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Farewell to an Icon
 
This week in South Australia we say goodbye to General Motors Holden and one of the largest industries in the State and a significant part of our history.
Personally, I have fond memories of Holdens and as I have told you before, it was one of my first jobs when I graduated from university as an Electrical Engineer. Back then I was hired as a Quality Engineer and it was my job to go around and visit the Holden’s supplier network and to ensure that the products being supplied met the motoring giant’s expectations and requirements. It was the place I gained my first mentor – a guy by the name of Wayne Fidler. He taught me about listening, asking questions and about people.
 
I suppose I am like many people who have worked for Holden’s. I am reminded that in the fifties to seventies, new migrants came from overseas and settled in the North of Adelaide, they were also employed by the car industry in a variety of jobs and so too have the next generation and for some the next as well. My father in law also worked there.
No matter the area that people were employed in at Holden’s, the motoring icon has left a lasting legacy in this state and has embedded itself within our history, but perhaps there are some things that you may not be aware of, for example:
 
•          Holden’s was founded in 1856 in Adelaide by James Alexander Holden who was from the UK. The company was called JA Holden & Co and originally was a manufacturer of saddlery
•          In 1885, James Holden was joined by business partner HA Frost and the company became Holden & Frost Ltd
•          In 1905 James Holden’s grandson Edward joined the firm and led the direction toward automobiles
•          In 1919 the company began to specialise in car bodies and established the Holden’s Motor Body Builders company
•          In 1924 the company opened its Woodville plant and produced car bodies for Austin, Chrysler, DeSoto, Morris, Hillman, Humber, Hupmobile and Willys-Overland as well as GM cars
•          In 1931 the company was purchased by General Motors and became known as General Motors Holden (GMH) as we know it today.
 
Holden vehicles have played an enormous part in Australian life – from the everyday family vehicle through to Motorsport, in special vehicles including the Monaro and in many of the export vehicles.


 The first Holden car commercially sold in Australia in 1949
      
Any closure of an industry will be painful and will impact us in many different ways – individuals, suppliers etc. Back in 2013, John Spoehr (then at Adelaide University) wrote that the total economic activity linked to Holden’s operations are estimated as $1.1 billion contribution to GSP (or 1.3% of Gross State Product) and 11,700 jobs (1.5% of employment). These activities are estimated to contribute almost $65 million per year to the state taxation base ($31.5 million in payroll tax and $33.2 million in other taxation revenue). The impacts may be as severe as this or they could be worse. This is a changing of the guard but I am reminded of an article in the Economist magazine from a few years back that said that when an industry sector is in decline it often means that new industry and new ways of doing things will come through and begin to emerge. I see this in what was the old Mitsubishi plant at Tonsley. It, after many years of investment, has reached what we call a “tipping point” where it houses now in excess of 1000 workers in many new innovative businesses, and a co-working space that is incredible to be a part of.
 
I personally am very sorry to see Holden’s go. I have as you know worked with them and with the supplier base for more than 30% of my life, including companies like Air International/ Futuris and Multi Slide Industries. I cannot understate what it has done for me and what it has meant to me.
 
So this week I would suggest that instead of lamenting the Holden closure, instead we be proud of the company’s contribution to our state, to society, to our people and our economy and maintain our focus towards a positive business future for our state.
 
An apt quote of the week from another motoring legend Lee Iacocca
So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”
 
 Phil


SBC Events

Tour of the Desalination Plant with SBC

Friday 20 October, TOMORROW, 10.15am – 12pm
16 Chrysler Rd, Lonsdale

Due to the unavoidable withdrawal of a couple of attendees, there are Still two places available on the tour of the Adelaide Desalination Plant.  Please contact   kathy@intaxconsulting.com.au   should you wish to attend – first two to make contact will get the places.

SBC AGM

All SBC members should be now have received their invitation to the 2017 AGM for Southern Business Connections.
This will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 25 October at The Fireside Room, The Warradale Hotel, 234 Diagonal Rd, Warradale.
All current financial members are encouraged to attend and vote, and stay on for a 'pay as you go' networking dinner at the hotel afterwards.


City of Marion Events

Maximising your attendance at Expos and Trade Shows

The important part of attending an expo is being clear on why you are attending – what is your focus and key outcomes? 

At this FREE workshop, learn how to identify the key actions that need to be undertaken before, during and post expo if you want to see a return on your efforts and investment.

Thursday 19 October  TONIGHT!!!
6.00pm-7.30pm
Flinders @ Tonsley
Cost: Free
Weblink for bookings https://maximise-expo-and-tradeshow.eventbrite.com.au if you’d like to register.

Grow Your Business Expo

Thursday 23 November, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Tonsley MAB
1284 South Rd, Tonsley

This is a large regional business event run by the City of Marion showcasing local business support and the latest in Technology to help Southern Adelaide businesses thrive. 

Whether an early stage start-up or an established business, the Expo will have experts on hand to solve the issues a growing business will face – solutions to accessing people and accessing business programs.

The afternoon will include:

  • 40+ Exhibitors
  • Networking opportunity with Keynote Speaker (Speaker at 6pm)
  • Onsite parking available
  • Free attendance

They understand that time is money, so they have planned the day with as much as possible, so the afternoon out of the office is worthwhile.

Being a non-industry specific show, businesses from all backgrounds can find new, inventive ways to help their business grow. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with the right people in Southern Adelaide and build relationships.

