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26 June 2015

9 Months In & Growing - Adelaide Hills Business Centre



It started with a near derelict house, but after many months of repair and restoration this 3rd generation 1850's bungalow has came back to life as the Adelaide Hills Business Centre - a modern business collaboration and business hub.

Since opening in October 2014, AHBC has grown to nearly 100 members, has regular business Meetups, Events, Programs and people booking Digital Boardrooms, Media Production Studio and using the 24/7 Coworking Spaces.  Local Adelaide Hills resident and business owner, Gordon Kay identified a centre that provided personalised business support was much needed in the Adelaide Hills.

“On reviewing the ability to obtain local business assistance we found that the Regional Development Australia (RDA) and the Adelaide Hills Council provided strategic planing and development rather then a personalise service for SME owners." 

“The concept is to create connections between businesses throughout the hills area to collaborate, exchange ideas and grow through association." said Gordon Kay

In this post you will find a list of activities and services we've put in place to create awareness of your local business centre.



'The Green Glow of Woodside'

Signage

Without doubt glowing green AHBC sign by night catches the eye. When it was first opened passes-by would come in for a quick look after driving past at night.  Flags are also prominent outside and on public open days, the 'Come and Try' sign is out.
Thank you Plasma-Art for this great concept.

Website

AdelaideHillsBC.com.au hosts everything you need to know about AHBC, serving as a central hub to the Adelaide Hills.

We are easily found under Google and your can even talk a virtual walk through the centre using Google maps.

'Come and Try' Days

'Come and Try' days are designated days where anyone is free to drop in and experience what's on offer at their local business centre.

We find that some people like to have a quick tour, while others bring a laptop to get some work done. Free workspace, Wifi and Coffee is always on hand.

AHBC Events 


Past AHBC Meetups on Meetup.com

The Creators

To date there has been two AHBC Business Creators Meetups Events. 'The Who's Who' and 'The Tell All Meetup' (Check out the photos here).

Each event gave attendees a chance to share ideas, experiences and connect with like-minded business people who live in the same area.

Our next Meetup on Thursday 23rd of July at 6pm and features Adam Troyn, 2015 iAward winner for his world class cloud product, Kampus.

Local business people can join the Adelaide Hills Business Creators Meetup Group and attend any of our Upcoming Events.

Table Talks

Unlike most business workshops, Table Talks, an unique concept created by the AHBC delivers easy to implement business improvements in 90 minutes.  Table Talks are simply, a group of business people talking around a table about a topic and sharing their needs, ideas and experiences with each other.  Better still, any AHBC member can host a Table Talk on a topic that they have a passion in sharing with other.  It's a great way for our members to network with build a relationship with people wanting their services.  Learn more about Table Talks

It's been a successful start to the Women's Business Network

The Ruby Tree Club

The Ruby Tree Club is about success by association offering our women in business with a supportive business networking community.  Most meeting also include a guest speaker who will shares their corporate knowledge.   We are very lucky to have Di Thompson as our Ruby Host.  Join today, click here.


Supporting the Local Business Sector


Business Advisors

We would like to thank all of our Advisors for promoting AHBC to people within their own networks. Each advisor brings set of experience, skills and knowledge to our members.  We are currently assisting around 20 business owners each month and we expect this number to increase steadily as the AHBC becomes better known.  View the AHBC Advisors

Local Press Release

AHBC offers a Local Press Release that allows Adelaide Hills business owners to promote their business or event to thousands of people who now make up the AHBC community.  Boost Your Local Business News or Events to Thousands of Local Business People

Private Facebook Group

The 'Adelaide Hills Business Group' was recently created for business owners living or working in the hills to share knowledge and ask questions.  Join the Adelaide Hills Business Group

Tour Down Under

Tour Down Under peloton outside AHBC
In January AHBC opened especially for the Tour Down Under cycling event and Woodside street party. It helped bring through lots of new people who never knew we existed.

Bushfire Support

AHBC was glad to offer free support to bushfire affected businesses in January and February 2015. Obviously not a planned activity but it resulted in the AHBC providing relief for those impacted by the fires.

Social Media


Facebook

AHBC Facebook Page
Not surprisingly, Facebook has proven to be the primary means of communication with the growing AHBC community. The Facebook page keeps followers informed of everything that's happening at AHBC - including local business news, events, programs, meetups. It also provides broader business news and advice that we think will be helpful to the community.

At the time of writing we are up to 748 page Likes. Initially many updates were 'boosted' in order to target business people living in the Adelaide Hills area.

Linkedin / Twitter / Google +


See inside AHBC with Google Maps Virtual Walk Through
Twitter / Linkedin / Google + are used regularly to share updates to our followers who are not on Facebook. We've found Buffer helpful in syndicating messages across each platform.

In The Know

Subscribers of 'In the Know' receive local business news, events, programs and member only specials, direct to their email.  We only email once a month as we know people have lots so we keep it short and to the point.

BLOG

Our blog is used to distribute valuable content to the AHBC community which helps us stay in touch with existing members and increase our brand awareness. Our content is often shared on social media by our community and by the people and businesses who are featured.

Local Knowledge
Local Knowledge is a segment designed to help local business owners  learn from other successful business owners in the Adelaide Hills using a mix of news and case studies.
Eg. Local Knowledge - Udder Delights Cheese Founder Tells All

Guest Authors
AHBC allows guest authors to share their expertise and knowledge about a range of business topics. Thank you Matt Pepper from Pepper Content and Nan Barrett from Word Solutions.

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Connecting Up

Our object is to collaborate with other organisations and groups that share our goal to assist people in business.

Jelly Coworking
AHBC will be hosting the Jelly Coworking crew! It's a casual coworking group that offers fortnightly coworking in venues around Adelaide. Members always get meet new people and visit different coworking and creative spaces across Adelaide.  Join the Jelly Group