Business and Economic Development

Business and economic development in the Town of Walkerville

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Definition of business:

  • a usually commercial or mercantile activity engaged in as a means of livelihood, eg. in the restaurant business
  • a commercial or sometimes an industrial enterprise, eg. the business district
  • dealings or transactions especially of an economic nature, eg. took their business elsewhere*

Whether you live, work or relax in Walkerville - business plays a crucial role in our economy, environment and social wellbeing. Using the three points from the above definition, the Town of Walkerville aims to engage our businesses to support their livelihoods, foster a bustling business district and ensure people are attracted to the area in order to stimulate economic activity.

The Town of Walkerville is on the board of Propel SA and part of the Eastern Region Alliance (ERA) Business and Economic Development Committee. Administration encourages our businesses to get involved with these groups, which we support to provide mentoring, networking events and business advice.

Propel SA (formerly Eastside Business Enterprise Centre) offers a range of services designed to help businesses succeed, while the ERA Business and Economic Development group aims to develop industries and grow employment in eastern Adelaide. Boasting a $10 billion economy, with more than 100,000 jobs, and nearly 30,000 registered businesses, the ERA region is a significant economy with its own challenges and opportunities in the future.

During COVID-19, the Town of Walkerville has also committed to a Shop Local campaign as a way to promote our businesses which are trading during this difficult economic climate.


Events

3-hour Marketing Workshop

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If you don't have an online presence, this is your chance to fix it and quickly!

This 3-hour workshop is for businesses who need to get online fast. During our workshop we go over the basics of multiple online channels to help your business have a digital presence.

This workshop will cover:

  • Easiest website platforms to use;
  • Choosing and creating your social media platforms;
  • Automating your social media posts;
  • Setting up EDM's;
  • Creating content easily;
  • The easiest online tools to use.

To book your ticket for 8 October, register here.

To book your ticket for 22 October, register here.


Business news

Propel SA - Free 12 month membership

As a business operating within the Town of Walkerville, Council has increased the level of support to you as a business owner in the area, and would like to extend to you 12 months of FREE membership to our business association, Propel SA.

Propel SA works with you to propel your business forward, assisting you with networking, business services, advice and tools and personalised support when you need.

An annual membership with Propel SA starts at $360, and Council will cover the cost for you for 12 months.

Read more about the benefits of membership by downloading the Propel SA Member Offering.

Complete the registration form to confirm your Free 12 month membership by downloading the Propel SA Membership Form.

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Propel SA is looking for a Small Business Engagement Officer.

If it sounds like something you would be interested in, visit: https://bit.ly/PropelSAEngagementOfficer

Propel SA offers a range of services designed to help local business succeed and is proudly supported by the Town of Walkerville, the City of Burnside and Campbelltown City Council.

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.Our business commitment

Encourage business opportunities that contribute to economic prosperity by:

  • Continuing an involvement with Propel SA and other government programs for supporting business establishment and growth;
  • Promoting the Australian Government's home business guidelines and the South Australian Government's Small Business Centre;
  • Liaising with businesses to identify the most effective way to communicate with them;
  • Investigating ways to increase the use of venues in Walkerville for major cultural events such as the Festival of Arts and Fringe Festivals;
  • Supporting existing businesses, along with home businesses, in established commercial areas and encourage the "Shop Local" campaign;
  • Promoting wider "of-interest" information to businesses to educate them of ways to improve their dealings (for example, national and state-level grants).

Maintain and strengthen the "local village" quality of our main streets by:

  • Ensuring planning policies do not detract from the amenity of our streets and centres;
  • Maintaining Walkerville Terrace as the central focus for retail and business activity, and as the heart of our town;
  • Developing plans and frameworks that build on the historic village character and link the main street with surrounding parks and gardens.

Performance Measures:

  • Articles in the Town of Walkerville's newsletter Weekly Round Up, as well as quarterly community publication About Town, specifically targeted to business;
  • A number of Council website links to assist new and existing businesses;
  • Invitations to Council events provided to business representatives.

Business resources


*Merriam-Webster Incorporated, 2020, Definition of business, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/business