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Impress Media Australia has slashed more than $500 from its annual power bill by replacing 80 fluorescent globes and tubes with LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting at its office.

The lighting overhaul also eliminates the need to regularly clamber up and down stepladders to change light globes as LED lights are predicted to last for 50,000 hours each – that’s more than 24 years of 40-hour working weeks!

While LEDs have replaced incandescent and fluorescent bulbs for many uses, such as traffic lights, flashlights and reading lamps in recent, the availability of compact fluorescent bulbs and fittings increasingly make them the best long-term choice for commercial and even residential lighting.

The Social Enterprise WorkshopA pioneering South Australian program to boost business skills for social entrepreneurs, The Social Enterprise Workshop, aims to launch itself throughout Australia during the next two years.

In an environment of increasing social need and limited government funding, innovative thinking that leads to the creation of new social enterprises, is the future direction for the not for profit sector.

The August launch of The Social Enterprise Workshop (TSEW) will make a significant contribution to the development of the skills needed by not for profit organisations to turn their good ideas into successful social enterprises.

The TSEW is a variation of the highly successful SA Enterprise Workshop modified for the not for profit sector. The SA Enterprise Workshop, since its inception in the 1980s has created many entrepreneurs with the program being the foundation for many of South Australia’s small, medium and indeed some large enterprises.  Acknowledged as an extremely successful initiative, companies formed by graduates of the SA Enterprise Workshop have generated more than four per cent of the State’s GDP.

The South Australian town of Willunga has welcomed the NBN by running a series of workshops that aim to turn local business owners into champions of the National Broadband Network.

The NBN generated widespread coverage when it went live in Willunga in June, becoming the first town in South Australia to get connected to the super-fast, fibre-based network.

The Willunga High Speed Broadband Business Implementation Program – subtitled Connecting your Business with the World – comprises nine modules over three half-day workshop sessions. The program covers topics selected to provide Willunga business people with a step?by?step business / marketing / online development program designed to generate increased sales, profits and brand building.

Jane Mitchell and Alan Greig at Leonards MillAlthough its foundations were laid in 1849, Fleurieu Peninsula restaurant Leonards Mill has reached the finals of the 2011 Savour Australia Awards for Excellence in its first year under new management.

The winner of this prestigious Maitre ‘D Award (Customer Service) will be announced tonight at the Adelaide Convention Centre, during a gala dinner for members of the South Australian restaurant industry.  The Savour Australia Awards for Excellence are held annually by peak industry body Restaurant & Catering SA.

The anonymous nomination is a great accolade for sea change couple, Alan Greig and Jane Mitchell, who re-opened the doors of Leonards Mill in December last year after giving the 162-year-old structure a serious facelift.

Alan is an IT entrepreneur who has ran some of SA’s most successful software companies, including Prophecy International and Empower. Jane has an extensive background in management and professional development.

The pair purchased the historic Leonards Mill restaurant and function centre on the Fleurieu Peninsula and refurbished it before the launch last Christmas. The two-storey stone building dates back to 1849, just 13 years after the colony of South Australia was founded.