Hub shaping as a hive of activity

February 28, 2018

Echuca-Moama representatives, left to right, back to front: Murray River's Beck Hayward, Campaspe Shire's Jenny Turner, Judy Cook, Campaspe Shire's Kasey Williamson, Martin Szakal and Moama Bowling Club's George Santos.

INCUBATE 208 has secured at least five participants for its launch on March 1.

The Echuca-Moama business hub pilot project is a collaboration between C4EM, Bendigo TAFE, Campaspe Shire and Murray River Council.

The hub has also released its new logo which it hopes will act as an identifier to create a sense of place and purpose for participants.

C4EM chief executive Martin Szakal said that following a recent story in the Riv about the hub, four more participants made contact to explore the opportunity and to learn more about the programs that will be delivered, what the space offered, and who else has shown interest.

“Business incubators have been successful in many regional towns across Australia,” he said.

“We are already beginning to learn that there is an appetite from the local business community to participate in this pilot project.

“It’s great to speak with the participants to understand the nature of their business and what their needs are.

Mr Szakal said the opportunity to pilot the project is timely as there is an ever-increasing demand on service based businesses to get involved in not just the local economy, but across the region, the state, the country and the world.

“On my recent trip to China, the conversations switched from the importing of materials to the importing of knowledge and intellectual property,” he said.

“I have no doubt there are skills here that would be of benefit to businesses in major cities.

“You don’t have to have a business that operates within a postcode anymore. By sharing a working environment, which will be connected to similar working environments across the country, the opportunity for collaboration and business building is strong.”

For more information or to become involved in the business hub, visit and fill out a form.

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