Calling all Snowy Mountains business enthusiasts! October brings with it Small Business Month 2023, and the Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce has something special in store for you. We’re excited to introduce not one but two transformative workshops designed to empower local businesses in the pursuit of success.
Morning Session: “Building a Resilient Workforce for Small Businesses” with Jessica Vlaskic
Local businesses in the Snowy Mountains face unique challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining skilled staff, especially with the intense competition for seasonal workers. That’s why we’ve curated the morning session, “Building a Resilient Workforce for Small Businesses,” led by the exceptional Jessica Vlaskic.
Jessica brings a wealth of experience in human resources, recruitment, and business management. Her commitment to excellence and track record of driving organisational success make her the perfect guide for navigating the staffing hurdles that small businesses often encounter.
What to Expect in Jessica’s Workshop
In this engaging workshop, you’ll explore:
- Effective Recruitment Strategies: Learn the art of attracting and selecting top-tier talent for your business. Discover how to craft compelling job advertisements, conduct efficient interviews, and make informed decisions that align with your company’s culture and values.
- Fostering Employee Growth and Development: Dive into the world of creating a positive work environment that encourages loyalty and commitment among your staff. You’ll gain insights into designing personalised professional development plans for your team members, enhancing productivity and job satisfaction.
Afternoon Session: “BRANDING – EYE HEART MIND” with Simon Blazey
Now, let’s fast forward to the afternoon, where we switch gears to explore the fascinating world of branding with our local design guru and senior lecturer, Simon Blazey of Rockerfella Industries. Simon is no stranger to the art of branding, having worked with some of Australia’s most renowned brands and creative minds.
What to Expect in Simon’s Workshop
In Simon’s captivating seminar, you’ll delve into:
- The Art of Consumption: Explore the psychology behind our consumption choices and the subconscious cues that influence our decisions.
- Cracking the Brand Code: Delve into the world of subliminal messaging and learn how brands communicate visually.
- Professional vs. Amateur Branding: Understand the value of professional branding and how to spot amateurish attempts.
- Product vs. Brand: Discover the crucial distinction between a product and a brand.
- Connecting with Humans: Explore how brands build lasting connections with consumers on a human level.
- Reviving a Brand: Learn the art of revitalising a brand when it needs a fresh start.
- Marketing Wisdom: Gain insights into the real cost of marketing and the power of product quality.
- Motivating Factors: Uncover the one thing that truly motivates people to take action.
- Love Marks: Dive into case studies of beloved brands like Star Wars, Apple, Nike, and Oakley to understand the concept of love marks.
Brand Auditing and More
Simon will also guide you through the essential elements of brand auditing, including aesthetics, messaging, nuance, fidelity, and the crucial distinction between fashion and style for long-term success.
A Dual Workshop Experience for Success
These workshops are more than just learning; they’re a transformative experience. Jessica and Simon bring their unique expertise to help you tackle staffing challenges and master the art of branding, empowering your business for success.
Full Day Ticket Option
For the full experience, grab the $50 FULL DAY ticket option, which includes both workshops and a $25 meal voucher for lunch at the Jindabyne Bowling Club (12pm-1pm).
These workshops are made possible and subsidised by the NSW Government as part of Small Business Month 2023.
Don’t miss this golden opportunity to unlock the secrets of success and empower your business. Book your tickets now, and we look forward to seeing you at these transformative workshops!
HSC students in Jindabyne and Cooma are one step closer to success after completing the University of Wollongong’s Future Me Program. Run by the Country Universities Centre Snowy Monaro (CUCSM) on behalf of UOW, the inaugural cohort of 26 students graduated last week.
After signing up in Term 2, 6 students in Cooma and 20 in Jindabyne showed up week after week to develop their understanding of post-school options. Over 12 weeks, students worked through topics including career selection, budgeting, moving away from home, TAFE and university pathway options, resume and cover letter creation, scholarship applications, and wellbeing.
All students, who came from Monaro High School, Jindabyne High School, Snowy Mountains Grammar School, and St Mary Mackillop College, applied themselves to the program with enthusiasm, juggling their many commitments. Having completed the 12-week program they have not only developed their readiness for 2024, but they are also guaranteed an early entry offer to study at UOW.
