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RD Consulting started life as a dream. A dream to communicate more effectively, with greater client-centricity, and with bigger impact. RD Consulting’s CEO, Colin Anstie , has been passionate about business since his childhood. From collecting trolleys for 20 cent pieces to picking and selling daffodils on the side of the road, in many ways, Colin has been chasing his passion of providing people with services his whole life. But he found his ‘why’ after working in private sector marketing during his early professional career at Telstra and Commonwealth Bank. Colin had grown frustrated with lengthy bureaucratic processes and believed ...
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An interesting Q/A with Manjula Misha, Owner & Director - Simply Lentils When and why did you start thinking of getting into business? I returned from my India trip last year on 22nd March after completing an intensive Yoga teacher training course, to be welcomed by quarantine, lockdown and a series of restrictions. I had plans of starting my own Yoga classes in Canberra, but the universe had something else planned for me. It had been two years since I arrived in Canberra from Melbourne, and I was on a career break. I was trying to figure out my life or should I call it mid-life crisis!! It took me two years to explore myself by ...
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Dear Members, I hope you are well and had a successful re-opening in bringing back your clients and customers. Lockdown may be over but businesses still need support to recover from the impact that the lockdown had on their operations. With government support diminishing as we reach target vaccination rates, thankfully, businesses have other options available to them to qualify for incentives such as wage subsidies for new trainees/apprentices. To assist with the impact of COVID-19, the federal government is providing support to all employers who engage an Australian Apprentice/Trainee. The Australian Government has announced the Boosting ...
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Scott's interesting journey from being a diplomat to a photographer cum businessman In 2003 I was deployed to the Middle East for the war in Iraq. I was in a fortunate position to see and experience both successes and failures. But one failure stood out, involving an attack by the US Army, using over 30 Apache attack helicopters against one of Saddam Hussein’s elite republican guard divisions to the south of Baghdad. The mission was a massive disaster. Every single helicopter was shot and severely damaged. One Apache was shot down, with two aircrew captured as prisoners of war and paraded on TV. Others struggled to make it back because of the damage. All the ...
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This week, the Productivity Commission released a new research paper ‘ Small business access to finance: The evolving lending market ’. This study examines SMEs’ access to debt finance, which is the more common option sought by SMEs needing external finance. It focuses on the medium-term trends that are changing the market rather than the temporary disruptions due to COVID-19. The PC research found that almost 15 per cent of Australian SMEs applied for debt finance in 2018-19, compared to only 5 per cent applying for equity finance. In 2017-18, most SMEs (69%) seeking debt finance applied to banks. While Australian banks remain the major source of funding for ...
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DAANA's inspiring story Award winning Indian Restaurant We, Sanjay and Sunita, along with our two young children, migrated to Canberra, Australia, in January 2012 and confronted the challenges faced by most new migrant families. After the initial struggle with finding a home and employment, our family quickly settled into a routine. However, as trained chefs, we had always dreamt of following our passions and starting a restaurant. This desire was fuelled further by what we saw as an under-representation of the kaleidoscopic richness of the Indian culinary heritage in Australia, particularly in Canberra, where the Indian cuisine presented to diners was ...
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Dear Members, It is hard to digest that businesses are doing it tough but your resilience is commendable and we will get through this together. I understand there are some concerns around the eligibility criteria/application process for the ACT government's business support grants and it may not even be enough for us to sustain our operations. Thankfully, businesses have other options available to them to qualify for incentives such as wage subsidies for new trainees/apprentices. To assist with the impact of COVID-19, the federal government is providing support to all employers who engage an Australian Apprentice/Trainee. The Australian Government ...
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Many SME’s want to support their staff to become fully vaccinated against COVID -19. But directing employees to be vaccinated can have significant consequences in terms of risks to your business. If as an employer you require, recommend, encourage, subsidise, or facilitate COVID-19 vaccinations for your employees, you may face a potential workers’ compensation claim if employees suffer a medical adverse reaction and cannot work because of being vaccinated. Common symptoms include fatigue, headaches, nausea, or dizziness. To alleviate the risk of liability to employers, the Federal Government has introduced the COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme to reimburse employees ...
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PWP has private offices and permanent desks available - Level 4, 1 University Avenue Canberra City When starting my own business, if it wasn't for WOM, I would not have known about available office space in the city. What I valued was having the opportunity to work in a professional work environment, amongst support people, having access to meeting rooms and technology. I think working in a co-working space was the best leg-up for my business because:- ✅ You get all the benefits of working in a large office, with no overheads. ✅ Opportunity to make new contacts and friends ✅ Flexibility to WFH or an office ✅ Close proximity to referral partners ...
