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  • 1. Kingston Business Bulletin Taking Care of Business in Kingston www.kingstonbusiness.com.au Volume 1 2013Bridging the Gap Between Are youResearch and Innovation connected?It has been said that people whocreate knowledge and people who As businesses look to emergingneed that knowledge do not technologies for growth andnecessarily communicate well with development, they are quicklyone another – and this needs to finding the first hurdle is the out ofchange if Australia is to improve its date broadband infrastructure andperformance in converting world- its inadequate capabilities.class research into new and exciting Since the announcement of the rollout ofproducts that address the challenges the National Broadband Network (NBN),we are facing. Council has been actively highlighting the critical need for high speed broadband inThe South East Melbourne Innovation Kingston, one of Victoria’s majorPrecinct (SEMIP) initiative, of which Kingston employment centres. (SMEs), larger companies and theis an active partner, has accepted the research community. While successful in ensuring a number ofchallenge of assisting local companies toaccess the world-class research institutions An international perspective will be Kingston areas are now included in thethat operate within this region. provided by Kees Eijkel, CEO of Kennispark current roll out program, there are still Twente, the shell for commercialisation in key industrial precincts missing out.A number of events featured in this and around the University of Twente andedition will provide you the opportunity to Council is now proactively pursuing the Saxion University in the Netherlands. NBN for other locations, such as Braeside,be involved with new and emergingtechnologies and innovation at its best. which is home to many internationally Who should attend? focussed companies employing largeOne not to miss is: Industry leaders, owners and operators of numbers of our community. businesses who are hungry for change andSEMIP INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM 2013 Council’s Economic Development team are want to make the right connections.“Innovation Symposium 2013”, to be held now visiting business owners in industryon 21st March, is designed to showcase precincts to collect data on current andsuccessful examples of companies thathave bridged the gap between research SEMIP INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM 2013 future technology requirements and other business needs.and innovation. Date: Thursday 21st March Tell us about your business technologyProfessor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Time: 8.00am – 2.00pm requirements:Australia and Patron of Science in Venue: Hemisphere Conference Centre, • email business@kingston.vic.gov.au orIndustry, will give a national perspective 488 South Rd, Moorabbin • call phone 9581 4735on this very topical issue, complemented • or Have Your Say atby presentations and panel discussions Bookings: www.innovation2013.com.au http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KingstonBroadbandfrom both small to medium enterprises
  • 2. Editorial Emergency Management Basics Emergency Management is often perceived as emergency services and the flashing lights as they turn outHappy New Year to everyone! I and respond - but what happenshope you had the opportunity to before and after an event?spend some relaxing time with In emergency management, there are fourfamily and friends and have now fundamentals for managing emergencies and disasters - Prevention, Preparedness,returned to work with renewed Response and Recovery (PPRR). These fourenergy to focus on the year ahead. fundamentals are fast being adopted by businesses to ensure their continuedDepending on which economic analyst you survival. Ask yourself the followinglisten to, 2013 is going to be a good year questions to maintain preparedness.with the US economy improving, the debt PREVENTION – How do we prevent a bad year,situation in Europe stabilising and China incidents and accidents happening, beinggrowing faster than expected – or it will be affected by a disaster, cash flow issues? These are questions being asked bythe exact opposite! PREPAREDNESS – Do we have enough thousands of business owners (including insurance cover? How often will we meet self-employed) across the country.I think the reality is that a great deal of and review targets, standards, equipment,uncertainty remains and that 2013 will be stock holdings performance etc and what Online tools like MyBizShield, have been would we do if a disaster was to happen to developed by using the four fundamentalschallenging for most businesses, depending the business or area? What