Mac Livissianos from JHS is a NSW Institute of Sport mogul skiing athlete, and appreciated the support – Mac even tuned in from Canada while training and has used the program to help him secure early entry from UOW. Fellow JHS student Archie Craig agrees, sharing “It teaches you heaps about university and scholarships to get in, and early entry is just a bonus!”. Mac, Archie, and the other students celebrated their graduation by dressing up for a Professor-themed graduation party, complete with suits, ties, cake, and a pinata!
CUC Snowy Monaro would like to thank UOW for their support of the region through this free program, and the local schools for their support. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students in 2024! For ongoing support, HSC students will be able to access a variety of initiatives run by CUCSM, including free tutoring sessions, and library and Centre access in Jindabyne and Cooma in the lead up to the HSC. For more information on any of the Centre’s activities, please visit our social media or website.
In terms of business buzz, ChatGPT has received a lot of attention and interest from various industries and businesses. Its natural language processing abilities have many potential applications, including customer service, content creation, and data analysis. ChatGPT can help businesses automate and streamline their operations, saving time and money. For example, ChatGPT can be used to generate customer support responses, automate chatbots, and create product descriptions.
The emergence of ChatGPT and other AI tools will likely lead to a shift in the industry, with a greater emphasis on adaptability and versatility. The most successful writers and businesses will be those who are able to incorporate these tools into their workflows while still maintaining a high level of quality and originality. Ultimately, the key to success in the age of AI will be a combination of technical skills and human creativity.
ChatGPT is not without limitations. It may generate responses that are not entirely accurate or may lack context, especially when it encounters uncommon or complex topics. Also, it is only as good as the data it has been trained on, so it may not be able to handle new or emerging trends and language.
Yes, ChatGPT has the potential to revolutionize the copywriting industry. With its ability to generate human-like text and improve existing writing, it can save time and resources for businesses and writers alike. However, it’s important to note that ChatGPT is not a substitute for human creativity and expertise. While it can improve the quality of writing, it may not be able to replicate the unique voice and perspective of a skilled writer.
So what is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a language model developed by OpenAI, it’s a type of AI that is able to understand and generate human-like text via a chat tool. It’s been trained on a vast amount of text data from the internet (to 2021 so far), so it has a good understanding of various topics and it can perform various natural language processing tasks such as language translation, text summarisation, and text completion. Essentially, it’s a computer program that can communicate with people in a way that feels natural and human-like.
Here’s the Google Chrome Extension link https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/chatgpt
What are the top benefits of ChatGPT for small businesses?
Fast response time: Quick and accurate responses to customer inquiries, freeing up time for human customer support agents to focus on more complex or unique tasks.
Content generation: The ability to generate engaging and relevant content based on specific input and user interests, increasing the likelihood of engagement and driving traffic to a business’s website or social media channels.
Research and content curation: The ability to research and curate content from various sources, helping businesses create a consistent and valuable content marketing strategy.
Customer engagement: The ability to assist with engaging with customers on social media or providing conversation prompts on a website’s blog or forum, improving a business’s online presence and customer engagement.
As a small business owner, you can learn more about ChatGPT by understanding what it is, how it works, and how it can benefit your business. Here are some steps you can take to learn more:
- Research: Start by researching what ChatGPT is and how it can benefit your business. There are many resources available online, such as articles, videos, and podcasts that can help you understand the basics.
- Identify use cases: Think about how ChatGPT could be used in your business. For example, could it be used to automate customer service or provide personalised recommendations to customers?
- Consider implementation: Consider how ChatGPT would be implemented in your business. Would you need to hire a developer or purchase software? Would it integrate with your existing systems?
- Start small: Consider starting with a small implementation to test the waters. For example, you could start with a chatbot on your website to answer common customer questions.
- Learn from others: Look for case studies or success stories from other businesses that have implemented ChatGPT. This can help you understand what works and what doesn’t.
- Stay up to date: As ChatGPT is a rapidly evolving technology, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest developments and trends. Subscribe to relevant newsletters or follow industry leaders on social media to stay informed.
https://chat.openai.com/chat register for an account and sign in to learn more, and reach out to Enterprise Plus Business Advisors if you’d benefit from our expert digital business advice.
Overall, ChatGPT is a powerful tool with many potential applications in the business world, but it’s important to use it in conjunction with human expertise and judgment to ensure that its responses align with the goals and values of the business.
