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Welcome to the May Business Bulletin

This edition includes information about upcoming business workshops and events including 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 ensure backpackers are now eligible for superannuation payments. See if this affects your business.  

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre together with The Brotherhood of St. Lawrence are running the Stepping Stones Program which aims to educate migrant refugee women about money and how to start a small business in Australia. Learn more about the program below. 

Find out how you can negotiate a commercial lease in twelve simple steps. 


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


The Economic Development Team
Maribyrnong City Council



Business Networking events, workshops and seminars

 



Starting a new business for migrants and asylum seekers

Some of the state's biggest business success stories were started by people newly arrived to Victoria from all over the world. If you are an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant with a business idea, this essential planning workshop will prepare you for the best chance of success. 

Wednesday 22 May, 9.30am-1.00pm
Braybrook Community Hub
107139 Churchill Avenue Braybrook

Book in now


ASBAS Digital Solutions Program
 

Maribyrnong City Council together with Hobsons Bay City Council will be hosting the next digital solutions workshop 'Engage real followers with Instagram'. 

The ASBAS program supports online business needs in multiple ways including one on one mentoring, business workshops, webinars and online learning. 

A one off membership fee costs $55 providing access to the digital portal for three years.

Join the ASBAS Digital Solutions Program



 Co-Connected Series

 

10 Non-digital ways to grow your business with low or no cost 

Wednesday, 15 May 2019
12.00pm-2.00pm


In the age of digital everything, many start-ups miss the opportunities found in traditional marketing techniques. This session will cover local area marketing opportunities and old school ideas that will grow your business on a shoestring.
More information and booking
Cracking the code for Asian market entry

Wednesday, 22 May 2019
12.00pm-2.00pm


Businesses wanting to explore potential market entry into Asia will gain insight into the consideration and opportunities they need to examine. We know the market is lucrative, but there are many factors which contribute to success or failure in Asia.

Beyond the language barriers there a multitude of marketing and distribution channels to consider. We also provide insider experience and first hand knowledge on where to get help and how to get started on your journey. 
More information and booking
Hey Google! How does a startup use Google? 

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 
12.00pm-2.00pm


Google is synonymous with our internet usage in Australia and is by far, our preferred search platform. 

In this session, we walk through Google 101. We cover off how small businesses get started using and thriving with Google, how to set up businesses on Google and encourage customer engagement and reviews and ultimately, revenue outcomes.   
More information and booking



Statewide plastic bag ban
The Victoria Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from November 2019. 
The ban applies to all retailers including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets and many more. 

The ban applies to all lightweight bags which have a thickness below 36 microns, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable bags.

 
Find out more


Paying super to backpackers 

 
Backpackers on working holidays are an integral part of Australia's seasonal workforce.

They are considered temporary residents and are entitled to superannuation guarantee (SG) if they are paid $450 or more before tax in a calendar month. 
Find out more


Stepping Stones Program
The Stepping Stones to Small Business Program aims to educate migrant and refugee women about money and build women's understanding of how to start a small business in Australia. It also aims to teach business and government leaders about how micro-businesses help refugee and migrant women and why communities need more of these small businesses. 

This program will be delivered in partnership with Brotherhood of St Lawrence and the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. 
More information

Twelve tips for negotiating a commercial lease
Entering into a commercial lease often involves entering into a long-term commitment. Like any long term commitment, it's imperative to make sure both the premises and the lease terms are suitable to your needs and circumstances. By following these 12 tips you will be putting yourself in a stronger long term position when negotiating a commercial lease. 
More information
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