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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TAKING THE 'NUMB' OUT OF NUMBERS

TAKING THE 'NUMB' OUT OF NUMBERS

ACCOUNTING 101 is enough to drive some business owners mundane mad, but  Ben Walker is turning the tables on the traditional model and the result is proving positive with more clients now saying count me in.  The Inspire CA founder has built an accounting firm that offers business performance coaching with a focus on understandi...

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ROBERT ROWE AWARDED YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

ROBERT ROWE AWARDED YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

ROBERT Rowe had just $64 in his bank account and a maxed out credit card.  Fast forward 10 years and the founder of T Projects is now maxing out on a different scale with his shop-fitting company displaying annual revenues of $40.5 million with that figure to double in 2015. This success has led the 33-year-old to take out the pr...

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PLANTING A NEW ERA AT BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

PLANTING A NEW ERA AT BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

MICHAEL Trusler was just 24 years old when he launched PlantMiner.com.au the first online platform for the $4 billion Australian plant and equipment hire industry. Initially, the idea for the online portal was to solve a frustrating issue that continued to present itself to Trusler while he was working as an engineer for a civil construct...

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'TO THE TOP' IN 35 YEARS

'TO THE TOP' IN 35 YEARS

THE Queen of Recruitment has just celebrated 35 years in business, a journey stretching Brisbane to Harvard and marked with key learnings. 

Sarina Russo Group has assisted the education, employment and training of more than 600,000 jobseekers and employers worldwide in those 35 years, 92,000 from that number seeking the Sarina Russo...

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GROWING BIG IN NICHE MARKETS

GROWING BIG IN NICHE MARKETS

IN just a couple of years, Emerchants (ASX: EML) has gone from Australian gift card company to multinational payment solutions provider.

The company has recently completed its first international acquisition of Store Financial Services in the United Kingdom for $25 million, and is transacting throughout Europe at an increasing rate.

EML CE...

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THE WILEY MACHINE

THE WILEY MACHINE

WILEY has added another accolade to its list, signalling the food facility engineer, designer and project manager isn’t stopping in its tracks any time soon.

The multi-discipline company is focused on being on the cutting-edge of innovation and seeking out complex projects to sharpen its edge.

This includes one of its most recent pro...

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CUA'S RENAISSANCE MAN MAKES HIS MARK

CUA'S RENAISSANCE MAN MAKES HIS MARK

CREDIT Union Australia has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years with Chris Whitehead at the helm. Whitehead was appointed CEO of the customer-owned financial institution in 2009 to reinvigorate the brand. Under his leadership, CUA underwent a complete overhaul of its internal systems and achieved a record $10.3 billion in ...

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'FAIL QUICKLY' AND SIX MORE START-UP LESSONS

'FAIL QUICKLY' AND SIX MORE START-UP LESSONS

‘FAIL quickly’ is Ben Fogarty’s motto, and after learning of the big clients he has scored after only being in business for 18 months, you could bet there is an emphasis on being quick.

The name of his business – Shorthand – would instantly suggest this too. Shorthand is a web application that helps publishe...

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HOOKER TOP GUN JOINS FORCES WITH TOOMA

HOOKER TOP GUN JOINS FORCES WITH TOOMA

LJ HOOKER’S national head of development projects Tony Trpeski (pictured) has teamed up with Anna Tooma’s LJ Hooker Surfers Paradise to open a new branch at Sorrento.

Trpeski has stepped down from the corporate role at Hooker to tackle the new venture, which is targeting growing interest in Gold Coast development opportunities by ...

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DOMINO'S SIGNS COMPLIANCE PLAN

DOMINO'S SIGNS COMPLIANCE PLAN

DOMINO’S Pizza Enterprises (ASX:DMP) has renewed its Proactive Compliance Deed (PCD) with the Fair Work Ombudsman. The PCD will ensure ongoing compliance with federal workplace laws and proper workplace training for franchisees. Domino’s first signed in 2011 and later paid $588,000 to 1600 underpaid delivery drivers, follo...

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IT'S ONLY THE BEGINNING

IT'S ONLY THE BEGINNING

THE art of customer service hasn’t been forgotten by Generation Y.

But where good customer service used to mean phone hotlines, thankyou letters and following up with clients, now it means – well, all of those things – and more (free ice-cream included).

At least that's how business goes about at Beginning Bout...

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DEGANI BREWS EXPANSION PLANS

DEGANI BREWS EXPANSION PLANS

MELBOURNE cafe chain Degani has charted ambitious growth plans across the nation, with Brisbane the next stop. Entrepreneur George Pezaros redeveloped a small cafe in Clifton Hill in 1999, to include a gourmet food brand and new store design. Operating under a license model Degani has since grown to 70 cafes, mainly in metropolitan Me...

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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL URGE

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL URGE

TOM Potter just can’t fight the entrepreneurial urge.   

He is back in full force, mentoring co-owner brothers Sean and Colby Carthew of Brisbane business Burger Urge.

The Carthews contacted Potter in 2008 shortly after he sold Eagle Boys. The veteran retailer has since mentored them through business infancy to a point...

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DOMINO'S LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST

DOMINO'S LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST

DOMINO'S Pizza Enterprises (ASX: DMP) has launched Pizza Mogul, an app that could revolutionise retailing by literally putting the brand in the hands of consumers.
CEO and managing director Don Meij, the largest franchisee of the global brand, is further leveraging the ASX-200 company's digital advantage and going beyond etaili...

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OPENING UP THE HOUSE

OPENING UP THE HOUSE

IT’S on the house – perhaps not your drink, but at least your property data, which is what five million Australians are hanging out for each year.

They are players in the Onthehouse (ASX: OTH) domain, a network founded by Brisbane lawyer-come-entrepreneur Michael Fredericks to bridge a gap in the Australian property market.
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