Business Education Events

The Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre runs a variety of courses to help you develop your business.

Coming up:
29 April – XERO Accounting 
6 May –  Frustration to Freedom
6 May –  MYOB
8 May –  Social Media Marketing
11 May – Establish & Maintain your Small Business
14 May – MYOB
16 May – Introduction to Self-Managed Websites – How to set up your own website
4 June – Introduction to Excel
5 June – Financial Fundamentals – How to keep the cash flowing
24 June – Tax Essentials for Small Business – ATO workshop 

Boost Business with Facebook Advertising - Yarra Ranges

When:    7 May 2019, 5:45pm-9:00pm
Where:   Monbulk Living & Learning Centre, Monbulk Community Link, 21 Main Street, Monbulk

This workshop is for small business owners who want to make the most of Facebook's advertising capabilities, increase traffic, leads, and sales by setting up their own targeted Facebook ads.

Facebook advertising can take your business to the next level. It is critical that you understand the foundations to avoid wasting time and money. Use posts to inform, intrigue, and offer incentives to followers—and then take that engagement beyond page posts by advertising. 

Rotary Business Breakfast - Q&A with Nathan Buckley

When:    8 May 2019, 6:45am-8:30am
Where:   Churchill-Waverley Golf Club Function Centre, 60 Bergins Road, Rowville

A Charity Business Breakfast with Collingwood Senior Coach, Nathan Buckley.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to share breakfast with one of the greatest players to don the Black & White and an informal one-on-one Q & A interview with Nathan. 

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ASBAS Digital Solutions Program - digitise your business!

Introducing the ASBAS Digital Solutions program!

The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) program provides low-cost, high-quality digital advisory services to small businesses cross Victoria—and it’s coming to the City of Knox in 2019!

The program is being delivered in Wantirna South by Melbourne Innovation Centre in partnership with Knox City Council.

What's included in the program?

  • Group workshops
  • Tailored mentoring
  • ASBAS Digital Solutions Portal
  • Interactive Webinars

Sign up and access workshops across five of Melbourne’s Eastern Region Councils!

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