What’s in a name?

Did you know that the City of Monash is now Victoria’s second largest employer outside of Melbourne’s CBD, particularly in the health, education and manufacturing sectors?

In fact, entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for innovation has been flourishing in our region for well over 100 years, as we recently discovered during the process of renaming of our two buildings.

The Eastern Innovation Business Centre (EIBC) is delighted about the naming of our new building after entrepreneurial pioneer, Mrs Jessie Tait. This will perfectly complement the existing building’s name, which honours one of Monash’s economic champions, Councillor Tom Morrissey.

The buildings within our Innovation Hub are now known as the Jessie Tait Building and the Tom Morrissey Building.

Mrs. Jessie Tait (1852-1916) was a pioneering businesswoman in Mount Waverley in the early 1900s. While her achievements included helping establish a market garden and running a music school, she is best known as the first entrepreneur to open a shop in Mount Waverley, after securing a licence to sell postal stamps. She applied for a full postal licence in 1905 but was initially granted a licence to sell stamps and act as a drop off point for mail from Notting Hill. In true entrepreneurial style, Jessie established a full shop near her family home of Waimarie that also sold newspapers, stationery and grocery items and eventually became a full postmistress. The shop remained open until 1944 and after Jessie’s passing, was managed by her daughters, Blair and Lillie.

Tom Morrissey (1945-2013) was a passionate and respected business leader and much-valued contributor to local government. Councillor Morrissey began his years of council service in 1990 and quickly became a highly valued contributor. A dedicated Councillor who served two terms as Mayor of Monash City Council, Tom was a champion for economic development, particularly for small business and an enthusiastic EIBC Board member. He had a deep love and passion for his local community and was respected and admired by all.

EIBC has a rich history of supporting businesses in the City of Monash, beginning with the establishment of the Tom Morrissey Building in 1999. The facility originally provided office space and business support services and for more than 15 years, was home to hundreds of successful local businesses, but in 2015 it was time for change.

Over the years it had become clear that our key point of difference was using our supportive business environment to nurture accelerating ventures. So to capitalise on this strength and promote a culture of innovation and technology, in 2015 our Mulgrave facility was expanded with the addition of the state-of-the-art Jessie Tait Building.

This high tech facility is now home to a community of collaborative, inspired, innovative entrepreneurs preparing their ideas for market and includes a vibrant co-working space. The Jessie Tait Building suits businesses developing new products, designs or services for commercialisation and offers tenants outstanding opportunities to learn, exchange ideas and collaborate.

As a place of acceleration, we now support founders, future-focussed professional service providers and corporate innovators. We support and inspire growth in small businesses and accelerating ventures in our region, with a strong sense of community and collaboration.

EIBC attracts extraordinary interest from across Australia and overseas, with more than 2500 visitors every six months. We invite you to visit us for a tour to discover the way we are forging a new and exciting period of history for the City of Monash.

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