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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STRAIGHT TALK: FRIZELLE MASTERING THE JUGGLING ACT

STRAIGHT TALK: FRIZELLE MASTERING THE JUGGLING ACT

SHE is the operations manager for James Frizelle's Automotive Group, the chair of the Gold Coast Titans, a mother of three and an advocate for gender equality. Rebecca Frizelle is mastering the juggling act, balancing her career with motherhood and her passion-fuelled work in the community. Frizelle talks to Gold Coast Business Ne...

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QUINNS TO STAY ON AFTER $410M VIP PETFOODS SALE

QUINNS TO STAY ON AFTER $410M VIP PETFOODS SALE

GOLD Coast business tycoons Tony and Christina Quinn have sold their chilled pet food business to a Sydney-based private equity firm for $410 million. Quadrant Private Equity has entered into an agreement to partner with the founders of VIP Petfoods and maintain the existing management team to grow the business internationally. The Qu...

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STRAIGHT TALK: WHAT DRIVES THE COAST'S OWN 'GIANT SLAYER'?

STRAIGHT TALK: WHAT DRIVES THE COAST'S OWN 'GIANT SLAYER'?

HE is the Gold Coast CEO that edged out corporate heavyweights Alan Joyce and David Thodey to take home the 'Oscar' of business awards - the 2015 Executive of the Year title in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. Founder of Opmantek Danny Maher talks to Gold Coast Business News about leadership traits that undoubtedly assisted in...

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HOW TO MAKE IT AS A NON-TECHNICAL FOUNDER

HOW TO MAKE IT AS A NON-TECHNICAL FOUNDER

THE SOCIAL media startup community isn't just a male techie's world that girls are playing in with photo filters and hashtags, as these two female non-technical founders would prove.

All ten of our most popular social networks were founded by men, and canvassing a selection of startups tells a similar story. We could then get int...

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