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  1. 1. Business Bulletin taking care of business in Kingston Volume 2 • 2014 in this edition Leading the future of manufacturing in Melbourne’s south east The Future of Manufacturing project (FoM2) is a long-term regional strategy developed by local manufacturers for local manufacturers to increase their global competitiveness. The project aims to grow and develop a regional brand, provide local manufacturers with access to ‘best in class’ manufacturing practices, and offer exposure to world-class innovation. It is being implemented in four stages, each one building on the outcomes of the earlier stage but with its own objectives. Initiated by Southern Melbourne RDA in partnership with South East Business Networks and the South East Melbourne Manufacturers’ Alliance (SEMMA), of which Kingston Council is an Associate member. The project is being managed by SEMMA, which operates in the interest of local manufacturers. It also involves the three levels of government, peak bodies, R&D organisations and educational institutions. In 2013, Stage 1 of the project, ‘Foundation and Capacity Building’ undertook extensive dialogue with local manufacturers and met with specific regional companies chosen for their standing as ‘captains of industry’. With their input, practical strategies were developed under 5 themes, and a variety of actions were proposed to strengthen the region’s manufacturing sector. Stage 2 – 2014 and beyond Engagement & Implementation 1. Establishing a Regional Identity South East Melbourne is the heartland of manufacturing and branding is appropriate and necessary if the region’s manufacturing profile is to be maintained. 2. Leadership The project’s thrust will come from industry itself - run ‘by manufacturers for manufacturers’. 3. Global Exposure Business has indicated they want exposure to different ideas, best practice, latest technology, successful peers and global supply chains, with industry tailored knowledge. 4. Connection and Collaboration ‘Openness’ is a critical element for a long term regional manufacturing strategy which will evolve into a collaborative model. Connections will be established between businesses and relationships with other primary stakeholders such as state government, via the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI), will be strengthened to benefit local industry. 5. Research Businesses understand the need to connect with research. This connection is necessary to stimulate innovation. Collaboration on developing an alternative ‘relationship’ model will focus on benefits to business and enhance knowledge of future technologies. For more information on the Future of Manufacturing Project visit: or contact Suzanne Ferguson on 9581 4712. May 2014 Kingston Business Bulletin 1 3 Marand Delivers Vertical Tails For F-35 Lightning II 6 Coworking in Kingston 7 Plastics in the Environment 9581 4735 Photo courtesy Hella Australia production line at Mentone.
  2. 2. 2 Kingston Business Bulletin May 2014 As a major manufacturing area with a significant number of companies involved in the automotive supply chain, the current economic environment is challenging for many Kingston businesses. Council is working closely with the Victorian Government and local businesses to ensure that transitional support is spread across all regions affected by the decisions of international car companies. Of course it is not only the businesses that will be affected. Many of Kingston’s residents are employed by companies in the automotive sector and these people may be feeling insecure about their futures. Council will also be working closely with the Victorian Government Skills Group to provide information about retraining opportunities and other government support that will be available for those impacted. Now more than ever is the time to recognise that the City of Kingston is home to some of Australia’s most successful and dynamic companies. I would like to congratulate breadsolutions and Marand Precision Engineering who recently won awards at the Melbourne’s South East Regional Business Awards. These two companies highlight the diversity and strength of business in Kingston. breadsolutions use ground- breaking frozen technology to provide the most innovative 'ready to bake' bread products in Australia while Marand is a leading global supplier of precision engineered solutions to a range of industries including Aerospace, Defence, Rail, Automotive and Mining. Well done to both companies. From the Mayor Cr Paul Peulich Mayor CITY OF KINGSTON Early in May Kingston Council hosted a “Meet the Builder” session at the site of the Clayton South Kindergarten project, for suppliers and contractors to gain insight into the work packages available for this, and future Council work projects. It was a great opportunity for local businesses to establish connections with the builder and learn about the Industry Capability Network (ICN) and how this online gateway can assist businesses to find new market opportunities. The ‘Meet the Builder’ event for the