With the current disruption to our work environments, a lot of us are now having to work from home or from remote locations.  All the more reason, some might say, to stay connected with colleagues and friends and to keep your business visible.

And to keep us on track in ‘Keeping On Keeping On’ our lead article this week is a wonderful example of diversifying, lending a helping hand and bringing smiles to those who need them most …


Custom made Cheer

Tracey Nuthall     Costumes without Drama
M 0411 431 430   E info@costumeswithoutdrama.com.au
W https://costumeswithoutdrama.com.au/

I have been volunteering during this period of time to make scrubs for medical workers. Most have been made using fabric I have either purchased, or have come from my rather extensive fabric stash.  If you wish to donate some time or fabric to the cause, please let me know, or, contact Rona Scrubs yourself to become involved.   Tracey’s story and photos are on MBNs facebook page.


The best tool of trade

Gillian Harvey     Clinical Nutritionist & Health Coach
M  0411 567 060   E  info@plateoflife.com.au  W  www.plateoflife.com.au

We are looking forward to sharing a video recording of our fabulous May Online Business Connection … stay tuned for this and some very special offers from Gillian.


MBN May Members’ Forum

M  0421 944 891     E  admin@mbn.asn.au     www.mbn.asn.au.
Our MBN members in focus this month look forward to sharing their expertise with you via our Online Members’ Forum  …

Getting you on Track

Lynne Durham – Life Coach

With what is going on in the world, even though you’re able to work from home, are you finding yourself with more time, but still unable to set routines and start moving on some of your goals?  Are you seeking help in setting up routines and staying accountable?  Lynne will have some strategies that will get you on the right track.

Getting your business on track

Alison Evans – PinPoint Local  and  Chris Martini – Otticolab

MBN’s Digital Footprint is an online initiative promoting MBN members’ businesses across selected MBN digital platforms. The purpose of this program is to direct more traffic to your business website.  Join us to learn the back-of-house necessities.  Alison and Chris will show how participation in this program will help you get the best out of your online marketing.



Legal Matters

Frank Costanzo     Costanzo Lawyers
P  03 9894 5888   E  frank@costanzolawyers.com.au   W  www.costanzolawyers.com.au

Conveyancing should be easy – but it isn’t.  No better way to become aware of the pitfalls than to benefit from Frank’s extensive experience and to follow his guide when buying or selling property.  Learn more at  https://youtu.be/c_fViTmkfRE.


Video Marketing Tips

Chris Martini     Otticolab
M  0423 891 194   E  chris@otticolab.com.au   W www.otticolab.com.au.

Chris is very happy to share this video episode – Choosing a Mic for your Videos or Webinars with our members and friends –https://youtu.be/390O0ImVDAo.
“In this clip, I answer a question that I have been getting a lot – ‘I want to capture better Audio for my DIY videos and Streaming Videos – can you recommend a good value Mic for my purposes?’.  Well, I sure can.  I receive no sponsorship but I can absolutely recommend an Australian Microphone brand.”

Watch the video to find out more!


Digital Marketing Tips

Alison Evans    PinPoint Local
M  0407 802 953     E  alison.evans@pinpointlocal.com    www.pinpointlocalbusiness.com.au
Did you know that within your Google My Business (GMB) dashboard, you can create a simple, one-page website?  Tons of thanks to Alison for telling us how to get a free website in this week’s post on our Facebook page and our website News section at https://manninghambusinessnetwork.au/blog/.
A reminder of our connecting links – GMB http://bit.ly/3aA0qXp, Facebook @ ManninghamBusinessNetwork and Instagram @ Manningham.Business.Network.


Business Mentoring

Peter Blasch     Maverick Mentoring for Business

M 0408 036 153   E peter@mmfb.com.au    W www.maverickmentoringforbusiness.com.au/

Do you realise that you can get 2 hours of specialist mentoring, free of charge?  Boost your business potential by contacting Peter – he will set up arrangements for some valuable chat time.


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
Getting ready to restart

The Victorian Chamber has put together a COVID-19 Business Restart Checklist to assist businesses in restarting activities at their offices when they are permitted.

Take advantage of VECCI’s free membership offer to download to checklist.


Suggest a name for your new Council ward

Manningham Council is calling for ward name suggestions before Thursday 21 May as it gets set to move to a new nine ward structure before this year’s Council elections.

Submit your ideas at  https://yoursay.manningham.vic.gov.au/wards

Starting a small business – for new migrants and asylum seekers

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.

Some of the state’s biggest business success stories have been started by immigrants new to Victoria – who’ve come from all over the world. Understand everything you’ll need to know about Australian business culture and starting a business in Victoria.

Walk away feeling determined and prepared, with a clear vision of what steps you’ll need to take to turn your business idea into a reality.



The Whitehorse Business Group
Free Zoom Webinar  –  Friday 15th May, 2020  at 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
“Driving engagement and results in a virtual world”

Leading productive remote teams is challenging for many managers at the best of times, and now with COVID-19, this has added a new layer of complexity.  Why do some people, regardless of circumstance, seem to cope or even thrive and others are rudderless and floundering?
Register for FREE here   

You can access more information and register for free by visiting their website.



If you have a moment to spare, checkout the website https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ just to see and take stock of the services they provide.  You will be heartened by the care they provide – maybe there is a way you can support the work they do?


Warm regards,
Your MBN Committee

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