Many businesses are missing out on easier access to government grants that can fund manager training advises Penny King, CEO of SA-based workplace training specialist MARC.
MARC (Management And Research Centre) is a Mile End-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides training, scholarships and research in the fields of business fundamentals, leadership and management.
Ms. King said revised grant guidelines provided South Australian businesses with improved access to Government funding for manager training. “Many businesses are missing out because they are unaware of this opportunity,” she said.
The 2010 eChallenge, an annual business planning contest for aspiring entrepreneurs run by The University of Adelaide, offers the chance of global exposure as well as a share in $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Teams of between two and six people, including at least one tertiary-enrolled student in South Australia (including TAFE), compete in the eChallenge to develop a business plan for a new, previously unfunded concept.
eChallenge organisers assist team members with weekly workshops that offer insights into each stage of developing a business plan. If a team’s idea has commercial potential, organisers assign a business mentor to the team. eChallenge winners will be announced on Friday, October 29, at an event dinner at Adelaide’s National Wine Centre.
eChallenge Coordinator Diana Lucic said the opportunities continued past the event itself. “We choose an eChallenge team to take to the John Heine Entrepreneurial Challenge to compete against teams from other Australian universities,” she said.
Two prominent Victorian wireless networking specialists, DyCom Wireless and JAS Broadband, have merged their operations to deliver greater choice for customers and a stronger market presence.
With many customers in the Victorian government and corporate sectors, DyCom Wireless has been the wireless networking division of 21-year-old systems integrator DyCom Business Systems Pty Ltd while JAS Broadband has provided microwave radio/wireless solutions since 2002.
JAS Broadband (Aust) Pty Ltd is trading as DyCom Wireless Solutions. As well as combining staff, the merged business is operating from DyCom’s Preston premises, sharing administration, payroll and other corporate services with DyCom Business Systems.
DyCom has technology partnerships with global wireless providers including Motorola, Lightpointe, RAD, DragonWave and Ruckus Wireless. JAS Broadband adds its long-established relationships with suppliers including Ceragon Networks, Microwave Networks Inc and Israel-based MRV.
The combined operation has a strong customer presence in Victorian market segments including health care, education, local government, utilities and corporate organisations.
Dycom Wireless Solutions Manager Daniel Sacchero said this combination created a very competitive business in the communications sector. “The merger takes advantage of the two companies’ deep experience with wireless solutions and their specific areas of expertise,” he said.