The City of Onkaparinga has shown its commitment to support local businesses through new initiatives for startups through to established enterprises.
On Business Partner Program provides education, networking opportunities, listing on the business directory, and financial support with small business grants of up to $3000 available across three categories: start up, digital innovation, and marketing and communications.
Round two closes on July 31 and round three on October 31.
Lena Wilkinson, founder of Organik Babee, an online supplier of certified organic skincare range for babies and children, is a recipient of round one funding.
“We were very fortunate to have won the small business grant of $3000, which has benefitted our business by giving us the final funds needed to complete the start up phase,” she said.
Ms Wilkinson also said the Partner Program has also boosted her profile through listing on the Onkaparinga Business Directory and networking opportunities.
“We are currently in the early stages of Organik Babee and our products will be available online and via retail outlets, and we hope that once we are fully established the directory will attract more enquires along with brand recognition.”
Ms Wilkinson says educational services also have been beneficial.
“We have attended several of the workshops and business advisory services and have put into practice some of the advice given from the experienced business advisors and found these sessions to be invaluable for our business.”
Another aspect of On Business Partner Program is Show and Share, which was launched in May at Beresford’s Tasting Pavilion with Angelo Kotses sharing the Bickford’s story ‘growth through smart acquisition’.
“The event was a huge success and a wonderful example of collaboration between business and council to deliver a quality event,” said council’s CEO, Mark Dowd.
“The networking and connections made on the night have already ignited some significant opportunities for businesses that we can update on as they progress.”
Mr Dowd said the goal of the ON Business Partner Program is to maximise the“potential of local business, making it easier to do business.”
We hope that once we are fully established the directory will attract more enquires along with brand recognition.Lena Wilkinson