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SSC Newspaper : August 2012
Power of comPetition no. Actually, with an increase in competition a think we have a very favourable outcome. Particularly for staples, the prices have gone down. many of the stores are offering lower prices. we have places like Aldi, iGA and even costco now, and they’re keeping woolies and coles in check. Chakib Lawand, 47 SAle AwAy i always buy things on sale, so changing prices don’t really affect me. i don’t buy anything too expensive. Irene Yu, 50 meAt mArket it hasn’t affected me. i just haven’t noticed it. i get the same bill as usual, but i think it would impact people when they buy a lot of meat. with a drought going on in America, grain prices are going up and it will cost more to feed livestock so meat prices are going to become a problem. Scott McClure, 23 Born And BreAd i think everything is going up. Bread is much too dear. i’m lucky because i buy for myself, but i imagine it’s getting expensive for families. these days bread is six or seven dollars for a loaf. Helen Harrison, 71 GoinG down i’ve noticed things have gotten cheaper. there’s a good variety now and it’s just helped with the budget in general. i’m on the pension so it can be stressful, but lower prices have made it less stressful. the cost of living has gone down and i’m glad it has. ihaveahomeloantopayoffso any savings are welcome. Claire Curach, 58 ShoP SmArter i think everybody has noticed prices going up. i’m certainly getting smarter with how i spend. i look at the cost, buy things on sale and buy in bulk. don’t buy specials if they’re not going to last. Sales are just a temporary solution, you have to look at tactics used by retailers to succumb people into a sense of saving. irene walker, 61 GettinG freSh i’ve noticed prices go up a little bit. it’s not going down. it’s particularly apparent for some things like meat, fruit and vegetables. Yasmin Rooney, 19 tAxinG timeS everything’s gone up. i blame it on the carbon tax. you can get cheap food but it’s not good quality. Good cuts of meat are expensive now. you can’t afford everything now. when you pay all your bills – gas, electricity and water – you don’t have much left. we need to increase wages to keep up with the cost of living. Donny Caldwell, 59 don’t Believe the hyPe yes, i have noticed an increase in prices. everything’s going up. it goes up gradually by 50 cents or a dollar but it all adds up. there’s a coles ad that claims that they’re keeping prices down and they’re staying down, but i don’t believe it. Irene Gazzard, 90 From left: Claire Curach, Donny Caldwell and Yasmin Rooney august 2012 12 Strathfield Scene OpiniOn “A lot of business people start with a passion, an idea, but often these motivations fail to be translated into an effective business strategy” — Strathfield Council Economic Development Officer Ash Chand The Strathfield Business Mentoring Program, a 10-week program supported by Strathfield Council, has once again given group of local entrepreneurs the opportunity to help their businesses grow. The successful program provides new small business owners with an opportunity to engage with industr y experts who offer expert advice on business development and management. Participants take part in practical workshops with experienced practitioners from financial management, marketing and communications, sales and customer relations, legal and risk management, and e-business and social media. Some believe Strathfield is a residential area with some small business. But the truth is the municipality is a hotbed of innovation. Nurturing our homegrown talent is what mentoring is all about. As Council’s Economic Development Officer, Ash Chand says: “A lot of business people start with a passion, an idea, or a longing to be their own boss, but what very often happens is these motivations fail to be translated into an effective business strategy. Therefore, 90 per cent of businesses fail in the first years. What I am trying to do with the Mentoring Program is develop entrepreneurial capacity so our small businesses don’t become part of that statistic.” Chand maintains that a good starting point for any business that wants to survive the initial stages is to develop a unique selling proposition. This is the business’s distinctive calling card that sets it apart from the competition in the minds of potential customers. Sharon Collett, the owner of new Strathfield start up e-business Curly-Top creations (curly- top.com.au) participated in the program. “Curly-Top Creations is a family-run business creating a range of stationery,” Collett says. “Our Human Nature Journal is created to capture unique moments in your child’s life, allowing you to keep and store special mementos you collect along the way. Sabrine Elkhodr is the owner of another new start-up –the Paper Bag (therpaperbag.com .au): “The Paper Bag is an online stationery store with a difference. Its primary product – hand- made paper bags made from old newspapers – adds a fresh offering to the eco-friendly market, encouraging notions that re-using old things to make new ones is much more sustainable than creating something completely new.” Getting help from the local council was a definite plus for all participants. Helping our budding business tycoons in a world increasingly dominated by global brands is vital if we are to keep the community thriving – p lease support our local firms. contact us Have you noticed an increase in food prices? If so, how has it affected you? Your saY Email your letters and comments to email@example.com Stratty Soapbox Help our small businesses thrive plant-astic Just two of the 500 volunteers who helped council plant 3500 native grasses, trees and shrubs in ford Park on national tree day, Sunday, July 29. The rising cost of living