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Business Spotlight - Super Mande Percussion

Based in Bayswater and run by Mady Keita (pictured), a renowned musician and master drummer from Mali, Super Mande offer an extensive range of African djembe drums, drumming and dance classes, school incursions, music therapy services, team building and corporate workshops, music and entertainment for community events and private functions.

As a growing social enterprise, Super Mande Percussion provides:

  • Employment opportunities to professional artists in the local African music community.
  • Financial support to Mady's extended family network and community in his home country of Mali.
  • In-kind support and services in the areas of homelessness, disability and mental health.
  • Contribution to the "One Tree Planted" global reforestation initiative by funding the planting of one tree for every product purchased.


Learn More about Super Mande Percussion

Boronia Business Networking Event

The Boronia Revitalisation Board is hosting a networking event for Boronia traders.

This event will help traders develop and build connections in the Boronia business community. Earlier in the year, Boronia traders were invited to complete a survey to share their experiences during COVID-19, and the support they needed.

The feedback has helped the Board identify opportunities and priorities for locally led projects to help the Boronia business community recover. Results from the survey will be presented at this event. Other presentations include Council’s business initiatives in Boronia, and projects from other Knox business groups.

Register for the Business Network Boronia Event

Corporate National Tree Day - Save the date

Knox City Council coordinates two National Tree Day planting events each year in July - a day for the community where everyone can get involved, and another for businesses to come together and network whilst making a positive difference in the local environment and community. 

Join us on 22nd of July, at Ferny Creek Trail in Rowville. 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) describes how a business commits to and becomes involved in initiatives contributing to the interests and welfare of their employees, customers, the environment and the community.  National Tree Day is a great CSR opportunity for businesses to contribute to their local environment and community.

More details to follow.

Learn more about Corporate National Tree Day

Apply for an Intern for your business

The free Deakin Interns in Industry program now runs all year round. Businesses can use this change in the process to plan ahead for projects by hosting an Intern in a variety of areas within their business.

To be eligible to participate, the business/organisation must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a registered business
  •  Have five or more employees
  •  Must ensure that meaningful/professional work duties are planned for the interns so that outcomes are achieved for the student and business
  •  Must amount to at least 100 hours and no more than 120 hours during the internship period
  •  A suitable and safe working environment - must provide a COVID safe plan

Appropriate supervision of the student, including the ability to provide mentoring and constructive feedback to the student intern. There is an opportunity to engage a blended model of on-site and work from home.

Apply Now for a Deakin Intern

Learn more about the interns program

Free Outdoor Activation Resources

As a part of our Outdoor Activation Projects, Knox Council is giving out (via order form) resources to attract customers to retail centres. 
Resources available to businesses include:

  • fairy lights (box of 500)
  • hand sanitiser stands, and
  • graffiti removal kits. 

The Economic Development team have plenty of stock for businesses.

Find out more about Outdoor Activation in Knox

Order your free resources here

For further assistance, please contact Economic Development via email: or call 9298 8000.