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In this issue: Message from the Manager, Hot Issues for Territory Businesses in 2015, Free Online Safety Information Session, October Business Month, BEC Small Business Workshops, Want 4 Hours Free Mentoring on Digital and Online Marketing?, Join the ATO Newsroom, Free Business Consultations in Alice Springs

Message from the Manager

As I write this article the many and varied 2014 October Business Month events are now coming to a conclusion and it has truly been a feast of interesting presentations, workshops and events.

I was particularly impressed with the opening event where Mark Bouris talked about how any successful business needed to “wear out the shoe leather” to become successful. Even more interesting were the stories of his negotiations with the late Kerry Packer when he was considering taking a share in one of Bouris’s enterprises.

Any one got any really interesting stories from OBM and what they came away with? I believe you only need to learn one thing from these events for them to prove worthwhile and you know the old should never stop learning!!

I want to say thanks to all those who responded to my article on tipping in the September edition. It can be an emotive topic with people seeing it from all sorts of different angles, some supportive of the practice, some not.

Here at the BEC we are in the process of crafting a funding application for the Australian Government Small Business Advisory Services program. The program will provide funding to eligible not-for-profit small business advisory service providers assessed as most able to improve the accessibility, volume and quality of their low cost business advisory services within their defined geographical region. Services are to be provided to enterprising people who have a business idea, have the intention to develop the idea and start a new small business or have purchased an existing small business or who operate a small business.

Funded projects are expected to support a range of service delivery mechanisms including:

  • one-on-one tailored business advisory services
  • face-to-face meetings
  • virtual/online meetings
  • small group training for up to 10 people at a time
  • access to mentoring networks in the defined geographical region of the project.

Applications close soon and we are hopeful of winning some funding that will allow us to continue providing services to small business intenders and operators into the future.Main content goes here

Jack Hughes


Advertising Accidents, Pricing Problems, the future of Franchising, and Suspicious Scams

Dr Michael Schaper is the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and has a special focus on small business, franchising, industry associations and business liaison.

Come along and hear Michael talk as well as take your questions on these topics that impact on small businesses in Darwin.

When – 4.45 for a 5pm start on Monday 17th November 2014.

Where – at the offices of Business Enterprise Centre Darwin, lower level, 20 Catterthun Street Winnellie -below the Area 9 building.

RSVP by COB 12 November, 2014 to 1800 229 500.


Concerned about your child’s safety online? Or just want to arm yourself with tools to navigate safely?

Online Safety

The Office of Women’s Advancement is hosting an information session on Online Safety. Join in the discussion with an ACMA Cybersmart expert.

Learn about: Technology risks and what’s trending, protecting your identity and reputation online, cyberbullying, gaming and Cybersmart resources.


When: Monday 3 November 2014, 5 - 6.30pm

Where: NT Library, Parliament House Darwin

Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). For more information about Cybersmart visit

RSVP: Friday, 31 October 2014


20th Anniversary

The 20th Anniversary October Business Month (OBM) is now drawing to an end and what another incredible month OBM has served up to Territorians, we hope you’ve taken the opportunity to access the many great events held this month.


Looking to start a new business or expand your existing business?

The BEC is all about supporting individuals with sound practical advice from start up to business growth in the early years. 

Our Small Business Workshops provide an introduction to five specific and important areas of business including business structures and tax, marketing and bookkeeping. Best of all the workshops are FREE! 


Venue: BEC Darwin, 20 Catterthun Street, Winnellie (Lower Level)
10-12 November 2014, 10-12 December 2014, 28-30 January 2015

Bookings are essential phone 1800 229 500 or register online.


Small-to-medium business owners and operators in the NT are being offered 4-hours of free one-on-one consulting to assist with sales and marketing to help grow your business.

Small business mentoring gives you the opportunity to work ON your business, strategically, under the guidance of a mentor as well as many other benefits.

Suggested use of 4-hours Mentoring:

  • Website Audit and Follow up Consultation
  • Digital Marketing Setup & Strategy (Social Media & Email Marketing)
  • General Digital Consulting – advice from Marketing Expert
  • Keyword Desktop Research for SEO and Follow up Consultation
  • Blog strategy & topic/content review and recommendations
  • Social Media Accounts content & image review and recommendations
  • Email marketing review and recommendations

Register now by calling 1800 229 500


Almost 10,000 small businesses are now subscribed to the ATO’s new online news service, the Small business newsroom. The newsroom has all the latest tax and super news in one place, which means you don’t need to spend time wading through complicated tax information.

Designed with small business – for small business, it will just tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it.  Subscribe today to start getting the newsroom benefits including: 

  • all the latest tax and super news and alerts
  • choosing what tax topics you want to hear about
  • adding tax due dates to your calendar
  • the chance to opt out of receiving general ATO mail 

Almost 2,500 businesses have already opted out of receiving general letters. To opt out of getting general ATO letters in the mail, you just need to add your ABN(s) when you subscribe. Don’t worry, you’ll still get your personal tax-specific letters in the mail. 

With BAS lodgments due in the next few weeks, the newsroom has been updated with a number of BAS and other articles. The newsroom will feature BAS articles every quarter. 

The newsroom will be updated with exciting new functionality features later on in the year. Watch this space...


The Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC) in partnership with CHARTTES Training Advisory Council will be providing free individual one-hour business consultations for creative enterprises in Darwin 4 - 5 November and in Alice Springs 6 -7 November in partnership with Screen Territory and Arts NT.

The CIIC is part of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Programme, and is supported by the University of Technology, Sydney.

The CIIC Biztro service offers sole traders, start-ups and small businesses in any creative industry the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of Business Adviser Stuart Davis.

Aspects of your business that you may choose to discuss include starting a business, strategic planning, finances, human resources, marketing and intellectual property.


Date: Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th November 2014

Venue/Address: AusIndustry, Department of Industry

Level 3, Jacana House, 39-41 Woods Street, Darwin

Alice Springs

Date:  Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November 2014

Venue/Address: The Old Courthouse,

Corner of Hartley and Parsons Street (entry via Parsons Street)

Register online today

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