Community Notice Board

DIGITAL BOOTCAMP

The world class Digital Bootcamp is coming to Griffith and if you are a business owner and entrepreneur, you must not miss it. The “Specialist Services in Digital Readiness" bootcamp will be held in Griffith on the 17th and 18th of May 2018 and it is an opportunity not to be missed. **Now only $49**

Technology is changing how consumers and businesses engage with one another. This brings huge opportunities for small businesses to exponentially grow and compete on even terms with much larger businesses. However, it is not easy for small business owners to get their businesses digital. The Digital Bootcamp is being rolled out all over the state under the NSW government’s Business Connect Program to assist small businesses.

NetStripes who are widely acclaimed experts in small business digital engagement have been appointed as the "Digital Specialists" for this program and run the Digital Bootcamps throughout NSW. Through the Business Connect program, attendees have access to NSW government-funded Digital Strategy advisory. It is a dedicated and personalised program to help aspiring entrepreneurs start or grow their small businesses.

To register for the NSW Government subsidised 2 day workshop, please follow this link: https://www.netstripes.com/product/digital-bootcamp-in-griffith/

Along with the Digital Bootcamps, small businesses in NSW regions are also being provided the opportunity to access “Digital Readiness 1-on-1 Advisory” which is a highly structured and innovative session that helps businesses build a road map to grow and succeed online using modern digital marketing capabilities. The first 4 hours are fully-funded by the NSW government.
Please, book your fully-funded 1-on-1 advisory session through the following link: https://business-connect-register.industry.nsw.gov.au/

For further information contact bc@netstripes.com or telephone 1300 108 880.

GRANT OPPORTUNITY

$300,000 BOOST TO BUSINESS EVENTS HOSTED IN MURRAY ELECTORATE

Following the success of the NSW Regional Conferencing Development Grants Pilot Program, the NSW Government has committed a further $300,000 to attract and create more business events across the State.
Member for Murray Austin Evans said the additional $300,000 is fantastic news for those conference planners wanting support with venue hire, event marketing or developing pre and post event touring opportunities to encourage longer stays.
“The more overnight visitors we can drive to our region means more jobs and boosted local economies, so I encourage business events to apply soon for this great NSW Government opportunity,” Mr Evans said.
“Staging business events is a great way to showcase the region’s conferencing facilities and array of tourism offerings while encouraging repeat visitation.
“The business events sector presents a significant growth opportunity for the Murray electorate, with conferences and meetings bringing additional business to our local restaurants, cafés, venues, attractions, and accommodation providers,” he said.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said since the launch of the Pilot Program in August 2017 there has been an overwhelming response from the industry, and 12 successful business events have already received grants of up to $65,000.
“We know local businesses are great champions for our regional areas and we want to make sure that we continue to support them in every way that we can. We are committed to putting money where it is most needed, and the extra $300,000 will have significant flow-on effects to our local accommodation providers, restaurants and cafes, shops and attractions.”
The Regional Conferencing Development Grants Program is managed and administered by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and provides funding on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply for grants before 30 June 2018.
For more information, go to, www.meetinnsw.com.au.

Western Riverina Community College Inc will be holding free digital workshops for small businesses and want to know what digital tools you want to learn more about.

Please assist by completing  the quick survey and share with any other small businesses you think might be interested.

Griffith Business Chamber are a proud stakeholder of this initiative.
Grow Our Own is an exciting regional movement, developed to provide information to potential students and on-the-job trainees, and to business people in this region. The aim is to encourage people to build a career while living locally, and to encourage local business to invest in local people through employment, training, mentoring and motivation.
Work, study, follow a degree pathway to get ahead. Gain the qualifications you need while maintaining your current lifestyle. Prepare for your career without having to relocate. Build your business with local talent. There are no limits!

Griffith Business Chamber are proud to support the Griffith Now Hiring Campaign. 

We encourage you to support this project  with the aim of attracting Skilled Labour to our region which also fits into our 10 Point Plan under “Education & Employment”   

Education & Employment: Encourage superior access to all levels of education, to ensure job ready students are equipped to enter the workforce. Assist & promote incentives and/or initiatives to attract Skilled Labour.
Why & how does this affect the business community?: School leavers need to be job ready, this means encouraging the best opportunities during higher education and offer access to tertiary education at a local level. Retaining locals is crucial for population growth. Attracting skilled labour can improve a business’ performance and service.

Following on from the successful grant application to kick-start the Griffith Now Hiring project, The Griffith Now Hiring project are seeking support of Stage 2, to take the campaign well into 2019.
The initial Griffith Now Hiring campaign, which was driven and supported by Griffith City Council together with 15 business partners, achieved excellent results.
This project set out to attract people and their families to live and work in Griffith. It aimed to draw attention to our progressive regional city and the diversity of skilled job vacancies across many industries. Not only did this campaign draw 5,800 people to the GriffithNowHiring website, a little under 2,000 per month, but 200 people made a direct enquiry seeking more information about moving to Griffith, and one family moved.
Continuing with Stage 2 will include regular e-newsletters and website updates, Facebook posts, follow-up with, and mailing of, information packs to interested parties, plus targeted social media marketing campaigns driving people to our digital assets.
Griffith City Council invite you to become a Griffith Now Hiring Stage 2 partner.

The Griffith Now Hiring initiative set out to attract people and their families to live and work in Griffith. It aims to draw attention to our progressive regional city and the diversity of skilled job vacancies across many industries. Not only did this campaign draw 5,800 people to the GriffithNowHiring website, a little under 2,000 per month, but 200 people made a direct enquiry seeking more information about moving to Griffith, and one family moved.

All businesses who sign up to Stage 2 of this initiative will have their company featured on the Griffith Now Hiring website as well as receiving regular e-newsletters, website updates, Facebook posts with available jobs, follow-up and mailing of information packs to interested parties, plus targeted social media marketing campaigns driving people to our digital assets.

If your business is interested in becoming a Griffith Now Hiring Stage 2 partner please contact Leanne Austin, Economic Development Officer on (02) 6962 8294 or Leanne.Austin@griffith.nsw.gov.au for more information.