Business calendar

December 5: Learn the basics about starting a business with Business Enterprise Centre expert Mike Carlton in Blacktown. Topics include accessing government grants, low rate business loans, insurance implications, public liability and advertising. $50. Register: www.enterprisehub.com.

December 10: Tough Love Advising is running a workshop on how to master communication with your customers. At Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill, from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets: $59. Register: www.eventbrite.com.au.

December 10: The Interchange Business Networking Group will have a networking meeting at the Creative Spirit Centre in Minchinbury from 8.30am. Details: www.ibng.com.au.

December 11: Improve your sales skills in real estate, property management and marketing with a Sales Mastery and Marketing Persuasion workshop at Club Merrylands Bowling, 9.30am-2.30pm. Register: www.eventbrite.com.au.

December 15: Free business leaders mentoring with Craig Rispin in Parramatta. The course will cover expanding your network and creating new income streams, among other topics. Register: www.eventbrite.com.au.

December 15: The Australian Government has free webinars for businesses in the building and construction industry that make payments to contractors. Register: www.business.gov.au.

December 16: Free introduction to Facebook classes at the Riverstone Library & Digital Hub. Class format on a library computer or own device. Other topics taught on alternate dates. Register: www.eventbrite.com.au.

December 16: Newly registered payroll tax clients might benefit from a seminar where all payroll tax legislative and administrative issues and the Jobs Action Plan rebate will be covered. In Parramatta. Free. Register: www.business.gov.au.

Superannuation compliance

The window for preparing for SuperStream is closing quickly, the Australian Taxation Office reminds employers with 20 or more employees. 

Though the compliance date is June 30 next year, program manager Philip Hind warns employers not to ‘‘leave it too late’’. 

‘‘We recommend employers start using SuperStream one to two payment cycles before the deadline to allow them to become comfortable using the new standard before it becomes compulsory.’’

There is a step by step checklist available at www.ato.gov.au/SuperStreamChecklist.

Australian Made campaign

Blacktown Council will become the first council in NSW to join forces with the Australian Made campaign in support of local manufacturing. The partnership  seeks  to facilitate investment, economic development and prosperity within the municipality. Australian Made chief executive Ian Harrison said Blacktown  would  set a good example for other councils. Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali said he wanted to stress the importance of buying locally made and grown products.  Manufacturing employs 12per cent of the local 111,000-strong workforce. ‘‘There is no doubt the sector is presented with many challenges but many of our manufacturers are meeting the challenge,’’ Cr Bali said.

Fete’s welcome return

After years of not having an annual fete, the community is restarting the tradition with the new Metro Markets at Toongabbie Sports and Bowling Club from  Sunday. 

 The plan is to make it an annual event. Fiona Crabb from the Toongabbie Business Chamber said: ‘‘We wanted to make Toongabbie a destination for people out of the area to shop and the location helps all the businesses in the area being close to the station.’’ 

The project will also support artists, in an attempt to reduce graffiti in the area.

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