August 2020
We are Open for Business
Welcome to the August edition of the City of Marion’s Open for Business newsletter.

This month, we are celebrating International Co-working Day. Co-working is a great way to meet and collaborate with other businesses, encourage creativity and increase your productivity. Here in the City of Marion we have some great spaces at Hallett Cove and Tonsley.

In this edition, we also meet one of our innovative Edwardstown businesses who are leading the way in school uniform technology. We share details of the new JobTrainer package, helping businesses to keep, train and upskill their workforce, along with some great new energy grants. Remember to keep checking our Funding Finder ; your one-stop search engine for current funding opportunities.

The situation in Victoria is a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet. Should the situation in SA change, you can keep up-to-date with all COVID-19 updates at the SA Government's business page , or our COVID-19 portal .

Please stay safe,
Donna, Kate, Lisa and Marissa
Economic Development Team
Celebrating International Co-working Day
Book a desk at Cove
The Co-working Incubator at Cove Business Hub provides a professional atmosphere, new connections and great coffee. Book a trial today!
You will have free access to:
  • A desk amongst fellow co-workers
  • High-speed broadband business access
  • Free parking
  • Great coffee
  • Meeting rooms
  • Advisory sessions, webinars, workshops and networking events
  • Connection with HCBA, and
  • Walking distance to Hallett Cove Shopping Centre to grab lunch.
Co-working Incubator turns one!
In case you missed it, our Co-working Incubator at the Cove Business Hub recently turned one! So, you're invited to celebrate (our birthday AND International Co-working Day).
What: Drop-in celebration
When: Monday 10 August (all-day)
Where: Co-working Incubator Space,
Cove Civic Centre
You are welcome to book a desk for the day or drop-in whenever you like to catch a TEDx replay or have a coffee and chat.
NVI @ Flinders
eNVIsion is Flinders University’s business support program, housed within the New Venture Institute at Tonsley. Learn more about what eNVIsion has to offer people with their own business; those who want to support fellow entrepreneurs; and start-ups who want to connect with experts and belong to a community that encourages growth and collaboration – and goes much further than your average co-working space.
Co-HAB @ Tonsley
Located in the thriving Tonsley Innovation District, Co-HAB hosts co-working members from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Co-HAB works in collaboration with the Renewal SA Tonsley team to host tenants that aspire to be big. 
Far beyond merely a coworking space from which to work, Co-HAB has a heavy emphasis on community and collaboration; the fuels for invention and entrepreneurship. 
Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Precinct
Turning Edwardstown from grey to green 
Work has begun to install 75 inlets to feed rainwater to trees in Edwardstown. More than 175 trees will be planted in August and September as the first stage of the greening of Edwardstown.
The project seeks to improve the appearance of the area and cool streets as part of the Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Employment Precinct. Information signs are set to be installed from September.
Faces of Edwardstown -
Devon Clothing
A local Edwardstown business is innovating South Australia’s school uniform industry. Devon Clothing is a local South Australian family business that has been servicing the corporate, sporting, and schoolwear market in Australia since 1984.

Devon Clothing has recently introduced the latest innovation in solving lost property issues within schools and is the exclusive South Australian uniform supplier of RagTagd Technology...
Southern Business Mentoring Program
What are their clients saying?
"The services provided by two of the Southern Business Mentoring Program advisors have assisted me on two separate occasions. Both were able to reframe my focus and provide me with the guidance needed to consider what I need to do when working on my business and when working in my business.

It's the human element that made the biggest difference; the advisor's ability to empathise and guide me relative to where I am at helped to build trust and confidence in addition to the practical advice provided." - Southern Adelaide business
Business Association Update
Southern Business Connections - Build Your Business Workshop
At this interactive workshop, learn how you can capitalise on the opportunities created by COVID-19. Is you glass half full or half empty? We can always get a bigger glass!

Come along and hear lots of simple ways you can grow your business. The presenter has 30 plus years of experience in Marketing which has included owning his own Marketing company and lecturing at the University of South Australia.

Monday 27 August, 5:00PM, Marion Hotel
FREE for SBC members, $25 for non members. 
Hallett Cove Business Association
The Hallett Cove Business Association have been busy behind the scenes and have some great offers for the new financial year. Want to learn more? Visit the HCBA website or send them an email.

