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  • 22 Jun 2016 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    Last week's Business After Five at Lily's Football Centre was a brilliant demonstration of how sport and business can work hand in hand to create opportunities for the broader community.

    If you love sport and you also love Blacktown, perhaps as a business owner, you would like to continue to find leverage from sport via the connection with BCFC to build bridges with your local community and customer base.

    To encourage all GBBC members to do just that, BCFC have extended an excellent offer for anyone who purchases a club membership or sponsorship package before the end of the fincancial year.

    Halfway through the 2016 season, all packages will be extended at 2016 prices to carry through to the end of the 2017 season.  In other words, you get 18 months worth of benefit for the one yearly membership.  How awesome is that!

    Take a sponsorship package and mingle with other club sponsors, or take a membership and enjoy the social aspect of being part of a club that values community above all else.

    Details of membership packages are listed below.  For more information or to enquire about sponsorship and how the club can help to showcase your business, please call Romano Bit at the club on 02 9674 5763 or email him at 

    Click Here for more information about joining Blacktown City Football Club 

  • 23 May 2016 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our Vice President Alex Soncini and his team at WealthWiz who took out the gong for Best Professional Services business at the recent Blacktown Business Awards.

  • 19 May 2016 5:09 PM | Anonymous

    About 870,000 small businesses will have their tax rate reduced from July 1, as the Turnbull government looks to lock in the small business vote before the federal election.

    As Treasurer Scott Morrison had promised in the lead-up to the budget, small businesses were a focus, with more tax cuts and more generous tax breaks thrown their way.

    From July 1, 870,000 businesses, employing 3.4 million Australians, will get a 1 percentage point tax cut. The small business tax rate will be lowered to 27.5 per cent and the turnover threshold for small businesses able to access it will be increased from $2 million to $10 million. 

    Another 60,000 sole traders employing about 1.5 million Australians - again with a turnover between $2 million and $10 million -  will get a 2.5 percentage point cut in the tax rate.

    The government will also increase the unincorporated small business tax discount to 8 per cent and extend the threshold from a turnover of $2 million to less than $5 million. The tax discount will be increased to 16 per cent in stages until 2026-27.

    And from July 1, access to instant write-off for purchases of equipment valued at $20,000 each - due to end on June 30, 2017 - will be offered to businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million. Introduced in last year's federal budget, it was limited to businesses with turnover of $2 million.

    As long as it is not business inventory, the claim can be made for purchases of items such as vans, utes, coffee machines, office furniture, tools, welding equipment, hot-water units and sound systems.

    Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer said 170,000 small businesses had made claims worth almost $800 million since the tax breaks were introduced.

    The Australian Taxation Office will work with small businesses to move to new Business Activity Statements (BAS) from July next year. 

    While there was no scope to cut company tax for big business, it will happen over time. The turnover threshold for access to the lower company tax rate of 27.5 per cent will increase incrementally, from $10 million to $25 million in 2017-18, to $50 million in 2018-19 and $100 million in 2019-20.

    "By 2020, more than half of all employees of companies in Australia will be in companies paying a lower tax rate of 27.5 per cent," Treasurer Scott Morrison said. "That's around 4.9 million employees  whose jobs will be supported by a lower tax rate in just four years."

    All up these tax measures will cost $5.3 billion over the next four years. The government hopes to collect a large portion of this from multinationals. It has given the ATO an extra 390 "average" staff as part of its new taskforce aimed at stopping multinational profit-shifting. 

    The taskforce is expected to raise $3.7 billion in tax liabilities between now and July 2020.


  • 05 May 2016 2:28 PM | Alison Thiele

    As you may be aware the Red Shield Appeal is coming up. The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army's primary annual fundraising drive. 

    It takes place on the weekend of 28-29 May 2016, and it offers Australians from all walks of life a chance to not only get behind the Salvos but to be part of transforming the lives of people right around the country. Read More

  • 19 Feb 2016 9:58 PM | Anonymous

    We are on a quest to "GET HEALTHY AT WORK" and it all starts on Monday February 22nd with a walking challenge.  

    Those who were at February's Business After Five event had the chance to join a team on the spot, but for those who missed out, we invite you to share the information below to get as many people on track as we can. 

    Join a team today!  Help us walk our way to health and fitness and make GBBC the healthiest Chamber in Australia.  

    Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual that walks the furthest during the 4 week challenge.  

  • 20 Jan 2016 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    We are undoubtedly all guilty of slight overindulgence during the holiday season and now here we are…facing the latter half of January and grappling to rediscover our 9-to-5 mojo. Perhaps you have made a New Year’s resolution or two, is 2016 the year you get healthy or achieve business success?

    According to research, 64% of resolutions are maintained until the end of January.1 From there, it's a slippery slope - just 6% last 12 months. But don’t let that put you off, people who set a clear and attainable resolution are 10 times more likely to achieve them. Whether you already have your resolution or you’re a little late to the game there’s still 11 and a half months to go. That’s why there is no better time than now to start (or revisit) your health goals.

    Whether you’re setting a goal for your health or for your business follow these simple steps to increase your chance of success:

    1. Be clear and specific with what you would like to achieve – use a measurable outcome where possible so you can track your progress
    2. Have a game plan – outline what do you need to be successful and what will you actually do, take small steps
    3. Expect setbacks – don’t fail off the wagon just because you miss a day, accept there will be challenges and barriers, don’t use them as excuses, just re-evaluate your plan and keep going

    Our 2016 resolution is to be the healthiest business chamber. We’ll do this via this monthly blogs on health topics, supporting members with the Get Healthy @ Work program and an exciting member’s only health challenge. Stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming health challenge, here’s a clue – it will provide opportunity for all our members to get back on track with their health!  


    Source: (1) Auld Lang Syne: Success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year’s resolvers and nonresolvers, by John C. Norcross, Marci S. Mrykalo, Matthew D. Blagys , University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Volume 58, Issue 4 (2002).

  • 04 Dec 2015 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Well, it's official, we have entered the Christmas party season! Invitations to work Christmas parties, social gatherings and family affairs are well and truly filling up the diary. These functions can make it really difficult if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    Christmas parties are a great way to unwind after a busy year and celebrate your business successes, but they are too often bulging with food high in fat, sugar and salt, and alcoholic drinks. It wouldn’t be too bad if we indulged in just one party, but the reality is we often attend several Christmas functions – our own workplace, our partner’s workplace, clients, family and friends, the list goes on.

    Here are a few tips to consider to avoid the Christmas kilo creep:

    • Don’t go to the party hungry. If you arrive starving, you’ll be likely to fill up on the high fat, high salt appetizers like chips, cheese, dips and spring rolls. Try a healthy snack before heading to your party, you’ll find lots of ideas here
    • On that note, if you find yourself without willpower in the presence of a good cheese platter position yourself away from it. By engaging in conversation on the other side of the room or even just keeping out of reach you’ll be far less likely to over indulge.
    • Limit your alcohol intake. Try having a non-alcoholic drink in between alcoholic drinks, for example soda water with fresh lime, diet soft drink or water with lemon. And avoid entering ‘rounds’ or ‘shouts’, you could end up drinking a lot more than you plan to.
    • If your Christmas party is ‘bring a plate’, make sure you prepare something healthy. That way you can be certain there is at least one dish you can fill up on. If you need some ideas check out these healthy recipes 
    • Resist the pre-dinner garlic bread or bread roll. Filling up on bread and butter before your dinner arrives adds a substantial amount of kilo-joules. Remember your meal is probably already higher in kilo-joules than you would normally eat due to the portion size, cooking methods, oil and sauces used in commercial cooking – not to mention dessert!
    • Speaking of dessert, share if you can! Most of the time we eat dessert for the taste of something sweet, not because we are hungry, so halve the kilo-joules by sharing.
    The bottom line is: choose your vice - your health will benefit by choosing to indulge in just one or two things and following the tips above, when you can.
  • 20 Nov 2015 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    The average Australian spends a third of their life at work – that’s potentially a lot of time slouched at a desk and a few too many 3 o’clock sugary energy hits. As chronic disease rates sky rocket in Australia it’s time we think seriously about how workplaces could help reduce diabetes, heart disease, obesity and some cancers, by promoting healthy lifestyles. There are many low cost and low effort solutions workplaces can implement to keep employees healthy.

    1. Make friends in high places

    Making changes to workplace environments and culture needs executive support. Speak to management about the benefits of being a healthy workplace – improved staff morale, increased staff retention, improved productivity and reduced sick leave. To help build your business case and calculate the ROI for your business check out this workplace health savings calculator

    2. Be targeted

    Any change you make will be most effective if it addresses a need. The same can be said for being a successful business, you have to have a target and meet their needs. Look at your workforce, what are their needs? Are they inactive? Eating poorly? Smokers? Stressed?

    3. Start with a simple nudge

    Creating a healthy workplace isn’t about removing all the ‘bad’ things, it is about providing more opportunities for the ‘good’ things and a little nudge for people to make healthier decisions. A few simple things you could try are – moving printers and copiers further away from desks, provide healthy food at staff BBQs, introduce standing or walking meetings, or introduce a few healthy snacks in the vending machine.

    4. Walk the talk

    Once you’ve started with a few simple changes it’s time to be serious – what can your workplace do to help people make big lifestyle changes? Consider things like purchasing standing work stations, providing a lunchroom fruit bowl, or providing facilities to support people to ride push bikes to work and even out to work related meetings. Don’t forget just because it’s there doesn’t mean it will be used, you’ll need to promote these new initiatives to staff and encourage uptake, behaviour change takes time and education.

    5. Get support

    Sign up for Get Healthy @ Work – this is a completely free government funded workplace health program. Get Healthy @ Work gives businesses the opportunity to work with an accredited workplace health provider who can provide 15 minute health checks to employees and develop a simple action plan to address healthy eating, physical activity, healthy weight, active travel, smoking or harmful alcohol consumption. Sign up today at

  • 16 Oct 2015 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    As part of the 2015 Sister Cities Australia National Conference being hosted by Blacktown Council, interested companies and individuals are invited to attend a FREE, ‘Doing Business in Asia’ workshop. 

    Hear from leading industry and government experts about the latest trends, issues and opportunities relating to Australia’s largest, 2nd and 4th largest trading partners. 

    Learn about:

    - The current state of the Asian economies including key trends, growth industries and government policies in the key markets of China, Korea and Japan

    - Trade and investment relationship between Australia and Asia

    - Implications of recently-signed Free Trade Agreements

    - Approaches to marketing, promotion and distribution

    - Import and regulatory requirements

    - Potential opportunities and risks for Australian exporters and investors

    - Insights into Asian business cultures

    - Government assistance available.

    To read more click here

  • 16 Oct 2015 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    Steer your business to safety and prosperity with the Protect and Grow special event series.

    Proudly sponsored by Telstra Business Centres West Sydney, Davies Collison Cave and KPMG.

    With high calibre presenters this special event series has been designed to educate and entertain our audience.

    You will take away exclusive insights and techniques to grow your enterprise and protect its value. 

    Facilitator, Dr Jim Taggart is a respected business leader and Deputy Chairman of Regional Development Australia. Jim will bring his unique brand of business insights about networking and social capital.

    Each event is held over 4 hours from 8.30am to 12.30 pm with optional lunch and networking afterwards.

    Morning tea and lunch is provided.

    Attendees receive a comprehensive work book.

    For more details click here

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