Small Business Financial Counsellor - Sunraysia Rural Counselling Service Inc
New Free Service for Small Business Owners Needing Help

SunRCS offers a FREE financial counselling service to eligible small businesses in rural and regional North West Victoria, together with our Rural Financial Counselling Service.

If you are:

  • Concerned about your small business finances; or
  • You have a new small business; or
  • Intending to start a new small business

Our Small Business Financial Counsellors can:

  • Confidentially assess and prepare reports on your financial position, cash flow and viability
  • Help you understand your financial and business position and options
  • Help you to develop good record keeping practices
  • Provide general advice on debt management
  • Provide general advice on pricing and costing
  • Help you with employer issues including employer obligations and superannuation
  • Help you with taxation issues including planning to meet taxation obligations, lodgement of returns and online reporting
  • Provide information on useful website links for your business
  • Provide information on support services available for small businesses
  • Help you to deal with lending institutions
  • Provide you with information you should consider when you are a new small business or intending to start a new small business

Our Small Business Financial Counsellors can provide you with the tools to make informed financial and business decisions for your enterprise.

To make a no obligation enquiry about this free service, please contact us by phone:

1300 769 489 or Marty Sammon 0417 357 909

Alternatively you can visit our website for more information.

Communications Specialist - City of Greater Bendigo
City of Greater Bendigo free business webinar on phishing emails

Phishing emails have become a major cyber security issue during the pandemic. So what are they?

Scammers often send phishing emails or texts pretending to be from a legitimate business such as a bank or a government agency to obtain confidential information about you. If given, your details are then used for fraudulent activities.

As part of our weekly business webinars in partnership with Be.Bendigo, IT expert Joe Ciancio from Maxsum Consulting will host a free webinar on Tuesday July 7 at 12pm on how phishing has become a serious cyber threat. The webinar will explain how scammers have become more sophisticated during the pandemic targeting individuals and businesses. Teach your staff how to spot phishing emails and have the right steps in place to keep your confidential business information and data secure from cyber attacks. Phishing emails are successful due to human error. To register, please visit


Escape Coach Tours

Who we are: Escape Coach Tours is a 100% Australian owned, family run business operating out of Bendigo.  Specialising in tailor made itineraries to incredible destinations around Victoria, South Australian and New South Wales offering unforgettable experiences to suit all budgets and satisfy the senses.

Be assured you are in good hands; owners Damien and Annette Harris bring with them over 28 years’ experience in running successful local businesses including coach tour operations around Australia.

If you are looking for a trip to remember with a team that have a focus on your safety, comfort, and satisfaction, please look no further.  Escape Coach Tours will take the hassles out of the planning allowing you to relax and focus on the destination.

What we offer

Choose from some great prearranged tours or talk with us to tailor a package to meet your needs.

  • Day Trips
  • Weekend Tours
  • Sporting Events
  • Theatre/Concerts
  • Open Gardens
  • Mystery Tours
  • Culinary/Wine Tours
  • Relaxation/Pampering
  • Nature and Adventure

Having extensive knowledge of Victoria, NSW, South Australia to as far away as the Top End and Red Centre we are equipped to organise larger itineraries to unique destinations.

Business Development Manager - Employsure - Workplace Relations, Health & Safety - Employsure
New Industrial Manslaughter Penalties take effect this Wednesday (1 July, 2020)





As of July 1st 2020, Work Safe Victoria and Victorian State Government will introduce a new criminal offence of workplace manslaughter into occupational health and safety laws here in Victoria.  This is great news as it will means safer workplaces across our region, but does mean business owners must be on top of their Workplace Health and Safety.

The offence applies to negligent conduct by an employer or other duty holders, or an officer of an organisation, which breaches certain duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and causes the death of another person who was owed the duty.

The new law aims to prevent workplace death, provide a stronger deterrent for duty holders to comply with their occupational health and safety obligations, and to send a strong message that putting people’s lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated.

The positive news is that if you are already complying with your OHS duties, you are doing the right thing and you will not need to do anything different from 1 July. If you are not complying, the consequences for not thinking about workplace risk can be much more severe with a maximum of 25 years imprisonment and $16.5 Million in penalties now available.

But How Can You Be SURE?

To check your business compliance, Employsure offer a service called a ‘Safe Check’ Gap Analysis.  Let’s face it, when you’re working in a business everyday it can be easy to over look practices that may leave you exposed.  By having a trained professional with ‘external eyes’ review your workplace we can identify any blind spots your business may have. From there we can help with making your workplace safe and compliant.

For more information, call or email me for details:

Tim Burnham

Employsure – Central Victoria

0427 439 344

Massage / Bowen Therapist - Health Haven Bendigo
Open for Business at Home

I am now able to do treatments at home again.

The room is ready and Covid-19 compliant.

I am available throughout the week after 5pm, Saturdays from 10am and Sundays from 12pm.

