Business Over Coffee Returns! Protecting your Business

1 March 2019

The Cities of Melville and Canning are bringing Business Over Coffee back to their local libraries.

Following the success of a pilot series in October 2018, the Cities of Melville and Canning are bringing Business Over Coffee back to their local libraries, with a focus this series on Protecting your Business!

The Cities of Melville and Canning have collaborated to create the free Business Over Coffee series which is aimed directly at small businesses. Unlike traditional workshops, the series offers small businesses an opportunity to have direct access to business advisors in an informal Q&A style setting, where they can discuss and share real life challenges and problems as a group.

The autumn Business Over Coffee series will run for four consecutive weeks commencing mid-March alternating between the Melville’s A H Bracks library and Canning’s Riverton library. Each session will focus on a different aspect around the Protecting your Business theme, whether it be Director Duties and Governance, Mental Health, Cyber Security or Future Proofing your Business.

Attendees will be encouraged to participate and drive discussions by asking questions or sharing problems, challenges and frustrations they are experiencing in their business. The business advisors will be there to facilitate the discussions, as well as provide practical and general advice to benefit all attendees.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the 2018 pilot series had been a great success, with attendees saying the sessions were informative and practical, and also provided valuable networking opportunities.

“Due to the success of the pilot series, our two cities will continue to work together to bring the Business Over Coffee series to our local business communities, and we are thrilled to hear that other local governments are now introducing a similar initiative into their programming,” said Mayor Aubrey.

City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng said this Business Over Coffee series raises awareness around the risks associated with small businesses and focuses on topics and tools to assist with protecting them.

“We used the feedback from last year’s pilot series to develop topics that are relevant to our small business communities. The two cities are focused on ensuring that we are providing our small businesses with current and practical information from across the business sector,” said Mayor Ng.

For more details and to register please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/businessevents

Week 1 - Mental Health in the Workplace

  • Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2019
  • Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Location: Riverton Library, Riverton

Week 2 - Director Duties and Governance

  • Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019
  • Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Location: A H Bracks Library, Melville

Week 3 - Cybersecurity for Small Business

  • Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2019
  • Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Location: Riverton Library, Riverton

Week 4 - Future Proofing your Business

  • Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2019
  • Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Location: A H Bracks Library, Melville

Each session is scheduled to run for one hour with participants free to stay or leave earlier given the informal nature of the event.

For businesses in the City of Melville visit the Business Hub on www.melvillecity.com.au/business and in the City of Canning visit www.canning.wa.gov.au/business.

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