Evelyn’s Human Resources Advisory Cracks a Niche Market

Evelyn’s Human Resources Advisory Cracks a Niche Market

WITH more than three decades of high-level human resource management atop of her resume, Evelyn Pollard understandably believed she was adept at assisting employers with meeting their legislative obligations that is aligned to a positive workplace culture.

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As a human resource specialist with an impressive career history spanning across a diverse portfolio behind her, Evelyn believed she was well-versed in business management when she took the plunge into self-employment and launched her own business.

“With a passion for assisting businesses in all areas of human resource management, including proactively addressing performance management and workplace conduct/behaviour, I was encouraged to explore taking my profession out into the world of consulting, however I had no idea how to go about making it happen,” Evelyn said.

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That was until October 2018, when she commenced the New Business Assistance with NEIS program under the mentoring of Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs Hilton Business Solutions Coach Peter Ollerenshaw. 

“I came across the Sarina Russo’s advertisement for the NEIS program on Facebook and after some conversations with Peter and Mel Richards, I started to believe that I could start my own consulting business and that I had a niche service and expertise that was missing for many businesses.

“It was when I made the decision to start the NEIS program and officially commence Evelyn Pollard Consulting, that I realised the enormity of running a successful, small business.

“There is a perception that having your own business is easy!

“However the transition from employee to business owner is not always smooth sailing and it is not until you start your business, that all the little things that you do not consider at the beginning start to crop up. 

“While I had management experience behind me, it was not until I reflected back on the early days, that the concept of business ownership was all really foreign to me, often confusing and at times very confronting.”

But with Peter’s measured mentoring, constant reassurance and “tough love” on call, Evelyn pressed ahead with her passion and now Evelyn Pollard Consulting is a reality and going tremendously well.

“Peter was really great to work with. He brought me down to earth by taking all the pie-in-the-sky stuff out of it and making it really simple, straight-forward and practical,” Evelyn said.

“NEIS assisted me with creating and consolidating my Avatar moment and Peter helped harness my big dreams and make them real.”

Evelyn Pollard Consulting is a one-stop shop for all things human resources, with the service providing specialist knowledge and experience – an affordable alternative for small business owners who are not big enough to require a full-time HR staff member but still require excellent advice.

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Unicorn’s Making Magic for MzUki

Unicorn’s Making Magic for MzUki

MELBOURNE singer MzUki is rapidly emerging as a rising star on the national musical scene – and she’s also a shining success story for the New Business Assistance with NEIS program.

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Mentored by Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs’, Mel Richards, MzUki capped a remarkable year of success when her latest offering ‘Unicorn’ went live across on all streaming platforms on November 29.

The new single will carry the diva’s passion and a strong message of expressing true sexuality to her big following of listeners.

“I wanted to create a track where women and men could feel comfortable in expressing their sexuality and freest selves whether that be the sensual side of their personalities, the more eccentric or wild,” MzUki said.

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Using her platform to give back to the community in times of need, MzUki will make a special appearance at the ‘Sister Works’ charity event on December 19 in Melbourne and Mel will be front and centre singing along with her star mentee.

“MzUki now has plans to have an even bigger 2020 and she has been in the studio perfecting her sound,” Mel said.

“So, be sure to keep an eye on her social media for more updates and what MzUki has planned for the future.”

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Dignity The Secret to Catchy Covers’ Success

Dignity The Secret to Catchy Covers’ Success

ABOUT four years ago, emerging South Australian businesswoman Erika Pffaff and passionate aged-care campaigner was confronted with an image that shocked her into real action.

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“A friend of mine was a carer in the disability sector and she was showing me a particular clothing protector used in her organisation when adult clients have their meals,” Erika said.

“The garment was essentially a larger baby blue coloured “baby bib” and I was saddened and horrified that clients could be subjected to such undignified apparel – even when eating in public.”

A lifelong sewer and pattern maker, Erika was working in a café at the time, but she was propelled to ditch the hospitality industry and start her own business, designing and making customised protectors and clothing that enables clients to eat, work and play with dignity.  

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Erika made her way into the Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs Reynella office, signed up for the New Business Assistance with NEIS program and promptly launched her new business – Catchy Covers & Specialised Clothing.

“And so, commenced my journey of developing innovative, aged appropriate, respectful items for aged care and disability of all ages,” Erika said.

“Catchy Covers is a clothing business with a difference and the help and support from the Sarina Russo staff was an enormous assistance to get me to where I am today.

“They were all so supportive and not only did the mentoring help with time management and actually running a business, they were also great in doing research with me and identifying the niche market I now operate in.”

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Creative Caring – Dancing for Those with Chronic Movement Restriction

Creative Caring - Dancing for Those with Chronic Movement Restriction

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed dancer Diane Busuttil is two-stepping her way to success in the business world – one client at a time.