To register your interest, please go to:
  http://2017growyourbusiness.eventbrite.com.au  If this link does not work, please copy and paste into a new browser window..
or contact Georgie Johnson: georgie.johnson@marion.sa.gov.au


Business News

Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants Program

Applications for Round 4 of the Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants Program are now open, to help South Australian businesses develop new and exciting products. For the first time, grants will be available for innovative food products which meet nutritional requirements for an ageing population.

The State Government has committed $400,000 toward this round, matched by $400,000 from Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL), making this the highest amount of funding available to date.
The two funding streams for Round 4 are:

  • Small – grants of $25,000 to $100,000 available for businesses seeking to develop functional and luxury food and beverage products and improve their supply chain technology.
  • Major – grants of $100,000 to $200,000 (per annum for two years) available for businesses seeking to develop a functional food product which assists with nutritional requirements of an ageing population to enhance health and wellness.

Expressions of interest for Round 4 close 26 October 2017. Applicant information, guidelines and details of past recipients can be found at www.pir.sa.gov.au/afm.

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SBC Editorial

 

Once upon a time …
 
How many stories over the years have started with those immortal words ‘Once Upon a Time…’ and yet do we ever take ourselves back to that time when perhaps we had a business idea, wondered if it would ever be a success, doubted our ability to even make it happen, put the idea aside, occasionally re-visited it and eventually told ourselves ‘let’s do it!’
This was the path to business success for Judy Forbes of the ‘Once & Again Book Café.’
 
With 23 years in education, training and project management behind her, including a barista course or two and food service and hospitality, in 2015 she knew it was her ‘let’s do it’ moment. ‘It was my dream for 17 years and I knew I had all of this experience to draw on. The benefits and gains have meant independence, the pursuit of a long-held passion and a change of career direction,’ said Judy.
 
As well as the experience gained in her working life, Judy also knew that her idea for the book café would help her in her desire to continue to work with her local community and the café provides a relaxed space and place for the community, business and passing customers.
 
Her passion was rewarded this year when she received a nomination for a Telstra Business Award and an Unsung Hero award from the City of Marion, recognising her contribution to supporting local artists, authors, musicians, entrepreneurs and artisans. The award also recognised the café’s Suspended Coffee Initiative which supports community and fundraising organisations based on customer needs and input.
 
‘We were also excited to be referred and subsequently invited by one of our customers to cater for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet at the office/premises of one of our close business networks Openbook Howden Print & Design,’ said Judy.
 
So when asked about her advice to people who have a business idea or vision? ‘I don’t think there is ever an easy road and you will have people who knock you and others who support you. My advice to other business owners is to stick with the latter, but believe in yourself while not being afraid to ask for help.’
 
Judy also knows the value of networking having been an SBC member for 18 months ‘I’ve learned more about the value of networking especially as a sole trader, although I already had a strong belief in this, it has proven to be invaluable. SBC have arranged meetings and events at the café and this has in turn supported our referrals and customers into the café. We see SBC as an advocate and appreciate networking, resources and professional development opportunities enjoyed through being a member.’
 
So a ‘Once Upon a Time’ moment has become a ‘Once & Again’ success for Judy who sought out like-minded people and businesses on her journey, opportunities and mentors and she held on tight to what has been a long time vision. A great success story from someone local.
 
Quote of the week from Michelle Obama, the first African American First Lady of the United States.
 
Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.’

Phil

Member News
Welcome to two new members this week, referred by our Editor Phil Ransome of The Executive RoundTable. Joining us is Paul Teasdale of Creative Systems and Mike Chalmers of Buyologists. Great to meet you last night already Paul, and we look forward to seeing both of you at plenty of the upcoming events.


SBC Events

 

Building the Economy in Southern Adelaide 

Monday 16 October, 7.30am – 9.00am
Flinders NVI Tonsley, Level 5
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
SBC members $25, non-members $35, includes hot breakfast
To register: http://www.trybooking.com/RRHS
Please Note: This is NOT a direct link, as they are not working. Please copy the link then paste into a new browser window to access the booking site.
For a copy of the flyer, please click here.

  • Network with others in business over a hot breakfast
  • Hear the State's perspective, an economic update, from Treasurer Koutsantonis
  • Hear a business perspective, from Andrew Downs of SAGE – how he started his business in his Mum’s shed, and is now moving their national headquarters to Tonsley
  • Hear from Brett Mayne of the Department of State Development – learn about the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme and also the Work Ready Program

Tour of the Desalination Plant with SBC

 

Friday 20 October, 10.15am – 12pm
15 Chrysler Rd, Lonsdale

The Adelaide Desalination Plant has been in operation since 2011.
How much water can it produce? How does it do it? What are the environmental impacts, if any?
Come on the tour of the Plant with Southern Business Connections and discover the answers to these questions and many more. 

Due to the unavoidable withdrawal of a couple of attendees, there are now two places available on this tour.  Please contact dianne@sbconnections.com.au should you wish to attend – first two to make contact will get the places.


Touring the new Flinders Medical Centre facilities

 

Peter Malinauskas, Minister for Health and Annabel Digance, Member for Elder have arranged a once only opportunity for SBC members & friends to tour the new Flinders Medical Centre facilities.
 
