Collaboration through The Mill House makes a real impact
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What do Colombia, Yass and Strathnairn all have in common? Coffee with a mission! With the help of Six8 Coffee Roasting and The Mill House Ventures, two experienced social entrepreneurs have returned from Colombia and re-started their social enterprise cafes in Strathnairn and Yass. Cafe Stepping Stone, located in Strathnairn, and Six8 Coffee in Yass, are on a mission to help vulnerable women...
Communities@Work wins ACT Large Employer of the Year for the second year running
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Canberra's leading training institutions and employers have been recognised at the ACT Training Awards. The virtual, COVID-safe event was an opportunity to highlight the innovation, outstanding achievements, and commitment of organisations and individuals in the ACT vocational education and training (VET) sector. Winners in some categories will go on to compete for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards. This...
Small business thrown a lifeline under new insolvency rules
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Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced plans to overhaul insolvency rules in an effort to help small businesses that are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic. The changes will apply to businesses with liabilities of less than $1 million and would see small business owners remain in control of their company and assets, rather than immediately being placed in the...
Finding courage to take the leap into small business
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For some people it is a dream to work for themselves, a desire to make an exciting idea real. Some of these people will jump into the deep end without a second thought, but others are left with the weight of the security of their day jobs which may see their vision of becoming a business owner slip away. Canberra...
From real estate to red wine: how Dave became a connoisseur
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Dave Winmill didn't take the traditional route to become a wine connoisseur. The 26-year-old is now a trusted name in the Canberra wine scene, but five years ago he couldn't tell the difference between a shiraz and a cabernet sauvignon. "I had to be very upfront with people about my lack of knowledge," says Dave. "The thing that improved my...
Quietly walking the walk, Bayldon Ag on employing people with a disability
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Bayldon Ag does many things aside from selling top quality farming and agricultural equipment. They sponsor the Canberra Cavs, and they're heavily involved in their community, fundraising continuously for charity and causes. The business is a prime example of giving everyone a fair go, and supporting people and causes, from having a 'tap and donate' point to support a charity...
Canberra’s Women in Business are a winning combination
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Twenty five years ago, a group of Canberra women had a good idea to create an organisation founded by women and run solely for women to provide support and development opportunities for businesswomen in the Canberra region. Canberra Women in Business (CWB) was born. "There were not a lot of options for women in business in 1992," says CWB president...
Gym junkies cross the border to escape COVID-19 restrictions in NSW
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The owner of a gymnasium in Queanbeyan says she is losing customers to gyms in nearby Fyshwick and Kingston because of restrictions on numbers allowed in NSW gyms compared with Canberra. Despite there being no active COVID-19 cases in the Canberra and Queanbeyan region since the start of July, the owner of F45 in Queanbeyan, Pip De Vries, said she has...
The year that everything changed
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There is little doubt that 2020 will be marked as an important year in world history. In Australia, and the rest of the world, it has been a year of uncertainty, anxiety and frustration, but also a year when trust, particularly in our workplaces, has never been more important. As Australians, we know only too well how to respond to...
RCSA commissioned report says agency staffing firms are key to economic recovery
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A report commissioned by the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association of Australia & NZ (RCSA), the peak industry body for Australian job agencies, says Australia's economic recovery from the COVID-19-induced recession will be heavily dependent on the services of labour hire and recruitment companies. The report said businesses are likely to want flexible workforce solutions in the current level of...
Australian-first guarantee protects consumers from substandard plumbers
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In an Australian first, Master Plumbers ACT has taken inspiration from its New Zealand counterpart by issuing a consumer guarantee to ensure all works by its members are covered by a $5000 fund if works are substandard or your plumber goes out of business in the middle of plumbing work. The concept of a consumer guarantee came from a conference in...
Viva Leisure shows resilience when it counts most
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Resilience is paramount in the face of a global pandemic, as Canberra-based Viva Leisure knows only too well. Despite COVID-19's impact on the competitive health club space, the listed pacesetter has delivered a solid result for the 2020 financial year, thanks in part to cutting-edge technology and multiple acquisitions that have created a foundation for further international expansion. The main...
Never let a good crisis go to waste
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Never let a good crisis go to waste, so the saying goes. First credited to Winston Churchill during WWII, Canberra Innovation Network chief executive officer Petr Adámek says the saying still applies today as businesses look to find opportunity in a disrupted market. "The disruption of COVID-19 can provide a catalyst for innovation for clever entrepreneurs and established businesses alike,"...
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