Clayton South Kindergarten was the first of many events planned by Council’s Economic Development team designed to connect local suppliers and contractors with the delivery of Council’s extensive program of capital works. Local suppliers and contractors are encouraged to visit the Industry Capability Network (ICN) website where Kingston City Council is uploading information on forthcoming capital works projects. Council will also be assisting businesses with tender writing workshops to be held in coming months to help local businesses better understand the process Council uses for engaging suppliers. Expressions of Interest are now being taken for these workshops. For more information about ‘Meet the Builder’ events or the Tender Writing Workshops, call Kingston City Council’s Economic Development team on 9581 4735 or Community Buildings team on 9581 4344. For Industry Capability Network information visit: Opportunity to supply, deliver & install furniture for Kingston Community Children’s Hubs City of Kingston is inviting proposals for the supply of furniture to two Community Children’s Hubs which are currently under construction. Each Children’s Community Hub will incorporate provision for a range of children’s services that will include kindergarten, long day care, maternal and child health and flexible multi-use space that can be used by a range of community organisations and service providers. The quality programs delivered in the Hubs will be enhanced by high quality furnishings that will assist in creating functional learning, meeting, work and common spaces. The furnishings of the Hubs are considered to be as important as the overall facility design to specifically encourage a connection to the overall themes and colour schemes of each Hub. The furnishings should include a range of natural materials that minimise environmental impacts. The use of natural materials is particularly relevant to the early learning spaces being used predominantly by children to promote a connection to nature. The documents can be found on the City of Kingston website at Council/tenders Kingston Council encourages local business to tender for capital works You are invited to participate in an extraordinary opportunity to glimpse inside the workings of some of Australia’s most revolutionary organisations and discover how the facilities and expertise at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) helped them evolve their products. An open access hub for Australia’s manufacturing industry, MCN provides world-class facilities and cutting- edge technologies to bring innovations to life. At a free seminar, some of the MCN’s most accomplished industry clients will share with you the work they have developed at the MCN and discuss the various processes they undertook and challenges they overcame during their engagement. Managing Director of Eden BDM, Alexander King will discuss the development of the world’s first microflow battery for use in electric powered vehicles. Vice President of Research and Development at Vaxxas, Angus Forster will highlight the evolution of the nanopatch, a needle-free immunisation system with the potential to transform the world’s disease landscape. Chairman and Director of Seagull Technologies, Harry Unger will showcase SonoEye, the first non-invasive device used to deliver medication to the eye for the treatment of macular degeneration. Director of Research and Development at Innovia Security, Gary Power will share how nanofabrication processes are helping to create counterfeit proof bank notes. Managing Director and founder of start-up company, Micro-X, Peter Rowland will discuss the process for developing a lightweight, mobile medical x-ray system for hospitals. DATE: Thursday 29th May 2014 TIME: 8.30am – 10.30am VENUE: The Australian Synchrotron Auditorium, 800 Blackburn Rd, Clayton REGISTRATION: nanofabulous-for-industry NANOFAB-ULOUS for Industry A South East Melbourne Innovation Precinct (SEMIP) Seminar
  3. 3. May 2014 Kingston Business Bulletin 3 Marand Delivers Vertical Tails For F-35 Lightning II Kingston precision engineering company Marand, has manufactured the first Australian made vertical tail for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF). Kingston’s Mayor, Cr. Paul Peulich joined the Honourable Dr. Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria, and the Honourable Michael Ronaldson, Senator for Victoria representing the Defence Minister, at Marand’s Moorabbin premises on 30th March to mark this significant milestone. The delivery of the first major air frame components marks an important production milestone for Marand, BAE Systems and Australia, demonstrating the significant industrial benefits the F-35 program brings to the growing Australian aerospace industry. The work on the F-35 vertical tails is subcontracted to Marand by BAE Systems and is one of the largest planned manufacturing projects for the F-35 in Australia, with 722 ship sets anticipated. The manufacture and delivery of the vertical tails is expected to generate around $1 billion of revenue and