Invite to Low Carbon Living Forum for 2017

From our friends at UniSA:

You are invited to the 1st Industry Friends of Low Carbon Living Forum for 2017

The Research Node for Low Carbon Living (‘the Node’) is South Australia’s premier hub for multi-disciplinary industry-driven research into all aspects of a low carbon built environment. The Node is co-funded by the University of South Australia and the CRC for Low Carbon Living, and conducts technological, social and economic research facilitating the development and utilisation of low carbon products, services, transport, buildings and precincts.

This popular forum series provides an opportunity for industry and government leaders to engage with the Node and connect with each other. It’s a way to bring organisations with carbon challenges together with organisations with low carbon solutions.

At each Forum a selection of Industry Friends present on their organisation’s innovative products and services, carbon reduction achievements or challenges, and to highlight any potential collaborative research opportunities that may be of interest to other organisations. The Forum facilitates networking with like-minded organisations, and exchanging ideas with potential partners.  The Node will also give a short presentation about our most recent research activities to keep everyone updated with the latest research findings.  Each Forum concludes with an opportunity to network over nibbles and drinks.

Please come and join our next Industry Friends of Low Carbon Living Forum.


Date and time
Monday 27 February 2017, 4-6pm
Bradley Forum
Level 5, Hawke Building
UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide
University of South Australia

Kind Regards,

Hon. Dean Brown, AO
Chair, Strategic Management Committee
Research Node for Low Carbon Living



Northern Adelaide – Your Chance to Meet the Buyers from State and Local Government

Northern Adelaide – Your Chance to Meet the Buyers from State and Local Government

In a boost for northern Adelaide, contracts relating to $93 million of infrastructure spending announced in the 2015-16 State Budget will require a 20 per cent minimum Industry Participation weighting for local jobs.  To assist businesses to access these contracts the Office of the Industry Advocate is hosting a Meet the Buyer from State and Local Government event specifically for the Northern Suburbs Businesses on Friday 12th February 2016 at 1.00pm at Grand Central in Elizabeth.

This event is about exploring opportunities to work with government and councils while recognising the important contribution Northern businesses make to the South Australian economy.

It is also anticipated that tenderers for the Northern Connector will be at this Meet the Buyer event.

Register now at maximise the opportunities for your business in 2016.

Eventbrite - Meet the buyer event

Breakfast of Champions – December Northern Business Breakfast Wrap Up

The December Northern Business Breakfast (NBB) was definitely a “Breakfast of Champions” and outstanding networking event for Adelaide businesses.  In a first for NBB we convened a panel of Business Champions including Tom Zorich CEO of Zorich Group, Alison Miller Director of Vanguard Visions, Scott Boocock, CEO of Hegs Australia and Doug Laying former National Business Development Manager at Daikin.  The champions were grilled on their challenges in business and learnings for all businesses by Rick Henke of the Northern Business Breakfast Committee, followed by a Q&A session with breakfast audience.

The business “Champions” felt positive about business opportunities in 2016 but stressed businesses need to have a clear vision and really know their market space.  Margins and cash flow are tight but business can succeed in their niche sectors.  Scott Boocock was keen to point out this even applies to manufacturers.

The breakfast was held in the more formal Crystal Function room of the Parafield Gardens Community Club and was sold out two weeks prior with 145 attending.  The Rotary Clubs excelled again with fantastic Christmas Gift Hampers as lucky door prizes for a number of appreciative attendees.

The first Northern Business Breakfast for 2016 is on 24 February with Pricewaterhouse Coopers as speakers giving a heads up on key growth areas in the economy and how to position your business to take advantage of opportunities.  Register now at:

Photo Credit, Donald Harper, Dead Still Photography.

2016 Northern Business Breakfast Peter Kittle Motor Group Young Entrepreneur Scholarship

4 tips to get the most out of networking events

Have you ever wondered how to get the most out of networking events?  The Polaris Centre runs a wide range of networking events and workshops to enable businesses to grow their business or help in knowledge sharing.

If you own a small business, networking can be an inexpensive way to promote your business. Through networking, you can discover new opportunities, build your customer base and find new suppliers and staff and sometimes even business partners.

Networking is particularly important if you’re running a home based business because it can connect you with peers and help you overcome potential issues associated with being isolated.   Once you begin networking, it’s likely you’ll start to receive invitations to more events from people you meet.  Before you know it, your networking group will be growing.

If you’re too busy to attend lots of events, focus on developing relationships with just 3 or 4 key people. Strengthen your relationship with contacts you have a good rapport with. Consider contacts that might face similar challenges to you and work out how you might be able to help each other.

Here are 4 tips to help you get the most out of networking:

  1. Prioritize what networking events you attend

Think about what you hope to achieve, who you want to meet and why, think about what you offer and this will help with prioritising.

  1. Talking about your business at the networking event 

Before you go to a networking event, think about what you want to say about your business but remember they will also want to tell you about their business.

