What a great year! We have seen so many new workshops, projects and services launch into existence in 2018. Here is a wrap up from the year and a big thanks to all who made it happen!

Our offices will be closed from 3 pm Friday 21 December and reopen 9 am 3 January 2019.

As we reflect on another amazing year at the Business Centre, we would like to share our Top 5 moments of 2018.

Number 5

NDIS business innovation

Many small businesses operate under the National Disability Insurance Scheme providing amazing services to fellow Australians. To develop their operations in this new marketplace, our clients need to be agile, need to develop their value proposition and implement a great business model. They also need to stay abreast with all the latest NDIS requirements to be compliant with the scheme. At the Business Centre, Chantelle Robards is our expert for growing a business in the NDIS sector. Here’ s one of our regular updates to our clients.

Number 4

STEM defence + Innovation Program

What would your business/career look like if you knew the process of commercialisation in high school? This year, the Business Centre partnered with Regional Development Australia – Hunter’s ME Program to deliver the STEM Defence + Innovation Program to High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students. We were blown away by the students' ability to turn their inventions into a commercially viable business, with the guidance from our Advisors Gordon Whitehead and Paulina Mangano. This project proves there is no age restriction on reaching commercial success. RDA Hunter’s ME Program is calling for student applications for the 2019 STEM Defence + Innovation Program in partnership with the Business Centre Newcastle. Apply here: https://lnkd.in/gyZzfQn

Number 3

Bloopers

It would not be a normal year at the Business Centre without laughter.  As we prepare resources and videos for our Business Students and clients, we had a few!

Number 2

China Ready

Our COO, Steve Wait, has been developing a series of boutique events, “world-café style” at the Business Centre to give local entrepreneurs the chance to discuss how to get their business ready to engage with the Chinese market.  Expert speakers joined us as well as local Chinese residents keen to share their wisdom with us.

Number 1

Startup Xpress

The Business Centre runs an accelerator called Start House. The program manager, Gordon Whitehead, wanted to showcase the best startups going through Start House.  Rather than focussing solely on own our clients, the Business Centre decided to contact all other incubators and accelerators in the Hunter, booked a double-decker bus and take our top 25 regional startups to Sydney! This became the Startup Xpress.

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