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Online workshop schedule

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and subsequent changes in customer demand, our business skills building workshops are evolving.
• Until further notice, all available workshops will be held online.
• No in-person workshops are currently taking place.
• All online workshops (usually $20) are now free for all WA small business owners, however registration is still essential.

New online workshops

In light of the current situation, our small business workshops will now be delivered online as live workshops. They are free of charge, so that as many WA small business owners as possible can benefit. 

Please note: Our online workshops are presented live and include an opportunity to ask questions. This means that numbers for each session are capped. To ensure this resource is able to provide the maximum level of benefit, you are encouraged to sign up only if you can participate during the whole of the live session. We appreciate that plans can change, so if you are unable to participate please cancel your booking to make the place available for another small business owner. Thanks for your support.

What you will need

In order to participate all you need is an internet connected device with audio.

Free online business workshops

Essential Payroll Processes

Date: 3 July 2020
Time: 10am to 1pm

Employing staff is a huge responsibility. If you are new to hiring, it can be overwhelming to understand your legal obligations as an employer. Getting it wrong, even unintentionally, can cause financial and emotional stress for everyone involved.

Starting a Business

Date: 7 and 14 July 2020
Time: 10am to 12pm

Date: 15 July 2020
Time: 6pm to 8pm

If you are thinking about starting a business, but don't know where to begin, this webinar will take you through the essentials. You’ll cover the key steps; from initial assessment and looking at your suitability to run a business, to financing your idea, and identifying sales opportunities.

Thriving Through Workplace Change

Date: 7 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12pm

Change can create disruption and uncertainty in a workplace and how to best navigate that process is a valuable skill for small business owners.

Please note: This workshop is split into two sessions on separate days (7 and 9 July). Your registration covers both sessions.

Digital Marketing Essentials

Date: 7 July 2020
Time: 1pm to 4pm

Date: 15 July 2020
Time: 10am to 1pm

This workshop examines a range of digital marketing options, including social media, email marketing and blogging, to help you understand what would work for your business.

Doing Business in a COVID-19 World

Date: 8 July and 22 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Businesses need to consider how to adapt to current market conditions, and what the new normal will be in a COVID-19 world. There may be new products and services you can bring to market, as well as changing existing ones; crisis can create opportunities. It is time to embrace alternative ways of keeping in touch with customers, rethinking your products and services, and ensuring you are top of mind for purchases.

How to Start an Online Business

Date: 8 and 22 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Selling online is one of the largest growth areas for small business, particularly as the barriers to starting are very low. This workshop will help you to identify what your customers are looking for when buying online, provide key insights into e-commerce fundamentals and which online platforms work best.

Marketing your Business

Date: 8 July 2020
Time: 10am to 1pm

Knowing the secret to effective marketing is critical to boosting your cash flow and gaining an edge on your competition. This webinar will show you how to understand your customers, stretch your marketing budget and make sure your business is noticed by the people who need what you have to offer.

Introduction to Business Analytics

Date: 8 July 2020
Time: 10am to 12pm

The session will cover what analytics can do for your business and how you can apply analytics to make faster and better decisions using internal or external resources. Analytics are an essential tool in developing marketing activities, understanding customers, and tracking supply and demand.

Improve your Sales Skills

Date: 9 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 1pm

Sales can be an intimidating and frustrating process, but it doesn't have to be. This session will provide you with tools, techniques and methodologies that will improve the effectiveness of your sales process so you can achieve your targets more easily.

Website Planning

Date: 9 July 2020
Time: 10am to 1pm

Just about every business needs a website. Even if customers don’t actually buy online, they are still doing extensive online research before making a purchase. Having a website provides the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your goods or services and to engage with current and potential customers.

Introduction to GST and BAS Reporting

Date: 9 July 2020
Time: 10am to 2pm

This session covers everything you need to know about when and how to register for GST and how it affects your business. You'll also learn how to prepare a business activity statement (BAS) to ensure you meet your Australian Tax Office (ATO) reporting obligations.

Using MailChimp for Email Marketing

Date: 9 July 2020
Time: 10am to 12pm

This interactive session will introduce you to email marketing campaigns and automated processes to make growing your business easier. It will assist you to be compliant with Australian legislation when communicating by email and help you identify practical ways you can grow your client list using MailChimp.

Succession Planning

Date: 9 July 2020
Time: 2:30am to 4:30pm

Before you are ready to move onto the next stage of your life, it's important to start planning about what to do with your business. This topic looks at a range of available options including selling-up, engaging someone to manage it or leaving it to a family member.