employ 200 staff at Marand through the life of the program. David Ellul, managing director of Marand, commented, “This is a major step for Marand to move into the field of aerostructures manufacturing. I am very proud of our team for achieving so much in such a short time with tremendous support from BAE Systems. The unique capability we have established will serve the Australian Defence industry and create high technology Australian jobs for many years to come.” AABC’s Ghana mission open to Victorian firms Victorian firms wanting to grow their business in Africa are invited to participate in the Australia Africa Business Association’s trade mission to Ghana (July 3-11). Ghana’s economic growth has been impressive over the last two years – 7.9 per cent in real GDP terms. The economy has been transformed by the start of oil production, helped along by rising per capita income, increased capital spending by government, higher commodity prices and improved government finances. With a stable political environment and dynamic private sector willing to collaborate with international partners, Ghana is a great platform for investigating opportunities in the Economic Community of West African States, with an estimated 340 million people. The country remains heavily reliant on its traditional commodities. Gold, cocoa and now, oil constitute the majority of exports and revenues. However, there are growing opportunities for Australian firms in mining, education, agrifood processing, and oil and gas. The 2014 Ghana Trade and Investment Mission provides an opportunity to explore a range of key sectors including agribusiness, energy (solar, wind, gas), oil and gas, mining, infrastructure (roads, railways, ports), ICT, tourism and health, education and financial services. The 10-day mission is organised by the Australia Africa Business Association (Victoria) in partnership with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. It will include a two-day stopover in South Africa. For more information, visit ACIT is a not-for-profit member based organisation which broadly seeks to provide a forum for communication and experience in international trade. The Chamber maintains an active program of training sessions and informative events to build awareness and capacity in all aspects of international trade for importers and exporters. A networking event with a market focus will be held on Wednesday 30 July at the Melbourne Golf Academy in Heatherton. Visit: The event is free for anyone to attend with drinks to be purchased over the bar. Food Innovation Australia Food Innovation Australia (FIAL), an initiative that has been established to accelerate the success of organisations across the Australian food and beverage sector. FIAL cordially invites you to attend their 2014 round, which will have a specific focus on export to Asia, local retail, innovation and collaboration. DATE: Monday 21st July 2014 TIME: 8.30am – 10.30am VENUE: The Australian Synchrotron 800 Blackburn Rd, Clayton COST: Free REGISTRATION: Mayor Cr Paul Peulich trying out the F-35 cockpit Australian Chamber of International Trade (ACIT)
  4. 4. 4 Kingston Business Bulletin May 2014 Today’s business landscape is drastically changing. The days of leading a business in a stable environment are over. Globalisation – connected and borderless, customer- centric technology innovation, disruptions affecting businesses globally and new models of business, service and products are challenges being faced every day by thousands of business leaders struggling to navigate through this unfamiliar landscape. Forget about teaching your leaders traditional and outdated approaches to “managing change”. Change is rapid, it’s constant and it’s here to stay. Think of it as the new way of doing business. In such an environment, we need to look closely at our organisational structures in order to optimise them. Survival of businesses will depend in part, on their ability to handle transformation in a changed landscape. Traditional hierarchies aim to standardise processes and achieve efficiency but oſten become challenged in their efforts to effectively facilitate change. The Australian Industry Group (AiG) in partnership with Kingston Council are presenting a breakfast seminar on “Leading Through Turbulence”. Relevant for business owners and senior managers, don’t miss this opportunity to come along and gain insight into ways to lead your business in order to thrive in a changed landscape. An ideal opportunity to network with business leaders. This is a FREE breakfast presentation, and places will fill quickly, so register NOW! Leading Through Turbulence DATE: Friday 23rd May 2014 TIME: 7.30am - 9.30am VENUE: Woodlands Golf Club 109 White St, Mordialloc REGISTRATIONS: or call 1300 886 150 Breakfast Event: Leading Through Turbulence Kingston Sustainable Business Network Breakfast For all businesses committed to reforming their business practices to reduce both operating costs and environmental impacts. You are invited to be part of a growing network of businesses that are aware of the competitive