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Stay local: South Gippsland Shire Council’s business liaison officer Renae Littlejohn encourages shoppers to shop at small businesses on Support Small Business Day, Saturday, October 4. She is pictured in Leongatha’s commercial strip.

SUPPORT Small Business Day takes place on Saturday, October 4, run by South Gippsland Shire Council and the Victorian Government. “We see it as a real celebration of what’s special about shopping locally, and that is supporting the people that support our community,” council’s business liaison officer Renae Littlejohn said. Ms Littlejohn praised local businesses […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Tradeswomen take action

Ready to work: from left, community VCAL coordinator Jo Beasley, Steph Goss, Eliza Woodhams, Fred Foster, Bethany Reggardo and Holly Telfer took on the tradeswomen workshop supported by SALT.

WOMEN took control of the power tools in a tradeswomen workshop at Wonthaggi recently. Led by SALT – standing for Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen – the ladies were given practical experience using basic hand tools and small power tools. The Victorian Government and SALT work to increase women’s participation in non traditional career pathways through […]

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Jaci stands out

Outstanding honour: sponsor representative Cr Sharon Gibson (left), mayor of Latrobe City Council, presents Jaci Hicken of Jacican, Mirboo North, with the new business award.

THE excellent work of Gippsland businesses was recognised at the 2014 Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards recently, with Mirboo North business Jacican taking out one of the top awards. Jacican, a restaurant and food outlet, won the new business category, with judges noting owner Jaci Hicken had demonstrated “a very highly planned and methodical approach […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Award winning team at Marriotts

Leading dealership: Adam Dean from Marriotts MPE with the two awards won recently for excellence in KTM sales and service.

MARRIOTTS Motorcycles and Power Equipment in Leongatha has been awarded the KTM 360 degree award, the highest accolade handed out by the motorcycle manufacturer. Marriotts’ KTM sales and accessories manager Adam Dean said the award came off the back of hitting sales targets across the KTM range. “This is the second time we have won […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Saleyards to be auctioned

Happy man: Korumburra Business Association president David Amor is delighted the former saleyards in Korumburra will be auctioned.

THE former Korumburra saleyards are closer to being redeveloped, with the site to be auctioned on October 31. Signs promoting the auction were erected last week. Auddino First National will conduct the auction at 11am onsite. That news was welcomed by Korumburra Business Association president David Amor. “The best thing now is for something to […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Kim’s there for you

Here to help: wellness coach Kim Williams of HealthyZEST is ready to aid women overwhelmed by the busyness of life.

RUNNING around after kids, juggling work and trying to satisfy everyone else’s needs can leave women with little time to care for themselves. Kim Williams of Fish Creek knows what that’s like. She’s a working mum of three, and despite the pressures of life, knows the importance of caring for herself. “If I’m not healthy, […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Leaders needed from South Gippsland

Leading the way: Gippsland Community Leadership Program participants Peter Fort from Burra Foods and Lucy Mertens from Lucy May’s cafe chat about the program.

APPLICATIONS are now open for people passionate about developing themselves as Gippsland’s next generation of community and business leaders. The Gippsland Community Leadership Program has put the call out for people who live or work in Gippsland to become a part of its 2015 program. Proudly auspiced through the Committee for Gippsland, the GCLP is […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Businesses promote inclusion

Inclusive: Leongatha Arts and Crafts Society’s Patricia Hill and Noelle Walker in front of the new sign outside the gallery.

THE South Gippsland Shire Council recently secured a $3300 grant for “building disability inclusive communities.” This was part of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Gippsland Building Inclusive Communities network. The grant was promoted and administered by council’s rural access officer and community strengthening team. Seven local groups and businesses were allocated to improve […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Online sales ease trade slump

Way of future: Graeme O’Connor of Great Southern Outdoors, Leongatha, prepares to send another online order.

LEONGATHA businesses are turning to online retailing to not only make a buck, but also remain open. More and more retailers are opening online stores to extend their customer base and increase revenue during hard economic times. Great Southern Outdoors has sold more than 10,000 items in the past six years alone through internet shopping […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Featured,News | Read More »

Women inspire each other

Come along: from left, Kaz Hughes, Megan Vuillermin and Lisa Brelsford enjoy the benefits of being part of the Southern Business Women’s Network.

THE Southern Business Women’s Network Inc exists for the benefit of all women. The group’s mission is to cultivate an environment where women are able to network with confidence and equality, to be enriched through learning, and to prosper through connection with women from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. Each month the group […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

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