Michael's a top adviser
The Penrith Valley Business Enterprise Centre (Penrith BEC) has won the award for the Best Metropolitan Business Enterprise Centre, based on client nominations.
The BEC's marketing and business manager Michael Todd was also a finalist in the Best Business Adviser in Australia category.
Executive officer John Todd said it was great to have won the award as the standard around Australia was high.
"This award is a reflection of how hard we have worked to service the needs of clients in Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury," he said.
"I am proud of my staff who work so hard to maintain our high level of service.
"I also want to thank our board members, sponsors and clients because this award would not have been achieved without their constant support."
Details: 4721 5011.
Celebrate Belle's birthday
The Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler is offering free luncheon cruise tickets for children on Sunday, November 4, to celebrate its 30th birthday.
Each child must be accompanied by a full adult fare.
Built by John Wakeling on the banks of the Nepean River and launched in October 1982, the Nepean Belle has an award-winning history.
At night, the vessel's floodlights illuminate the sides of the spectacular Nepean Gorge.
In 2000 the company also launched the Penrith Platypus Cruiser, a contemporary styled cruise boat, with seating capacity of up to 130 passengers.
The company also operates the smaller and faster Nepean River Explorer, for an "Eco-adventure" trip into the Blue Mountains National Park.
The Nepean Belle also offers Saturday night cruises with a three-course dinner, music and dancing. Details: www.nepeanbelle.com.au or 4733 1274.
Some sound advice
Many professionals hang up the "here I am . . . consultant" shingle without seriously considering what is needed for a sound business.
The Business Enterprise Centre is holding a workshop in November for budding and existing consultants, run by management consultant John Groake who has spent the last 12 years improving businesses.
Details: November 14, 9.30am-2pm, Penrith BEC Training Room, Suite 1, Level 1, 111 Henry Street, Penrith. $50 per person.
Bookings: 4721 5011.
Creating a success
The workshop, Running Your Own Creative Business, is essential for anyone working in a creative field wanting a financially successful business.
Tutor Monica Davidson, from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, will cover business plans, managing irregular incomes, tax, contracts, copyright and marketing.
Details: November 2, Penrith Business Enterprise Centre, 111 Henry Street, $95. Contact: 1300 065 281 or www.open.aftrs.edu.au.
Company turns 40
Thomas Marsden celebrates 40 years in business this year (see picture).
The story began in 1972 when two young "creatives" left the Myer group to set up a professional graphic design and advertising service in Sydney's outer west.
Geoffrey Thomas Dollin and Phillip Marsden Morehead started in a converted chicken shed in St Marys with little money and no business experience.
There wasn't even a phone — calls were made from a public phone box out on the street.
By 1989 the business had outgrown twice the office space, and a big move was made to Penrith to bigger, brand new offices in High Street.
Soon came the advent of computers into graphic design.
They were bulky, expensive pieces of equipment with very limited output, but that was the start of rapid changes.
In 2007, one of the founders, Phillip Morehead, retired and moved to the South Coast.
Geoff Dollin continued on with his son Shamus guiding the business direction into the rapidly changing world of internet, web, online and mobile marketing.
New committee named
The Home Based Business Network (HBBN) has held its annual general meeting and the new committee is Julie Novotny (president and treasurer), Rhonda Rolfe (vice-president), Noela McIntosh (secretary) and Charley Martinez (committee member).
Chamber functions popular
The next Chamber of Commerce functions are being held on November 13 and 28.
The popular York Jewellers networking function, allowing guests to view demonstrations and see new product lines, will be held on November 13, 6pm-8pm, Shop 51a, Westfield Plaza.
On November 28 Breakthru People will host a fun night of networking with Ian Maynard and his team: 6pm-8pm, Suite 1, 31-33 Lawson Street.
Cost: members $30, non-members $40. No-shows will be charged the full amount.
Details: 4725 0301.
Lessons in leadership
Seven students from the University of Western Sydney have attended a Leadership Symposium in Bali to see the difficulties faced by those in developing nations.
Stevan Ilic, Edward Popa and Thomas Pearson said they were moved by the presentation from Geraldine Cox AM, president and operator of the Sunrise Children's Village orphanage in the province of Kandal, Cambodia.
"A highlight of the trip was an eye-opening presentation by Geraldine Cox on the harsh realities Balinese people are faced with every day," Stevan said.
The Advanced Business Leadership degree, for high-achieving students, aims to transform today's brightest business minds into tomorrow's business leaders.