2017 Afro Aussie Small Business Expo


The African Australian Small Business Association will be holding its inaugural Afro Aussie Small Business
Expo on February 2018 in the heart of Footscray, Nicholson Street (Little Africa). The Afro Aussie Expo and
Website Project has been assisted by Maribyrnong City Council through its Business Improvement District
Grants Program. The Expo is an amazing opportunity to promote your business and increase sales.

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Taxi driver compensation for Uber is unfair and poorly implemented

In all states that have legalised the ride-sharing app Uber, the response has been to offer compensation to taxi drivers. This is a typical move by governments that are liberalising long-standing, regulated monopolies. But the amount of compensation is far from fair and the process has been poorly implemented.

Victoria is the latest of the states and territories in allowing Uber to operate and its compensation package is the most generous.

There’s a A$2 levy on each ride (that will vary according to the operator), proposed to provide compensation in the order of $378 million. There is also a $75 million allocation from the levy for a fund for those hit hardest by the reforms.

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MoneyMinded-A free financial skills workshop series

MoneyMinded helps you control your money, instead of your money controlling you. This free workshop series will build your financial knowledge and skills in areas including:

  • budgeting
  • goal setting
  • dealing with debt
  • planning for your future, and 
  • your rights and responsibilities.


Are you from an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant background and want to learn how to budget your money better?

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Maribyrnong City Council lives up to its promise

The Maribyrnong City Council has delivered on its promise to help get rid of the GRAFFITI around the Footscray shopping precinct.

 AASBA has clearly noticed these uplifting improvements to the ambiance of the business precinct and the suburb in general. Indeed, it is very welcome that AASBA’S own office at 21a Byron Street was included in the clean up. Many local traders are very happy. 

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Tim Watts MP attends Iftar dinner with local African traders and African community representatives

Iftar (Break Fast) dinners held during the fasting month of Ramadan, are great opportunities for Muslims to extend open arms to non-Muslim friends and colleagues, who often gain a new level of understanding of the spirituality and discipline of Muslim daily life. Moreover, the sharing of food is a very good way to transcend cultural and religious differences, especially in the context of fasting month.

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Budget 2016: How do I claim new small and medium business tax benefits

Scott Morrison’s focus on small business means a lower tax rate for even more businesses.

What do I get?

1) If you are a registered business, ie. you have an ABN, and your turnover is less than $2 million, your tax rate will drop from 28.5% to 27.5%.

2) If you are a registered business, ie. you have an ABN, and your turnover is between $2 million and $10 million, your tax rate will drop from 30% to 27.5%.

You are also newly eligible for last year’s $20,000 tax break.

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Councillors ditch ‘vague’ parking policy

Efforts to end Maribyrnong Council’s long-running paid parking saga have been dealt a blow with councillors rejecting a new parking policy.

The decision means it will be at least three months before the a redrawn policy will again be considered and makes it increasingly unlikely parking meters in Footscray and Yarraville will be switched on before the October 22 local government election.

A Destination Parking Management Policy, drawn up by council staff to guide future parking needs across Maribyrnong, was voted down at Tuesday night’s City Development Special Committee meeting.


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The nine best free apps for small business

Dan Kranjcic is a newcomer to small business but he’s already found his smartphone invaluable. 

The former head chef at Cecconi’s restaurant started his own catering business aimed at schools last year after securing a contract for Camberwell Girls Grammar School. 

I’m always on the go so now I can work on the go. 

Daniel Kranjcic

“Seeing what was on offer, I saw there was a real opportunity to raise the bar of what is being served to school students,” Kranjcic says.

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The African Australian Small Business Association and the Footscray Asian Business Association co-hosted a wonderful evening event in Footscray on the 13th April, sharing food, entertainment and dancing with dignitaries, community members and friends, in order to show their appreciation to members of the Maribyrnong City Council. The spacious Rama restaurant was the perfect venue, with its dance floor and plenty of room for the buffet dinner and leisurely conversations around the tables.

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