February 2018

Welcome to Business Talk

Welcome to the first edition of Business Talk for 2018. Business success is essential to the future of the City of Marion as a place to live, learn, work, invest and do business. 

The City of Marion's Open for Business program is here to support the business community by:
Business and cyber attacks

All businesses need to have a Cyber Incident Response Plan in place to respond and report on cyber-attacks as quickly as possible. Without such a plan, adhering to new legislative requirements will be very challenging and businesses could find themselves wrong-footed by an unsuspecting attack.

Join AusIndustry and the City of Marion at a free workshop where you will learn the steps you can take to manage this threat. This will not be a 'tech' discussion, we will be walking through tangible steps you can take internally and with your broader supply chain.
Time: 4.00pm - 6.30pm
Date: Wednesday 21st February
Venue: Cove Civic Centre 
Cost: FREE

Thinking of relocating - think Tonsley

Tonsley is Australia's first innovation district, connecting businesses with the best and brightest.  A unique development in the City of Marion, the former Mitsubishi Motors assembly plant at Tonsley is in the process of being completely redeveloped as an integrated employment, education and residential precinct by Renewal SA. 

Join our volunteer tour guide every Thursday at 11am, for a tour of Tonsley and its mixed use precinct design, supporting businesses wanting to innovate, grow, go global and move up the value chain. Learn about how Tonsley Innovation District is bringing together Australia's smartest businesses with residential and community living. 

Places are limited so please book in advance. 

City Activation: 
Holding an event within the City of Marion?

More and more activity is starting to happen in the City of Marion. Did you know that notification forms for t emporary food premises are required before any event?

For more information, please visit our Food Safety page. 

Be part of Tasting Australia at Hallett Cove

Are you a local or Fleurieu-based business or passionate producer of gourmet foods made from locally sourced product? Would you like to showcase your business in our 'Market Lane' at our associated Tasting Australia event, Forage on the Fleurieu, to be held at the Cove Civic Centre (Hallett Cove) on Wednesday 18 April? 

I f you are interested in our Market Lane where you will showcase, sample & sell your organic products to our audience, please register your interest by 20 February with Tracey Noah via email or call 8375 6750. 

Does your business need a tune up?

The Southern Adelaide Business Advisory Service is FREE and offers confidential one-on-one advisory sessions for those wishing to start a business or running an existing business in the Southern Adelaide region (including City of Holdfast Bay, City of Mitcham, City of Onkaparinga and City of Marion).

To book your session, please contact Phil Ransome on:
T: 08 7228 6208 or
Start a business in 12 weeks or less

Take your idea from concept to reality in 12 weeks or less with the New Venture Institute's Venture Dorm program.

The aim is taking an idea, finding a viable business model which is scalable and repeatable, from scratch, all in just 12 weeks or less. The program will help you develop the mindset and skills to survive the roller coaster world of new venture creation. This is practical, immersive education you can use for the rest of your life.

Applications for Venture Dorm Semester 1 close Friday 23rd February 2018. Visit the Venture Dorm website  for more details and to apply. 

Feeling Hot Hot Hot! 
Join the City of Marion for a fun and interactive evening hosted by Amanda Blair who will guide a panel of experts through a hypothetical heatwave scenario . You will learn the risks of heatwaves as well as practical things you can do to prepare and respond.

When: Wednesday 7 February 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: Marion Cultural Centre.  Bookings essential.

Want to employ a trainee or apprentice?
Employing a trainee or apprentice for your small business can be a positive and rewarding exercise. Join the  Office of the Small Business Commissioner  at an information session on Thursday 15 February and learn some basic information about the process of employing a trainee or apprentice including, what support is available, what is involved in the programs and how you can benefit from this experience.

Book now and learn how to navigate the endless amount of information that can often be difficult and time consuming for busy small businesses. 

Concert at the Cove - Save the Date

Come to a family-friendly classic rock and pop concert at the new amphitheatre, Heron Way Reserve, Hallett Cove on Sunday 25 March.
Enjoy great bands, learn to jive, and unleash your inner rock star at an open mic session.
Entry is free, and there's plenty for kids to do, including grooving to the Amazing Drumming Monkeys and creating an album cover.
More than 20 food trucks will serve dishes from throughout the world.
3D Experience Forum Asia Pacific South
Join the Government of South Australia and Dassault Systemes for the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum Asia Pacific South 2018 at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday February. 

Develop meaningful connections with a dynamic community of technologists and business leaders  to discuss the latest innovations used in industries today and discover the solutions to achieve success in the Age of Experience.

Let yourself be visually, physically and emotionally amazed by new virtual worlds at the  3D EXPERIENCE Playground and its power to transform products and services into unforgettable experiences.  Register now  to secure a place at this event. 

Event Calendar - We want to hear from you!
Our City of Marion Calendar of Events is curated using your feedback. We have some great events coming up including:

In the Board Room - Responsibilities and Practice

Thursday 22 February @ 2.00pm, Co-HAB Tonsley


Wix or Wordpress?

Tuesday 27 February @ 5.30pm, Cove Civic Centre

Do you have any suggestions for what you would like to see or learn in 2018? We would love to hear from you!  Email  
Marissa Lindsay, Economic Development Coordinator. 
In closing ...

We hope you have found this newsletter of interest and please feel free to forward this onto your networks or others that may be interested in what's happening in the City of Marion and the greater Southern Adelaide region.
In this Issue

Manager City Activation
T:  08 7420 6525
Business Growth & Investment Officer
T:  08 8375 6897
Cove Business Coordinator
T:  08 8375 6765
Project Support Officer
T:  08 8375 6679