Polaris Centre Wins an Award

The Polaris Business and Innovation Centre was jointly awarded the Best Metropolitan BEC (along with Business Foundations Fremantle) last week at the national Small Business Development Conference in Melbourne.  The award was presented by the Federal Minister for Small Business,   the Hon. Michael McCormack MP.  Polaris was recognised for its robust service delivery model, services for small business intenders, management development programs, linkages with community groups and digital support.

Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA)  is the peak body for Business Enterprise Centres (BECs) across Australia.  BECs are recognised as the first and best point of contact for small business operators seeking quality business information, advice and guidance.  Each year BECA presents awards for exceptional performance of BECs and advisors.  These awards recognise “Business Enterprise Centres, their management and staff whose business practices, innovation and core service delivery has realised outstanding outcomes and economic benefits to their local communities.”

Business Fundamentals – sharing it with Victor Harbor small businesses

The 3.5 hour Polaris Business Fundamentals workshop is a workshop specially designed by the Polaris Centre for start-up and growing businesses.  The workshop has become so popular it is now held every 2 weeks at our Polaris Centre and at the Stretton Centre –Munno Para – most workshops are booked out at least one week in advance.
The Victor Harbor council have invited us to deliver our Business Fundamentals to start-up businesses at Victor Harbor on the 14th of September.
This will also include the popular mentoring sessions that follow each workshop.
Start-up businesses are vital to the growth of our economy and the survival of those new businesses is even more important .  The Polaris Business Fundamentals is a road map and an important guide to start ups that will aid their development and avoid common pitfalls.
We at Polaris are pleased to share our knowledge and expertise – beyond the Salisbury environs.
This fits with the general policy of the City of Salisbury of sharing with other councils and institutions, especially those that promote small business.

Small business start-up activity is alive!


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Small business start-up activity is alive and well in northern Adelaide.  According to ATO data, there were 578 ABN registrations for the last 12 months (01/04/15 to 12/04/16) for individuals and partnerships who registered with an email address.

The hot spots for new ABN registrations in northern Adelaide are (for postcodes):


5108 98 Paralowie/Salisbury
5125 57 Golden Grove/Greenwith
5114 50 Andrews Farm/Blakeview
5109 46 Salisbury East/Salisbury Heights
5118 46 Gawler/Williamstown
5107 43 Parafield Gardens
5112 33 Elizabeth

Interesting to note that Paralowie/Salisbury is ranked No 2. in top postcodes for new ABN registration, Adelaide (5000) not surprisingly is number 1.

The Polaris Business and innovation Centre has helped many of these firms and provides a complete range of business start up support for people thinking about going into business.  Call us today if you have a great business idea. 8260 8205 or email @ polariscentre.com.au.


Our Mastering Your Business workshops are really hitting the mark with clients

In case you needed another reason to come to our Mastering Your Business workshops, take a look at this fantastic letter from recent workshop participant Tony Warren from TMA Kitchen Designs to Alan Green, our workshop facilitator:

Dear Alan,

I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I valued your workshop at the Polaris Centre on Tuesday just gone.

I was going to say that I really enjoyed it – but the truth is you made my head hurt and my ego was seriously damaged by being forced to acknowledge just how much I didn’t know or wasn’t doing that I should be doing! Your session was a real wake up call to face the truth – that I really have no idea how my company is performing except that it currently appears to be surviving (although that could be an illusion).

My mind is still reeling at the prospect of sitting down and writing a plan for sales and marketing, for HR and finance and for operations. Before all of this, I need to draw up a strategic plan with short, medium and long term goals when, up till now, my only goal has been to bring in enough revenue to be able to keep paying the bills, paying my staff and paying me.

In order to help me improve my company and my management skills, I would dearly love to take you up on your offer to send me by email the Powerpoint slides from your workshop presentation. I am sure it will help make sense of the workbook and I will be more encouraged to set to it. If the offer is still open, please send to the email address below. Thank you.

I am cross to think that I have changed accountants twice in the hope that I would get a more pro-active service that would help me plan to grow my business – to no avail. Each year, I still just get a bill for $2,000 mainly to do the annual tax returns for my company and for me personally with no further input, advice or analysis of what the figures are actually showing. I now realise that even if I looked at the past balance sheets with my new knowledge, they would be completely skewed because my accountant would be trying to make it look like my company made a minimal profit and I earned next to nothing, in order to minimise my tax bill.

Let me just say to finish that, if you decide to run the Profit Planning and Cashflow Forecasting module as a separate standalone workshop, I will be the first to sign up for it as I am in no doubt that I would benefit enormously from more of your excellent business coaching.

Thank you again for your help and guidance at our workshop and for being so generous with your knowledge and experience to benefit small businesses like mine that are trying to do it better.