Transforming Health – New Flinders Medical Centre facilities

  • $185.5 million investment

     

    • A new rehabilitation centre

       

      • 55 beds
      • Gyms
      • Hydrotherapy pool
    • A large rooftop garden
    • A new 1820 space multi-deck car park 
    • A dedicated orthogeriatric service
    • A new centre for the Older Persons’ Mental Health Service

 Registration of Interest

  • SBC Members will be given preference
  • Monday the 16th of October (ie next week)
  • 12:30pm
  • only open to the first 14 people – there are a few places left….
  • email dianne@sbconnections.com.au
  • Full details will be provided upon registration

City of Marion Event

 

Grow Your Business Expo

Thursday 23 November, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Tonsley MAB
1284 South Rd, Tonsley

This is a large regional business event run by the City of Marion showcasing local business support and the latest in Technology to help Southern Adelaide businesses thrive. 

Whether an early stage start-up or an established business, the Expo will have experts on hand to solve the issues a growing business will face – solutions to accessing people and accessing business programs.

The afternoon will include:

  • 40+ Exhibitors
  • Networking opportunity with Keynote Speaker (Speaker at 6pm)
  • Onsite parking available
  • Free attendance

They understand that time is money, so they have planned the day with as much as possible, so the afternoon out of the office is worthwhile.

Being a non-industry specific show, businesses from all backgrounds can find new, inventive ways to help their business grow. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with the right people in Southern Adelaide and build relationships.

To register your interest, please go to:
  http://2017growyourbusiness.eventbrite.com.au  If this link does not work, please copy and paste into a new browser window..
or contact Georgie Johnson: georgie.johnson@marion.sa.gov.au


Commonwealth Scholarships Program

 

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is exclusive to South Australia.  

Scope Global, with their head office in Adelaide, with deliver the program on behalf of the Department of Education & Training. There will be 2 rounds of applications with the first to open tomorrow and a second Round later in 2017. Scholarships are available for students studying from Certificate III to PHD levels in an area that will lead to employment in one of the three streams:

·         Stream 1 – defence industry (including naval shipbuilding)
·         Stream 2 – advanced manufacturing, health services and medical research, wine and food, resources and energy, tourism and hospitality. Applications will also be accepted from students who intend to study in a field that is relevant to, and are currently employed by, a business with innovative practices that result in economic growth
·         Stream 3 – State-based skills needs. Any occupation on the Australian Government Department of Employment's Skills Shortage List for South Australia will be eligible.  There is also a paid internship component (if a program of study already includes a mandatory work placement
·          (eg apprenticeships or clinical placement) the scholar will not be required to participate. When this is the case the scholar will be eligible to receive a one-off payment of an additional $3,000(gross) in lieu of participating in an internship (Guidelines Sect. 4.7)
·              
The program aims to improve skills and job opportunities linked to priority industries in South Australia. The program also creates opportunities for workers in industries experiencing structural adjustment and retrenchment.

Applications for Round 1 close on Wed 25/10/17.

Eligibility:
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
• be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
• be eligible to undertake an approved program of study
• be aged 15-64 years at commencement of study
• be living in, or relocate to, South Australia for the duration of the scholarship
• be willing and able to participate in an internship (where applicable)
• intend to enter the workforce or accept employment in South Australia at the end of the course of study or training.

Note: While the scholarships are aimed at new students commencing an approved program of study, consideration will be given to applicants currently undertaking their first year of study or training.

More information about the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia, including eligibility criteria, can be found in the Program Guidelines at www.commonwealth-scholarships-sa.com.au


Darlington Upgrade Project

 

Please be advised that the major traffic switch for the Darlington Upgrade Project has been rescheduled and will now occur at 6am on Monday 23 October 2017.
 
All details outlined in the original notification still apply (with the exception of the date). A considerable amount of works will be undertaken over the weekend of 21-22 to prepare for the switch – as detailed in the original notification.
Please click here to read the original notification.

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Dear Members and Supporters

Being on the SBC committee is an interesting, varied and satisfying position.  There are two great events coming up (details below), plus the AGM, details for which will be available soon, which they have been involved in organising.  If you would like to participate in the running of the Association, please nominate for the committee.  Application forms can be found here.

Member News
Congratulations go to Judy Forbes and her team of Once & Again Book Cafe.  Judy was another of the SBC members who were recognised in the Business section of the recent City of Marion Unsung Heros Awards.

Have a great weekend
Regards
Dianne


SBC Events

SBC@AZZO

Wednesday 11 October, 6-8pm
MAB Tenancy 22 – Gate 3
6 MAB Eastern Promenade, Tonsley
SBC members free, non-members $15
To register: http://www.trybooking.com/RRIB
Please note – there are issues with these direct links. Please copy and paste the link into a new browser window
For a copy of the flyer, please click here.
For a copy of a location map, please click here – please note, use Gate 3 to MAB, and the entrance from Alawoona Rd is currently closed.

AZZO delivers innovative, practical and efficient solutions for your energy management, engineering and technological challenges – how do they do this?  What is involved?

Come and network with like-minded local business people over a drink and light dinner and find out about another of the SBC members, and have a tour of their brand new facilities in the Tonsley complex.

Building the Economy in Southern Adelaide 

Monday 16 October, 7.30am – 9.00am
Flinders NVI Tonsley, Level 5
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
SBC members $25, non-members $35, includes hot breakfast
To register: http://www.trybooking.com/RRHS
Please Note: There are issues with these direct links. Please copy and paste the link into a new browser window if having difficulty.
For a copy of the flyer, please click here.