is our business of emergency management to help youon what sector you operate in. continuity plan? meet your business needs through anyHowever, there is one thing that is certain. emergency. RESPONSE – How can we reduce theThe use of social media in all its guises will turnaround time for requests, orders and deliveries and how would we keep everyone Will you leave it too late tocontinue to increase at an incremental rate. Prevent, Prepare, Respond and Recover? safe if there was a fire / flood / disaster?Innovation and new technology adoption Helpful tools for businesses can be found atand adaptation, together with excellence in RECOVERY – How quickly can we fix an issue or problem for a client, what would we do if a www.business.gov.aucustomer service, will be fundamental to major emergency was to affect our business or www.mfb.vic.gov.aubusiness success. area - would our business continuity plan www.ses.vic.gov.au stand up, can we temporarily relocate andSavvy customers are now extremely well continue trading?equipped to research your product orservice and to purchase at the time of theirchoosing. If you don’t offer potentialcustomers this convenience, your Collaborative Networks Pilot Programcompetitor will. The Victorian Government’s CollaborativeAccess to high-speed broadband is crucial. Networks Pilot Program aims to promoteCouncil will continue its very active improved productivity through fosteringadvocacy on behalf of its business partnerships between business and Victoria’scommunity to be included in the early roll- world-class research institutions.out of the National Broadband Network. The demand-driven program works to translateKingston will also be offering a diverse range recent research and technological innovations into commercial outcomes and builds onof opportunities and forums to assist you to Victoria’s competitive advantages in business,innovate in your business regardless of • Dairy Innovation Australia manufacturing, innovation and research.whether you are a start-up or an established • Composites Australia The Networks will be led by:company. And it is not just about new • The Council of Textile and Fashion If you have any questions relating to thetechnologies. Business model innovation is Industries of Australia Collaborative Networks Pilot Program,also paramount. The old way of doing • The Monash Institute of Medical please email Research commercialisation@dbi.vic.gov.authings may no longer be appropriate.If there are any other activities that you thinkwould assist your business, please contact me. HomeBiz Connect The Australian Government’s new HomeBiz business plan and understand what it takes to Connect is designed to introduce Home Based run a small business. Businesses (or intending home based start-ups) Whether you are looking to start a new online Suzanne Ferguson with the skills involved in running a business retail store, to contract out your corporate or Manager, Economic Development, and can connect you to a range of low-cost trade skills, or support a partner by managing City of Kingston and no-cost business advisory services. their paperwork, registering to attend an Information Session is a great place to start. Professionals will be on hand to answer all“It’s not the strongest of the species that sorts of questions from tax to record keeping. The Melbourne launch is on 18th April 2013survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one They will also be able to advise you how to at Rydges, 701 Swanston Street, Carltonmost responsive to change”. Charles Darwin find people who can help you develop a Register at http://homebizconnect.org.au2 A Business Bulletin for the City of Kingston
  • 3. Volunteer businessSAVER PLUS FOR YOUR WORKERS mentoring –Provide your employees withaccess to a free matched savings a rewardingand financial education program.Saver Plus is a savings program that experiencecould help your employees receivematched savings dollar for dollar (up to$500) towards personal or family Retired and semi-retired CEOs andeducation costs. It is an initiative of the entrepreneurs are helping localBrotherhood of St Laurence and ANZand is funded by the Australian business owners to achieve theirGovernment with ANZ providing the goals through the Mentor Partnersmatched savings. It is delivered by Program. participants find the financial educationvarious community agencies and is now sessions to be extremely rewarding.available within the City of Kingston. They finish the program with improved If you have a wealth of experience andSaver Plus participants set a savings money management skills and a long success in business and looking forgoal, complete financial skills workshops term savings habit which helps to something rewarding to do in your freeand save regularly and consistently alleviate financial stress. The latest RMIT research shows that 87% of participants time, then the Mentor Partners Programtowards their savings goal. To beeligible to join Saver Plus a person must: continued to save after completing the may be what you are looking for.