March 2020
We are Open for Business
Welcome to the March edition of the City of Marion’s Open for Business newsletter. Over the past week, we have been celebrating International Women's Day and its theme, Each for Equal.

International Women's Day provides an important opportunity to celebrate women's achievements and our Southern Business Mentoring Program is no exception. We have three fantastic female advisors in Fiona Blinco, Evelyn Pollard and Amanda Wood.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the women in the Economic Development team; you will find our contact details at the bottom of the newsletter!
Revitalisation of the Edwardstown Precinct
Cooler, Greener Edwardstown
Marion Council will begin planting 100 mature trees, installing 75 tree inlets and educational signs as part of a plan to revitalise the area.

The Edwardstown Green Infrastructure Project seeks to improve the appearance of streets and provide shade and habitat for wildlife while reducing the impact of heat.

Work will be undertaken on Woodlands Terrace, Furness Avenue, Deloraine Road, Dunorlan Avenue and adjoining streets.

The project will cost $169,964. Council is funding 50 per cent of work, and the State Government the balance with a grant from the Department of Environment and Water.
Solar Shaded Car Park at
Castle Plaza
Vicinity Centres have installed a 548kWh Sungrow Samsung storage battery at their Castle Plaza shopping centre. This was an Australian retail industry first and undertaken as part of Vicinity’s $73million investment in renewable energy initiatives across Australia.

Castle Plaza is a great test site due to several factors including centre size, the large solar array installed on the roof and in the car park, an upgraded behind the meter network, a strong network connection and existing building management system. Combined, these elements allow Vicinity to test and learn from the connected energy platform which helps inform other renewable energy decisions for the business.
Reporting local issues is a snap
Cleaning up Edwardstown is a snap with the Snap Send Solve app. Download the app to easily and efficiently notify us of issues in the community.

Report grafitti, vandalism, broken footpaths, broken benches, dumped rubbish and trip hazards direct to Council.
Southern Business Mentoring Program
Innovate and grow your business
Meet Andrew. Andrew is one of the  Southern Business Mentoring Program  advisors.

Andrew is a Marketing, Strategy and Product Development senior executive who works with businesses to deliver transformational changes that enhance growth.

Andrew is committed to performance, goal setting and measurement, and excels at building strategic partnerships.
Cove Business Hub
Co-working at Cove Business Hub
The Cove Business Hub is currently offering free access to our Co-working Space, providing dedicated desk space, high-speed broadband, coffee and tea facilities, free parking and so much more.  

Contact us today to book a desk in our Co-working Space or to find out more about our venue hire packages.

Meet our Coworker Sharon
Sharon Boath, Coach and Connector, Founder at Efficient Small Business Solutions has been co-working at the Cove Business Hub since July 2019.

With 24 years’ experience, Sharon offers services including start-up business consultancy, bookkeeping & administration and time efficiency consultations. She also offers a network of affordable business specialists with significant knowledge who support small businesses, as well as a business directory and opportunities to promote your events.

Meet Sharon by booking a desk at the  Cove Business Hub  at  or email .
Upcoming Events at Cove Business Hub
Record Keeping for Small Business

Are you a new small business, or thinking of starting a small business? Give yourself the best start at a free introductory workshop from the ATO.

Learn how to keep records to claim all entitled deductions and time-saving tips allowing you to focus on your business.

Wednesday 24 March
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cove Business Hub

Wix or Wordpress

Would you choose to start your collection with Lego or Meccano - and what's this got to do with building your website?

Choosing the platform to build your website is a decision that's going to stick with you for many years - best to choose the right one for you from the start. Learn the pros and cons of self-hosted sites vs all-in one hosted platforms.

Wednesday 22 April
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cove Business Hub
Business Support
Artist Expression of Interest Open
South Australian based Textile Artists are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for a six month residency (July – December 2020) to deliver a program of skills development workshops and engage with community members to create concepts for a textile public artwork to be exhibited in the entrance foyer of City of Marion's redeveloped Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre .
The aim of the residency is to create a storytelling public artwork with the community to enhance the identity of the building that reflects the local community and landscape.
Improve your IT
Need help with digital literacy in your business? Many organisations don't know where to start and can't afford an IT consultant to get them on the right path. ImproveIT has been developed by Infoxchange to help you make the most of IT.

Take a short quiz that will help you find articles on ImproveIT that are right for your organisation and also receive a report on your digital capability.

The City of Marion also run a series of Be Connected workshops helping you to get the most out of going online.
More support for entrepreneurs
The Office of the Chief Entrepreneur is establishing a new model for entrepreneurship in South Australia - FIXE - the Future Industries eXchange for Entrepreneurship.

FIXE supports entrepreneurs to build their capabilities and their confidence, to make sure they have the skills to grow a business from concept through creation, bring their ideas to market and turn their innovations into commercial outcomes.
Westfield Local Heroes
We all know inspiring people who go above and beyond to make a positive impact to their local community and/or environment. Westfield invites you to nominate them in their Local Heroes community recognition and awards program.

Three finalists per Westfield centre are each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation or group.
Upgrading your building?
Did you know you can access long term competitive finance to achieve environmental upgrades to non-residential buildings?

Building owners may enjoy a series of benefits including the ability to save on energy costs, increase asset value and improve overall cash flow.

Discover your asset’s potential or how you can leverage Building Upgrade Finance today.
Our Business Associations
Build your business workshop with Pru Pascoe

Southern Business Connections are holding four Build Your Business workshops. This second workshop will help you to build visability in your business.

Topics include what to measure, past performance and looking forward.

Tuesday 17 March
Edwardstown Club
$20, Free for SBC Members

Workplace Health and Wellbeing Breakfast

Join Hallett Cove Business Association for an uplifting morning all about improving your workplace wellbeing! Presenters include: HR Development at Work, Trucare Physiotherapists and Energ+ Boxing & Pilates Studio.

Members will receive a complimentary Revive in 5 massage.

Friday 27 March
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Cove Business Hub
Upcoming Business Events
Free trade agreements

Join Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and network with like-minded businesses and learn from government and industry representatives about opportunities being created by Australia’s new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

Thursday 12 March
From 5:30PM
Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo
Digital transformation

Move your small business into the ever evolving digital world and use digital transformation help your business grow. This information session will provide you with information, guidance and confidence in how to use technology and outline the benefits to your small business. 

Wednesday 8 April
5:15PM - 7:00PM
Small Business Centre Boardroom
Level 13, 99 Gawler Place, Adelaide
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