January 2020

Welcome to January's Business Talk

Welcome to the first edition of Business Talk for 2020.  The City Activation team are back on board and feeling well rested for a busy 2020! 

The New Year period is always a great time to reflect with many of us making resolutions for personal improvements. Why not make resolutions for your business also? Our  Southern Business Mentoring Program advisors can assist with your new year's business resolutions whether they be to update your business and marketing plans, or to improve your online presence. Or maybe your resolution is to find a grant to support a project. Check out the City of Marion's new Funding Finder where you can register for grant updates that can help your business thrive. 

Finally, with the terrible devastation of the fires across the country, it is a timely reminder how important it is to have an emergency management plan.  The South Australian Government provides a great tool to help develop an emergency plan so your business is protected.  

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team; we look forward to helping your business grow in 2020.   
Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct

Edwardstown businesses are invited to share your industry, business and precinct insights with us by completing this  survey . Your assistance will help us to create an economic activation plan and identify opportunities to seek funding to implement economic development projects across the Precinct. Contact Project Coordinator, Kate Silkstone for more information. 
What's on at the Cove Business Hub

Tuesday 11 February at 5:15 pm (Free)
Armchair Session with Bridget Hogg, HR Development at Work
Join us for an evening with Bridget Hogg who will chat about how to lead yourself and your organisation by implementing best practice in psychological wellbeing, human resources and organisation development.  Book now.  
Thursday 13 February at 5:30 pm ($10)
Communication Skills for Sales Success with Ben Kirk, Focal Point Coaching & Training Excellence
Join Ben for an insightful evening on how to engage with your customers by gaining an understanding of the four different types of customers and different ways of communicating for success.

Wednesday 19 February at 5:30 pm (Free)
Networking with the Southern Business Mentoring Program
Join the mentors of the Southern Business Mentoring program at this Cove Business Hub networking evening.  Our six Mentors will be available to share their experience and the support they can provide to your business through one-on-one consultations. 

The air conditioning is on and it's cool inside!

Need time away from your home or office for a couple of hours, a day or the entire week, or just looking to expand your business network?
At the Cove Business Hub, we are currently offering  free  use of our co-working space providing dedicated desk space, high-speed broadband, opprotunities to meet new people, coffee and tea facilities, free parking, access to meeting rooms and so much more!  Email us at business.marion@marion.sa.gov.au  to book a desk or take a look around.

Give your business a kickstart in 2020 

Book with one of the  Southern Business Mentoring Program advisors and get your business ready for 2020. Launched in November 2019, this mentoring program is available to current businesses and residents looking to start a business.
The program offers o ne hour one-on-one consultations in a  specialised discipline:
    • General business advice
    • Strategic marketing
    • Digital marketing
    • Human resources, work health safety and workforce planning
    • Innovation and transformation
    • International trade and export
  Book your session today

Southern Adelaide Economic Development Plan - Consultation now open
The Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board (SAEDB) is seeking consultation on their Plan. 

The SAEDB Plan includes an updated vision and objectives and has identified new priorities and economic enablers that will assist in achieving these new priorities. To view the plan and provide your feedback please visit Making Marion

Faces of Edwardstown
We are celebrating the diversity of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct and will showcase a business each month via Making Marion. This month our feature is Kytons Bakery. 

Kytons Bakery has been a part of the South Australian community for over 80 years and has been a part of the City of Marion Council since it moved to its current premises in Edwardstown in 2003.
Kytons has been synonymous with helping the SA community for decades - with its lamington and other fundraising drives. Community lamington drives started back in the 1980s and fundraising drives continue to be an important part of Kytons today. "Each year we help hundreds of community, school, social and sporting groups raise tens of thousands of dollars for their groups" says Sharon Sutton.  Continue reading...

Does your business have a challenge to solve in 2020?
Do you want to start the new year by:
  • Boosting growth
  • Becoming more efficient
  • Exploring new markets
  • Integrating new systems?
Take control and make it happen with Flinders Enterprise Consulting Work through your challenge, potential solutions and decide on a course of action with the brilliant business minds of Flinders University's student teams. Guided and mentored by experts from PWC and Hydra Consulting, you'll get the full service of a consulting firm, with the benefits of applied research, a team of 30 working on your project and complete reporting throughout.

Previous projects with Zoos SA, Maggie Beer, Port Pirie Regional Council and Charlesworth Nuts have helped move their next project forward - or given them solutions for what's holding them back.  

Applications are open now, but places are limited. If you'd like to see if your business is a good fit, fill out the form and the team at Flinders New Venture Institute will get in touch with you soon.

Banning single-use plastics
The Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon David Speirs MP, recently released draft legislation that prohibits the sale and supply of single-use plastic products.
The Government are now welcoming feedback on the draft Bill with consultation ending Friday 7 February. The draft Bill and explanatory information are accessible via the Green Industries SA website
Changes to Edwardstown Planning Zones
The final phase of South Australia's new planning system will become operational in July 2020.
The implementation of Phase Three is the final milestone in delivering a new planning and development system. The Edwardstown Employment Precinct is an impacted area and the City of Marion is seeking your input.
View the proposal to the Edwardstown Employment Precinct by visiting Making Marion and emailing your feedback to business.marion@marion.sa.gov.au by 28 January or alternatively, submit directly to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
Business Event Calendar - What's coming up in 2020?
Keep an eye on our Calendar of Events updated monthly for what's new in 2020. Have an event you would like to see on the Calendar? Send an email to business.marion@marion.sa.gov.au

In this Issue

Manager City Activation
T:  08 7420 6525

Unit Manager - Economic Development
T:  08 8375 6897


Economic Development Coordinator

Economic Development      Support Officer
T:  08 8375 6765

Economic Development      Coordinator 
T:  08 8375 6765