advantage of sharing sustainable knowledge and business innovation Sustainability is now embedded into business best practice. The Kingston Sustainable Business network provides a forum for businesses to explore new and innovative sustainable initiatives. Join with other local business owners over a hot breakfast, to hear participating business profiles, their interest in sustainability, Limited Places Available DATE: Thursday 29th May 2014 TIME: 7.00am - 9.00am VENUE: Woodlands Golf Club 109 White St, Mordialloc COST: $20 - includes hot breakfast REGISTRATION: /Events-Workshops/Networking-Events FURTHER INFORMATION: Call Angela on 9581 4787 Decoding Digital Business Victoria is about to begin an eight week program 'Decoding Digital: How to become a digital leader in your industry' designed to help Victorian businesses develop digital skills for operating a business and to build the digital foundations for future success. This innovative program will be conducted completely online via webinar, email newsletter, social media and Google hangouts and is a flexible program so that business owners may be involved when it suits them and according to their needs. At the end of the program business owners will have the knowledge and basic skills necessary to ensure that their business is positioned to thrive in the digital age. The program will be run over eight weeks commencing Monday 5 May with the first webinar and will end the week ending 27 June. For more details and to sign up to the program please go to: workshops-and-mentoring/decoding-digital- how-to-become-a-digital-leader “90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years” (PWC, Digital Pulse 2013). Business owners are invited to get together after work at a local venue situated in the industrial precincts of Kingston on a quarterly rotational basis. These business networking events offer the opportunity to get to know “who’s who on the block” and to potentially establish new business relationships with neighbouring businesses. They also provide participants with the chance to hear about the business services and support that Council offers, and provide a forum to discuss any issues or challenges in your business. This two-way exchange of information enables Council’s business development team to be an effective voice for the local business community, at the same time as business to business contacts are made. The next event will be on Thursday 5th June at the Red Pillar Café, Braeside. Also please keep Thursday 31st July free for our Moorabbin ‘Meet Your Mates’ -venue to be confirmed. For further information and to register for our Braeside event, visit: au/business/Events-Workshops/Networking- Events or call 9581 4735 Meet Your Mates
  5. 5. May 2014 Kingston Business Bulletin 5 Your Chance to Shine, Retailers wanted for Expo This year, the annual Kingston Business Women’s Network luncheon will provide opportunities for small business owners in the category of Retail Apparel, Fashion and Health to have a complimentary stand at the Expo running in conjunction with the luncheon. If you are a Kingston-based business and running a retail business in apparel, fashion or beauty, then this is your chance to showcase your business. If you would like to be part of this exhibition, email with the heading/title Hidden Gems in the message bar by 31st May 2014. You will then be sent a link to complete the online application form. There is no cost to be part of the expo but purchase of a luncheon ticket is mandatory for exhibitors. Email For more information call Marian on 9581 4735. Closing date for applications is 31st May 2014. Kingston Business Women’s Network – Annual Luncheon However good your business idea, taking the plunge and starting your own business can be a daunting process. Making the right moves at this early stage can help set your new business on the road to success. Offering clear, straightforward advice and a free mentoring session from an experienced business adviser, Small Business Victoria’s Start Your Business Workshop covers all the essentials. From carrying out a feasibility study and determining the best company structure to preparing a business plan, you will leave this workshop with a clearer idea of how your business will look. Starting your business Seminar/Workshop HOST: City of Kingston DATE: Wednesday 16 July 2014 TIME: 6:00pm – 9:00pm VENUE: Kingston City Council, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham COST: $30 per person - Light refreshments will be provided. ONLINE BOOKINGS: /Events-Workshops/Business- Education/Starting-Your-Business Guest presenter: Jacqui Cooper - Australian Olympic Champion - will speak on “A VIEW FROM THE TOP” at the annual Kingston Women in Business Luncheon to be held on Wednesday 18th June, at the Hemisphere Hotel & Conference Centre, 488 South Road, Moorabbin. Jacqui Cooper has represented Australia in the sport of Aerial Skiing for 20 years. In 2010, she became the first Australian woman in history to represent Australia at 5 Olympic Games. Her record 5 world titles has leſt Jacqui