New group to boost business in Marion's south

Read about a businesswoman in Hallett Cove who is developing a business association for the region.

 City Limits Magazine Issue 47 December 2014 front coverThis article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.

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A businesswoman from Hallett Cove has issued a rallying cry to companies in Marion’s south to band together to boost the local economy.

Marie Soliman is calling on 4000 small to medium-sized companies to form a new network – the Hallett Cove Business Association - so they can grow while increasing the profile of the region as a business destination.

The self-employed home broker kick-started a campaign to form a local business association in September at the first in a series of monthly meetings.

About 20 small to medium-sized businesses, including a jewellery manufacturer, lighting consultant, accountant, fitness trainer and retailers attended the event at Hallett Cove Baptist Church.

Ms Soliman said businesses from Hallett Cove and surrounding suburbs, including Sheidow Park and Trott Park, had a unique opportunity to promote their services.

City Limits Magazine - Dec 14 - Issue 47 - BW Marie Soliman“The expansion of the Southern Expressway has created a gateway for the region and Cove Civic Centre will open next year and provide an important business resource, so the time to form a business association couldn’t be better,” Ms Soliman said.

“Companies can grow by working together, sharing training costs, access new clients through networking, and create a thriving economic hub.

“The response has been encouraging and we are now developing ideas about how the association will work based on discussions with local businesses.”  

The association aims to formally launch itself to the community next year to coincide with the opening of the $13.4 million Cove Civic Centre which will feature dedicated business support services, including a training suite with wi-fi and broadband and meeting facilities as well as a library and community hall.

City of Marion economic development manager Neil McNish said council had a range of initiatives to support small and medium-sized businesses.

“Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the region’s economy, and by working together they can access new learning and promotional opportunities and resources that will make them even stronger,” Mr McNish said.

“In addition to supporting business associations, the City of Marion has a Small Business Advisory Service which provides free one-to-one mentoring and advice to start-ups and small companies.

“The service gives guidance on developing all aspects of running a new business, including finance, marketing and management skills.”

The advisory service delivered 200 sessions last year with $67,500 of funding provided jointly by the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) and the City of Marion.  

Small and medium-sized companies interested in joining the Hallett Cove Business Association can contact Marie Soliman for more information via email on

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