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					                           September/October 2006issue no

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                 PROFILE: Franca Jones My business my internet domain

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                                   BPN Tasmania Building and Business Show




                    HIA Business Partner Network




 bpn                                        news
                               Welcome to the latest edition of BPN
                               News and a special welcome to the 500
                               new business partner members
                               receiving their first BPN News. It gives
LISA BUCKLEY




                               me great pleasure to provide you with
                               your own newsletter, packed with
                               helpful hints and ideas to make your
                               business run more smoothly.
                                My name is Lisa Buckley, I have been
               working with HIA for many years, and more recently
               closely with the Business Partner Network. A young
               mum myself, I understand the emotional and
               professional challenges women in business face when
               juggling family and working lives. It is gratifying for me
               to work with you to make your business simpler.
               In this edition we meet long time business partner,
               Franca Jones of ACT & Southern NSW. Franca shares
               with us how the Business Partner Network has helped
               her business grow, and how bringing a women’s
               perspective to the industry has flourished and become
               increasing important.
               The second part of the ABC of IT, My business my
               internet domain has also been included, business
               partners across the country were excited about the first
               part and we are certain you will find this one as equally
               helpful.
               If you have any suggestions about information you
               would like to see in future editions we look forward to
               hearing from you. We can be contacted by email
               bpn@hia.com.au or by phoning 1300 783 345.
               Lisa Buckley




               BPN memberline
                       1300 783 345
               or email: bpn@hia.com.au
IT TIPS



The second in our series of the ABC of IT:


my business
my internet
    domain
AN EMAIL ADDRESS WILL ALLOW YOU TO
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS, CLIENTS,
SUPPLIERS AND ANYONE ELSE YOU DO BUSINESS
WITH OR WHO WANTS TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU. IT
IS ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS IN USING E-BUSINESS.

You have two choices for selecting the name of your email
address.
1. Set up an address that uses your ISPs domain name –
   eg bpn@ispname.com.au. This is a simple and cost
   effective option but associates your name with your ISP
   Or
2. Register your own domain name with the registration
   authority in Australia and have your ISP establish an
   email address using that name – eg bpn@hia.com.au
Having your own domain offers a more advanced level of
e-business as it gives your company its unique place on
the net. Plus it moves with you if you choose to change
ISPs or have your website hosted by another company.
Before choosing to register your own domain make sure
you ask the following questions to guide your choice.
• Does the domain name support the branding of your
  business?
• Would your target audience guess the domain name and
  email address?
• Does the domain name and email address stand on their
  own and make sense?
• Is the domain name or email address too long, awkward
  to type or repeat verbally to people?
• Can the name be confused with an existing popular
  domain name?
How to apply for a domain name
Domain names are licensed on a “first come, first
served” basis to eligible applicants. Most ISPs will
register your domain name for you. You can register and
pay for domain names yourself by visiting the websites
of registered domain registrars. A list can be found at
www.auda.org.au/registrars/
The cost of registering varies depending on the type of
domain you choose, the registration period
and services included with your
registration – all of which vary between
registrars and resellers, as do the
terms and conditions offered.
If you register your domain name
yourself prices start from around
$50 for a two year .com.au domain
registration. If your ISP or
website host registers it
for you, expect to pay a
higher fee for their
service.


Having your own domain offers a more
advanced level of e-business as it gives
your company its unique place on the net


The six easy
steps to
obtain your
own domain
are available on
the website of the
official domain name
registration
organisation in
Australia: .au Domain
Administration Ltd
(auDA):
www.auda.org.au/
pdf/SMEguide.pdf
    BPN PROFILE




     HIGHLIGHTING THE
                                       POSITIVES
                                           MANY THINGS ARE IMPROVED BY A
                                         WOMAN’S TOUCH, AND IT SEEMS THE
                                        HOUSING INDUSTRY IS NO EXCEPTION.