  • Network with others in business
  • Hear the State's perspective, an economic update, from Treasurer Koutsantonis
  • Hear a business perspective, from Andrew Downs of SAGE – how he started his business in his Mum’s shed, and is now moving their national headquarters to Tonsley
  • Hear from Brett Mayne of the Department of State Development – learn about the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme and also the Work Ready Program

City of Marion Event

Grow Your Business Expo

Thursday 23 November, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Tonsley MAB
1284 South Rd, TonsleyThis is a large regional business event run by the City of Marion showcasing local business support and the latest in Technology to help Southern Adelaide businesses thrive.

Whether an early stage start-up or an established business, the Expo will have experts on hand to solve the issues a growing business will face – solutions to accessing people and accessing business programs.

The afternoon will include:

  • 40+ Exhibitors
  • Networking opportunity with Keynote Speaker (Speaker at 6pm)
  • Onsite parking available
  • Free attendance

They understand that time is money, so they have planned the day with as much as possible, so the afternoon out of the office is worthwhile.

Being a non-industry specific show, businesses from all backgrounds can find new, inventive ways to help their business grow. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with the right people in Southern Adelaide and build relationships.

To register your interest, please go to:
http://2017growyourbusiness.eventbrite.com.au
or contact Georgie Johnson: georgie.johnson@marion.sa.gov.au


Business News

nbn Update

nbn is urging businesses to prepare to migrate their ‘Special Services’ to the nbn™ broadband access network ahead of the first disconnections. Special Services are a set of business telecommunication products delivered on copper, aside from your standard landline phone or internet services. These include, but are not limited to, Ethernet Lite, Frame Relay, Megalink, DDS Fastway, ISDN and Customnet.  While there has been forced disconnection dates for most business grade services such as phone, internet, and EFTPOS since 2014, this is the first time the company has triggered the disconnection of ‘Special Services’, which simultaneously use voice, video and data services.

For most businesses, switching these services over is not an automatic process – if your Special Services are affected you’ll need to arrange new services before your disconnection date or risk losing access to your critical services. Make sure you’re prepared with plenty of time to get your new systems up and running as there are a number of steps involved in switching to the new network.

For more information visit nbn™ broadband access network and Special Services or refer to the following Special Services FAQs.

Darlington Upgrade Project

Please click here for information regarding an upcoming major traffic switch for the Darlington Upgrade Project provided by the Gateway South team.

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Life Life Balance?
Dear Members and Supporters

Over the past few weeks we have highlighted some of the great things our female business leaders are doing. Here is another.

We all hear the term ‘work life balance’, but perhaps we should simply call it ‘life life balance’ because in an age of technology and instant communications the lines are becoming very blurred.

And when it comes to family owned businesses, there is definitely a merging of work and life, just ask Cathi Buttfield of Sar Major Canvas Goods & Trailers. The company was established by Cathi’s father Kenneth in 1953, first operating from his backyard in Netherby until the factory at 25 Pinn Street St Mary’s was built in 1958.

The unique thing about Cathi is she also works outside of the business in a full-time role and so has much to manage when it comes to her responsibilities; ‘It is definitely a challenge and a balancing act! First and foremost I have amazing staff including a phenomenal team of trusted managers at the factory that run the day-to-day operations and keep striving to grow Sar Major,’ said Cathi.

‘Equally I have a very understanding family and my employer has been incredibly supportive. There is definitely that constant prioritising and when you are focused on one role you are keenly aware that another role is not getting the attention it needs. I would say that I am a fair way off of getting that balance right but each day you make choices to do the best you can for each world.’

When asked about what systems she uses to balance all elements of her work life Cathi said she had recently implemented Office 365 and OneNote ‘I use it to keep all of my information, actions and ideas (aka my brains!) available to me from any phone or computer wherever I am and even share it with others. In this way I can quickly switch into Sar Major, Government, Association Board member, Travel Club, Network Marketing, Cryptocurrency, Property Options, Power of Attorney or just plain “Mum Mode” at the flick of a screen.’ Whew! Talk about busy and there is that old saying that if you want something done give it to a busy person and it will get done!

When asked her advice about how Sar Major has managed to survive and remain relevant during its 65 years Cathi explained that it is all about embracing innovation and reviewing systems and processes that support the business. ‘We continue to adapt and evolve as a manufacturer that is no longer required to produce constant large batches of production. We still have the capacity for bulk production, but Sar Major now specialises in high quality, small-run made-to-measure products and aside from commercial work, we predominantly sell direct to the retail market.’

In the past few weeks all of the businesses featured in our SBC Bulletin have mentioned that they relate their on-going success to establishing great teams, systems and constantly reviewing these systems to remain relevant. ‘As the world changes so quickly these days it’s important to seek out a variety of mentors and networks – they will be one of your greatest sources of knowledge and strength,’ said Cathi.

Sound advice from a long-standing member of SBC. ‘SBC has been an amazing support throughout the last few years. As a business owner you can feel quite isolated, especially during challenging times, the members are always so generous with their knowledge and I always come away from events totally inspired. My top 3 values are learning, connecting and helping – SBC is a triple win on that front.’

Cathi is a great inspiration to not only female entrepreneurs but all business owners, and she owns that space!

Quote of the week from Jack Welsh. “There Is no such thing as work-life balance. But there are work-life choices, and you make them”.

Have a great long weekend everyone.
Cheers Phil


SBC Events

SBC AGM

Nominations have been called for the positions of:

  • Committee Member
  • Treasurer
  • Co-Chair

for the 2017/2018 year of Southern Business Connections.
Existing committee members may re-nominate themselves.
All other interested parties please contact SBC Business Facilitator: dianne@sbconnections.com.au to be sent a nomination form.