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After studying dance at the University of Western Sydney from 1992 to 1994, Diane worked internationally as an independent artist, collaborating with a diverse range of artistic groups in the capacity of dancer, acrobat, teacher, choreographer, producer and director.

Now, after registering with the New Business Assistance with NEIS program under the mentoring of Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs Parramatta Business Solutions Coach Maria Porcaro, Diane has launched Creative Caring.

“Creative Caring brings dance classes within reach of all people with chronic movement restrictions, with a focus on community building for people with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis,” Diane said.

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“My passion is to use my skills to encourage the aged to keep on dancing in their twilight years.

“Dance elicits greater changes in executive function, learning and memory than a functionally simple motor activity such as walking among older adults.”

Maria said, Diane’s drive and enthusiasm for her business was evident from their first interaction in September 2018. 

“Diane is so passionate about bringing joy, movement and a better quality of life to the aged community,” Maria said.

“I had no doubt she would be successful in achieving this and it was a pleasure to be part of her journey.”

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Curb Cravings, Entertain Guests, Be Mum of the Century Baller Blends

Curb Cravings, Entertain Guests, Be Mum of the Century Baller Blends

BRISBANE businesswoman, Kylee Collins, believes the best way to a healthy life begins within and her latest business venture, Baller Blends, more than justifies her belief.

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“At Baller Blends, we believe eating healthy doesn’t have to taste ‘healthy’,” Kylee said.

“Eating healthy doesn’t mean buying ingredients you-have-no-idea-how-to-pronounce.

Baller Blends are mouth-watering snackable delights made fresh daily, so everyone can add nourishment, taste bud satisfaction and enjoy a delightful snack time.

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“With our simple satchels of goodness, you can mix healthy living with a hearty dollop of deliciousness,” Kylee said.

“Whether it be to curb cravings, entertain guests, or become Mum of the century, Baller Blends lets you effortlessly assume the role of health snack goddess with zero cooking skills required.”

Kylee’s business has come along in leaps and bounds thanks to her Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs Business Solutions Coach, Sandra Gartner

 

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Charlotte’s Bees are Now Mobile

Charlotte's Bees are Now Mobile

After completing the New Business Assistance with NEIS program under the mentoring of Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs Hervey Bay Business Solutions Coach Malcom Connolly, Charlotte’s business grew wings.

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“Charlotte has now bought a food van to sell her honey at the markets and her daughter Megan is running the van while Charlotte runs the business,” Malcolm said.

“Now, not only does she sell her honey to the local tourist resorts and the major cities she is also selling through markets and she is also in negotiations to sell her honey through FoodWorks supermarkets across the country.”

And as Bee-Utiful Honey Hervey Bay approaches its first anniversary, Charlotte lavished praise on the New Business Assistance with NEIS program.

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“NEIS opened up so many opportunities, more time to grow my business, do what I enjoy with being hands on, being creative, marketing and promoting, learning new skills, learning more about business and meeting like-minded people.”

“I used to play around with the bees as a hobby because one of my friends and his wife had some hives and now we produce between 35 and 50kg per fortnight,” she said.

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Mark’s Emotional ‘Holler for a Marshall’

Mark's Emotional 'Holler for a Marshall'

Exploring Being My Own Boss graduate and NEIS participant, Mark Koolmatrie, impressed South Australian Premier, Steve Marshall, during his moving presentation “Ngopun Ruwe-Wolakota – The Journey Back in Time To Go Forward”

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A proud Indigenous man, Mark’s presentation summarised his life changing trip to visit to the Lakota Tribes at Wounded Knee, in the United States with several fellow Aboriginal Elders.

Mark emphasised the importance for Australia’s first peoples to ensure the younger generations understand the depth and importance of their culture,” Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs NEIS Business Solutions Coach, Peter Ollerenshaw, said.

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“He acknowledged the support his group received from family, friends, the South Australian Government and crowd funding which made their trip possible.

“Mark outlined massive plans to link Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs’ Exploring Being My Own Boss and New Business with NEIS program to educate and support to community to develop business skills to support new culturally based Indigenous businesses,” Peter said.

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Chris to Hit the High Notes in Music Venture

Chris to Hit the High Notes in Music Venture

FOR an ace soloist, Auburn musician Chris Neto, is sure making a name for himself as an astute, self-employed entrepreneur.

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He’s already released two self-written songs that are hitting the mark across community radio and music apps and he’s now of his biggest gig yet – a 45-minute set at the Thirroul Music Festival on November 10.

And while his rise through the charts may seem meteoric, Chris wrote the first verse in his career story when he signed with the New Business Assistance with NEIS program under the mentoring of Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs Parramatta Business Solutions Coach, Maria Porcaro, in November last year.

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“I was recommended to the NEIS program through my partner Emma who had also completed it a few years earlier,” Chris said.

“I was really daunted at the start, but Maria’s mentoring and support and encouragement was so helpful.

“She advised me to take it step-by-step and assured me we would get there, and she was right.”