                              QUEANBEYAN AND SURROUNDS
               DJ HOMES OF CANBERRA,
Franca Jones




               Franca Jones, who joined the family company, DJ
               Homes, about nine years ago, is bringing a
               female perspective to the industry she so much
               enjoys being a part of.
               DJ Homes builds in Canberra, Queanbeyan and
               the surrounding rural areas, and Franca is in
               charge of the overall running of the company,
               dealing with ordering, plan approvals and
               insurance – what she describes as “all the things
               you have to do to get houses to grow out of the
               ground”.
               As a newcomer to the industry all those years
               ago, Franca immediately turned to HIA for
assistance and advice, and her level of involvement soon
led her to join the membership committee for HIA
ACT/Southern NSW, which helped her keep in touch
with wider industry issues and lobby for members’
needs.
“I have a female perspective,” she explains. “Many
builders are very set in their ways but the industry is
changing. I wanted to highlight the positives – let other
builders out there know that HIA can help.”
Franca is now on the Regional Executive Committee
(REC) as membership chair, and is an active member of
the Business Partner Network.
“I have learnt more about my business, and about
running a business, by being a part of BPN,” she says.
“For me the benefit is that I can leave the office for an
hour or so, sit down with other people in the industry
and share problems. Some builders find it quite
awkward to do that with people they think of as their
opposition. But we get together, because we’re all in the
same industry, to support one another. We say that
there’s enough work for everyone, and the market
doesn’t have to be cut-throat.
“If I’ve got a problem with a contract, for example, I don’t
have to call my solicitor – I can call up someone else in
the network to ask for advice.”
In the ACT/Southern NSW region, recent BPN events,
which looked at issues related to running a small
business, have been attracting up to 30 members, says
Franca. There will be a strong BPN presence at next
year’s Building and Business Show, and a three-day
housing tour of Hobart is planned for BPN members in
early November this year.
Franca encourages members from all over Australia to
get involved.

“The events are wonderful opportunities
– you learn an awful lot over a cup of tea
with other network members.”
“I know what it feels like to be new to the industry, or not
knowing who to ask for help. With HIA and BPN, the
support is there and you’ll reap the rewards.”
For more information about BPN or to join the network,
call the BPN Memberline on 1300 783 345.
  BPN MEMBERLINE




  BPN Memberline
1300 783 345
            FREE, FAST, SAVES TIME
            AND IT REALLY WORKS!
            Recently Naomi McCurry from
            Newport, Victoria called the BPN
            Memberline for the first time seeking
            advice on annual leave and personal
            entitlements.
            “I decided to give it (BPN
            Memberline) a go and expected to be
            answered by a machine and have a
            long winded conversation with a
            number of people before I finally got
            the information I required. I was
            extremely pleased to be answered by
            a REAL person and then to have my
            questions responded to verbally so
            quickly and then also followed up
            with your email. Within 10 minutes of
            my call.
            You were extremely helpful and
            friendly and I was pleased to
            experience such a high level of
            service.”
            HIA’s BPN memberline is a dedicated
            toll free number for BPN’s to call for
            advice and assistance.
            To see how the HIA BPN Memberline
            can work for you call now.
BPN TASMANIA




THE ART IS IN
THE BALANCE
THE TASMANIAN BUSINESS PARTNER NETWORK – IT
WOULD BE FAIR TO SAY HAD A DIFFICULT BEGINNING.
BUT LIKE ALL THINGS IN LIFE IT IS A BALANCING ACT
WHICH NEEDED TO JUST HAVE THE RIGHT MEASURE OF
INFORMATION, EDUCATION AND NETWORKING.