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Date: 14 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12pm

This session provides an introduction to the key elements of business logistics, and the role of logistics principles in relation to supply/demand/value chain management. 

Please note: This workshop is split into two sessions on separate days (14 and 15 July). Your registration covers both sessions.

How to Write a Business Plan

Date: 14 July 2020
Time: 1pm to 4pm

Prospective business owners sometimes wonder if they really need to write a business plan, particularly if they’re not seeking a bank loan. However, if you want to clarify your thinking, set a tone and direction for your business, and a deeper understanding of your market, the answer is certainly ‘yes you do’.

Creating a Risk Management Plan

Date: 15 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

During any significant economic event, having a risk management plan is essential to identify practical ways to protect the health of your business. This session will guide you through assessing your business situation, looking at scenarios and developing a plan to deal with them.

Introduction to Tendering

Date: 16 July 2020
Time: 10am to 1pm

Responding to requests to tender for government and contractor work can open up new opportunities for your business, however it's essential to understand the steps required to writing a successful submission.

Digital Marketing Advanced

Date: 16 July 2020
Time: 1pm to 4pm

Digital Marketing Advanced examines a range of digital marketing strategies, including paid SEM with Google Ads, to help you understand what could work for your business. This intermediate workshop is designed for small business owners who have attended our Digital Marketing Essentials workshop and/or have good prior working knowledge of digital marketing tools.

Managing your Cash Flow

Date: 16 July 2020
Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Actively monitoring and managing your cash flow is vital to tracking the financial health of your business. This practical and interactive session explains the process of cash flow planning, including methods and software available to help you.

Thriving Through Workplace Change

Date: 21 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12pm

Change can create disruption and uncertainty in a workplace and how to best navigate that process is a valuable skill for small business owners.

Please note: This workshop is split into two sessions on separate days (21 and 23 July). Your registration covers both sessions.

Understanding Business Financials

Date: 21 July 2020
Time: 1pm to 4pm

This webinar will show you how to develop ‘snapshot’ measures (key performance indicators) of your business progress to make sure it stays on track. It will also provide you with a good understanding of your financial essentials so that you will know the right questions to ask your accountant.

Practical Negotiation and Influencing Skills

Date: 22 July 2020
Time: 10am to 11:30am

This session will look at the role of negotiation and influence in relation to business and management. Strategies to prepare for bargaining, using tools of persuasion and compromise, and techniques to develop and master these skills will also be covered - for use in a range of business and personal settings.

Running your Business from Home

Date: 23 July 2020
Time: 10am to 12pm

In this workshops you'll discover that by having the right tools, systems, routines and knowledge in place you can successfully start, grow and run your business remotely.

Strategic Planning

Date: 23 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 1pm

Without a strategic plan it's too easy to become caught up in the daily tasks of running a business, only to discover too late that the time, energy and money you've invested hasn't achieved your desired results. 

Workplace Wellness Strategies

Date: 23 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Strong businesses are built on a team with strong mental health and resilience. This workshop will equip you with a range of tools to create an environment to develop and sustain positive general wellness.

Attracting the Right Customers

Date: 28 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

In this practical session, you will learn how to improve your ability to engage with your customers through effective communications skills. You will leave with an actionable one-page sales plan to help you be more successful in selling - and enjoy it!

Discovering your Entrepreneurial Skills

Date: 28 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm

This session looks at the skills and attributes that will have the biggest impact on your business success. While it's important to understand your competition, it's equally important to understand yourself and to focus on the skills required for success.

Social Media Photography

Date: 29 July 2020
Time: 9:30am to 12pm

This session explains tips and tricks for improving your photography skills to bring your social media pages to life.

Using LinkedIn to Boost your Business

Date: 29 July 2020
Time: 3:30pm to 5pm

Used correctly, LinkedIn can significantly enhance and facilitate opportunities for personal and business growth. But knowing how to best use the features of LinkedIn can be challenging. This session will assist you to learn how to best engage with this business platform.

Please note: This workshop is split into two sessions on separate days (29 and 30 July). Your registration covers both sessions.

Understanding Bookkeeping and Records

Date: 30 July 2020
Time: 10am to 1pm

Many business owners fail to meet best-practice guidelines and so are running their business blindly. With the ATO's strict guidelines around record keeping, it's important to understand how to be compliant.

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