• have a Centrelink Health Care Card Saver Plus Program. or Pensioners Concession Card; The Mentor Partners Program is a joint It may be possible for you, as an initiative between Glen Eira and Kingston• be at least 18 years old; employer, to offer the Saver Plus• have some regular income from program to your employees and have City Councils and enables experienced work (themself or their partner); the financial education sessions business people to give back to the and delivered in the workplace if you have a community using the skills they have• be a parent or guardian of a child suitable space. Alternatively, individual at school or be attending or acquired over a lifetime in business. workers can contact Jewish Care, who is returning to vocational education the community agency contracted to themselves. Mentors in the Program feel a great deliver the program in Kingston. sense of satisfaction, knowing they areEligible savings goals can include This program provides an excellentcomputers, text books, school uniforms, not only assisting individuals to reach opportunity for employers to assist their their goals, but also contributing to theequipment needed for vocational lower income employees improve theirtraining e.g. tools of trade as well as financial literacy and receive dollar for economic development of our region.student excursions and camps and dollar matched savings towardsequipment or fees for club and education costs. The free Program, which has beencommunity activities such as dance, running since 2002, matches volunteermusic, swimming lessons, sport etc. For further information contact Henry business mentors with local businesses, Frenkel, Saver Plus Project Worker onThis program has been comprehensively 8517 5670 / 0488 069 627 or to assist the owners in overcomingevaluated by RMIT which has shown that saverplus@jewishcare.org.au. challenges and developing action plans to grow their business.Workplace English Language and Mentors are accredited through Glen Eira and Kingston City Councils and areLiteracy (WELL) provided with access to business resources, business events and supportThe Workplace English Language and The organisation applying for the materials.The Program also gives mentorsLiteracy (WELL) Program is a funding grant should be prepared to the opportunity to utilise their businessgovernment-funded program aimed at co-ordinate project activities and to knowledge in different settings and use approved training providers, as set continue to build their mentoring skills.assisting organisations to train out in the guidelines. Eligibleworkers in English language, literacy activities include English language, If you have a successful businessand numeracy skills. literacy and numeracy training background and enjoy motivating and integrated with workplace training.This funding is available on a helping others, and would like to give Employers are expected to contributecompetitive grants basis to at least 25% of training costs (50% for something back to the community, pleaseorganisations for English language second and third year projects) and contact Mentor Partners Program Co-and literacy training linked to job- provide regular reports. ordinator, Sandy Brouvalis, on 0438 507related workplace training and isdesigned to help workers meet their 010 or visit www.mentorpartners.com.au Further information is available at for more information.current and future employment and www.innovation.gov.au/skillstraining needs. A Business Bulletin for the City of Kingston 3
  • 4. To visit the events Page on our For more details visit: website, please scan the QR code. www.kingstonbusiness.com.au Phone : 9581 4735 MAKING GOOD BUSINESS CONNECTIONSADVANCED The first event for the Kingston attendees at these events are made veryMANUFACTURING AT Business Womens Network will be welcome. There is no better time than the start of 2013 to build your business held on 19th February whereMONASH UNIVERSITY guest speaker, Amanda Birch of connections and network with like- minded business women. Lemexe, will share her expertiseThis workshop will showcase four of on creating and delivering a The February event is sponsored andMonash University’s world-leading targeted communications strategy. hosted by the Mentone Hotel.capabilities in new and innovativematerials, processes and technologies that Amanda has a wealth of business Date: Tues 19th February 2013are