After much discussion and trials of different formats,
the members of the Network in Tasmania have found a
way to engage members’ interest and to help them with
in their business.
Tasmania Executive Director; Stuart Clues said, “The
Business Partner Network is vital to the servicing of
our members. In more than 80% of our member
business, family members are the principle partners.
These partners need a forum in which they can directly
access important industry information”.
HIA staff in Tasmania went back to basics and asked
the Business Partners what they wanted. What time of
day, what information and how long. They then
analysed what the Network was trying to achieve. This
systemic approach has enabled Tasmania to develop a
format that meets the needs of Business Partners. As
testament to putting Business Partners first, the
attendance at Business Partner events in Tasmania had
been historically low. At the most recent series of
events across the State over 60 Business Partners
attended the three sessions.
Bridget Burge, HIA Events Coordinator shared her tips
for a great Business Partner event with BPN News.
“Business Partners are busy people and they want
information about everything. We found that our
members were interested in the wholistic approach to
business, management and lifestyle. Our first
successful session covered Designing with Colour and
how important this is when you are dealing with a client
and helping them choose everything from the colour of
bricks to build in, to the roof. We surveyed our
Business Partners and asked how many of them were
involved in this aspect of their business, and it was
about 80%.
“From feedback from our Business Partners we also
learnt to break up the session with practical, but less
serious tips,” said Bridget. “At our most recent
meetings we also had a session on office ergonomics,
including tips for self massage to relieve neck and back
strain from using a computer and the importance of
exercise when you are office bound all day.”
Bridget concluded that, “All attendees are asked to
complete an evaluation before leaving. From that
information we have been able to program our next
session, which will include succession and financial
planning as well as professional personal presentation.
What image do you project to the client? By mixing the
subjects we have found that we have broadened the
interest and have found it to be a success! We now have
a Balance!”
Bridget’s sentiments were shared by the Business
Partners, Lynne Butler from G&L Butler Building
comments, “Those not wanting to get involved don't
know what they are missing. Not only did I gain valuable
information from session but afterwards, having a drink
and chat, to another business partner whom attended, I
found out lots of useful information regarding spec
homes which we are just starting to get into. She had
heaps of advice ... and I had lots to tell my partner when
I got home.”


Below: Business partners relax
while taking in Tassie’s hot topics.
HIA EVENTS




IN 2007 THE HIA BUILDING & BUSINESS SHOW IS BEING
HOSTED IN 6 CAPITAL CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.


Victoria – 12 & 13 April 2007
NSW, Hunter & ACT Southern NSW – 10 & 11 May 2007
Queensland – 3 & 4 August 2007
Tasmania – 31 August & 1 September 2007
South Australia & Northern Territory – 18 & 19 October 2007
Western Australia – 25 & 26 October 2007
One of the sessions in the 2 day practical program is
‘Successful couples tell their secrets of success’ and
with the support of the Business Partner Network, this
session will address the important work of business
partners and how they help run their business. We will
hear about the issues business partners face, how they
tackle these issues and still manage to maintain a strong
marriage, friendship and much more.
For more information on the program and so much more,
visit www.hia.com.au or call 1800 069 804.

Successful couples tell their secrets of success
BPN NEWS BRIEFS




BPN LATEST                              NEWS
HIA NEW PRODUCT:
SAVE A STACK – GET A PACK
HIA has developed a number of convenient, cost-effective
Stationery Packs which help Business partners. There are
packs available containing the contracts and other
documents you need for most of your day to day work.
Naturally, HIA contracts reflect the latest legislation and are
industry approved – making them perfect for you.
Log on to www.hia.com.au to check out the range of HIA
Stationery Packs available in your Region.

ARE YOU A BUSINESS PARTNER OF AN
HIA TRADE CONTRACTOR MEMBER?
The new, no fuss TRADEvantage insurance pack is designed
to help YOUR business save time and money.
Trade contractors in the housing industry have specific
needs and their essential insurances should be easily
arranged over the phone. Plus as no two businesses are alike
they should always be able to select a level of coverage that
suits their own needs.
If your insurer only offers a one size fits all – what are you
waiting for? Get the TRADEvantage.
HIA Insurance Services’ TRADEvantage is designed to
reduce paperwork and reduce costs for HIA trade contractor
members by combining public liability and tools of trade
insurance and tailoring the policies to suit your individual
circumstances.
For more information call HIA Insurance Services on
1300 900 901 or visit www.hiainsurance.com.au

TRADEvantage
insurance pack
BPN EVENTS




2007 BPN Tour to
Hobart
Tasmania
21-23 November 2006

3-day tour – $899 per person (twin share)
Return Economy airfares and transfers to Hobart
(from Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide)
2 nights accommodation twin share
(single supplement extra $150)
Special HIA BPN Housing Tour
Breakfasts, lunches & dinners included

Special Activities include:
• Three-hour guided Hobart City Tour
• Woodbridge Tour – Winner of 2006 Australian
  Renovation of the Year
• IXL Art House Apartments – Winner of 2006 Australian
  Apartment Project of the Year
• Cascades Female Factory Historic Site tour and
  morning tea at the fudge factory
• Cruise the Derwent River and tour the Cadbury Factory.
To register or enquire contact 02 6285 7300.




                                      2006 BPN Tour

				
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