Head of Product and Customer Success - Localised
Be.Bendigo local business discovery Meetup

Well that was pretty amazing! We were so pleased that many (39) of local businesses attended last Thursday’s Be.Bendigo Localised Virtual Meetup.

Local Value – the raw stats

  • 87% of you came to network
  • 96% of you discovered a business they previous weren’t aware of
  • 76% of you will follow up with someone they met at the meetup

So inspiring! Such a strong desire to find locals to sell to, buy from or partner with.

Shout out to the team at Be.Bendigo who share the passion for connecting local business to each other, to opportunities for sales, supply and support.

Follow ups
Thanks also to Damien Palmer from AFS, Katherine Hietbrink from Robertson Hyetts & David Bicknell from Intersport Bicknells. Great perspectives on the current business environment in Bendigo and beyond.

Put your business in front of local business owners
If you are interested in headlining a Local Business Discovery Meetup to educate local business owners on a relevant topic and promote your people and services, please get in touch. We’d love to run more of these events and welcome partners to deliver them.

Warm regards and thank you for participating,
Dennis, Petra, Bronte, Wayne, Les and Theo

Grand Opening!

Grand Opening!

Oct 5, 10 am

133-135 High St

Kangaroo Flat

Come along to our brand new store and discover 100s of unique treasures.

Items for vintage and retro collectors including clothing, jewellery, books, collectables and more.

Don’t forget- 50pm % of profits go to animal rescue groups 💚

Team Leader - Nabenet Occupational Rehabilitation - Nabenet
Looking for staff in Central Victoria?

Nabenet can bring you skilled and work ready employees. We are located in Bendigo at 92 Wills Street.

Assistance offered  through WorkSafe Incentive Scheme for Employers (WISE) financial incentive offers of up to $26,000.

What Nabenet can provide you:

  • Skilled workers with a diverse range of competencies and various transferable skill sets
  • Pre-screening of suitable candidates
  • WISE* Financial incentives – Up to $26,000 over 6 months
  • WorkCover premium protection (2 years)
  • A free worksite assessment
  • Skilled vocational consultants; providing support to you and the employee during the recruitment and trial stage of new employment

Please contact Nabenet for further information or to discuss your recruitment needs.

Nabenet is a leading Occupational Rehabilitation Provider in Central Victoria; working with individuals in the area who are ready to return to work and looking for a new employer.

The New Employer Services Program offers job coaching, vocational re-training, and support for workers re-entering the work-force in new roles.

Through the WorkSafe Incentive Scheme for Employers (WISE) financial incentive offers of up to $26,000 and is payable to employers who offer ongoing work of a minimum of 15 hours per week or more to the new employee.

The WISE incentive pays an employer the following financial incentives:

Payment 1 – At job commencement = $2,000

Payment 2 – At 13 weeks of paid employment – 45% of the worker’s gross earnings

Payment 3 – At 26 weeks of paid employment – 45% of the worker’s gross earnings

Payment 2 and 3 = 13 weeks x 45% of the worker’s gross earnings, (13 and 26 week payments capped at $12,000).

For more information please contact Tayla Willingham in Bendigo on 0434 424 709

It’s all about time

I believe that when people start up their own business it’s because they are passionate about what they want to do.  I know that is why I started my business.

I know that when you start your own business, there is one thing that you never seem to have enough of, and that is time.

So, if you are ready to get some time back, time to spend on your passion, your business.  Time to spend with your family.  Time for yourself.  Call me, and let me help you get some time back.

To find out more or to get in touch, check out my directory listing: https://centralvic.localised.com.au/businesses/entry/customised-accounting-matters/

Have you registered for VendorPanel yet?

If you are a business that supplies goods or services to the City of Greater Bendigo, you need to register on VendorPanel.

The City now exclusively uses VendorPanel and VendorPanel Marketplace (for suppliers with no existing contract) to manage all requests for quotation from its suppliers.  If you aren’t on VendorPanel, you aren’t getting seen.  Once you are registered, your business will also be visible to hundreds of other organisations across Australia.

Registration is quick, easy and free.  To access the VendorPanel website and for instructions on how to register, go to   https://www.vendorpanel.com.au/marketplace.aspx?emcc=123AA87B16FE.