All nominations must be received by the Facilitator by COB Wednesday 4 October 2017.

The AGM will be held 6pm Wednesday 25 October 2017 – formal notice will be forthcoming in the coming weeks, but please diarize and save this date now.

SBC@AZZO

Wednesday 11 October, 6-8pm
MAB Tenancy 22 – Gate 3
6 MAB Eastern Promenade, Tonsley
SBC members free, non-members $15
To register: http://www.trybooking.com/RRIB
Please note – there are issues with these direct links. Please copy and paste the link into a new browser window
For a copy of the flyer, please click here.
For a copy of a location map, please click here – please note, use Gate 3 to MAB, and the entrance from Alawoona Rd is currently closed.

AZZO delivers innovative, practical and efficient solutions for your energy management, engineering and technological challenges – how do they do this?  What is involved?

Come and network with like-minded local business people over a drink and light dinner and find out about another of the SBC members, and have a tour of their brand new facilities in the Tonsley complex.

Building the Economy in Southern Adelaide 

Monday 16 October, 7.30am – 9.00am
Flinders NVI Tonsley, Level 5
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
SBC members $25, non-members $35, includes hot breakfast
To register: www.trybooking.com/RRHS
Please Note: There are issues with these direct links. Please copy and paste the link into a new browser window if having difficulty.
For a copy of the flyer, please click here.

  • Network with others in business
  • Hear the State's perspective, an economic update, from Treasurer Koutsantonis
  • Hear a business perspective, from Andrew Downs of SAGE – how he started his business in his Mum’s shed, and is now moving their national headquarters to Tonsley
  • Hear from Brett Mayne of the Department of State Development – learn about the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme and also the Work Ready Program

City of Marion Event

Grow Your Business Expo

Thursday 23 November, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Tonsley MAB
1284 South Rd, TonsleyThis is a large regional business event run by the City of Marion showcasing local business support and the latest in Technology to help Southern Adelaide businesses thrive.

Whether an early stage start-up or an established business, the Expo will have experts on hand to solve the issues a growing business will face – solutions to accessing people and accessing business programs.

The afternoon will include:

  • 40+ Exhibitors
  • Networking opportunity with Keynote Speaker (Speaker at 6pm)
  • Onsite parking available
  • Free attendance

They understand that time is money, so they have planned the day with as much as possible, so the afternoon out of the office is worthwhile.

Being a non-industry specific show, businesses from all backgrounds can find new, inventive ways to help their business grow. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with the right people in Southern Adelaide and build relationships.

To register your interest, please go to:  http://2017growyourbusiness.eventbrite.com.au
or contact Georgie Johnson: georgie.johnson@marion.sa.gov.au


 
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 SBC EditorialDear Members and Supporters
This week’s editorial follows the “Pay it Forward” theme and asks you to consider how making a small difference or even small gesture of assistance can have a big impact.If you have never seen the movie Pay it Forward (2000), please do so. The premise of the film is that if you do three good things for somebody else, then each of those people in turn must do three good things for others, and so on, with the compounding effect that major impacts can be made in our and others lives. I have seen this demonstrated recently in the south, with one of our members Russell Atwell.

 

 

‘I think we can all recall when someone offered us a chance, gave some sound advice or trusted us to make a mistake that we learned from,’ said Russell Atwell (DECD Trade Schools for the Future).
‘Whether it be employability or soft skills we have all received knowledge, advice and training and mentoring in our lives, perhaps from a part-time job, volunteering, sport or community service, and maybe even complemented by work experience or a mock interview. All of these things have given us significant life skills that are essential for success.’ He reminded me that with educational opportunity, good mentoring and sound career guidance, our youth will meet every challenge.

The multiplying effect of this was clearly demonstrated to Russell when he recently hosted a parent and student information session. Three Australian school-based apprentices offered to tell their stories in order to inspire younger peers.

‘Max Meigel, a Year 12 student at Urrbrae Agricultural High School started his school-based apprenticeship in 2015. Despite the challenge of dyslexia, Max completed his SACE and a Certificate III in Agriculture,’ said Russell.

‘Max’s advocacy, peer support and mentoring has been instrumental in assisting 39 more Urrbrae students to follow a similar education pathway. Added to this, the previous week Max was awarded the South Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year at the SA Training Awards as well as being voted the ‘people’s choice’ award winner. He will also now represent the State later this year at the Australian Training Awards.’

Well done to Max, but also to Russell (and his team) in helping to inspire, inform and guide young people in making the most of their opportunities. We are all here for a short time, so give some consideration as to how you might pay it forward in your own business dealings and in inspiring the next generation – your actions will give you surprising results!

PS The movie is good!

Quote of the week from renowned business coach John C Maxwell: A Word of encouragement from a leader, can inspire a person to reach their potential. (to be honest, this is our main role, to inspire….)

Phil

Member News
SBC members are continuing to do great things in the South.
Silver Sponsor Patritti’s have continued to excel.  Patritti has been shortlisted as a finalist to win in the Export Business of the Year category at the 2017 Optus My Business Awards, the longest standing and premier event of the year for SMEs. Good luck to the team at Patritti, at the Awards night on 10 November.

Corporate member and committee member Andrew Wallace of Electronic Recycling Australia has also excelled this week.  He has been awarded an Industry Leaders Fund Scholarship which will enable him to do the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford School of Business, USA. Well done Andrew, enjoy your time in the States.