transforming the future of experience, both in Australia and Time: 1.15pm - 2.45pmmanufacturing. Could your company overseas, and will outline a low-cost Venue: Mentone Hotelbenefit from knowing the latest strategy to ensure your business message 95 Beach Road, Mentonedevelopments in: is heard. Cost: $20, which includes light• Flexible solar cells printed on plastics; There is dedicated time at the event to finger food• Spray drying and functional particles talk to others about your business and To register visit: for the food and pharmaceutical make new connections. First-time www.kingstonbusiness.com.au industries;• Enhanced construction materials,• including utilisation of waste materials; Advanced RFID systems and real world applications. Starting Your Business Planning to start a business? Find out what you need to know toINNOVATION WORKSHOP - make sure your new business getsADVANCED MANUFACTURING off to a sound start.Date: Tuesday, 26th FebruaryTime: 8.30am – 11.00am This comprehensive workshop on starting a business will cover topics that includeVenue: Monash Biomedical Laboratory, how to assess the viability of your idea, 770 Blackburn Rd, Clayton identifying the best business structure forRegistrations: your needs, marketing, finance, pointers events@semip.org.au and tips on preparing a business plan and Date: Wed 20th February 2013 by 19 Feb 2013 for catering purposes what resources are available to assist and Time: 1.00pm - 4.30pm support new business operators and Venue: Woodlands , 109 White St more. Mordialloc Vic 3195 *A voucher for one free mentoring sessionROYAL AUSTRALIAN is provided for participants in this Cost: $30 To register visit: http://goo.gl/kc41V workshop.CHEMICAL INSTITUTE MEET YOUR MATES If you are a business operating inAn opportunity exists for local Braeside, you are invited to comemanufacturers who are heavily reliant on along to a business networking eventinnovative and competitive chemical hosted by Kingston Council.technologies to mix with scientists fromindustry, academia, and business executives This is a great opportunity to meet yourat a free networking event at Monash neighbouring business owners after work,University. Held at Taste Baguette, chat over drinks and nibbles and find out“ChemBeers” is the Chemistry Networking what business support is available for localEvent of the South East Corridor. businesses. Council’s business development team will be on hand to hear first-hand about your Date: Thurs 21st February 2013CHEMBEERS business and keep you updated on the Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm services and resources currently available.Date: Thursday, 21st February Venue: BraesideTime: 5.30pm – 7.30pm “Meet Your Mates” events are held in Cost: FreeVenue: Menzies Building, Monash University each industrial area in Kingston on a Registrations are required, to register visit: rotational basis. This free event is focussed on businesses in the Braeside and www.kingstonbusiness.com.auFurther information can be found at Mordialloc area.http://www.raci.org.au/events/event/chembeers-4 For more information, contact Angela or Matt Talk business with other businesses in on 9581 4735. Kingston and make new contacts! 4 A Business Bulletin for the City of Kingston
  • 5. For more details visit:www.kingstonbusiness.com.au Phone : 9581 4735BUSINESS ‘Q & A’Find out about business Find out how to: Small businesses are the engine of ourresources, assistance, • Source government programs, economy. Come along and see how we grants and resources can help you to be more successful.programs and information • Get practical help to commercialise Date: Tues 9th April 2013 new ideas and kick-start yourGet FREE and direct access to local, Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm businessstate and federal government Venue: Woodlands Golf Club • Secure your intellectual propertyagencies, business advisors and others. • Protect your business from scams 109 White St, MordiallocAsk questions, get information, and • Comply with your tax obligations Cost: Free (incl. refreshments)find out about the programs, grants, • Protect your employees and make Registration:resources, people and organisations your workplace safe www.kingstonbusiness.com.authat can help you. Network with • Fulfil your consumer guarantee Enquiries: Joe Imbesi - 0402 133 673other small businesses and learn how obligationsto run or improve a small business • Find out about Kingston Council’sand be inspired! business support programsPowering Your Business SuccessThe Kingston Business Women’s This event will be sponsored by thenetwork event for April will Quest Apartments in Moorabbin.feature guest speaker, Elizabeth Date: Wed 17th April 2013Conway, from the Isis