EAST EYES BIGGER SHARE FOR QUEENSLAND TOURISM

EAST EYES BIGGER SHARE FOR QUEENSLAND TOURISM

MANTRA (ASX:MTR) boss Bob East, who has been appointed the new chair of Tourism and Events Queensland, says the sunshine state deserves a greater share of the growing tourism market. The Gold Coast-based CEO says he aims to deliver a stronger voice for regions and a tailored approach to customers.  East has his eyes fixed on his ...

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THE FAIRER SEX NOT PLAYING FAIR IN WORKPLACE DEBATE

THE FAIRER SEX NOT PLAYING FAIR IN WORKPLACE DEBATE

THE debate around workplace diversity is missing a key element - chromosome Y, says leadership specialist Sonia McDonald. The CEO of LeadershipHQ says while the diversity debate is being framed with the best intentions, it is hanging crooked on the wall. McDonald has likened the workplace to an eco-system where balance is critical to ...

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ECHO CASINOS SCORE TOP EMPLOYER AWARD

ECHO CASINOS SCORE TOP EMPLOYER AWARD

ECHO Entertainment Group (ASX:EGP) has been recognised as a top employer, after two of its properties received nods at the Queensland Training Awards. Treasury Casino & Hotel and Jupiters Hotel & Casino have been named the state's Employer of the Year for excellence in training. Both properties will compete for the nationa...

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STRAIGHT TALK: MASS NUTRITION MUSCLES UP FOR POSSIBLE LISTING

STRAIGHT TALK: MASS NUTRITION MUSCLES UP FOR POSSIBLE LISTING

ESTABLISHED in 2007 by bodybuilding champion Luke McNally, MASS Nutrition has grown sales from $100,000 a year to more than $35 million, and now the group has its sights set on a share market float in the next five years. The MASS Nutrition chain compromises more than 40 stores across the county - with more than half of those stores added...

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HEALTH ENTREPRENEURS: IT'S CRUNCH TIME

HEALTH ENTREPRENEURS: IT'S CRUNCH TIME

PROVENANCE and seeing a person behind the business - these are the two things that self-made Carman's Fine Foods success story Carolyn Creswell, who ranks among Australia's wealthiest, perceives as the 'it' things currently taking business ideas from zero to hero.

Melbourne-based Creswell founded Carman's 22 years ago when...

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HOW TO DRIVE AN ASX 30 COMPANY

HOW TO DRIVE AN ASX 30 COMPANY

VOLATILITY is the new norm and soft skills are the biggest sell as we move into the Asian Century, according to Aurizon CEO Lance Hockridge, who has steered the ASX 30 company through nearly a decade of transformation while maximising shareholder returns.

Hockridge says future Australia will require very different leaders to the ones he ...

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STRAIGHT TALK: FEDEROWSKY AND 'MISUNDERSTOOD' BARTERCARD

STRAIGHT TALK: FEDEROWSKY AND 'MISUNDERSTOOD' BARTERCARD

ANDREW Federowsky is a principal founder of one of Australia's largest trade exchanges and although the businessman has attempted to retire, his passion for Bartercard has kept him work for the Gold Coast-founded business for more than 25 years. Along with co-founders Wayne Sharpe and Brian Hall, Federowsky sold the company in 2007 fo...

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SOMETIMES, BUSINESS IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

SOMETIMES, BUSINESS IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

WHEN it comes to making money, some Gold Coast businesses are up there with the best but, for many, that's not always the end game. Gold Coast Business News this week highlights five major local businesses that have chosen to pay their success forward. Collectively, these businesses have raised more than $5 million for local chari...

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STRAIGHT TALK: WHY FUNG IS BUYING INTO THE GOLD COAST MARKET

STRAIGHT TALK: WHY FUNG IS BUYING INTO THE GOLD COAST MARKET

IN a short period Aquis has built a big name for itself on the Gold Coast, snapping up properties across the city and launching bold plans for major developments. This includes an integrated resort and casino at the Sheraton Mirage Resort, which has caused debate among business leaders including opposition from Echo Entertainment - the co...

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I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS LORNA JANE

I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS LORNA JANE

HEALTH is wealth for Lorna Jane Clarkson, so despite being offered "huge amounts of money" for her global fitness empire, she says she won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

She put to rest rumours her 26-year-old business was facing a sale at a Business Chicks breakfast on the Gold Coast this week.

"One of the mos...

