MEDIA RELEASE: Four SA charities to turn disability sector dreams into reality thanks to CBB mentoring opportunity

Four South Australian charities wanting to enter the booming disability sector or expand their existing services offered to people with disability are among eight organisations across the nation set to receive a competitive industry edge.

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that the successful South Australian grant recipients are Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS), Baptist Care SA, Clubhouse SA Inc Diamond House and Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC).

CBB General Manager, Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott, said: “This direct business consulting opportunity helps these organisations take what they’ve learned through our webinar series and apply that knowledge to some very exciting projects and plans they have in the pipeline.” Continue reading…


MEDIA RELEASE: Two Victorian based disability operators set to turn vision into reality thanks to CBB mentoring opportunity

A Victorian-based disability sector operator wanting to help people with disability explore some of the nation’s most remote locations and another keen to establish accommodation for younger people with early onset dementia are among eight organisations across the nation set to receive a competitive industry edge.

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that Austour and Orana Care and Consulting are among the successful grant recipients to receive business development support. Continue reading…


MEDIA RELEASE: Cairns disability operator set to turn vision into reality thanks to CBB mentoring opportunity

A local disability sector operator wanting to bolster its support to people living in the Cairns area with a lived experience of mental illness is among eight organisations across the nation to receive up to six months of direct business support designed to give them a competitive industry edge.

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that The Junction Clubhouse in Cairns is among the successful grant recipients. Continue reading…


MEDIA RELEASE: Local ACT disability operator set to turn vision into reality thanks to CBB mentoring opportunity

A local disability sector operator wanting to help people realise its vision to assist more people with disability achieve independent living is among eight organisations across the nation to receive up to six months of direct business support designed to give them a competitive industry edge.

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has announced that ACT’s Project Independence is among the successful grant recipients. Continue reading…


MEDIA RELEASE: Exciting disability support ideas now a step closer to reality thanks to mentoring opportunity

Opportunities for people with disability to comfortably explore some of Australia’s most remote locations, greater support for Aboriginal and regional communities and creation of a national wellness hub are among exciting ideas now one step closer to reality thanks to the Community Business Bureau (CBB).

As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, CBB has announced the first round of successful applicants who will receive up to six months of direct business support from its market-leading consulting team.

CBB General Manager, Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott, said: “This direct business consulting opportunity helps these organisations take what they’ve learned through our webinar series and apply that knowledge to advance a number of very exciting projects and plans they have in the pipeline.” Continue reading…


Understanding your new business context

In business – as in life – context is everything. And when writing a strategic plan, it is important firstly to have a thorough understanding of the market context.

At CBB, we believe that the most important part of writing the strategic plan is to begin with a thorough understanding of the market. That also includes having a solid understanding of the sector context. With many board members from the commercial sector and contributing to not for profit boards, the CEO and management are often in a better place to understand the disability sector context. Continue reading…


Building a mature approach to risk governance

You have probably read about the importance of the Board’s role when it comes to providing oversight of risk management in an organisation. But how do you do this practically? What sorts of activities are common to organisations that have a mature approach to risk governance?

Boards play a key role in overseeing the culture, governance and risk management framework. Different organisations have varying degrees of sophistication and rigour as it applies to the practice of risk management.

Depending on the sector that your not for profit is operating within, there are differing and frequently changing compliance standards to comply with. New Aged Care Quality Standards came in to place last year which address governance and risk management systems. Continue reading…


Four key items to look for in your end of year financial review

For many organisations a great deal of thought and effort goes into planning an upcoming financial year. Strategic plans are reviewed, meetings are held and budgets are prepared.

With so much effort put into looking forward, it is equally important to look back and review the financial year that has just passed.

When reviewing financial results the time horizon in which results are reviewed sets the scene for the entire analysis. Continue reading…


Your post COVID-19 Strategic Plan

What were you hoping that 2020 would be about? What did your strategic plan or business plan say that you wanted to achieve this year? What underlying assumptions did you have in the strategic plan that no longer hold true?

I saw a statistic recently that 82% of the time a strategy fails can be attributed to misleading assumptions. Think of Kodak and how they were left behind in the transition from film to digital photography.

Many businesses have thrown out whatever strategic plan they had for 2020 and have been reacting day to day and month to month as the COVID-19 health crisis and related economic crisis have unfolded. Whatever you assumed in your strategic plan for 2020 has quite possibly already proven to be false. Continue reading…


For a good strategy you don’t need much time…

Strategy needs space

In an interview the productivity consultant David Allen said that strategic thinking does not require large amounts of time (Clark, 2015).  More importantly, it’s space that allows innovative ideas and decisions that will guide the future direction of your not for profit.

Being strategic is one of the most important behaviours that guarantee an organisation’s long term success and almost every leader would like to have more time for strategic planning (Clark 2018). We are all too busy, dealing with the daily fires, and now that many of us are working from home, we feel like we’re working all the time.

Keeping track of our time and setting a regular time aside for strategic thinking and planning can help to embed strategic thinking into our schedule (Clark, 2018). Getting away from our routine and ‘to do lists’ can create some mental space. Encouraging our managers and team leaders to set some time aside for strategy and offering opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas can also foster strategic thinking throughout our organisation. Continue reading…