Spread the word among the fishing fraternity as 500 tagged rainbow trout will soon be released to kickstart the 2022-23 Snowy Trout Challenge.
The large trout will be released into Lake Eucumbene, Lake Jindabyne plus Lake Crackenback and anyone who catches the 2022-23 yellow tagged fish can register their catch to win cash prizes.
The beauty being, you may catch a tagged fish in October or November and still be eligible for the draws all the way until the end of April.
The Snowy Trout Challenge will embark on its third season, and it’s set to be the best yet. Huge thanks must go to the sponsors who have contributed to the sponsorship cash pool, where every two weeks commencing November 13, one lucky fish number will be drawn out.
The challenge is seven months of fishing and runs until end of April 2023.
This season draws are every two weeks instead of monthly, giving anglers more opportunities to win.
Gaden Trout Hatchery have been nurturing the trout all winter long and they will be released in early October. Stay tuned to the Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook page for all updates.
To enter you must catch a tagged rainbow trout with this year’s tag. When you do, photograph yourself with your fish and tag and then proceed to the Facebook page or the linktr-ee website link to record your fish details. You are then entered into the cash draw.
Participants can enter the ‘participation draw’ even if you don’t catch a fish, the cash prize drawn at the end of the challenge season. Good luck and happy fishing.
Fish released in early October and will be posted on Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook when released.
STC 2022-23 tagged fish once released are eligible once they are caught to go into the draw. Just enter via Catch Survey.
When you catch a STC 2022-23 tagged fish, you must photograph the fish and tag and then fill out all details in the Catch Survey, and upload the photos.
All information is on the linktr-ee website link here.
Stay tuned to the Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook for all updates.
First $1000 draw is on November 13, then every fortnight until end of April.
Participants are all encouraged to enter the ‘Participants Draw’ regardless of if you catch a fish or not. There will be a cash prize at the end of the challenge for participants.
All fish have been bred at Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne. The STC thanks the Gaden Trout Hatchery staff and DPI Fisheries for their contribution to fishing in the Snowy Mountains.
This article was originally published in Snowy Mountains Magazine written by Steve Cuff, editor on 18 Sept 2022.
- 24/7 online access – the program is conveniently offered online through TAFE Digital and includes online topics that can be mixed and matched to build a program that is completely personalised to the participant’s specific needs. New topics that cover the latest trends in Australian business are regularly being added.
- Hear from Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs.
- Share new skills – participants will earn a digital badge upon completion of each online topic which they can add to their LinkedIn profile to promote their new skills.
- Attend local events.
- Business Concierge: A free and dedicated service offered through Service NSW to help open the business.
- Business Connect: A dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help start or grow a small business.
- Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) Program: Providing start-up assistance and ongoing mentoring services for Aboriginal people considering starting up their own business or expanding their current business.
- The NSW Department of Communities and Justice: Promotes and recognises the contribution of women across NSW to industry through initiatives including the NSW Women’s Strategy.
Who Can Apply?
- Be aged 18 years or over.
- Identify as female.
- Be establishing or owning a business:
- With a valid ABN.
- Registered or trading in NSW.
- With 0-199 employees.
- Living or working in NSW.
- Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand Citizen.
Be a part of something big!
Snowy Mountains is funding a major marketing and media campaign to promote awareness of the incredible landscape, culture and tourism opportunities that abound in the Snowy Mountains. This partner program which piggy-backs on the main destination campaign will drive significant awareness momentum for operators to benefit from, providing them with an opportunity to add their voice to a powerful, targeted and consolidated campaign.
- Operators Overview – Master TSM Campaign and Operator Bespoke opportunity
- Snowy Mountains Partnership Program Prospectus
- Briefing form to be filled if you are keen to participate
This month the Jindabyne Chamber were invited to attend Eden-Monaro Business Forum to discuss the Jobs & Skills Summit |(5.30pm, Monday, 15 Aug 22) by Kristy McBain MP.
Dear Jindabyne Chamber,
I would like to make sure that the views and ideas of Eden-Monaro workers and employers, businesses and unions contribute to build a bigger, better-trained, and more productive workforce; boost incomes and living standards; and create more opportunities for more Australians to get ahead and to reach their aspirations.