Institute. Time: 1.15pm - 2.45pmElizabeth will draw on her own Venue: Quest Apartments,personal success as a business woman Moorabbinfor over 20 years, as well as a Reiki Cost: $20, which includesMaster, to inspire those wishing to light finger foodnavigate successfully their personal, To register visit:professional and spiritual journey. www.kingstonbusiness.com.auMARKETING BASICSSmall businesses that succeed magazines and newspapers are being Date: Thurs 18th April 2013know the importance of overtaken by an array of online Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pmmarketing! options, changing the way we market. Venue: Kingston City Council Join us and learn practical tips and 1230 Nepean HighwayMarketing is the key to letting people ideas about deciding which marketing Cheltenham Vic 3192know you exist, so it pays to know how tools are best for your business. Cost: $20to do it. However, traditional Register: http://goo.gl/qFsrSmarketing channels such as print,BUSINESS PLANNING BASICSPlan to succeed in business. Date: Wed 13th March 2013 Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pmThis practical business planning seminar Venue: Kingston City Councilwill point your business in the right 1230 Nepean Highwaydirection and is ideal for both new Cheltenham Vic 3192business owners and those thinking Cost: $20about starting a business. You will learnhow to write and implement a one Register: http://goo.gl/Sd6pNpage business plan and how to set goalsthat will put you on the track to success. A Business Bulletin for the City of Kingston 5
  • 6. Multi-Channel Retailing – The First StepsConsumer behaviour has clearly This workshop will de-mystify thechanged. The speed of this change ‘multi-channel trends’ and will provide retailers with an understanding of whathas caught many retailers by is actually the new way of retailing.surprise. Consumers are shopping How to combine a physical store withacross an array of multiple channels an online store and why this will assistany time - day or night. There is your customers. Karen has over 20 years of experience innow a new retail landscape! Topics covered will include: retail, including working for major UKConsumers simply have more • Multi-channel retailing department stores, Marks and Spencer,opportunities at their fingertips. It is no • Inventory management and Woolworths, and fashion retailerslonger sufficient to have a shop and • Fulfillment and logistics including Adams and Sears.consider using a catalogue or flyer as • How to leverage existing Spaces are limited and bookings aresufficient to engage with customers. technology channels essential.They demand more touch points such as • Successful online sales techniqueswebsites and online stores. • Cross-channel sales and why they Date: Tuesday 19th March 2013 are important. Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pmRetailers need to embrace new ways ofselling and find a point of difference to Karen Bycroft from the Australian Retail Venue: Woodlands Golf Club,grow their business without increasing Institute will help retailers understand White Street, Mordialloctheir shop floor space. If you are the changes required to be successful and Cost: $20 includes light finger foodrunning a retail business, don’t miss this how to implement a retail strategy that Bookings: www.kingstonbusiness.com.auopportunity to find out how! will keep pace with customers’ demands. Enquiries: Marian 9581 4786BUSINESS APPSThe Australian Government hasembraced the digital world withthe release of business apps foryour iPhone.The four business apps include:• M Y B I Z P L A N – interactive tool that • M Y B I Z S HI E L D – process of creating All apps are free to download and steps through the process of creating a solid, well-structured emergency provide a great resource for businesses. a solid, well-structured plan, tailored management plan, tailored to your To download the free apps, visit: to your business. business. www.business.gov.au and click on the Apps Page.• M A R K E TM Y B I Z – steps you through • B US I N E S S . G O V. A U I P HO N E A P P – the process of creating a solid, well- access essential business information structured marketing plan, tailored and resources in the palm of your to your business. hand using business.gov.au’s FREE iPhone application.GET YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE TODAYWant to get your business online,but don’t know where to start?Need some help with your transition to e-commerce?Or do you just want practical advice aboutthe internet and what it means for yourbusiness?The Australian Government’s Digital Businesswebsite provides information that may assistyou, with simple and practical tips on whatyour business could be doing online and howyou can do it.Visit: http://www.digitalbusiness.gov.au/ 6 A Business Bulletin for the City of Kingston