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As we are now in the first few days of new financial year, we see more businesses that are struggling in hiring the right staff for their Accounting Team. If you are running a small business or non profit organisation in Canberra, you might be struggling to retain good accountant in your team! Also, nature of accounting industry is with high turnover of staff. On average, permanent role is turning within 12 to 18 months while casual and part time is just 4 to 8 months. One of the reasons could be that the level of stress is so high that encouraging staff to find new environment to try new thing. The other reason is that most accountants would require professional ...
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End of financial year can be a stressful time for executives and business owners. But think of it this way—you’re running a marathon, it’s not far from the finish line, you just need to push through to achieve your personal and business goals. Here’s a quick checklist to help you get your financial affairs in order before the 30 June deadline. Undertake analysis - To see if you will achieve your budget in the last quarter. If you haven’t made budget, consider what you can do? Cut costs? Improve sales? Or lower your expectations? Review your financial performance from July to end of financial year - The best report in any accounting software is ...
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Over the past fortnight I've done some media to help promote the need for Covid Vaccination , and particularly to ask ACT businesses to lead and support their staff. Over that time: Canberrans aged 40 – 49 join ed the list of those eligible for a COVID vaccine. the estimated cost of the Melbourne lockdown over 2 weeks to the economy hit $1.4 billion. there were contract tracing alerts as close to home as Goulburn and Jervis Bay. There are many ways that Canberra businesses can support their people, including : Making it clear that booking and attending a COVID vaccination appointment is a priority that will be supported ...
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Karma Kitchen @ Daana

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Dear Members Hope you all are doing well and taking care of each other... This is my first post here and I am extremely excited to start with something very close to our brand-Daana. The Karma Kitchen @ Daana, one of it's kind a unique concept . Please see and share the link on our website Daana.com.au GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Proud to present our 14th Karma Kitchen at Daana on 11th May 2021. Supporting fund-raising for Mental Health Research with Rotary Woden Daybreak. Karma Kitchen @ Daana. Please come and support the cause. Details are on the link and bookings are essential, please use Daana.com.au for the reservations. ​​​
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Networking is an important part of doing business. It is how we generate new business through referrals, build su p ply chains and identify new opportunities . L ast April, however, any size or type of gathering was banned . We had no idea when or if they would recommenc e . Even when small gathe r ings did slowly resume , strict rules about social distancin g and food and beverag e ser v ice made them challenging. While the Chamber was able to recommenc e Covid Safe networking events in Ju l y 2020, many others are only now starting to hold larger gatherings. Like so many of your businesses, ...
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There are many facets when it comes to growing your business, and one of the key components to building success is mastering your elevator pitch. It’s a simple concept: that one-off chance you walk into an elevator occupied by a person who can provide a lifechanging opportunity for you. The catch is, you’ve only got the duration of that elevator ride to get them onboard. So, what do you say? Many entrepreneurs have achieved the height of success from their ability to make a good pitch, being charismatic and knowing how their innovation solves their customers’ problem. On the other hand, there have been many missed opportunities due to people being unprepared, ...
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The Innovation Connect (ICON) Grant provides matched funding grants of between $10,000 and $30,000 to businesses with innovative products in the pre-market-ready or pre-investment stage that demonstrate high-growth potential. The grant will fund innovative ideas, products, and services, primarily to develop a prototype or prove their technical or commercial viability, and secondarily to assist with market testing and developing a go-to-market plan, software, hardware, and professional services. What could a strong application look like? You should be demonstrating how your business achieves the following: A deeply innovative product Has high growth ...
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“The most valuable assets of a 20th-century company were its production equipment,” said management guru Peter Drucker way back in 1999. “The most valuable asset of any 21st-century institution, whether business or non-business, will be its knowledge workers and their productivity.” As a member-based organisation, we support a broad range of private businesses, the ACT’s key industry associations and many not for profit and community organisations. An important part of the Chamber’s work is helping these smaller employers, who don’t have their own HR or WR specialist, to manage their people and navigate what can be a challenging legal landscape. For example, ...
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Getting down to Business

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Getting down to Business The ACT election results are in. What will business be looking for from their newly elected representatives? Throughout the election campaign both Chief Minister Andrew Barr and ACT Liberals leader Alistair Coe emphasised how critical the private sector is to the ACT economy. Over 30,000 businesses provide over two thirds of Canberra’s jobs. The economy, recovery, jobs, and business recovery are critical issues, and it was pleasing to see them feature extensively in media coverage. The ACT government entered the election with an economic recovery plan, presented along with the fiscal update, in late August. Businesses are keen ...
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