DIALLING INTO BUSINESS ACROSS THE NATION

DIALLING INTO BUSINESS ACROSS THE NATION

IN a little over a decade, Comscentre has gone from a one-person start-up in a home garage to become one of Australia's leading integrated telcos. Founded in 2002 by Ben Shipley, the company has expanded its workforce to 120 on the back of 30 per cent growth last financial year, while the industry as a whole only grew by 3 per cent. ...

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CCIQ FINDS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS BETTER OFF UNDER LNP

CCIQ FINDS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS BETTER OFF UNDER LNP

THE Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says after analysis of both major parties election policies and commitments, small business owners would be at an advantage under a re-elected LNP government. CCIQ analysed the policies released by the LNP and Queensland Labor and how they will impact the economic growth and prosperit...

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ADVICE FROM QLD'S STARTUP SHARK

ADVICE FROM QLD'S STARTUP SHARK

STEVE Baxter, the driving force of Queensland's startup scene and the State's sole Shark in the upcoming season of Shark Tank Australia, talks dollars, sense and lessons learnt to Brisbane Business News.

Baxter's road to success has been colourful. He dropped out of school at 15 to enlist in the Australian Defence Force, befo...

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AUSTRALIA DAY: JAMAICAN STYLE

AUSTRALIA DAY: JAMAICAN STYLE

BRISBANE'S Carly Day has gone against the grain in business, with a little help from "friends" Bob Marley, the Jamaican Consulate and the humble Budgy Smuggler.

Drawing on her Jamaican, Chinese, Irish and British heritage, Day last week added to her West Indian product line The Ja Joint with concept venture The Yard Party - taki...

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A NATURAL PROGRESSION

A NATURAL PROGRESSION

THEY run our streets and our households, but apparently they are still missing out on experiencing the finer things in life.

Sustenhance is here to put the priorities straight.

A new brand of BEC Feed Solutions, Sustenhance is currently entering a trajectory of healthy growth, under the guidance of newly appointed general manager Adam Will...

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SOULFUL ECONOMICS

SOULFUL ECONOMICS

A 'SOULFUL economy' - the movement penned by a renowned American social entrepreneur visiting Queensland as having the potential to save our world.

It involves trade not aid, a hand-up not a handout, and going about the day's work with soul in mind at all times.

From Rwanda to the United States and beyond, Francine LeFrak is ch...

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HIGH 'CALIBRE' ADVICE

HIGH 'CALIBRE' ADVICE

WHEN Henry Ford famously quipped 'coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success' he must have had Justin and Alison Hagen in mind. Married for seven years and business partners for five, the dynamic duo launched Calibre Real Estate in 2009 and have grown the company to employ 30 full-tim...

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MARKETING GUN

MARKETING GUN

FROM home office to powerhouse, Reload Media has exploded into one of the top digital marketing and strategy firms in the country. From its humble beginnings in 2008, Llew Jury has grown the company exponentially, with income doubling year-on-year in its first three years. Reload Media is now a global force to be reckoned with, boasti...

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TIME ON THEIR SIDE

TIME ON THEIR SIDE

DISINCLINED to climb the corporate ladder after graduation, four university friends decided to pursue their own business instead. Tanda, which stands for Time and Attendance, was conceived in 2012 when they were unable to find a suitable product to monitor employees while working at the student guild. Josh Cameron, Alex Ghiculescu, Ta...

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DISRUPTIVE BEAN COUNTER

DISRUPTIVE BEAN COUNTER

FROM a fledgling family business to a large corporate office in the CBD, accounting firm businessDEPOT cultivates a company's ambitions. Restricted by the traditional accountancy framework, John Knight left his partner position at UHY Haines Norton to establish his own firm with a twist. Officially unveiled in February this year, ...

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LAWYER WITH A DIFFERENCE

LAWYER WITH A DIFFERENCE

STRETEN Masons Lawyers has capitalised on its reputation of being a one-stop shop for a range of legal matters, reporting 774 per cent growth in revenue since inception. Craig Mason (pictured) and business partner Jeremy Streten decided to forge paths as business owners in 2012, leaving their jobs as lawyers to create their own. Estab...

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MARKETING MAGICIAN

MARKETING MAGICIAN

FORMER magician Ben Bradshaw has performed a feat of a different kind, transforming SponsoredLinX into one of Australia's leading providers of search engine marketing. Two-time Guiness World Record holder Bradshaw has clocked the fastest escape from a straitjacket, as well as the fastest escape with the same trick under water. He ...

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THE HAPPY FAMILY LAWYER

THE HAPPY FAMILY LAWYER

THE innovative use of technology and a suite of new services has driven strong growth for Brisbane Family Law Centre. The specialist law firm has come a long way since it was established in 2008, boosting revenue, employees, clients and brand reach. Clarissa Rayward has been at the forefront of BFLC's dynamism, after falling into ...

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FACE VALUE

FACE VALUE

AFTER seeing room for improvement in the Australian market for men's grooming, Luke Swenson decided to take a risk and pursue something close to his heart or rather face. Suffering from beard itch, or beardruff as he calls it, Swenson was unable to find an effective product and decided to develop one himself. The result is The Bea...

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

IF you've ever dialled a 13, 1300 or 1800 number, chances are it was hosted by Fonebox Group of Companies. While working as a sales representative at his parent's phone on-hold advertising business, Jordan Grives identified a gap in the telecommunications industry. He established Fonebox in 2008 as an alternative to the big pl...

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BLOOMING BEAUTY

BLOOMING BEAUTY

BRAZILIAN Beauty is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan this year, planning to set up shop in Sydney and Melbourne as soon as possible.

And for founder Francesca Webster - who is inundated with franchisee enquiries on a weekly basis - possible is solely based on the "right person, at the right place".

The beauty and brains b...

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FROM THE SIDELINES TO THE FIELD

FROM THE SIDELINES TO THE FIELD

THERE is no blueprint that women can follow to reach the top, according to a business leader who is among the most powerful in Australia. 

Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN) CEO and managing director Katie Page-Harvey (pictured left), who is also owner of Magic Millions with husband Gerry Harvey, says the issue is "really com...

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SWIMMING WITH SHARKS

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS

WHEN it comes to the successful consolidation of e-commerce and social media strategy, Black Milk Clothing is in a league of its own. The online clothing retailer has amassed fans across the globe, with its unique line of leggings, dresses, swimwear, oversized shirts and gym gear. Designs range from galaxy, animal and famous artwork p...

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DELVING BEHIND THE 'GREAT WALL' OF CLIENTS

DELVING BEHIND THE 'GREAT WALL' OF CLIENTS

DOUBLE happiness and financial prosperity - that's the aim of the sister act in charge of end-to-end business consultancy XiXi Lu. Dani-elle Davidson, one half of the duo, admits the business name - pronounced She She Lu - is somewhat of a "double-edged sword" that she stumbled upon serendipitously.  However, as a c...

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WHIPPING UP AN EXPORT DREAM

WHIPPING UP AN EXPORT DREAM

FROSTY Boy has served up a new state-of-the-art factory, signalling the manufacturer's dedication to bolstering export trade in Queensland.

The Australian frozen dessert and beverage manufacturer, which since 1976 has manufactured powdered products for more than one thousand companies across 50 countries, has relocated from Loganholme to ...

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