A self-confessed ‘lover’ of Chris’ original music and his latest songs Bitter Beer Sweet Wine and Time Will Tell in particular, Maria said her star protégé was a pleasure to mentor.

“Chris is just such a really nice guy and he was so easy to work with,” Maria said.

Not once did he miss a session and he always took full advantage of the face-to-face coaching.

“I am very proud of him and I can’t wait to watch his career unfold.”

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Man’s Best Friend Leads To New Business

Man's Best Friend Leads To New Business

WHEELCHAIR bound Gold Coast entrepreneur Tom Ross knows all too well that behind every good man is a great woman.

And a brilliant business plan, and an intuitive rapport with man’s best friend – and a display of bravery that has the dog-training industry barking mad.

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Tom and his wife Maddie have just passed the 18-month anniversary since they started Beacon Dog Training – a unique dog-training business they started after Tom suffered a severe spinal injury and their pooch Toby subsequently proved a problem child.

“I was with the girls for a week on Hamilton Island and Tom was away with the boys for a week in Bali and he tripped and fell off a cliff,” Maddie said.

“I had just finished a computer animation degree and Tom was about to finish his degree in exercise physiology.

“But after all the time he spent in hospital in rehabilitation he decided he didn’t really want to spend the rest of his life working in one, so we decided to start a business.”

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As a T12 paraplegic, Tom realised that not all disabled people could work with their dogs the same way, so they approached Sarina Russo Job Access, completed the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) and did it their way.

“Toby developed aggression issues when he was about 12-months-old,” Maddie said.

“And it was rehabilitating him that ignited my passion for dog training – so I started as a professional trainer, so I could help others in similar situations.

“I’m now a Certified Personal Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), the only trainer on the Gold Coast and with this level of qualification and one of only 20 in Australia.

“Tom’s area of expertise is the back end and administration and together we make a great team.”

Since the first class with one puppy on August 2, 2017, Beacon Dog Training now hosts 18 classes every week, has employed two permanent staff who put more than 120 dogs through their specialised courses every week.

In a throwback to her digital degree, Maddie has also launched That Dog Geek – an online channel watched by thousands of people each week.

“Our videos focus on making the latest scientific training methods accessible to the public by presenting them in easy to understand, enjoyable videos.”

Maddie and Tom’s mentor at Sarina Russo, Sandra Gartner had no doubt her husband and wife students had what it took when they completed the NEIS.

“They realised the Gold Coast was a growth area and more importantly, in light of Tom’s condition, they established it was devoid of high-quality dog-trainers,” Sandra said.

“Tom did a Certificate IV in New Small Business, he presented an excellent business plan and now a thriving little business – I’m very proud of them both.”

Factbox:
  • Premium dog training service that offers group classes and private consultations on the Gold Coast
  • Individual sessions for behavioural issues or for owners who would like extra assistance with their obedience training in their own home
  • Group classed held weekly at Robina State School, 1 Investigator Dve, Robina
  • In-home consultations for and Gold Coast southern Brisbane residents
  • Phone 0473 404 378 or visit www.beacondogtraining.com.au

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“Shaw” Way to Save Man’s Best Friends

"Shaw" Way to Save Man's Best Friends

WHEN Brisbane veterinarian Dr Evan Shaw graduated from James Cook University he earned his stripes working at the RSPCA and then set his sights on saving the world – or at least as many animals as he could.

Heading to Africa, Dr Shaw witnessed some disturbing scenes which included saving rhino, antelope and wildlife daily. But it was his return to Australia and one April day that changed the course of Dr Shaw’s life – and career forever.

In 24 harrowing hours, he euthanised 15 animals all of which could have been easily preventable, counselled families through the loss of their beloved pets and most importantly, put a plan in place to stem the loss.

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I signed up to save animals, not kill them,” Dr Shaw said.

“I knew I’d need help setting up an online business so I went to Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs and signed up for the New Business Assistance with NEIS program.

“That was in November 2017. I graduated from NEIS in September the following year and we went live online on August 1, 2018.”

That business is called FleaMail.com.au and delivers your pet’s flea, tick and worming to your door. Not 12 months later it boasts more 1600 pets and just last month received a significant cash injection when two private investors tipped in more than $120,000.

“The Australian pet-care market is very overcrowded and insanely difficult for pet owners to understand what their pets actually needs. Most just want a convenient and simple solution, which is exactly what we provide.”

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“There is no one treatment that prevents parasitic diseases in Australia, you need a combination to get the best coverage.

“Our members simply go online, pick their pet and our vets identify the appropriate treatments according to the pet’s size and location. Then each month we post your pet a treatment pack, with exactly what they need, for less than going to a pet store yourself.”

Dr Shaw said the NEIS experience was one he would recommend to anyone wanting to become their own boss.

“My mentor, Keith Davidson, was excellent. He and I really connected, and we worked really well together and to know I could turn to him when things got tough was so reassuring.”

For more information please visit Fleamail.com.au

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