  • 7. Industry Support Programs Forum SustainableHave you thought about taking ENERGY EFFICIENCY ASSIST: The Business Networkadvantage of free or low-cost Australian Industry Group’s (Ai Group)assistance programs in 2013 to help Energy Efficiency Assist Program isyou reduce your energy use, providing a range of products and services, including FREE onsite energyimprove resource efficiency and assessments, for small to mediumlower your operating costs? companies in the manufacturing sector.This FREE Forum will provide you with an ENTERPRISE CONNECT: Is an Australianoverview of a range of industry assistance Government initiative that presents a realprograms. opportunity for small and medium sizedSMARTER RESOURCES SMARTER businesses looking for ways to boost The City of Kingston is seekingBUSINESS: Sustainability Victoria’s new productivity and innovation in order to Expressions of Interest from localindustry support program provides a suite improve their competitiveness, businesses to participate in aof support services to help businesses profitability and growth. Services include Business Reviews delivered at no charge Sustainable Business Network in 2013.with over 20 employees become morematerials and energy efficient, and save to businesses and grant assistance of up The Network will provide businesses withmoney. Services include funding for to $20,000, to implement information and support for theresource efficiency and energy recommendations identified in the implementation of sustainable businessassessments, and implementing upgrades, Business Review. practices to stay competitive in a globalas well as support for grant application market. It will provide a platform for Date: Wed 27th Feb 2013writing. businesses seeking innovative solutions to Time: 9.00am - 11.00amCLEAN TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT their environmental challenges. Venue: Woodlands Golf ClubPROGRAM: The $1 billion Clean • Networking breakfasts and practical 109 White St, MordiallocTechnology Investment Program provides seminars will keep you informed andgrant funding to manufacturers for Cost: Free SEATS ARE LIMITED. facilitate contact with key industryinvestments in energy efficient capital Register: expertise.equipment such as machinery upgrades, www.kingstonbusiness.com.au • Information and advice for business onreplacement of compressors and lighting, or phone Sarah on 9867 0224, or the availability of government fundingas well as alternative energy supplies. programs. email sarah.mccormick@aigroup.asn.au • Regular updates on environmental challenges and energy issues and the implications for your business, as well as opportunities. Membership of the Sustainable Business Network is free. To r e g i s t e r y o u r i n t e r e s t , p l e a s e e m a i l : b u s i n e s s @k i n g s t o n . v i c . g o v . a u o r c o n t a c t A ng e la S t u bb s on 9 58 1 47 8 7 . Sustainable Business in KingstonThe City of Kingston’s Sustainable advantage through sustainability: workshop to 150W LED highbay will beBusiness Program has enabled 14 1. Operational Efficiencies recouped in 2½ years. Costs associated with 2. Branding changing the existing 30W fluoro tubes inparticipating businesses to identify 3. New Business Opportunities the office space with 18W LED tubes will bestrategies to build resilience in their recouped in only 1.6 years.company in a challenging The business focussed on 3 key operational efficiency areas - water saving, waste As a result of the Sustainable Businessmarketplace and develop innovative reduction and energy efficiency. Program, L.K.Diesel also commenced anew business opportunities. number of new branding initiatives, (i) They installed 2 x 25,000 litre water including upgrading their website andConsultants from The Shaper Group assisted tanks. Now, the cooling tower, wash acquiring an industry database to extendbusiness owners to develop realistic business bay area, toilets and hand basins all use their marketing to potential customers. Theplans, reduce their carbon footprint, reduce their tank water. Mains water is only used for company is developing ways to use web-operating costs, maintain employment levels drinking water and a drip feed system based technology to streamline customers’and improve production processes and output. for the garden area, leading to a purchasing and servicing requirements. AL K Diesel Service was one of the participants reduction from an average of 792 litres Customer Relationship Management systemin the program. This family-owned and per day to an average of 94 litres. will enable the creation of tailor-madeoperated