The Jobs and Skills Summit will focus on:
- keeping unemployment low, boosting productivity and incomes
- delivering secure, well-paid jobs and strong, sustainable wages growth
- expanding employment opportunities for all Australians including the most disadvantaged
- addressing skills shortages and getting our skills mix right over the long term
- improving migration settings to support higher productivity and wages
- maximising jobs and opportunities from renewable energy, tackling climate change, the digital economy, the care economy, and a Future Made in Australia
- ensuring women have equal opportunities and equal pay.
This Eden-Monaro Business Forum will be at 5.30pm on Monday, 15 August 2022. I would very much like to hear from you so I can better represent Eden-Monaro views at the Summit.
Following the Summit an Employment White Paper will be produced recommending immediate actions and opportunities for medium and long-term reforms. Submissions concerning the White Paper will open later in 2022.
Dear Eden-Monaro Jobs and Skills Advisory Group
Thank you for your attendance at the Eden-Monaro Jobs and Skills Zoom sessions this week. It was wonderful to meet with you all and hear your first-hand experiences and proposed solutions to the challenges you are facing in the regions.
I have compiled your input into a one-page submission which forms the Eden-Monaro perspective at the federal Jobs and Skills Summit in September.
If you would like to add to the submission, or if you have any feedback, please respond to this email before Thursday 25 August 2022. Eden-Monaro Electorate Submission DRAFT
The Hon Kristy McBain MP
Member for Eden-Monaro
Get Ready – NSW ban on the supply of certain single-use plastic items from 1 November 2022
From 1 November 2022, supply of the following items will be banned in NSW:
- Plastic single-use cutlery (spoons, knives, forks, sporks, chopsticks – any utensil used for consuming food)
- Plastic single-use plates and bowls (excludes bowls with a spill proof lid whether separate or attached)
- Plastic single-use stirrers
- Plastic single-use straws (with exemptions for people with a disability or medical need)
- Plastic single-use cotton buds
- Expanded polystyrene food ware including bowls, cups, clamshell containers and plates (includes any plastic item made in whole or in part of expanded polystyrene used to serve food or beverages)
- Plastic micro-beads in rinse off personal hygiene products
The ban applies even if they are made from biodegradable, compostable, or bioplastics. This includes those made from Australian certified compostable plastic.
Lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles (35 microns or less in thickness) have been banned since 1 June 2022.
Who do the bans apply to?
Anyone who supplies a banned item in NSW while carrying on a business. This includes activities for commercial, charitable, sporting, education, or community purposes. For example:
- Retail or hospitality businesses must not provide banned items to their customers.
- Product/packaging suppliers must not supply banned items to anyone within or into NSW.
- Community groups and not-for-profits must not supply banned items as part of a service, for regular activities or during events or fundraising activities.
What might this mean for you?
Businesses and community organisations in NSW will no longer be able to supply customers with banned items from 1 November 2022. The ban applies whether a fee is charged, or the item is given out for free.
Why is this important?
Consumers do a great job when it comes to sorting recyclable plastics from waste destined for landfill. Yet despite these efforts, plastic packaging and single-use plastic items still make up 60% of all litter in NSW. These items take thousands of years to decompose and in the process, they are causing great harm to our natural environment and wildlife.
The NSW Government is committed to phasing out problematic plastics. The NSW Plastics Action Plan was launched in June 2021 to manage plastic throughout its lifecycle – from generation through to production, supply and reducing plastic waste.
The first step is to phase out certain problematic or unnecessary plastic products. The banned plastic items have been chosen because they are highly littered and have readily available sustainable alternatives. The bans will prevent almost 2.7 billion items of plastic from entering our natural environment and waterways over the next 20 years.
The EPA’s role
The EPA, as the regulator of the bans, is committed to taking a fair and considered approach to regulation. That’s why we are focused firstly on providing information to businesses so they are aware of their upcoming obligations and can make the switch to more sustainable alternatives.
We understand there may be different circumstances for different businesses and community organisations and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ response. When deciding on the most appropriate regulatory action we will look at factors such as what steps have been taken to prepare for the new requirements and whether genuine effort has been made to comply.
