Resources

Our library of resources is continually being developed. If there is any specific information you are seeking please let us know.  Please contact SBC Administrator Dianne Stewart on info@sbconnections.com.au and we will do our best to assist you. Immediately below are static resources, below those are events being run by SBC members that may be of interest.

Services for Business: 

  • Australian Government Entrepreneurs' Program:  

https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/entrepreneurs-programme

The Programme uses quality facilitators and advisers, drawn from industry, to ensure businesses get the advice and support they need to improve their competiveness and productivity. The primary focus is on providing access to the best advice and networks to solve their problems rather than focusing on financial assistance.

Practical support for businesses includes: advice from people with relevant private sector experience, co-funded grants to commercialise new products, processes and services, funding to take advantage of growth opportunities, and connection and collaboration opportunities.​

  • ​Future Jobs Fund, courtesy of the SA State Government

A $200 million Future Jobs Fund to support the development of globally competitive industries and industrial capabilities within South Australia.

Grants and loans will be offered through this fund to help you grow your business and create jobs if you're in one of the following growing sectors:

  • Shipbuilding and defence
  • Renewable energy
  • Mining, including the mining industry supply chain
  • Tourism, food and wine 
  • Health and biomedical research, including businesses expanding to provide National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services 
  • Information technology
  • Advanced manufacturing

For further information, please click here or contact Elizabeth Staniford: Email: Elizabeth.Staniford@sa.gov.au Phone: 8303 2280

  • Tonlsey Small Business Advisory Service, courtesy of the City of Marion & the Dept of State Development​
One-on-one consultations; advice on starting a new business; business health check for existing business; workshops on 'Will your idea work as a business?' plus 'Is your next step seeking an investor?'
The service is FREE and offers confidential one-on-one advisory sessions for those wishing to start a business or operating an existing business in the Southern Adelaide region.
To book your free session, contact Bob Sloan – ph 8374 2844, e bob@sa-bic.com.au​​
  • How to Protect Your IP if Taking Your Business to China, courtesy of the Federal Government

The Australian Government has appointed an IP Counsellor to China to help business people navigate the intricacies of Intellectual Property and the Chinese market. Bus.gov.au provides a large amount of information on the subject – to access it, please click here

  • Are you Looking at Hiring Staff for your Business? courtesy of the Federal Government

If you are thinking of hiring a new staff member and are not sure what to do, there are certain requirements you must meet. So having a checklist is a useful thing.  Click here for information on the checklist, and what you should be doing next.

  • Free Webinar on Unfair Contracts for Small Businesses, by ACCC

http://www.webcasts.com.au/accc160316/

Grants for Business:

  • South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund courtesy of the SA Government

The State Government recently launched a new commercialisation fund to support and nurture early-stage, high-tech businesses to grow, including cleantech businesses. The $10 million SAECF http://techinsa.com.au/programs-funding/saecf/ offers seed funding, business capability building, and entrepreneur development to help companies turn bright ideas into commercial reality. The SAECF will provide eligible companies and organisations with grants of up to $300,000.  (Up to 50k for Proof of Concept, up to $150k for Product Development, up to $300k for Early Stage Commercialisation.)  Requires an EOI to start the process.

  • Job Accelerator Grant courtesy of the SA Government

Are your wages bill under $5mil?  Have you employed staff since 1 July 2016?  If yes, you should apply for the Job Accelerator Grant of up to $10,000.  The great news is this is not a competitive grant application, you just have to meet the eligibility criteria.  Information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at: https://www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au/grants-and-concessions/jobacceleratorgrantscheme

  • R&D Tax Incentive courtesy of the Federal Government

    The R&D Tax Incentive helps businesses offset some of the costs of doing Research & Development with the equivalent to a 150 per cent tax deduction. This is a non-competitive program meaning that if you are eligible then you can receive payment. http://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/innovation-rd/RD-TaxIncentive/Pages/default.aspx

    Ausindustry contact is Scott Fisher, ph 84064731, scott.fisher@industry.gov.au

  • Export programs courtesy of the Federal Government

    The Export Partnership Program (EPP) may provide up to 50% reimbursement for export marketing costs to assist companies to:

    • develop marketing material for distribution overseas.

    • research feasible overseas markets.

    • adapt websites for specific international markets.

    • access cultural and export training, mentoring and coaching services.

    • participate in international trade shows, trade missions and overseas business programs.

    • support travel and accommodation costs when participating in international trade shows, trade missions and overseas business programs.

    • support incoming buyers.

    To be eligible, companies must have been in business for 2 years and have annual revenue of at least $100,000. Companies can view information and apply at http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/investment/export-partnership-program.

  • TradeStart courtesy of the Federal Government

    http://www.austrade.gov.au/About-TradeStart/default.aspx

    TradeStart assists small and medium sized exporters to achieve long term success in international markets.

  • Export Market Development Grant courtesy of the Federal Government

    http://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/Export/Export-Grants

    The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

    The EMDG scheme:

  • reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant.

Key contact for export information is Todd Miller, Export Adviser, Department of State Development, 0455 091 200. Todd.miller@sa.gov.au

For more information on the EMDG scheme, please visit the Publications page on the State Dept website.

 

Events or activities run by SBC members which may be of interest to other SBC members and supporters:

The Regional Voice Loxton Workshop & Networking Event – courtesy of Business SA & the Loxton District Chamber of Commerce
 
Tuesday 12 Sept – free
Loxton Hotel
45 East Tce, Loxton
 
Workshop 3.00-4.30pm:  Mental Health Awareness & Management at Work  To register, click here
With one in four Australians suffering a mental health problem at any one time in their life, it is likely that one of your staff will be impacted at some time. Depression and anxiety are the most common types of mental health problems experienced.
Many business owners don’t have the expertise to help an employee with a mental illness, or know their legal obligations when accommodating mental illness in the workplace.
This workshop examines a number of simple strategies to assist employees with mental health problems, examines the business owner's legal responsibilities, and includes information on how to ensure your workplace is supportive.
Dr Jenkins is the Director of Aboto Psychology and Workplace Conflict Management Services. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the School of Psychology at
the University of Adelaide.
 
Networking event 5.30-7.30pm To register, click here
Join us for fabulous local food, quality South Australian wine and talk to people in industry, who share your challenges. Walk away with new connections, opportunities and business insights relevant to your region.

At this event you will be able to:

  • Build valuable professional networks
  • Learn from experts
  • Promote your products and services
Special Guest Speakers:
  • Anthony Penney, Business SA Executive Director Industry and
  • Government Engagement
  • Alex Flint, EML Regional Manager
  • John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner

How to Simplify Your Business Using Cloud Technology – brought to you by dmca

Thursday 21 Sept, 4.30-5.00pm, free
Little Bang Brewing Company
8a Union St, Stepney
To register, click here
 
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Join us to hear about the essential new technologies we use to help our clients respond quickly to change and gain competitive advantage. We will also present a case study to show you how using cloud technology can help take your business to the next level.