business was established in1967. (ii) Costs for waste removal and packaging solutions for each customer.Currently, three generations work together materials have been reduced by 80%.at their Braeside site. The company supplies Most cardboard boxes are now recycled All participants in the Sustainable Businessand services industrial diesel engines, and waste paper is shredded for use in program achieved a great deal. Theygenerators and pump sets within Australia the despatch area. established robust measures to reduce theand the Asia/Pacific region. (iii) An energy audit found that lighting cost of doing business and also identified new was consuming most of their electricity. business opportunities, while strengtheningThrough the program, L.K.Diesel identified 3 The initial outlay of changing the existing customer relationships.key drivers for creating a competitive existing 400W metal halides in the A Business Bulletin for the City of Kingston 7
  • 8. What’s on in Autumn • Melbourne Business Awards Breakfast - 1st March, 10th May, 19th July, 6th Sept, 6th Dec. • Kingston Farmers’ Market • Business Planning Basics - 13th March - 2nd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May • Multi-Channel Retailing - 19th March • Making good business connections - 19th Feb • SEMIP Innovation Symposium - 21st March • Starting Your Business - 20th Feb • Business Q & A -9th April • Meet your mates - 21st Feb • Powering Your Business Success - 17th April • Innovation Workshop • Marketing Basics - 18th April - Advanced Manufacturing Technologies • Go Online: A Startup Guide - 8th May - 26th Feb • Industry Support Programs Forum - 27th FebSpecialty Group named ‘THE BEST OF THE BEST’‘Business of the Year’ The south east of Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dynamic and important economic regions. The Melbourne South East (MSE) Business Awards aims to recognise and celebrate excellent businesses that have contributed to the success of the region by acknowledging their achievements at a G a l a D i n ne r t o b e h e l d at th e F r an ks t on A rt s C en tre o n community inspired leadershipThe Specialty Group’s George Lucas accepts the award from Chairman F ri d ay , 19 th A pr i l 2 01 3.Geoff Lawyer and City of Kingston Mayor Cr Ron Brownlees In addition to those companies that qualify forA future where roofing materials will generate solar energy without consideration by the Melbourne Business Awards,the need for add-on PV panels has helped The Specialty Group, a nominations are being sought from other KingstonMoorabbin-based industrial textiles manufacturer, win the businesses in the categories of:Melbourne Business Awards’ (MBA) ‘Business of the Year’ title. • M i c ro / Ho m e B a s e d B u s i n e s s Aw a r dOther nominees included global fast food industry technologydeveloper, Summit Innovations; food processor, Corvina Foods; solar • E n v i ro n m e n t a l a n d S u s t a i n a b i l i t y Aw a r dhot water systems developer, Chromagen; feature glass products • B u s i n e s s G ro w t h a n d D e v e l o p m e n t Aw a rdmanufacturer, Celsius Glass; software and electronics engineeringfirm, Hydrix; footwear maker, Koalabi; and electronics componentmanufacturer, Fabtronics. If you believe that your business deserves to be nominatedThese businesses demonstrate just how dynamic the south-east in any of the above categories tell us what you haveregion of Melbourne is in terms of the diversity of commercial, achieved and why you should be Kingston Council’sindustrial and manufacturing businesses and the products and nominee for that particular category. To be considered weservices they deliver. need to receive your nomination atThe Melbourne Business Awards is a great opportunity to network business@kingston.vic.gov.au by 14th February.with a broad cross-section of the local business community and hearcase studies of diverse and innovative businesses.Register for the first breakfast for 2013 to be held on Friday 1stMarch, at The Hemisphere Conference Centre in Moorabbin.Kingston businesses, who were nominated for the Melbourne BusinessAwards in 2012, will now have the opportunity to compete for theprestigious Me lb ou rn e S ou th Ea s t (M S E) Bu s ine s s Aw ards .F or m o re de t ai ls v i s it:w w w .m e lb o u rn e b us i n es s aw a rd s .c o m .au DISCLAIMER The information in this publication is given in good faith and has been derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate. However, the City of Kingston does not accept any liability whatsoever for its contents or the use of the information.For information regarding any of the articles included in this newsletter please contact Suzanne Ferguson on 9581 4712, PO Box 1000 Mentone 3194