Complimentary Food Industry Training workshops

Business SA, with the support of Deloitte Private have managed to obtain a number of SA Food Industry workshops which have been delivered nationally previously and the feedback has been very positive.  They are being held at Deloitte Private, Level 2, 170 Fullarton Road, Dulwich starting in February 2017.  Some of the topics are:

Private Label Readiness

Retail and Food Service Readiness

IP and Brand Protection

Market Diversification

Are You Ready for Export?

and many more!   Places are limited so book quickly.

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 @


Jodie Gaffney shares her marketing insights at the June Northern Business Breakfast

Connecting businesses and getting great ideas for stretching your marketing dollar in tough times was the clear message at the June Northern Business Breakfast (NBB) today (June 24, 2015).

140 plus businesses attending today got some great marketing tips from Jodie Gaffney of G Advertising. A clear thread from Jodie’s presentation was to “give” your potential customer useful information that will help their buying decision without any hard sell!

In today’s world of social media where customers are getting detailed information about products and services on the Internet you need to be active in this space. Jodie’s message was to supply useful information to buyers about your product area which enables you to build an online rapport with your potential customers.

A great example Jodie gave was of a cooking supply business using social media to ensure customers had good product information which increased their sales from 5 units per week for some products to over 300!

As the event’s other speaker, Rob Rowe from Bendigo Bank discussed the connection his branch has to the community. The Elizabeth branch of the Bendigo Bank are avid users of social media with Facebook being an important communication channel. Make sure you connect with them on their Facebook page.

Creating a guerrilla marketing juggernaut – LinkedIn for Teams

You asked for it and now we are going to deliver. Our LinkedIn for Teams workshop has been in high demand throughout the last six months of the Digital Enterprise Program and now we will be offering this workshop for delivery at your small business, corporate, local government organisation or even at your not-for-profit. Finally the chance to understand how your team can maximise the marketing opportunities offered by LinkedIn.

We will tailor the workshop to your team and industry to give you the highest benefit.

Topics covered:

  • Refining your LinkedIn Company Page
  • Orchestrating a LinkedIn for Teams organic campaign
  • Using LinkedIn advertising
  • Going Pro or no?
  • Benefits of LinkedIn Talent Solutions

If you would like to register your interest in the LinkedIn for Teams for your organisation in 2015 sign up for our advance notice list.


Slides for “Creating and managing a WordPress business website”

Thanks to Allison Miller for facilitating the recent workshop “Creating and managing a WordPress business website”. For those that missed the workshop, we will be holding it again in the coming months so keep your eye on our events page. Remember, if you want to take a more focused look at your own WordPress business website, book in to see me. Through the Digital Enterprise Program mentoring, we can look at your specific WordPress business website issues.

The workshop gives a great overview of WordPress and common implementation strategies. Is there something else specific you might want added in the next workshop? If so, add your comments below.
WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes and search engine optimisation are among the most common things we talk about in the mentoring sessions. As every WordPress business website is slightly different, it is best to get a close look at your site by working face to face with someone who is independent and experienced.

Northern Adelaide’s premier business women’s network continues to grow from strength to strength.

Several of our events during the year are designed to showcase businesses operating in our region.Our last event was held at the “The Decorator Room” which is located at shop, 2 & 3/2 Anderson Walk, Smithfield was an intimate affair with 24 business women sharing a delicious High Tea.  The owner, Jay, talked about how she was able to turn her dream to own a homeware store and café into reality. Being in business can be lonely at times, but being part of a network and hearing about the journey other business owners have taken is a great source of ideas and inspiration.

On 21 May we get the chance to learn from Matthew Michalewicz who grew his last business from zero to almost 180 employees and $20 million in revenue.  Matthew will focus on the critical factors that make the difference between starvation and success in any small business and provide insights and actions to improve business performance.

The event is being combined with the Polaris Networking event and we’d urge you to save the date now. Book your ticket now

SA Business Events iPhone App

SA Business Events iPhone AppOver the last few months the guys at Custom Business Apps have been pulling together a really neat mobile app, SA Business Events, to make booking and attending the free Digital Enterprise Program events even easier. If you have an iPhone or an iPad you can download the app on The App Store now.

The SA Business Events app was put together to help businesses booked into Digital Enterprise Program workshops make bookings from their mobile devices and aid them to find and keep their bookings using their mobile device’s reminders with push notifications.

Custom Business Apps are an Adelaide based business (formerly based here in Mawson Lakes) and Digital Enterprise Program participant who have proven to be a great business to work with. Their innovative, can-do attitude has made the development process a breeze.Fellow Digital Enterprise Program participant and local business owner Peter Mathew from The Silencer, also recently built a mobile application with Custom Business Apps and has said “The Silencer iPhone application allows you to test for noisy conditions by placing your iPhone 5 meters from the source of the noise.”
If you are considering building a mobile application, launching a new site or just tweaking your current website a little, don’t forget to take advantage of the free mentoring available as part of the Digital Enterprise Program. We can help by looking over your plans, connecting you to local web developers or just being an independent adviser. Contact us now for your appointment.
For more information you can download our press release SA Business Events DEP APP Release.