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STRAIGHT TALK: ART, CULTURE AND THE ABEDIAN VISION FOR A THRIVING CITY

STRAIGHT TALK: ART, CULTURE AND THE ABEDIAN VISION FOR A THRIVING CITY

SUNLAND Group (ASX:SDG) head Sahba Abedian says it is important the Gold Coast understands the value and contribution of the arts to the city's well-being. He says a city that infuses itself in art and culture is a city that readily embraces innovation, creativity and new ideas. Abedian talks to Gold Coast Business News about the ...

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ENGINEERING STEM 'SUPERHEROES'

ENGINEERING STEM 'SUPERHEROES'

A CLASSROOM of superheroes is the vision of Tech Girls Movement founder, Brisbane's Jenine Beekhuyzen, who says her mission will only become possible with earlier investment into STEM.

Beekhuyzen's movement has been encouraging young girls to think about being tech entrepreneurs and leaders long before the government's pledge...

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FORMER GREENCROSS CREW TACKLE NEW VET VENTURE

FORMER GREENCROSS CREW TACKLE NEW VET VENTURE

A NEW Brisbane veterinary company, spearheaded by a mix of former Greencross executives and employees, will soon be listing on the ASX and contesting a lion's share of the pet-play monopoly. 

NVC Limited aims to go public in the next few months, outlining its intention earlier this year to raise around $40 million before then an...

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STIRRING BUSINESS INTO SCIENCE

STIRRING BUSINESS INTO SCIENCE

WITH an increasing wealth of scientific research coming out of Australia, the question of how to commercialise it all is looming larger and larger.

The Science Next Collaborative (SNC) was recently launched in direct response to challenges faced by scientists, particularly early to mid career researchers, when it comes to commercialisation th...

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STRAIGHT TALK: CRAIG DAVIDSON'S ULTIMATE RIDE

STRAIGHT TALK: CRAIG DAVIDSON'S ULTIMATE RIDE

IF the Gold Coast wants to boost its reputation as a place to do business and a preferred tourism destination, it needs to be investment driven, says tourism guru Craig Davidson. The CEO of Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint talks to Gold Coast Business News about what the city needs to reach its full potential as a national and gl...

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COAST MOURNS THE LOSS OF FORMER MAYOR AND RUNNING LEGEND

COAST MOURNS THE LOSS OF FORMER MAYOR AND RUNNING LEGEND

TRIBUTES have flooded in following the passing of former Gold Coast Mayor and Australian Olympian Ron Clarke. The 78-year-old died early this morning at Allamanda Hospital in Southport, after an illness that is reported to be related to heart and kidney disease. Clarke, who was one of the country's top middle and long-distance run...

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PITCH TO A RIVER OF INVESTORS, SHARK INCLUDED

PITCH TO A RIVER OF INVESTORS, SHARK INCLUDED

IF you think you have what it takes to wow investors, and have the guts to face a Shark, nominations are now open for Queensland's most high profile investment event, RiverPitch.  

Applications are open until June 3 for startups nationwide to compete for a place in the June 19 line-up at Brisbane's New Farm Cinemas.

Seven...

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INNOVATION AND PROFITABILITY - HOW WOMEN DO IT

INNOVATION AND PROFITABILITY - HOW WOMEN DO IT

EIGHT leading female entrepreneurs have gathered to provide a spin on the famous TEDx learning events. Launched last night, LeadX featured eight high-profile women speaking for 12 minutes each on transformative ideas, techniques and skills and equipped attendees with the knowledge needed to increase economic and personal growth. Speakers in...

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CASHED-UP QUINN BUILDS ON RACING INTERESTS

CASHED-UP QUINN BUILDS ON RACING INTERESTS

FRESH from selling VIP Pet Foods for $410 million, Gold Coast entrepreneur Tony Quinn has added another race track to his business interests. The Australian GT and Aussie Racing Car series owner has purchased a second New Zealand circuit, completing the purchase of Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Quinn, who has made previous attempts f...

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HART SPORT: HOW TO GROW WITHOUT A SALES FORCE

HART SPORT: HOW TO GROW WITHOUT A SALES FORCE

FROM kindergarten kids to the Queensland State of Origin team, Hart Sport has played ball across the spectrum for more than 20 years. The Aspley-based business has become a household name after supplying sporting and recreational goods to more than 35,000 organisations across the world. Clients, including educational institutions, res...

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