Yours sincerely,


Tony Warren

Director – Principal Designer
web: http://tmakitchendesign.com.au

Thanks a lot to Tony for taking the time to write such a lovely email to Alan. and of course, awesome work Alan and thanks so much for your continued support of the Polaris Centre and our clients. We welcome all our client feedback but we believe it’s particularly good to recognise and celebrate the good work achieved by your team.



Tax Essentials for Small Businesses ATO workshops coming soon.

The Polaris Centre have partnered up with the ATO to run some great workshops for businesses in the region and the first one is:

Tax Essentials for Small Businesses

Are you thinking of starting a business or new to business?

You will learn about:

  • business structures – which is best for you
  • registering your business
  • record keeping –  understanding how to keep track of your business
  • reporting online to save time
  • business life cycles – why they’re important
  • help and more information  – where to go when you need it
  • networking with other new business owners in your area

We will show you how to use our online tools and resources to make things easier.

This will be advertised very soon along with a Record Keeping and Budgeting Workshop – Watch this Space!!!!!

Northern Connector Project Tender: Connecting with industry in the north

Northern Connector Project TenderThe Polaris Centre has actively encouraged Northern Adelaide businesses to register their interest with the final tenders for the Northern Connector Project.  The complete range of work packages have been on the Industry Capability Network website for businesses to register.

To increase the awareness of the opportunities for Northern Adelaide businesses to participate in this major infrastructure project the Leighton / York: Downer Consortium has an information session “Connecting with Industry in the North” on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at 2pm at the Grand Central, Elizabeth.

Registration via this link:  https://lyd-connecting-with-industry-in-north-eventbrite.com.au

If you are interested in expressing your interest but unable to attend the industry briefing session please compete an Expression of Interest form on the ICN SA Gateway:  http://icngateway.com.au/project/3749/northern-connector-leighton-york-downer-consortium-tender-phase?psid=1453671233

The Polaris Centre is committed to assisting Northern Adelaide businesses position themselves to take advantage of the many Federal, State and Local Government procurement opportunities so if you want assistance please contact the Polaris Centre on 8260 8205 and talk with one of our Advisors.

2016 Northern Business Breakfast Peter Kittle Motor Group Young Entrepreneur Scholarship

Business leadership is essential cope with the rate of change in Northern Adelaide

A new generation of transformation leaders will be vital to securing a successful future for the Northern Adelaide region.

Good leadership is more important than it has ever been. In today’s world, the rate of change, ambiguity and complexity requires leaders with the skills to see around corners, be able to innovate to cope with, and adapt to, constant change, as well as being able to bring others along with them. Many leaders are caught unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with the kind of complex changes that they increasingly face in the world around them.

Leaders today need to engage both the head and the heart, develop new adaptive skills and capacities as well as courage, spirit and connection to purpose. This enables them to help others to navigate the conflict, frustration and fear caused by uncertainty. Leaders must also be willing to collaborate with people with very different perspectives, abilities and experiences in order to create innovative solutions. They need to be prepared to take risks and experiment. Self-awareness and strategic foresight capacity are essential. These are not skills that can be acquired from traditional approaches to leadership development that focus on competencies.

To develop these capacities, the Northern Leaders Edge Program will push participants out of their comfort zones, challenge and expand the way they think, the way they view themselves and the way they operate.

In the Northern Leaders Edge program, participants will work on their current leadership challenges – solving their real issues and thus providing an immediate return on investment for their organisation.


What is this program about?

Sponsored by GM Holden, the Northern Leaders Edge program has been designed to give managers and leaders working in Adelaide’s northern suburbs a leading edge. The program is based on the Leaders Institute of SA’s renowned Edge program (now in its eighth year.) This unique program is a powerful way to enhance and accelerate your performance as a leader.

Commencing in February 2016, each carefully selected Northern Leaders Edge group (of no more than 10 participants) will meet monthly, for confidential and structured 3.5 hour leadership development sessions facilitated by a wise, experienced and highly qualified Leadership development expert.

For more information and to get involved see Northern Leaders Edge program or download the flyer

Amazon Web Services and local IT company Comunet to speak at final Digital Horizons event for 2015

We are super pleased to be partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and local AWS partner Comunet to offer a free event on December 2nd. Regardless of if  you are a startup or employing 200 or more employees, your website and online presence is a massive part of your business. So how do you go about choosing your hosting and what happens when you need to get bigger? What choices can you make now that might help you to avoid pain down the track? These are common questions for businesses, small medium or large and we will take a shot at answering some of these, if not all at our next Digital Horizons event.

Mark Ogden, CEO of Comunet will share some local stories as he will be keynoting the event along with Andy Meakin, Regional Sales Manager SA/WA at Amazon Web Services.

Complimentary food and drinks will also be served at this free event.

You can book into the event via Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you there.

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