You can read more about our overall approach to regulation in our Regulatory Strategy
How to prepare for the ban
Thank you to the many businesses and community organisations that have already made the switch to more sustainable options. If you have not yet switched, consider the following steps:
- Understand the ban – access the website for more information and FAQs to ensure you understand the ban and allowed alternatives.
- Prepare now – Inform staff, volunteers and customers early about the upcoming ban and the changes they should expect.
- Make a plan – Stop ordering banned items now and use up existing stock as much as possible, as you cannot supply banned items after 1 November 2022 (regardless of when you purchased it).
- Speak to your supplier – if you have large amounts of stock, they may accept returns or exchanges.
- Responsible disposal – If you cannot exhaust, return, exchange or transfer your stock in time, you may like to contact a local recycler or register with the Great Plastic Rescue to recycle stock into new products.
Help & advice for businesses
The NSW Government has partnered with the National Retail Association to provide engagement and education services for businesses and community organisations across NSW. These free services include:
- Custom resources and signage (including information in 15 languages) – download here
- Visiting thousands of stores in 650 shopping centres and retail precincts across metropolitan and regional areas to provide face-to-face advice and resources.
- Holding regular online question and answer sessions for businesses and community organisations – register here
- Providing a specialist tollfree hotline 1800 844 946 and email firstname.lastname@example.org to answer unique business queries.
Find out more
We encourage you to review the website resources, download signage and attend the information sessions being provided by the National Retail Association. The next information session is being held on 31 August 2022.
For further enquiries about the plastics ban, please contact the EPA at email@example.com
NSW Environment Protection Authority
The Business Community Resilience (BCR) Toolkit is a FREE online program to help businesses prepare for future disasters and disruptions. Delivered through 26 learning modules, the program empowers businesses in New South Wales to prepare, connect and build resilience.
This is a Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund project through the joint Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and will be available until 30th September 2022 for any operating entity in eligible LGAs.
It’s not too late for business owners and operators to join the program and complete all the previously released modules.
Find out more and register at https://toolkit.corporate2community.com/
Capital Radio has prepared a special set of Advertising Packages for Jindabyne Chamber Members.
25 x 30 second BMAD commercials per month for single station (SNOWFM or XLFM)
Single Station Total Investment: $420 +GST per month
40 x 30 second BMAD commercials per month for dual station (SNOWFM & XLFM)
Dual Station Total Investment: $630 +GST per month
One Day Sale Promotion 06/09/22 – 97.7 SnowFM and/or Forever Classic XLFM
50 x 30 second BMAD commercials scheduled in breakfast, morning, afternoon, and drive each month with a 3 month commitment over September, October and November.
BMAD Commercials, are the peak listening times on 97.7 SnowFM and/or Forever Classic XLFM.
Multiple coverage, 25 x 30 seconds on 97.7 SnowFM and 25 x 30 seconds on Forever Classic XLFM.
or Single coverage, on preferred station to target specific audiences or listeners or demographics.
An extra bonus: Businesses who purchase all three months on the 6th of September will go into the draw to win an additional 150 x 30 second BMAD commercials to use by 28/3/2023!
Tailored ads specific to your business with jingles and catchphrases to catch the attention of listeners and promote your business.
Total investment: $690 plus GST per month
As the Assistant General Manager, Hannah takes care of Jindabyne based businesses and businesses outside of our region who advertise within our market. She believes radio advertising is a valuable marketing tool for your clients to use to increase customer base as their target audience tune into radio every day at some point in the day i.e., during commuting. Hannah has attached a statistic infographic for your reference.
If you have any advertising needs, please don’t hesitate in contacting her to discuss the special advertising opportunities and marketing options for Jindabyne Chamber members, here in the Snowy Mountains.
The Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce are looking for a group of Fun, Organised and Creative Volunteers to help us prepare for a Magical Event we are planning for May next year.
The Jindabyne Snow Ball will be filled with Wintery Wonder, Elegance and Style. With Live Music & Dancing, Local Drinks and a Special 3 Course Dinner, it’s our wish this night be a Well Deserved Celebration to Launch the 2023 Snow Season and be a Night to Remember.
The Jindabyne Chamber hopes to see the Jindabyne Snow Ball become an Annual Event, so let’s do all we can to make this Wonderful Evening a Big Success.
Please Email or Message if you’re interested in becoming involved, we will be starting our preparations after the end of this Snow Season.