We welcome another new member to the Association this week. Keep an eye out for Steve Melbourne of Steve’s Electrical at one of the upcoming events.

A highly informative event was held at Co-HAB Tonsley on Tuesday morning.  Four of our SBC members each provided a very educational and interesting presentation.  "So much can be learnt from each other, who they are, what they do and how they got there" said one participant, Debra Ellis, of Debra Ellis Consulting.  One of the presenters, Sonya Weiser, of Wiser Connections, gave permission for this helpful tip about your mobile phone to be shared with you all.
For those who missed out, we will hold another such breakfast in the near future.


SBC Events

SBC AGM

Nominations are now called for the positions of:

  • Committee Member
  • Treasurer
  • Co-Chair

for the 2017/2018 year of Southern Business Connections.
Existing committee members may re-nominate themselves.
All other interested parties please contact SBC Business Facilitator: dianne@sbconnections.com.au to be sent a nomination form.

All nominations must be received by the Facilitator by COB Wednesday 4 October 2017.

The AGM will be held 6pm Wednesday 25 October 2017 – formal notice will be forthcoming in the coming weeks, but please diarize and save this date now.

SBC@AZZO

Wednesday 11 October, 6-8pm
MAB Tenancy 22 – Gate 3
6 MAB Eastern Promenade, Tonsley
SBC members free, non-members $15
To register: http://www.trybooking.com/RRIB
Please note – there are issues with these direct links. Please copy and paste the link into a new browser window
For a copy of the flyer, please click here.
For a copy of a location map, please click here – please note, use Gate 3, and the entrance from Alawoona Rd is currently closed.

AZZO delivers innovative, practical and efficient solutions for your energy management, engineering and technological challenges – how do they do this?  What is involved?

Come and network with like-minded local business people over a drink and light dinner and find out about another of the SBC members, and have a tour of their brand new facilities in the Tonsley complex.

Save the Date: Business breakfast discussing the economy of our region, amongst other things, with Treasurer Koutsantonis: Monday 16 October 7.30am. To register:  www.trybooking.com/RRHS
Please note – there are issues with these direct links. Please copy and paste the link into a new browser window.

Other Business News

Senator David Fawcett Liberal Senator for SA
invites you to a

Small Business Roadshow

with
Michael McCormack MP
Minister for Small Business
and representatives from
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and  Australian Taxation Office.

To be held at the Reynella Sports & Social Club, 1 Oval Rd, Old Reynella from 12 – 2pm on Tuesday 26 September, a free event.
Please RSVP by COB Friday 22 September to:senator.fawcett@aph.gov.au

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Coaching for RUOK

Well today is RUOK day and instead of the normal editorial, I thought it was an important time to reflect on our wellbeing and mental health, not just in the workplace, but in our families, schools and with our friends. So for those not wanting to read on, that’s okay, but I would encourage you to, to understand the size of the issue.

As a community, we may not be aware that in 2015 there were 3027 suicides – about 8.3 deaths per day. (By comparison, the road fatalities in Australia were 40% of this number (1205) in that same year). Of this, 76% were men. Mental health and wellbeing has no boundaries. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor or what your background is, we probably all know someone that has had or been affected by mental health related issues. For me personally, I lost a good friend last year, someone I could have made that extra call to, to check on how they were. That friend of mine left a young daughter. We sometimes never know the difference we can make.

I often talk about us having choices and I think we do have a choice as to whether we try and recognise those signs that say that someone is struggling with their mental health. From a coach’s point of view, I wanted to talk about Coaching for RUOK. These are just some opportunities to think about, to start the conversation and be that person that can help. It is our choice.

Some of these opportunities are

  • Just listen – don’t judge – and pay attention – don’t be distracted by the environment that you’re in.
  • Have a conversation in the right place – it could be taking them for a walk around the block – out for a coffee or tea – it doesn’t have to be in the workplace.
  • Be in a good space yourself before you have this conversation with someone else. Make sure you can devote the right amount of time to it.
  • Try not to be put off or give up if people don't initially respond or seem to want to talk. Just let them know you are there when/if they want to talk and do the follow up.
  • Remember their perception is their reality – it’s not about making comparisons about your life or even offering solutions sometimes – back again to just listening.
  • Your gut instinct is a good barometer for whether someone may be having issues. Don’t be too scared to ask the question. Just check in with them. You will be surprised at what a conversation can do.

I am reminded as well that Southern Business Connections isn’t afraid to have these conversations. Last year in co-operation with Beyond Blue, we hosted a seminar and workshop at the Convention Centre attended by more than 200 people about mental health in the workplace. As I said earlier, you have a choice so try not to be afraid to confront something that you may not understand, but that be that one conversation that helps build someone’s resilience – it can make a difference.  RUOK?
Some great resources are found at www.ruok.org.au or www.conversationsmatter.com.au or locally talk to Anthony at www.lifeback.org.au – he has an unbelievable story that everyone should hear.

The quote of the week from Carl Jung “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become”.

Have a good City to Bay this weekend

Phil

Some resources if you feel you or someone else needs help:

  • Mental Health Services  131 465
  • Suicide Call Back service 1300 659 467
  • Mensline Australia  1300 789 978
  • Kids Help Line  1800 551 800

SBC Event

Meet Your Neighbour – Learn from their Journey

Tuesday 19 Sept, 7.30am – 9.00am
Co-HAB Tonsley
Lvl 1 Administration Building
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
Members $25, non-members $35
To register, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/RRHI
If this link does not work, please copy and paste it into a new browser window.