as the greatest aerial skier of all time (man or woman), an achievement that will go unbeaten for decades. Jacqui Cooper's story is one of triumph, tragedy, defeat and success. It’s a story that makes you believe in the strength of the human spirit. Her passion, persistence and unwavering dedication to a sport that is brutal and cruel, is absolutely inspiring. This event is sponsored by the Bank of Melbourne. Also combined with the same event will be the “Hidden Gems Retail & Beauty Expo”. Kingston retailers of fashion, apparel and beauty industry will showcase their unique products and services. Discover the little “hidden gems” in local Kingston retail businesses. Displays and stalls will be open at the event. Kingston Business Women’s Network – Annual Luncheon DATE: Wednesday 18th June 2014 TIME: 12.00pm - 2.00pm VENUE: Hemisphere Hotel & Conference Centre, 488 South Rd, Moorabbin COST: $49.00 per person - price includes two courses and one glass of wine ONLINE BOOKINGS: workshops Hidden Gems Retail & Beauty Expo TIME: 11am until 12noon; 2pm until 2.20pm Starting your business Seminar/Workshop Exhibitors from the 2013 Kingston Business Women’s Network, Annual Luncheon - Expo At this seminar you will learn the simple steps required to help you monitor and maintain profitability, increase cashflow and effectively manage stock, customers and suppliers, putting your business on the road to financial success. Improving Cashflow and Profitability HOST: City of Kingston DATE: Wednesday 11 June 2014 TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm VENUE: Kingston City Council, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham COST: $20 per person - Light refreshments will be provided. ONLINE BOOKINGS: s-Workshops/Business-Education/Improving- Cash-Flow-and-Profitability Improving Cashflow and Profitability
  6. 6. 6 Kingston Business Bulletin May 2014 Coworking in Kingston Broader dispute resolution powers for Victorian Small Business Commissioner The Victorian Small Business Commissioner (VSBC) now has significantly broader powers to assist small business operators resolve commercial disputes quickly and at low or no cost. Recent changes to the legislation make explicit the wider dispute resolution powers of the VSBC in commercial disputes between small businesses and local and state government bodies, as well as other businesses and not−for−profit organisations. The VSBC can determine the most appropriate form of dispute resolution to attempt to resolve a dispute, and can also refuse to deal with a dispute where the claim is vexatious, trivial, or better handled by another body. Importantly, the changes enable the VSBC to highlight if a party has unreasonably refused to engage in dispute resolution by naming the party in the VSBC Annual Report, tabled in Parliament, and issuing a certificate of "Unreasonable Refusal". The VSBC can also issue certificates where alternative dispute resolution has been attempted but failed to resolve a dispute, or is unlikely to resolve a dispute. These certificates can be used as evidence in VCAT or a court. Other changes include: • the ability to seek an advisory opinion from VCAT in regard to any legislation where the VSBC has powers or responsibilities, if in the public interest; • introduction of consistent statutory immunity for the Commissioner or another person performing an alternative dispute resolution function in good faith under any of the legislation where the VSBC has dispute resolution functions; • empowering the VSBC to assist in the development of industry codes and provide dispute resolution services under them. The changes came into effect on 1 May 2014. For further information about the changes, or the role of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner more generally, visit, phone 13 VSBC (13 8722) or email Melbourne Business Awards Two innovative Kingston manufacturing businesses were honoured as award nominees at the recent Melbourne Business Awards breakfast. Chocolate Works is Australia’s premier supplier of customised chocolate products to the promotional product, marketing, events and special occasion industries. Established in 1999 the company has established itself as a niche provider of customised and personalised chocolate products with in house capabilities to produce chocolates in almost any shape, size, design and packaging. Advanced Natural skin care combines the latest and most advanced scientific formulations with the most luxurious natural ingredients to offer an exclusive and extensive range of products to heal, treat and revive your skin. Proudly Australian Made, Advanced Natural incorporates new scientific formulations, combined with natural ingredients to offer intensive, corrective treatments and products specially formulated for eyes, face and body: The Melbourne Business Awards is a not-for- profit organisation that seeks to assist small to medium companies become more innovative, enterprising and successful by recognising companies that display excellence in their particular field. If you know of a business that deserves recognition please email Coworking is a style of work which involves a shared working environment for independent business owners, entrepreneurs or startups. Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space. Facilities, office space and services are shared, with facilitation by a coordinator. Council is currently exploring the possibility of establishing a coworking Hub in the Moorabbin area. Expressions of interest can be forwarded to Coworking pop-up in foyer of Kingston City Hall, 28 March 2013 Why attend a networking event? “I went to my first MBA breakfast mid last year and was very impressed by the fact there were a lot of manufacturers.Tom from Slattery & Acquroff spoke about his business as they had been nominated for " Business of the Year ", I later introduced myself to him and we exchanged business cards. A few weeks later I emailed Tom and we made an appointment to catch up at his offices where I was introduced to the Marketing Department. They sent me a list of their uniform garments for quoting and came back to me later saying he would definitely consider us for their next order. Just before Christmas, I received an email asking if I could supply an order in the first week in January. Despite the short timeframe, the order was completed on time and delivered. Since then I have had orders from a number of businesses attending the MBA breakfasts and their contacts. I have really been impressed with the open attitude of everyone who attends MBA. Having been a member of other networking groups, I have found that is not always the case. I was so impressed by the collaboration and professionalism that I joined as a member of MBA and now look forward to the network events as an important part of my business development.” Tom @ Business Apparel 0439 447 400
  7. 7. May 2014 Kingston Business Bulletin 7 Zero Pellet Loss is a priority for the plastics industry - and a critical issue for our environment. Spilled pellets can make their way into local waterways and ultimately estuaries and the ocean. This isn’t just an eyesore and a litter issue; pellets, if accidentally mistaken for food by birds or marine animals, could harm them. That’s why the industry is behind Zero Pellet Loss—and it can only be achieved with your help. If you could take a simple step to help strengthen your company’s sustainability initiatives, and; • contribute to preserving water quality and wildlife; • comply with federal and state regulations and avoidance of fines; • establish a safety/housekeeping program; • improve operational efficiency; • improve the financial bottom line; and • reputation in the community… ...would you take it? To find out how contact Angela on 9581 4787 or Renae on 9581 4379 Community Gardens in industrial areas? Council's Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 (PHWP) sets the strategic directions under which these initiatives occur. Council identifies through the plan how it can contribute to the health and wellbeing of those who live, work and participate in the life of the city. The PHWP was developed aſter extensive community consultation and outlines key themes which emerged from the consultations. Do you currently offer your employees a garden space in which to grow edible produce? Have you considered being part of a Community Garden? Do you have unused or vacant land at your site that you would consider offering for development of a community garden? If you are interested to explore the possibilities, contact either Angela Stubbs in Economic Development on 9581 4787 or Nicole Malina, Community Wellbeing Officer (Public Health) on 9581 4803 or email Did you know that registration of a business name does not give the registrant exclusive rights over the name? Business name holders oſten think that by registering a business name they have protected a brand - this is not the case. Be aware business name registration does not provide exclusive ownership of the name and will not prevent it being used by somebody who has registered it as a trademark or a web domain name. Generally, the only way to get exclusive use of a particular business name is to register it as a trade mark. You can find more information about what's involved– and search for existing trade marks at no cost – by visiting IP Australia. To learn more about trade marks and domain names visit • IP Australia ( the Australian Government's agency for administering the laws and the registers relating to trade marks, patents, designs and plant breeder's rights; and • auDA ( the policy authority for rules and policies for registration of Australian (.au) domain names. Business name registration Plastics in the Environment