For more information contact the City of Greater Bendigo Procurement Team on 5434 6000 or email procurement@bendigo.vic.gov.au.


Community Engagement and Communications - Bendigo Community Health Services
EOI – Redesign of Bendigo Community Health Services workplace health program

Bendigo Community Health Services has offered a Workplace Health program for 15 years.

It’s about helping businesses and employees in our community to pursue a healthy lifestyle and protect them in times of need such as flu season.

We have completed a review of the program in line with our new Strategic Directions 2019-2024 with a focus on demand, impact and resourcing.

It’s time to redesign the program.

We are seeking some independent advice from a qualified consultancy agency or individual to make sure our new Workplace Health program meets the needs of the community and is sustainable to continue supporting businesses and employees well into the future.

The consultant will review the present program and future opportunities and provide a report with recommendations to help with the redevelopment and redesign of our Workplace Health Program.

Does that sound like something your organisation can help us with?

Expressions of interest close at 4pm on September 4, 2020.

Please direct any questions to our Director of Primary Health Care Services Graem Kelly by email on graemkelly@bchs.com.au or calling (03) 5406 1479.

The EOI documents are available at http://www.tenders.net/ or you can learn more by clicking on this link to go to our website: http://bit.ly/WorkplaceHealthEOI


Communications Specialist - City of Greater Bendigo
Bendigo Invention + Innovation Festival starts next Monday

The Bendigo Invention + Innovation Festival is less than a week away so have you registered yet for this free event?  We’ve got an inspiring program and top speakers headlining the festival. Please visit bit.ly/2PXS9Du!

Once you’ve registered, DOWNLOAD our app for the full festival experience….the entire program is at your fingertips. Festival chair Paul Chapman doesn’t want you to miss out!

Thank you to our festival partners The Centre for Optimism, Bendigo Tech School, La Trobe University, Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network, the Bendigo Manufacturing Group, Digital Innovation Futures Victoria and the Federal Government.

#2020BIIF #DIFvic


Communications Specialist - City of Greater Bendigo
Regional Growth Summit to help your business grow

If you are a passionate and purpose-driven business owner who wants your business to stand out then the Regional Growth Summit is for you.

This one-day event brings together business leaders from across regional, rural and outer metro communities to share stories of inspiration combined with practical actions that you can implement immediately to help your business grow.

The full-day online event on September 2 has a huge list of inspiring entrepreneurial speakers rooted in regional areas, ready to expand knowledge and encourage action!

Register here: https://bit.ly/RGSSep2020 and use code BendigoRGSPass to make it FREE. All sessions will be recorded for ongoing access, so don’t forget to register!

  • Economist Rob Hall will talk through the data showing the impacts and trends throughout Australia of Covid19.
  • How to build resilience in a changing business environment through culture, leadership, sustainability and communication from Global Director of T2 and Byron Bay’s BEAR.
  • SafetyCulture talks through their journey from start-up to billion-dollar valuation and how proactively leaning into challenges and taking ownership of risks could help your business stand out.
  • Practical master classes to walk through the ten steps to a marketing strategy and how to build an action plan from it with Marketing Entourage.
  • Practical examples of how to use your network and stand out from the crowd from two top recognised and awarded regional entrepreneurs who between them have successfully created and scaled innovative businesses.
  • String Nguyen, a LinkedIn Top Voice, will speak on the importance of personal brand and how to build it.
  • Tech company Go1 will share their journey of growth from a regional city business to global player, and the importance of maintaining local roots and using local talent.
  • Growing an iconic hospitality business in a small regional town through a focus on customer experience and incorporating the region in the product with Dunkeld’s Royal Mail.
  • From backyard innovation to going global – lessons on how to scale a manufacturing company for an international market from Subpod.
  • Virtual networking opportunities and panel discussions.


New Business launching

Customised Accounting Matters is committed to providing hassle free, easy bookkeeping and accounting services that will save you time and money.

Whether you need assistance with day to day bookkeeping, BAS lodgements, bank reconciliations, payroll, superannuation, accounts payable, accounts receivable and debtor management, financial reporting, cash flow reporting, budgets or software training, you can count on Customised Accounting Matters for a professional and accurate service. We can also help you set up your new business, leaving you with more time to bring your dream to life. Are you records out of date and in a mess? We can help get you organised!