A networking business breakfast with 4 speakers who will share their experiences with you.
Hear from:

  • Brutal Pixie – Leticia Mooney
  • Consider It Done SA – Terry Harders
  • EC Credit Control – Kevin Tiggeman
  • Wiser Connections – Sonya Weiser

Everyone has a story to tell. Good things, pitfalls and everything in between.  This is a great opportunity to learn from others in business, whilst enjoying a delicious cooked breakfast.

Time is running out – register today!


SBC Resources

For further information on any of the below please go to:   http://sbconnections.com.au/resources/

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Australian Government: http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/health/mental-health

Headspace: (for 12-25yr olds) 1800 650 890
https://www.eheadspace.org.au/

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About Diversity
With a team of over 30 people Rowlands Metalworks regularly turns ideas into reality for its customers with their own in-house industrial designers creating products using 3D design platforms. ‘Our highly skilled tradespeople have many years experience fabricating product using stainless steel, aluminium, galvanised, zinc anneal and mild steel products,’ said the company’s Business Development Manager, Michael Slattery.

Rowlands was first established in 1956 and at that time manufactured light gauge sheet metal products across all industries, these days the company has expanded into medical products including sterilisation units for Australia’s major hospitals. The business is also developing ergonomic sinks that move up and down to suit the height of nursing and other staff within the hospital environment.

‘Diversity has been essential to our success and in 2009 we were able to open a new purpose built factory that included the latest in high-tech manufacturing,’ said Michael. As well as the medical device sector the business is also diversifying by forming relationships and negotiating opportunities to work in the defence and maritime sectors, with both local and international companies.

Given Michael’s extensive business experience, we asked what advice he would give to other business owners moving forward:
1.         In some sectors, the rate of insolvencies can be higher – so it’s important to ensure you have a broad customer and sector base that you operate in.
2.         Don’t be shy in asking for payments – a healthy cash-flow is essential.
3.         Discover your value proposition and stick to it! All too often you can be reduced to doing everything based on price alone!

And for those just starting out in business ‘Grow slowly and stay lean and agile and remember that customers want to work with a company that is confident. You also need to form business relationships but not necessarily based on price alone!’
Rowlands knows the importance of networking and credits SBC as giving them an extension of their current marketing activities ‘It is always good to find out who is doing what in our region – and it’s great to make new contacts at events,’ said Michael. ‘Speak to the people you don’t know … not the people you already know!’


Metalwork by Rowlands at the new RAH

Quote of the week from Indra Nooyi, the Chairperson and CEO of Pepsico and noted as one of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women – ‘Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.’

I think we all have an opportunity to be great leaders – it really is your choice.

We are welcoming another new member this week.  Martin Pike and his team from Verve Group have joined us.  We look forward to having you in the Association and hope to meet you at an event soon Martin.

Have a great weekend

Cheers Phil


SBC Events

Meet Your Neighbour – Learn from their Journey

Tuesday 19 Sept, 7.30am – 9.00am
Co-HAB Tonsley
Lvl 1 Administration Building
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
Members $25, non-members $35
To register, go to: www.trybooking.com/RRHI

A networking business breakfast with 4 speakers who will share their experiences with you.
Hear from:

  • Brutal Pixie – Leticia Mooney
  • Consider It Done SA – Terry Harders
  • EC Credit Control – Kevin Tiggeman
  • Wiser Connections – Sonya Weiser

They all have a story to tell.  This is a great way to learn from others in business, whilst enjoying a delicious cooked breakfast.

SBC@AZZO

Wednesday 11 October, 6-8pm
AZZO
MAB Tenancy B22
6 MAB Eastern Promenade, Tonsley
Please note correction in address
Members free, non-members $15
To register, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/RRIB
Please note: we have been having difficulty with the live links – Please copy and paste the registration URL into a new browser window to make it work
For a copy of the flyer, please click here

Did you know that AZZO delivers innovative, practical and efficient solutions for your energy management, engineering and technological challenges? They are experts in providing world class Energy Management Solutions, and they offer expertise across Australia and globally to over 15 countries.
Come and meet the team at AZZO, have a great networking evening, and enjoy a drink and a casual dinner.

Building the Economy in Southern Adelaide

Monday 16 October, 7.30am – 9.00am
Flinders NVI, Floor 5
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
Members $25, non-members $35
To register, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/RRHS
(If this link does not work, please copy and paste it into a new browser window.)
For a copy of the flyer, click here

A networking business breakfast with a difference.

  • Hear the State's perspective, an economic update, from Treasurer Koutsantonis
  • Hear a business perspective, from Andrew Downs of SAGE – how he started his business in his Mum’s shed, and is now moving their national headquarters to Tonsley
  • Hear from Brett Mayne of the Department of State Development

Tour of the Desalination Plant with SBC

Friday 20 October, 10.15am – 12pm
15 Chrysler Rd, Lonsdale
To register go to: http:/trybooking.com/QXCB
Please note: we have been having difficulty with the live links – Please copy and paste the registration URL into a new browser window to make it work.

The Adelaide Desalination Plant has been in operation since 2011.
How much water can it produce? How does it do it? What are the environmental impacts, if any?
Come on the tour of the Plant with Southern Business Connections and discover the answers to these questions and many more.
This event now has less than 5 places left.  As there are strictly limited numbers for the tour, register now to secure your place.


Other Business Events

For further information on any of the below please go to:  http://sbconnections.com.au/resources/

Please note: "Dinner with David, and guest speaker Steven Marshall”, as advertised earlier this week, has been sold out.

