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Welcome to the April Business Bulletin

The April edition includes information about the ASBAS Digital Solutions Program and how you can become a member.

Co-Connected is a series of free events designed to empower start-ups to create innovative services and products and develop key connections between networks, people, talent and infrastructure. We share information about three upcoming Co-Connected events.


The Australian Taxation Office have made changes to small business tax concessions. See if your business is eligible.

With Easter around the corner, find out your obligations for operating your business on a public holiday.

We share information about the five lessons an Australian business has learnt whilst being in business for more than 20 years.

Manufacturing plays an important part in Maribyrnong and we showcase four local businesses and share their story.


We hope you enjoy the April edition of the Maribyrnong Business Bulletin.


The Economic Development Team
Maribyrnong City Council



Business Networking events, workshops and seminars

 


ASBAS Digital Solutions Program
 

The first ASBAS Digital Solutions Program was held in early April with a number of business owners learning about Social Media and the benefits of having an online presence. 

Maribyrnong City Council together with Hobsons Bay City Council will be delivering more workshops over the next three years with topics including digital marketing strategies, website creation, social media for business, online security and much more.

For a low one-off membership fee of $55 you will have access to 16 workshops, one on one mentoring and access to webinars for a full three years.
Join the ASBAS Digital Solutions Program



 Co-Connected Series

 
Do you know what CNC stands for and what a CNC router does?

Join FAB9- Melbourne's newest soon-to-open makerspace as we take you through the features and functions of FAB0's brand new multicam Trident 3000 series 3-axis flatbed CNC router.

With a 5kw spindle, the CNC router is strong enough to cut through light metals such as aluminium and the tangential and oscillating knives allow the CNC router to work with softer materials such as fabric, cardboard and paper. Other functions of the CNC router include an automatic tool changer, live deck vacuum system, machine vision camera, large processing area
(2400mm x 1200mm) and high gantry clearance.
More information and booking
Intro to 3D printing

We hear a lot about 23D printing these days but what exactly does it entail?

In this fun and informative session at FAB9 you'll be taken through the basics of how 3D printers work, and the steps of different kinds of printing processes. You'll learn what materials 3D printers can use, discover the key advantages of 3D printing (including its main applications, benefits and limitations), see a live printing demonstration and find out how to get started on your very own 3D printing project.
More information and booking
Market your business in 10 simple steps

Abraham Lincoln once said 'Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe'.

To be a successful startup or scale up, businesses are required to develop a marketing strategy that will give you a laser focus and ensure that you save time, money and resources in the long term. Phil Ore will run through the Marketing Entourage 10 steps approach that builds in the foundation of a great marketing strategy. Please come and join this interactive session where you get the chance to apply the 10 steps to your current or future business and also ask questions about the marketing challenges you face.
More information and booking


Changes to small business tax concessions

 
The small business entity turnover threshold is $10 million per annum which means more business owners have access to a range of small business tax concessions. 

See if your business is eligible.
Find out more

Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund grants
 
The Victorian Government is giving businesses and local government a $4 million funding boost for major recycling projects to expand operations to recover valuable products and reduce waste going to landfill.

Applications close on Tuesday 30 April 2019.
More information and application form

Operating on a public holiday

 
With Easter just around the corner, find out about restrictions for operating on a public holiday.
More information

Five lessons from five startups: What this entrepreneur learnt from 20 years in business
Turning a profit or achieving an attractive exit is no easy feat. Learn how one business savvy Australian has launched and navigated through 20 years of business with his five essential tips.



Manufacturing in Maribyrnong
Maribyrnong City Council together with Victoria University have filmed four prominent manufacturing businesses in our City, who contribute so much to our local economy. Take a look at the two minute videos and get an insight into the world of manufacturing.

The businesses profiled include:
  • Peerless foods, a company who manufactures margarine in Braybrook
  • BigFish Workshop, a company who manufactures sculptures and playgrounds in Footscray
  • Alligator Brand, a company who manufactures specialty pasta in Tottenham
  • Botany Essentials, a company who manufactures skincare products in Braybrook.
Watch here
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