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 SEPTEMBER 2021

President's Message


I would like to take the opportunity to thank our members and business community who have given me a very warm welcome and support on my recent appointment as President for BPS.  I am looking forward to serving the members of BPS and expanding our services further afield in the Port Stephens LGA.  

We are experiencing challenges we are not unfamiliar with and encourage everyone to continue working together as a business community, support local and reach out if you need help or support. 
Mel Turner
President

Important Covid update:
Working from home guidance for employers

Did you know...

If you are an employer, The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 still applies if your employees are working from home?  Employers and employees need to work together and keep informed of their responsibilities. 

For all the requirements please go to the NSW Government website: How to stay COVID Safe at Work 

This site includes everything you need to know including a Workplace Health and Safety Checklist  and many working from home and mental health resources. 

Read the document below for all you need to know about Covid vaccinations and the workplace:
Download the Employee Guide to Covid Vaccinations

Save the date: Networking cruise Friday 5 November!

Even though we have had to postpone our September networking event, we are excited to invite you all to one of the highlights of the year - our sunset networking cruise with Moonshadow! Make sure you pop the date in your diary and stay tuned for event details...
A warm welcome to our new member for this month Creative Digital Services!

Don't forget to use our Business Directory on our website to support and refer your fellow members. 
 

Meet our new Administrator

Not only do we have a new President at the helm but we have a new Administrator at the rudder - Kerri Rodley.  Kerri's background is in marketing/communications and she has worked in the agricultural, tourism, animal welfare and wellbeing industries. Says Kerri: I absolutely love being a part of the Port Stephens community and I look forward to taking care of all of our valued members and board.
Note new office hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm

MEMBERS: 
Do you have any specials, products or services available online? Let us help!

Now that COVID has changed the way we do business, many of us have had to adapt to sell online. So if you have any products, services or special offers available online we can help by promoting across our social media platforms.

Simply email us at admin@businessportstephens.com or click on the button below with:
•    Information on your special offer, product or service (two posts per member)
•    Image(s)
•    Your FB business page name (if you have one)
•    Your Instagram handle (if you have one)
•    Website link to purchase...

...and let us do the rest! All business types welcome from cafes with takeaway menus, online yoga classes, shop fronts, zoom tutoring services, click & collect - whatever you offer, we can promote it!
 
Promote my special offer

Call out for old computers

Do you have an old computer gathering dust in your cupboard?
You know you do!

Youth Express is putting an urgent call out for computers for disadvantaged students to use during lockdown to continue their studies.

If you have a laptop or desktop computer in good working order please consider donating it to this worthy cause.
 
Contact Jane at Youth Express: 
jane@youthexpress.com.au / 0429 313 710
Port Stephens Council are in the process of updating their Economic Development Strategy – a Strategy that will provide a blueprint for enhancing the vibrancy and sustainability of our local economy. The (draft) Strategy sets out five focus areas for Council to prioritise over the next two years:

1. Investment attraction and promotion
2. Sustainability and resilience
3. Workforce for the future
4. Business growth
5. Support local


They would like to hear from local businesses to ensure they have the balance right, to understand what's missing and what they should prioritise for the future. Have your say by completing a quick 5-minute survey - closes Monday 6 September.
Take 5 minute survey now

Five way to improve your home office 

Face it - working from home is the "new norm" for many of us so why not make it a more pleasant experience. These five simple tweaks will make a huge difference to your working day:
  1. Seating - have a chair that is comfortable for you (i.e. not one of your dining chairs), that encourages you to sit up straight and support your back. Dining chairs are made to sit and eat a meal for an hour, not to sit on all day. 
  2. Monitor- by attaching an external monitor to your laptop, you won't be squinting at your little keyboard screen. Raise it up so your head is not looking down.
  3. Keyboard - get an external keyboard and make sure it is a good size for your hands - not the tiny laptop one that gives you RSI. Make the keyboard and the mouse wireless. 
  4. Clutter - keep paperwork out of the work space and have a filing system like you would have at the office. A clear space creates clear thinking. Organise cables if you have any. 
  5. Lighting - if possible sit by a window or get a good lamp to illuminate your workspace (and your face for those flattering Zoom calls). 
Bonus tips -
* Make sure you get up every half hour and stretch
* Keep your water bottle nearby and take swigs regularly
* Have some relaxing music in the background
* Scent the air with an oil diffuser or candle (much better than Rob's leftover fish curry wafting through the office!) 
Fee FREE TAFE courses

Did you know.... TAFE NSW offer FEE FREE online courses? Perfect for all of us in lockdown to add to our skillset.  Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications. Places are limited so check out the selection of courses below.
Explore TAFE courses

Change of date!
Due to Covid the Sustainable Futures Festival has been postponed until May 8, 2022. Please keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for more updates.

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Do you follow our Facebook page? We update it daily with announcements from PS Council, Hunter Business, Business NSW, Business Australia amongst other happenings around Port Stephens. It is the fastest way to keep up with relevant business information so make sure you check in daily so you don't miss a thing! 
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