Treatments by appointment only and allowances between clients for cleaning.

Call 0439 465 767 for an appointment now.

Brian Vaughan

“So we heard you’re beer nerds?”

“So we heard you’re beer nerds?” Yes, it’s true! 😆⠀
💁🏻‍♀️ We understand that craft breweries have many of the same challenges of other small businesses, BUT we also understand that breweries are inherently complex. Yeaaah, I see you nodding your head in agreement! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Well, we’re set and ready to take the deep dive into your business! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Alluvia Financial is staffed with an experienced team of professionals that use their specialised industry knowledge, financial, and accounting experience to assist YOU.⠀

We know and understand the business of breweries aaaannnnnddd we have been known to be frequently found at local craft breweries and events. Haha! 🤣🍻❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are three primary ways we provide brewery accounting assistance and peace of mind…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➡️ Firstly, our business blueprint is a deep dive into your business operations to reveal the problem areas and potential financial and efficiency leakages.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➡️ Ongoing Xero bookkeeping packages and business advisory to manage and maintain complex compliance requirements.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➡️ We have a network of financial and business professionals that are experienced and eager to assist with the financial aspects of growing your brewery business.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Well ahhh, I’ll leave you on that note…. 😜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

– The A-Team✌️🏻

Dreading the EOFY?

Dreading the EOFY?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🥁🥁 Drum roll, please! 🥁🥁⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That’s when it’s our time to shine! 👏😁⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We’re feeling super organised right now! With our head around JobKeeper, we’ve been enjoying working with you to come up with strategies to get us through this next phase of uncertainty.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT… key dates for lodgement are met and that all financial reporting commitments are ready for you to proceed headfirst into the 2020/2021 year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💁🏻‍♀️ As an A-Team client, we will take care of the hard work for you. 👏⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A lot of the EOFY deadlines are centred around employees. So if you don’t have any staff just yet, you can skip most of these dates. ⬇️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For businesses with staff, we have prepared an ​Employee Info Sheet​ to hand out to your employees to explain the STP process this year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hopefully, this will help with the inevitable questions “when can I do my tax?” that will come streaming in from midnight on the 30th of June.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here is a heads up of the upcoming due dates (there’s a lot of them). In fact, there’s so many, we created a blog to include them all.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➡️ Read all of the dates and download the Employee Info Sheet⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you have any questions, you know what to do! 😁⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– The A-Team ✌️🏻

Communications Specialist - City of Greater Bendigo
How staff respond to change – leadership management free webinar

The City of Greater Bendigo’s weekly Regional Business Webinar Support series continues in partnership with Be.Bendigo.

On Tuesday June 30, 2020 at 12pm, Pam Macdonald from Broadspring Consulting will host: Talking COVID 19: Why people keep asking when will it be over? – how we respond to change.

As an experienced change management professional, Pam will talk us through typical responses to change (both emotional and practical) and why these responses need to be revised. People are generally okay to get through a crisis or something that has a clear end date. What happens to our wellbeing when there is no specific end in sight can be highly destructive. This webinar will cover uncommon beliefs about change, the stages of change and emotion that people go through. To register, please visit

Communications Specialist - City of Greater Bendigo
Leadership and change management free webinar

The City of Greater Bendigo’s weekly Regional Business Webinar Support series continues in partnership with Be.Bendigo.

On Tuesday June 23, 2020 at 12pm, leadership and change management expert Pam Macdonald from Broadspring Consulting will host Talking COVID 19: Leadership through the pandemic.

This webinar will highlight the strengths and skills displayed by the most effective leaders during the pandemic. It will discuss what impacts this may have on how to lead more effectively in the future, as well as what shifts may be needed in recruitment and skills development plans for the leaders of the future.

To register, please visit


Marketing, Communications & Engagement - Maxsum Consulting
Circle Back to IT Security!

COVID-19 Now & Next – Remote Working & Back to the Office

Long before COVID-19 many businesses were moving towards offering or embedding some form of remote working flexibility in their workplaces. But this was a very different exercise to what we have seen over recent months where almost overnight whole businesses Australia-wide were literally required to down tools, shut up shop, and regroup – remotely – from home!

As we start to come to terms with what COVID-19 now and next means for our businesses, our people and our future, it’s time to circle back around to what you may have missed in the rush to get remote work ready and get it right and ready for return to the office!

  • What short cuts did you take to get your team connected and accessible remotely?
  • What new threats have emerged during this time of crisis that might derail your remote working best efforts?
  • Have you thought about what going back to the office might look like?
  • Or what you will do if you have to do it all again in the near future?

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY Maxsum is offering our Circle Back to IT Security Review at a very special discounted rate!

Take up our special offering before June 30 to assess, plan and document how your business

  • Can continue to work securely and productively remotely
  • Can safely and securely bring your people, data and devices back to the office when the time comes
  • Be ready and able to ramp up to remote working fast all over again!

Find out more and sign up now at: