MBN certainly hasn’t been immune to the impact of the pandemic; but, like you, we’re are pushing through the challenges we have been dealt.  Join us in keeping our networking alive and well by adding to the tips, quips and business initiatives in these circulars … We’d all love to hear from you.

There is a bonanza of items provided by our members and friends this week – a huge thanks to all concerned.


Please reach out to your colleagues and friends – a friendly voice and words of encouragement mean so much in challenging times.   For those that may need a helping hand, the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) has created the Small Business Mentally Healthy Strategic Plan.  Information and assistance is also available at Beyond BlueLifeline and Black Dog too.

MBN May OnLine Business Connection

M  0421 944 891     E  admin@mbn.asn.au     www.mbn.asn.au
Please join us for a Zoom presentation on Tuesday, 12th May, 2020 at 8:00am.
Gillian Harvey will outline how to regain and maintain optimal performance for life and business through four key areas, which form the foundation of a healthy body and mind.  Some of the things she’ll talk about are; fuel, spare parts and maintenance for your most valuable tool of trade – YOU.  BOOK  NOW

Legal Matters

Frank Costanzo     Costanzo Lawyers
P  03 9894 5888   E  frank@costanzolawyers.com.au   W  www.costanzolawyers.com.au
Frank and his team have another great video for us this week relating to Pubic Liability.  Be prepared for accidents, beyond your control, that might happen … https://youtu.be/zOObi0Zi7to.

Video Marketing Tips

Chris Martini     Otticolab
M  0423 891 194   E  chris@otticolab.com.au   W www.otticolab.com.au
Chris is posting a series of helpful tips and suggestions that will help you set up some great video promotions for your business.  Check these out on our Facebook page at  ManninghamBusinessNetwork and contact him for further information about his services.

Digital Marketing Tips

Alison Evans    PinPoint Local
M  0407 802 953     E  alison.evans@pinpointlocal.com
Alison’s marketing tips for this week is ‘How to respond to COVID-19’.  You will find the article on our Facebook page and also at https://manninghambusinessnetwork.au/blog/.
A reminder of our connecting links – GMB http://bit.ly/3aA0qXp, Facebook @ ManninghamBusinessNetwork and Instagram @ Manningham.Business.Network.

How to Thrive in Business during Corona times

Linda Turner, Roy A. McDonald, Accountants & Lindale Insurances, Financial Planning
T  03 9848 5933    E taxinvest@royamcdonald.com   www.royamcdonald.com
On 22nd April 2020 Roy A McDonald & Lindale Insurances in conjunction with Manningham Council ran an informative webinar for businesses and households struggling with the impact of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. During the webinar valuable information was provided regarding a framework including checklists, tools & strategies to follow to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on businesses & households and to recession proof our businesses as much as possible.
The Topics covered included:

  • Strategies & Tools to Recession Proof your business
  • Cashflow budgets, Financials, Risk Analysis & Business Pivot
  • Federal Government Stimulus Packages for Business & Individuals
  • Victorian State Government Business Support Fund
  • Superannuation

They have provided details of the webinar and an E-Book for us on their website link https://royamcdonald.com/covid-19-business-survival-guide/

Manningham Business

Christine Gibbins    Tourism and Business Development Officer, Manningham Council
T  9840 9494    E Christine.Gibbins@manningham.vic.gov.au     www.manningham.vic.gov.au
Need help adapting or implementing your innovative new idea?  Manningham Business have extended their one on one mentoring sessions and they will now run daily until 15th May.
Book a session – https://www.manninghambusiness.com.au/business-mentoring-sessions/

ATO Updates

Is your small business affected by COVID-19? Come to this free 60 minute webinar to find out how the Government’s stimulus package can help your small business.  Conducted by the Australian Tax Office the events run daily from Friday 1st May 2020  Register at Tax support for small business

Small Business Victoria Updates

Starting a small business – for new migrants and asylum seekers – May 19th at 9.30am.
If you’re an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant with a business idea, this essential planning workshop will prepare you for the best chance of success.
Register here – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/starting-a-small-business-for-new-migrants-and-asylum-seekers-tickets-85445701393

Website and Online shop help

Local business, Echo3 Media, are offering to develop 10 websites and online shops to local businesses that need to keep up their business and online presence during this lockdown period.  This offer is hugely discounted (50%), and only available to local businesses in Manningham and Nillumbik.
You can view these offers here:

The Whitehorse Business Group

Free Webinar – at 8:15am – 9:00am on Friday, 1st May, 2020  Register now
The topic is Coping with Worry in Uncertainty  (Mental health care during COVID-19 times).
In uncertainty, feeling more stressed or worried than usual is common. This 30 minute FREE webinar examines what happens when we worry, different types of worry, and what you can do about worry. Activities for looking after yourself and finding balance in your life in these times will be discussed and there will be an opportunity to share with each other the things that have been helpful for you.
You can access more information and register for free by visiting their  website.

Rescuing businesses

Christine Williams     Smarter Property Investing
M  0437 890 831   E christine.williams@smarterpropertyinvesting.com.au
W  smarterpropertyinvesting.com.au
Necessity is the mother of invention – and at the moment the necessity of small businesses around the country is cash flow – cash flow to help pay bills and stay afloat until we reach the other side of Covid-19.
Which is why Manningham Business Network Inc. member, Smarter Property Investing’s Christine Williams, developed the $50 Fix | Rescuing Businesses One $50 Note At A Time group to bring together customers and businesses, giving them a platform to sell anything up to $50 at any point in time. This includes, products, services, gift vouchers for larger items and more.
For further information and to join the group as a customer/business please visit  https://www.facebook.com/groups/50DollarFix/

Our very best wishes are with you all as we head for better times on the other side!

#Stay Home   #Stay Well   #Together
#thevoiceofbusinessinmanningham  #sharelearngrow

Warm regards,
Your MBN Committee

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