Grow Your Business Expo

This is a large regional business event showcasing local business support and the latest in
Technology to help Southern Adelaide businesses thrive, to be held on Thursday 9 November 2017.

Whether an early stage start-up or an established business, the Expo will have experts on
hand to solve the issues a growing business will face – solutions to accessing people and
accessing business programs.

For more information and an application form to become an exhibitor, please click here

Jobex

South Australia’s largest employment and careers exhibition
Join some of South Australia’s biggest and most iconic businesses to showcase your organisation’s vision and credentials as an employer of choice in South Australia.

Thousands of job seekers, our brightest graduates, students and their parents will attend the JOBEX expos in Adelaide and regional South Australia to explore new job opportunities and career pathways in some of our State’s most exciting growth sectors and emerging industries.
In Adelaide on 10 and 11 November
Register your organisation’s interest to exhibit now via www.sa.gov.au/jobex, or contact the JOBEX Project Team on jobexinfo@sa.gov.au.  An initiative of the Government of South Australia.

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 SBC EditorialYou may have seen an advertisement on television recently that mentions that business confidence in South Australia is currently at minus 46%. However, looking at the businesses that are currently members of SBC, perhaps you would say that this does not apply to businesses across Southern Adelaide.

 

 

Take, for instance long-time supporter, sponsor and member of SBC – Patritti Wines who are just about to export their biggest ever order overseas. ‘Even during the Global Financial Crisis we were still able to keep on growing,’ said Ines Patritti. To give you some perspective, this present order encompasses 20 containers holding 39,200 6 packs or the equivalent of 235,200 bottles of product!

When asked about the three things that you need to successfully embark on the road to exporting, Ines replied, ‘First, you really need to know your market segment; second, be sure of your export pricing; and third make sure your finances are in place.’
Ines should know, her family-owned business has been exporting product from their Dover Gardens base since the 1970s and now is in the unique position of exporting 80% of their product lines whilst 20% is domestic. ‘We currently export products including wine, fortified wines, de-alcoholised wine and carbonated juices to countries including the United Kingdom, China, India, Vietnam and the Solomon Islands. We are currently negotiating with the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark,’ said Ines.

Patritti Wines has also seen great success in overseas wine fairs including the London Wine Fair where their Grenache was awarded a gold medal, was voted best in class and won the Trophy. In the International Wine Fair in China, 6 of their wines won 6 medals.
‘We have not achieved our success in isolation,’ says Ines. ‘We have been supported by Wine Australia and Austrade and we have a great team of people in our operation; and being a part of Southern Business Connections has also given us a great local network and important business and friendship connections,’ said Ines.

So, when we all see ‘doom and gloom’ reporting in the media, we can be assured that it is not entirely everyone’s reality. Each week, we look to the positive achievements of our SBC members and the ways they are going about making their mark on the community and on the world, even in trying times.

Well done Patritti Wines!

Quote of the week as well – something reflecting the way we could look at our great state – this one from American Philosopher Dr. Wayne Dyer “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.

Have a great weekend,
Phil


SBC Events

Meet Your Neighbour – Learn from their Journey

Tuesday 19 Sept, 7.30am – 9.00am
Co-HAB Tonsley
Lvl 1 Administration Building
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
Members $25, non-members $35
To register, go to: www.trybooking.com/RRHI

A networking business breakfast with 4 speakers who will share their experiences with you.
Hear from:

  • Brutal Pixie – Leticia Mooney
  • Consider It Done SA – Terry Harders
  • EC Credit Control – Kevin Tiggeman
  • Wiser Connections – Sonya Weiser

Come and hear their stories, whilst enjoying a delicious cooked breakfast.

SBC@Azzo

Wednesday 11 October, 6-8pm
Azzo
21 Woodlands Tce, Edwardstown
Members free, non-members $15
To register, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/RRIB
Please note: we have been having difficulty with the live links – Please copy and paste the registration URL into a new browser window to make it work

Did you know that AZZO delivers innovative, practical and efficient solutions for your energy management, engineering and technological challenges? They are experts in providing world class Energy Management Solutions, and they offer expertise across Australia and globally to over 15 countries.
Come and meet the team at Azzo, have a great networking evening, and enjoy a drink and a casual dinner.

Building Business in the Economy of Southern Adelaide

Monday 16 October, 7.30am – 9.00am
Flinders NVI, Floor 5
1284 South Rd, Tonsley
Members $25, non-members $35
To register, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/RRHS
(If this link does not work, please copy and paste it into a new browser window.)

A networking business breakfast with a difference.

  • Hear the State's perspective, an economic update, from Treasurer Koutsantonis
  • Hear a business perspective, from Andrew Downs of SAGE – how he started his business in his Mum’s shed, and is now moving their national headquarters to Tonsley

Tour of the Desalination Plant with SBC

Friday 20 October, 10.15am – 12pm
15 Chrysler Rd, Lonsdale
To register go to: http:/trybooking.com/QXCB
Please note: we have been having difficulty with the live links – Please copy and paste the registration URL into a new browser window to make it work.

The Adelaide Desalination Plant has been in operation since 2011.
How much water can it produce? How does it do it? What are the environmental impacts, if any?
Come on the tour of the Plant with Southern Business Connections and discover the answers to these questions and many more.
This event is now over half full.  As there are strictly limited numbers for the tour, register now to secure your place.


Business News

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Click here to see what they are up to, and maybe how you can help.