  1. Business cards

How many times do I go to an event and business don’t bring cards!  It is very important to always have them with you as your business card should reflect your business and ensure you have relevant contact details with your website etc. and don’t push yourself onto people when they ask you give your card and then you can talk about your business this has a greater impact than just handing them out to the thousands.

  1. Follow up after the networking event

This is just as important as taking your business cards to an event – if people have asked you to make contact you should deliver on your promise, whether it’s a phone call or a special offer and then keep in regular contact so you build on your relationship and networks.


2015 was a good year for networking event at the Polaris Centre as we were able to bring some inspirational speakers, digital horizon events helping with upsizing web projects to shopping online, work life balance sessions, business women networking events hearing from women winning Telstra awards to those businesses who started out on a kitchen table to turning over $1m and many more!

For 2016 we are already locking in some great events so if you’re not already on the mailing list get yourself on it by emailing or visit our website at

What’s happening to your supply chain? Lessons learned for manufacturers in Adelaide’s north.

The manufacturing industry supply chain in South Australia is currently undergoing significant shift. As we see increasing changes in the manufacturing industry in business ownership (sales, amalgamations, liquidations etc.) there are also changes to customers and to how businesses fit in to an evolving supply chain. For many, the key business contacts just aren’t there anymore!

The Polaris Centre’s manufacturing team held a series of workshops attended by over 50 local businesses in April & May which highlighted the supply opportunities to the City of Salisbury. These workshops were relevant to businesses wanting to supply to any Local Council. The workshops covered what Council is actually buying, the opportunities for you, and the actual tendering process and how you can position your business to meet key tender requirements to improve your tendering/quoting success.

Also, in May the Polaris Centre manufacturing team assisted the Industry Capability Network (ICN) in SA put on an information session attended by 23 business owners which gave practical suggestions on how businesses can improve their profile page and hopefully increase the number of supply opportunities they receive from Government.

The Polaris Centres manufacturing team have for a while been promoting opportunities for participating in the State Government supply chain via the Meet the Buyer events hosted by the Office of the Industry Advocate. The Industry Participation Advocate, Mr Ian Nightingale, was also speaker at our recent Northern Business Breakfast attended by over 120 local businesses. This again giving Northern Adelaide Businesses that exposure to new business opportunities they can pursue.

Lessons learned for all businesses that want to expand their supply chain partners are:

Local tech companies to talk about future of retail online.

As part of our Digital Growth program which is partially funded by the Department of State Development, we are proud to announce the first in a series of three Digital Horizons events. The event Digital Horizons: Future of Retail Online which is being held at the Innovation House Conference Centre in Mawson Lakes , on May 5th, boasts Dr John Flackett as the Keynote Speaker.  John will be exploring the future of retail online and take a close look at what the future looks like for intelligent categorising of online content and what that means for sales sites.

Technology is the key to the future of retail, and this event will showcase new and exciting technologies and look into the crystal ball for things that may yet be some distance over the horizon. If you are a small business owner, retail technologist, bricks and mortar retailer or online sales practitioner, this event is for you.

We have opened up the opportunity for businesses to exhibit at this event and so far can confirm Merchminer, Back and Front, Payhero, Clear Business DynamicsExecutive Accessories and Koolth will be displaying info at exhibitor stands before and after the speakers. If you wanted to exhibit or were interested in becoming our series sponsor/partner and get access to hundreds of local businesses, please contact Rhys on 0400 838 494.

There will be a chance for audience participation with the expert panel sharing their experiences and knowledge and being available to take questions on the topic. Take a look at the event landing page for more info about the sponsors, exhibitors and expert panelists. The $15 earlybird tickets won’t last, and with food and drinks also being provided, the networking after the event will give attendees the chance to talk some more on the topic at hand and give the opportunity to make new business connections.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Great news for women who are small business owners.

The Northern Adelaide’s premier event for business women: The Northern Business Women’s Network (NBWN) could be for you.

The NBWN is free to join and is supported by the Polaris Business and Innovation Centre. It holds regular networking events and seminars offering members a chance to meet and talk with other women in business. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere allows participants to easily share their business knowledge and experience in a supportive environment.

The March networking event attended by 35 business women was held at the Old Spot Hotel and our Guest Speaker was Jenny Paradiso, Managing Director of Suntrix. Suntrix is a 100% South Australian owned and operated company, specialising in selling, installing and maintaining domestic and commercial solar energy systems. Jenny and her husband David started the business from their kitchen table and with good business planning and customer service quickly turned it into a multi-million dollar venture.

Jenny told us all about herself and who she is – as a mother, wife, daughter, friend, employer and a business owner and shared with us her up’s and down’s through the quick growth of the business. It was a fantastic evening and you could hear a pin drop.

If you are a woman in business then join us at the Old Spot Hotel on the 20th May at 5.30pm for our next great event. Visit the Polaris website for registration details: or register directly at and we look forward to seeing you there!

Please join us at the Old Spot Hotel on the 20th May at 5.30pm for another great Business Women’s Networking Event.