May 2021
Open for Business - May 2021
Welcome to the May edition of Open for Business. The Revitalisation of Edwardstown project is in full swing, check out the timelapse video below of the new mural created on the corner of Raglan Avenue and Wilfrid Street.

There are lots of exciting workshops coming up at Cove Business Hub including Launching your business with Instagram and Tiktok and Managing the Blend - for business owners. Check out our full program of events now.
What's happening in Edwardstown?
The City of Marion continues to deliver on the Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Project. We have achieved many milestones as part of the project and enjoy meeting, networking and working with members of the local business community. Some recent milestones include:

  • Hosting monthly meetings and workshops with Edwardstown businesses.
  • Planting over 175 trees in Edwardstown to create tree canopy and shading.
  • Celebrating businesses with over 25-years of service.
  • Painting a mural.
  • Creating an Edwardstown Brand.
  • Engaging Flinders University Australian Industrial Institute to develop an Economic Activation Plan for the Precinct.
  • Stobie pole art installations, and more.
Have you seen the new mural?
Have you seen the new mural on the corner of Raglan Avenue and Wilfrid Street? Adelaide based artist Marciano Arents from Senman Creations has been busy painting stobie poles and a mural in Edwardstown showcasing the history of the local area. 

Check out this time-lapse and watch Marciano bring the blank canvas to life.
Southern Business Mentoring Program
Business Success Story
"I've gotten a lot of information and inspiration out of the program."

Sherryn from Ickle Room hair salon has met with three mentors to chat about her business. Did you know that the Southern Business Mentoring Program advisors are all local business owners themselves? Their insights are born from experience dealing with all aspects of running and growing a business.

Cove Business Hub Events and Programs
Launching Your Business with Instagram and TikTok
Join Chloe and learn how to use Instagram to connect with your customers and help them fiercely connect with your brand. In this session you will learn:
  • Why this is still one of the most important spaces for small businesses to exist on
  • How to truly shine in this space - whatever your business and goals may be

Thursday 6 May 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cove Business Hub
Effective E-commerce - How to prepare for selling online
In this workshop, experienced marketer, Steve Davis will help you take a structured approach for gearing up for online sales, covering:
  • How to plan your online sales strategy
  • How to choose between the various e-commerce channels (website, Facebook, Shopify, etc)
  • How to incorporate payment gateways (PayPal, Stripe, etc), shipping, returns, coupons, and reviews
  • How to craft your site content to make marketing more likely to succeed and more.

Thursday 12 May 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cove Business Hub
Managing the Blend
This session is for business owners and leaders who are juggling that fine balance between work and family. Throughout the session, Mother of four and business owner, Ally will share the strategies and life hacks to be able to blend both family life and work life, while also freeing up some hours in your day for the important things.

Wednesday 18 May 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Cove Business Hub
NVI In Residence
Join Angela DiFabio for a 60-minute one-on-one to see how the New Venture Institute (NVI) at Flinders University can help your business to grow.

Angela is an experienced company director and the Business Engagement Coordinator at NVI. Her role involves mentoring start-ups and businesses across Adelaide to help them scale or work through business challenges using the resources of the University and her extensive business network.

Multiple dates and times are available.
Next available: Tuesday 1 June
Cove Business Hub
Business Association Events
Rowlands Metalworks
Allin Towbars
Join Southern Business Connections in visiting Rowlands Metalworks.

Established in 1956, Rowlands Metalworks are a dynamic sheet metal company.

With modern purpose-built facilities in South Australia, state of the art production equipment and committed staff, Rowlands Metalworks are well placed to service clients both locally and nationally.
Thursday 10 June 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join Southern Business Connections in visiting Allin Towbars.

Allin Towbars is a 2nd generation family business and has been the leading aftermarket towbar manufacturer in South Australia for over 70 years.
They are a female and family-friendly business with a fun, positive and “can-do” attitude that radiates throughout the organisation. Succeeding her father, Penni has been Managing Director since 2015 alongside her three sisters

Thursday 19 August 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Let's talk about your community
Seen something? Say Something!
Reporting local issues has never been so easy.

Snap Send Solve is an app that you can install on your phone and is an easy way to notify local councils, utilities or other authorities of issues that need addressing in your community.

Download the Snap Send Solve app today and let us know what needs attention in your area.

Did you know that you can access free graffiti removal products available to residents and businesses within the City of Marion? Products are available from City Services, 935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park. Find out more.
Other Business
Share your thoughts on the Draft Annual Business Plan 2021-22
The Draft Annual Business Plan 2021/22 is now open for community consultation. There are several new initiatives in the plan which will boost the economy and support local jobs.

Key projects in the plan include:
  • Completing the $16.25m rebuild of Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre
  • Completing the $13.05m BMX and Soccer facility at Glenthorne National Park
  • Completing the $2.78m skate park and playground at Capella Reserve, Hallett Cove
  • Starting the $1.5m restorations of the historic Coach House and pedestrian bridge replacement at Warriparinga
  • Investing a further $688,000 to support tree management initiatives
  • Investing $277,000 in revitalising the Edwardstown business precinct

Visit the Making Marion website and have a look at the plan for yourself. The consultation closes 21 May 2021.
How do you use your green bin?
You are invited to complete a short survey and share how you currently use your green bin to enable us to:

  • Improve food waste recycling
  • Provide the right information so our community understands how to dispose of food scraps

On completion of our survey, you may enter the draw to win one of three $50 Westfield vouchers.
The survey will close Sunday 23 May 2021
Small Business Recovery Program
Good Shepherd is a South Australian Small Business Recovery Program aimed at supporting small businesses and sole traders to rebuild from the impact of Covid-19.

Small businesses impacted by Covid-19 and making less than $80,000 profit per annum are eligible for:
  • up to three hours of personalised business coaching
  • a tailored roadmap recovery plan
  • referrals to Good Shepherd’s network of financial wellbeing services and other external services and grants of up to $1500 to support business goals.
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