Poetry helps produce Nathan’s al dente pasta

A LESSON in poetry and some calming advice may not sound like vital ingredients for a booming restaurant but good luck convincing Hervey Bay chef Nathan Crowd otherwise.

Unemployed and anxious about his future this time last year, Nathan went to Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs at Hervey Bay and met star Business Solutions Coach Malcolm Connolly.

“Nathan was freaking out and concerned about how much he had to do to start the business. I calmed him down, read him my poem and told him to relax,” Malcolm said.[Listen to Malcolm’s poem – ‘I’m Missing’]

“You could see he was thinking ‘where is this bloke going’ but the more I read the more he listened and when I finished he said “Malcolm, I get what you’re saying’.

“He then signed with the New Business Assistance with NEIS program on September 15 last year and that month he opened Fraser Coast Artisan Pasta Wholesale, now supplying the restaurants between Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg.”

“And today, he opens his Artisan Pasta Bar.

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“It’s a real Italian look, serving the best handmade pasta direct to the public. The customer orders what ingredients they want and Nathan makes it in front of them.

“He makes all his pasta and sauce by hand daily and he has now amalgamated his wholesale business and his retail businesses.”

Sarina Russo, Managing Director and Founder of Sarina Russo Group, said there’s never been a better time to start a business under her mentorship through the New Business Assistance with NEIS program.

“We have put well over 9000 people into their own businesses since the NEIS program started and we instill in them the skills to survive,” Ms Russo said.

“NEIS gives people an opportunity to have a real crack at being self-employed. It’s a really low-risk program and I teach them to run their business on the smell of an oily rag.”

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