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Business Local Mid West

Whether you’re just starting out with a great small business idea or looking to grow or solve a specific business challenge, our Mid West Business Advisors can help you on your journey to business success.

FREE Advice & Mentoring

We offer expert advice, direction, training and referrals on all aspects of small business including:

  • Business Start-up
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing
  • Licensing & registration
  • Taxation
  • Franchising
  • Dispute
  • Funding & Finance
  • E-Commerce
  • IT Systems
  • HR & Industrial Relations
  • Leasing
  • Buying/Selling
  • Succession Planning

After an initial "discovery session", your advisor will prepare an action plan and check-in regularly to offer guidance by phone, email, Skype, or face-to-face to help you achieve your goals.

Book a FREE Small Business Consultation

Meet Your Business Local Advisors

Tony Emmott

Business Advisor - Mid West & Gascoyne

Tony has experience and knowledge of all aspects of small business. He managed Cramer & Neill air-conditioning in Geraldton for 7 years, then owned and operated that business for next 12 years, growing to employ over 30 staff.
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Emma O'Brien

Business Advisor - Mid West & Gascoyne

Emma has several years of business, administration and financial experience in a variety of areas including taxation, superannuation, accounts, payroll, management, finance and business operations. Emma is a Xero certified advisor.
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Jen Hanrahan

Business Advisor - Mid West & Marketing

Jen has specialised in digital marketing since 2005 and before joining our team, Jen owned and ran Blaze Digital – a successful web design and online marketing consultancy servicing small businesses nationally from Geraldton.
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Lechelle McDiarmid

Service Manager

Lechelle has 15 years’ experience in banking and finance prior to joining our team. In addition to her big-business experience, Lechelle has held operational and management roles in small and developing businesses in regional WA.

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FREE Business Skills Workshops

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Starting a Business (Geraldton)

Starting a Business (Geraldton)

Jul 17, 9:00am - Jul 17, 11:00am

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If you're thinking about starting a business, but don't know where to begin, this FREE presentation will take you through the essentials.

You’ll cover the key steps; from initial assessment and looking at your suitability to run a business, to financing your idea, and identifying sales opportunities.

You’ll also receive lots of hints and tips on where to find more detailed information and advice on how to start a business.

This topic covers:
-The essentials of starting your own business;
-Key steps to launching your business;
-Assessing your business idea;
-Building your business plan;
-Choosing your business structure;
-Legal obligations;
-Building your support team;
-Figuring out your finances;
-Marketing your business.

You'll receive a practical workbook, which includes an 'Are you ready?' checklist, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and book a free follow-up 1-on-1 advice session.

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Website Planning (Geraldton)

Website Planning (Geraldton)

Jul 24, 9:00am - Jul 24, 12:00pm

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Work out what you want a website to do for your business and whether to build it yourself or hire professionals.

Just about every business needs a website. Even if customers don’t actually buy online, they are still doing extensive online research before making a purchase. Having a website provides the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your goods or services and to engage with current and potential customers.

Trying to decide where to start your website journey can be overwhelming. This FREE workshop will help you to determine what you want a website to do for your business. It will also explore the options to build it yourself or to engage professionals.

Who's it for?
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This workshop is for small business owners who don’t have a website but know they need one. Or for business owners that are looking for ways to improve or rework their current website.

Even if you plan to outsource the development of your website, to get a site that really meets your business needs, it is essential to know how to write a good plan and which questions to ask your developers.

Beyond being able to ‘surf the net’, no previous or technical knowledge is required to attend this workshop.

This workshop covers:
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- Determining your website purpose and functional requirements;

- An overview of domain names, web hosting, booking and shopping systems;

- The main options for website development:

---> hiring professional developers;

---> using templates to build your own;

---> using a DIY website builder;

- Developing a site map;

- Writing for the web;

- Sourcing images and graphics;

- Managing SEO (search engine optimisation);

- Monitoring website performance.

In addition to a practical workbook, you’ll also receive a Build a Website booklet that you can use as the foundation of your new website.

You can also book a free 1-on-1 follow-up consultation with Jen to plan your website and online marketing.

Practical examples and directions of where to source online tools are provided throughout the workshop. You’ll also be able to ask questions.

You don’t need to bring a laptop or tablet with you.

Presenter
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Jen Hanrahan has specialised in digital marketing and eCommerce since 2005. Before joining the Business Local team, Jen owned and ran Blaze Digital – a successful web design and online marketing consultancy servicing small businesses nationally from Geraldton.

Jen has built over 100 websites for businesses across a range of industries including creative, eCommerce/retail, events & tourism, health & beauty, industrial, mining & construction trades, professional services, education, not-for-profits and corporate.

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Understanding Business Financials (Geraldton)

Understanding Business Financials (Geraldton)

Jul 31, 9:00am - Jul 31, 12:00pm

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Learn how to develop ‘snapshot’ measures (key performance indicators) of your business progress to make sure it stays on track.

Running a business means having confidence when it comes to making important financial decisions. This straight forward workshop will help you understand key financial information so you can gauge how your business is performing, make financial decisions and spot problems before they get out of hand.

Who's it for?
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This is an entry level workshop for people with little or no understanding of business financials.

It will also be useful for business owners who want to be better equipped to spot financial problems or areas of concern.

What we will cover
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-how to read a profit and loss statement
-knowing the difference between margin and mark-up
-understanding a balance sheet
-tracking key performance indicators
-knowing your net cash position
-the importance of managing cash flow.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions or you can book a Free one-on-one follow up consultation afterwards to discuss your individual requirements.

Presenter
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Business Local advisor, Tony Emmott has experience and knowledge of all aspects of small business. He managed a small business in Geraldton for 7 years, then owned and operated that business for next 12 years, growing to employ over 30 staff.
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If you cannot make this workshop or would like 1:1 advice, please book a free consultation by calling 1800 249 562 or online at www.rsmbusinesslocal.com.au
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RSM - Business Local Office

Geraldton

1/12 Bayly Street, Geraldton WA 6530

Business Local Remote Consulting

Dongara, Morawa, Kalbarri, Northampton & Other Business Centres

Our advisors regularly travel throughout the Mid West region to run workshops and provide one-on-one consultation sessions on demand and in partnership with Community Resource Centres.