The Small Business Development Corporation
Real Logic networking session – June 2010
Presented by Kym Francesconi
My business vision
• Is it a clear vision?
• Is it realistic and attainable?
• How are you going to make it
• The first step to achieving your vision is to
write it down - create a vision statement for
• Keep this statement visible so you don’t
forget your goal – quote it to staff, pin it up
on your office wall, write it on a post it note
– make yourself accountable for that
Top 5 business tips
1. Work ON your business not IN your
2. Set up systems that work.
3. Surround yourself with good people.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and
continue to learn.
5. Target your marketing!
Is BiZ FiT for me?
• Are you keen to hear tailored economic
forecasts of your area?
• Would you like to “polish up” your business
• Are interested in growing your business?
• Do you want to have the confidence to be
in control of all parts of your business?
YES, then BiZ FiT is for you!
Who should attend BiZFiT events?
• Good for established businesses.
• New businesses, or people interested in
starting a business, can also attend.
• Aimed at business owners and operators.
• Key staff are also encouraged to attend.
What will I get out of it?
• The skills to work smarter to increase
• The knowledge to sustain and grow your
business for the long term.
• Tips on how to improve work life balance.
• A real advantage over competitors.
How does BiZ FiT work?
There are 4 elements to BiZ FiT...
• Local Business Forums
• Pulse Checks
• Extend 2 day course
BiZ FiT Local Business Forums
• Two-hour duration.
• Provides a snapshot of current and future
key economic, social and financial
• Shows you how these factors directly
impact your local economy and your
BiZ FiT Pulse Checks
• FREE, comprehensive, one-on-one
consultation about your business with an
• Identify your businesses strengths and
• Discuss with a specialist business advisor
the priority actions you can take to grow
and strengthen your business.
BiZ FiT Extend
• Two day course run in partnership with Curtin
Business School’s Centre for
• Set and reach new goals and learn practical,
real skills that support daily operations for the
long term benefit of your business.
• Course covers 4 major areas:-
• Implementing systems
• strategic planning skills
• Limited number of BiZFiT Scholarships
• For business owners interested in completing
additional training in business management
• Scholarships will provide funds to
substantially subsidise course fees.
• One of the requirements to be considered for
a scholarship is to attend a two-day BiZFiT
What does BiZ FiT cost?
As the program is being heavily subsidised
by the WA Government, all elements come
at a very affordable cost.
• Local Business Forum = $20 per person
• Pulse check = FREE
• Extend 2 day course = $200 per person
• BiZFiT Scholarship = cost on application
How do I register for BiZ FiT?
• All elements of BiZ FiT are available
around metro and regional WA.
• Delivered through SBDC and the Small
Business Centre network.
Other services offered by SBDC
• Specialist business advice
• Business Information and License Centre
• Small Business Advocacy Service
• Small Business Centres
Specialist business advice
• Experienced advisors
• FREE appointments
• Specialist areas, such as…
• Exporting and franchising
• Business planning and structures
• Financial management and taxation
• Labour relations
Business Information and Licence
• Business license requirements
• Free information sheets
• Online information terminals
• ATO advisor
• Employment advisor
• Business books and publications
Small Business Advocacy Service
Dealing with government (local, state and federal )
can be complicated and time consuming. The SBDC
Small Business Advocacy Service provides:-
– Free, confidential guidance and support
– Investigates issues for small businesses
– Provides useful contacts and links to other services
– Facilitates solutions in areas such as business
licensing, trading with government, negotiating
planning issues at all levels, regulation reduction
• Biz Basics – how to start a business
• How to Buy a Business
• Contracting Today
• Employment Today
• Home Based Business
• How to Get a Business Loan
• Getting your Business on the Web
• Feasibility of your Business Idea
• Introduction to Market Research
• Introduction to Business Planning
• Costing and Pricing of Goods and Services
• Marketing and Promoting your Business
• Women in Business Network
• Small Business Exporters Network
• Home Based Business Network
• Young Business Network
Small Business Centres
There are 26 small business centres throughout
metropolitan and regional WA offering a range
of small business services such as:-
– Business support
– Mentor Programs
– New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
– Referral to specialist advisers (accountants,
How to contact the SBDC?
131 BIZ (249)
Or, come and see us in person at…
553 Hay Street, Perth