  8. 8. 4 Kingston Business Bulletin January 2014 What’s on Council applauds local businesses who triumphed at Melbourne’s South East Business Awards Free Wifi at Kingston Libraries Melbourne’s South East Business Awards and Gala Dinner Presentation evening was held at the Karralyka Centre on Friday 9 May. The event was attended by 270 local businesses, government representatives and community leaders who came together to recognise business achievements and excellence throughout the South East Region of Melbourne. South East Councils, utility companies, and State and Federal Government departments established these awards to recognise those regional businesses who contribute to the economy and success of South East Melbourne. Melbourne’s South East Business Awards not only allows the Government to show its gratitude to local businesses, but it gives an opportunity for local businesses to network with one another and acknowledge each other’s achievements. There was a total of 64 finalists from the 10 representing Council municipalities in the South East, all competing for the seven business award categories. The companies were either nominated by their Council or had taken part in their corresponding Council Business Award programs throughout 2013. Two businesses from the City of Kingston, Marand Precision Engineering and breadsolutions, won in their field at the awards! Marand Precision Engineering won the Melbourne’s South East Large Enterprise Award, sponsored by ConnectEast. Marand is an Australian owned company who specialise in the making of high-quality precision tooling, machine tools and highly engineered automated production solutions. breadsolutions attained the Melbourne’s South East Business Growth and Innovation Award, sponsored by Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick. They are a dedicated manufacturer of artisan breads which are available in over 700 Coles Supermarkets nationwide. Kingston Council congratulates Marand Precision Engineering and breadsolutions on all their accomplishments and success. For more information see or phone 9581 4735. • Kingston Farmers’ Market 7th June, 5th July, 2nd August, 6th September • Leading through Turbulence Breakfast event Friday 23rd May • Kingston Sustainable Business Network Breakfast Thursday 29th May • NANOFAB-ULOUS for Industry Thursday 29th May • Meet Your Mates Thursday 5th June • Improving Cashflow and Profitability Wednesday 11th June • Kingston Business Women’s Network – Annual Luncheon Wednesday 18th June • Starting Your Business Workshop Wednesday 16th July • Food Innovation Australia Monday 21st July • Australian Chamber of International Trade (ACIT) Wednesday 30th July • Meet Your Mates Thursday 31st July For a business to be successful and seen as credible, people need to know about you. Business events present the opportunity to network your business with other local businesses. As well as developing new relationships, these workshops and events create an opportunity to meet and secure new clients or customers. Winner of mini iPad competition! Kingston Council ran a registration campaign in March for earlybird businesses to register on the new online Kingston Business Directory…. and the winner was.....OCD Skate Shop OCD Skate Shop is a family business employing local skaters. It has its own skate team with ages ranging from 6 – 44 years of age that are coached and mentored. Customers come from all over Melbourne and Victoria, with many interstate and international visitors. Word spreads about the uniqueness of the business and want to experience what they have to offer – a fantastic range with real pricing, and a knowledgeable passionate team to talk about the products. “Our success started with our level of commitment - we stock the largest range of skateboards hardware and accessories in Victoria if not in Australia. We have a loyal and growing customer base that we love to deal with – It’s so satisfying to see the huge smiles on kids’ faces when they walk out the door, ready to roll. It is not easy starting a new business, but if you surround yourselves with positive people, make great connections, and never give up, the world’s your oyster!” says Caroline Commins winner of Kingston Council’s iPad draw for registering on the free online Kingston Business Directory. The benefit of being on the Kingston business Directory gives your business exposure on a platform that will enhance your own website search engine optimisation. Visit: Pages-UGC/Registration Wireless Fidelity? It’s a misconception that’s what WiFi stands for. In fact the term was created by a marketing company as a play on words with HiFi. Wifi is available at Kingston Libraries' eight branches, absolutely free! Bring in your laptop, tablet or smartphone - you only need a library card to access it. You can join the library at any of the Kingston Libraries, or online at: library/My- Library/Join-Online. When is the Wifi available? Currently it is available 7am - 9pm at Parkdale, Clarinda, Highett, Dingley, Patterson Lakes libraries, and during opening hours at Chelsea, Cheltenham and Moorabbin libraries. Are there limits on what I can access and download? The WiFi goes through the Kingston Council network so is subject to the same conditions of access. There is a maximum file download limit of 100mb. Can I print ? Presently you are unable to print using the Wifi network. If you wish to print a document simply save it to a USB stick and use one of the public PCs in the library.