Speaking up key to success: Manningham business owner seizes economic development opportunity

4 Aug 2023
Vibrant and Prosperous Economy

Local business owner, Chris Martini has jumped at the opportunity to have his say on the Manningham Council Draft Economic Development Strategy (EDS).

Chris and his wife Leah own Doncaster-based content production company, Ottico Lab.

Chris contributed feedback throughout the EDS consultation, including that he is keen to see a permanent co-working space established in Manningham.

“If you’re going to be active in a community as a business, and have an idea or want to see change, you can’t sit silently and expect it to magically come about… Nine out of ten times, you’ll have success if you speak up!”

Chris said Council officers had been supportive of his business since he launched it over five years ago.

“When I was starting out, I saw the Small Business Bus in Council’s newsletter and I signed up because I was looking for initial support to start my business. That’s where I kicked off.

“Then I registered a listing on the Manningham Business website as a base to start from and direct some traffic back to our website. Joining the Manningham Business Network was the next big step to having a footprint in Manningham and being involved in the business community.

“I met people from Council there and started establishing relationships. I got a lot of support through those relationships and then when the pandemic hit, Council offered heaps of ideas, grants, programs you could do remotely and even short courses, so I took advantage of those. We’ve taken part in some great opportunities and initiatives through Manningham Council.”

Manningham Mayor, Cr Deirdre Diamante said the purpose of the EDS was to provide even better support to local businesses, promote employment opportunities, and attract economic investment.

“If you own a business in Manningham, or are thinking about starting a business here, you should have your say on this Strategy. If our objectives match your business goals, it will lead to better outcomes for your business and our economy,” Cr Diamante said.

Council endorsed the Draft Economic Development Strategy for public consultation at its meeting on Tuesday 25 July. By having your say between now and Friday 18 August you'll ensure your feedback is considered for the final Strategy before it goes back to Council on Tuesday 26 September:

Read more about the Draft Economic Development Strategy at YourSay Manniningham