Visit the HCBA Facebook page and learn about what their members have been up to and how COVID-19 may have changed their business.
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
LKCC now open for hire
The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and Fairford House are back open, offering multiple meeting spaces. Complying with physical distancing measures, the Centre’s COVID-19 plan now welcomes up to 16 people. Venue hire rates vary, and food is available through Australian Wattlebush Catering. The helpful staff at the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre would love to assist you with any queries you may have.

Cultural Tours and Workshops are also back at Warriparinga too! Phone 83575900 to book in!
Business Support Services and News
New JobTrainer program and extension to JobKeeper
The Federal Government has announced the $2 billion JobTrainer package, guaranteeing jobs by subsidising apprentice wages and providing access to new skills by retraining and upskilling through free or low cost courses.

The Government has also announced an extension to the JobKeeper Payment by a further six months to March 2021. Support will be targeted to businesses and not-for-profits that continue to be significantly impacted.
Grants for not-for-profits now open
Up to $220,000 is available to assist not-for-profit groups to undertake innovative projects, activities and events for community benefit. Grant opportunities through the City of Marion are available for our Community, Youth Development, Youth Achievement, Community Events, and Donations & Sponsorship categories. Got a great idea that will benefit the community? Apply from Tuesday 4 August.
Energy Grants and Advice
The Business Energy Advice Program aims to reduce energy costs for small businesses by providing them with tailored energy efficiency and energy retail market advice. The program provides two free services for eligible small businesses. Free consultations are available through Business Energy Advice consultations . A new  benchmarking tool also allows small businesses to compare their energy spend against similar businesses in their industry and region.

The Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants provide small businesses with up to $20,000 to improve their energy efficiency through component improvements, energy audits, feasibility studies and/or energy use and emission monitoring.
Local artisan wares at OmMade
Westfield Marion has welcomed a new store – OmMade Meet the Maker. Tina Walsh had a vision to create a shop front similar to a department store but with a slight twist…to feature Adelaide’s finest local and ethically sourced products. The unique retail concept not only makes it easy to support South Australian businesses, but you can also meet the makers behind each product and build a direct relationship with their brand.
Are you a local artisan maker or curator? Contact Tina to collaborate at OmMade. 
New Amazon Grants
Amazon Australia has
launched their $80,000 Launchpad Innovation Grants, recognising innovation by startups and entrepreneurs.
FOMENT Accelerator
Join the new FOMENT Accelerator Program, for tech companies based in the wine and tourism sectors. Applications close 12 August.
COVID-Clean Training
Customer-facing businesses can still enrol in the government subsidised COVID-Clean training course to help operate safely in the COVID-19 environment .
Upcoming Events
Google My Business Setup

Step by step you'll go through how to make Google My Business work better for you - it is an essential part of your online presence with free advertising and an absolute must do!

This is a Get Stuff Done session where you'll improve your local SEO and make it easier to find your business supported by Frederick Liew and Wendy Perry.

Online delivery, FREE
Tuesday 13th August, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

SME Masterclass: Turnaround and Scale

Former CEO Joel Abraham will share his story and emphasise ‘how’ he turned around and scaled his business and provide key takeaways and lessons learned that could apply to most SME’s including:
  • Engineering cash injections 
  • Niche target market and motivation identification
  • Building a scalable sales and marketing machine
  • Financial modelling for informed decision making

Stone and Chalk, Lot Fourteen
Tuesday 13th August, 4:30PM - 12:30PM
Introduction to Digital Literacy

Are you unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Renewal SA’s Works Program has FREE, one-day workshops troubleshooting your technological skills. With physical restrictions in place, and more businesses using technology to recruit and interview candidates, you need to be comfortable using computers and other digital tools to look for jobs and to promote yourself to employers.
Thursday 20 August, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Mitchell Park, FREE

Small business webinars

The ATO have a full suite of free small business webinars that cover both general and industry-specific areas of tax obligations. Topics include:
  • An introduction to tax basics
  • Activity statement essentials
  • Running a home-based business
  • Income tax deductions.
The webinar series now also includes Closing your small business .

Online delivery
Various times, FREE
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