This year has passed in record time and we will soon be into January.
At the top of the list, we are planning a refresh of BassendeanMeansBusiness web site. Assisting us to do some of the ground work we recently had the good fortune to work with local university student – Sally Leavy. Sally a third year at Notre Dame, Fremantle is completing a double degree in Commerce (Economics) and Politics (International Relations). She put in two weeks as an intern sifting through mountains of data from the ABR, distilling it down to integrate into the latest business directory and email database. This data really helps in featuring the new operators, those starting out, those working from home and helps to build networks and bring the right people together.
Talking about bringing people together I recently met up with some members of the Bassendean Business Association over breakfast and I’m looking forward to supporting them in 2018.
A part of that support will hopefully be at the Festival of Local Business. This event is just beginning to take shape and will happen in April. It aims to put our community of businesses and entrepreneurs on the map in a very special way. The idea of the festival came out of the Digital Business Marketing Strategy (2018) which will be officially presented to the new Economic Development Committee when it first meets in the new year. But you can get a sneak preview here. The new Economic Development Committee is currently looking for members. If you want to be part of it please nominate yourself here and make sure your hat is in the ring.
The economic and financial outlook for 2018 is positive overall. A just published Quarterly Economic Commentary from Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre (BCEC) offers excellent objective insight into the expectations both social and commercial for 2018. Great reading when you can separate yourself from your domestic duties this holiday.
Original & Free
And finally, as a start up business where your cash is tight and image is everything. The biggest place where your customers find you and make a decision on whether to trust you or put their time in to check you out is of course your website. That is the centre of your publicity. A major element are the photos and images which are displayed.
Here is a link to 25 websites of original free stocks photos These thousands of photos are free to download. They just ask you to acknowledge the photographer when you use the image (just like we have with the image above). The images are unique and different from the standard free stock photos.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday. Looking forward to 2018 and growing our local economy.