Business Success Workshops 21 May – 01 Jun
Business mentor Alison Blomkamp encourages local business owners and operators to attend the Business Success workshops commencing on 21 May for 5 nights (3 hours) in Wynnum.
Whether you’re seeking to improve your business performance, sustain your current output, improve your systems and processes, support your people, grow or consolidate; the Business Success workshops will provide you with an outside perspective on how to optimise your business performance. The focus is on people first, ensuring your systems and processes support efficiency and effectiveness, allowing you and your team to achieve the goals of your business.
At only $350, heavily subsidised with funding from the QLD government, this is a great opportunity to put strategies in place to grow your business and includes 15 hours of workshops held from 5:00-8:00 pm, as well as 3 hours of one to one mentoring, an online business health check, plus evening meals. Participants will also gain a Cert. IV in Business.
The workshops are designed for existing or start up business owners and are delivered in an informal approach which aims to help you to work SMARTer, not harder.
To be held in Wynnum, please register with Alison (0438 775 388) before 18 May.
Posted by webmaster on Thursday, 10 May 2012 @ 20:21:41
Want to travel and get paid?
Are you interested in travelling and getting paid for it? A number of graduates of the International TESOL College, based in the Wynnum Manly area, have already taken up positions overseas.
There are many countries keen to have 'native English speakers' as English teachers as the people around the world realise that most business is done in English. Opportunities abound.
There are short term volunteering positions, short term paid positions, and most commonly 12 month contracts to teach in primary schools, high schools, universities or in business situations.
Some countries demand that the applicant has a university degree, others do not.
Some positions offer return air fare too (reimbursed after part or all of the contract), and in most places there are great opportunities to travel in non teaching times.
Hi. My name is Nickki Lee-Leong and I’d like to introduce myself as your new local Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in Emmett, Bowen, Reiki and Massage. I am working with Leanne Zaver at Manly Acupuncture & Natural Therapies on Stratton Terrace in Manly.
I have been in practice for 10 years. I have worked at Palazzo Versace Spa, the Golden Door Health Club Mirage and the Golden Door Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland. In 2006 I was contracted to work at Peak Performance Combined Muscle Therapies in Townsville. From 2009 I worked from my home-based clinic also in Townsville. In this time I have massaged various people from 6 month old babies to the elderly, including the NQ Cowboys.
Join local business on Thursday June 16th, from 5 pm to 8 pm celebrate Wynnum Up Late.
Businesses in Edith Street, Bay Terrace and Florence streets, invite you to join in the fun of a suitcase rummage, artisan market, live music. Children’s storytime, fashion on the footpath, craft demonstrations, plenty of food and more..............
Posted by webmaster on Monday, 06 June 2011 @ 15:30:19
A switch from Café and Training, to Training and Cooking School
A switch from Café and Training, to Training and Cooking School
Recently the business known as Switch Café in Edith Street, changed direction, just a little. No long is the café in full swing, as Stephen and Bernadette Hall will now focus on training and teaching cooking skills with H4Hospitality.
It was with fanfare recently that Stephen and Bernadette launched their new venture, with a soiree at the premises in Edith Street – fine wine and sumptuous food enthralled the guests and featured a competition to guess various unusual vegetables and herbs on display.
Special guests at the soiree included Nic Mardling, MD, from Student Training Hospitality Services and Alison Taafe, the author of “The Fun, Fast and Fabulous Food Book. ”
Posted by webmaster on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 @ 21:56:00
Who are we; Campbell Page is an award winning, not for profit organisation operating from 80 locations across Australia. New to Queensland, Campbell Page offers a free approach to assisting with your employment needs. We stand behind our values of the organisation:
Values – What we care about
• Sense of community
• Support, empathy and respect for the individual
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are presently 2,238,600 people looking for work. Majority of those are in the Retail and Construction fields. Here in the Bay-side region the numbers are substantially high. With business confidence returning to the Australian Market place, now is the time to act and give a local a go; whether its Full time, Part Time or Casual- Traineeship or Apprenticeship
here at Campbell Page we are in the job of assisting people to help get them back on their feet again. so if you feel that you can help a local get back on their feet again and have a need for a motivated worker please contact Campbell Page wynnum on 07 3131 2560
Posted by webmaster on Monday, 11 January 2010 @ 18:01:40
Make Sure You are ready!
My Masquerade in Wynnum Central offers many Costumes and Accessories for all your Fancy Dress needs....Wigs, Masks, Hats, Gloves, Stockings to name just a few. Halloween is my specialty! Don't miss out! Come in and check out my large range of costumes and accessories..
Over the first year of being in business I have had wonderful support from the community and other businesses and just wanted to take this time to say, " Thanks!" It has proven to be a fun and interesting experience and I am hoping to grow my business over the next coming year to include more childrens costumes. Once again a BIG THANKS to all you people who are and have supported me in this first year of business!
Life shouldn’t be all work and no play but all too often the list of chores can become like those packets of Tim Tams you see on TV… never ending.
While some seem blessed with the ability to blissfully breeze through tasks, others are easily swamped with deadlines and ’to-do’ lists. Most people however need a little help from time to time.
Julie Zullo of Lota was born ‘naturally organized’ add to that 20 years experience as a Personal Assistant (PA) and you have the perfect candidate to help set your life in order. The sole manager of local business Your Personal Organiser, Julie utilizes years of experience and natural flair to help those who have become a little tangled in the web of work and priorities, freeing them up to enjoy life’s more pleasurable pastimes.
“These days everybody is trying to achieve that happy balance between work and leisure and a lot of people are not succeeding,” said Julie, “I’m offering that balance, that’s why I think my job’s important. We all deserve spare time unfortunately people are just working so hard these days that they miss out on some of the best parts of life.”
For the millions of Harry Potter fans strewn across the globe, this Saturday, July 21st marks a much anticipated date. Crowds in the thousands are expected to line up early Saturday, eagerly waiting to purchase the seventh and final book in J.K Rowling’s famous series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. For those who opted to forgo the line-up and pre-order their copy however, Tanya Caunce of local bookstore TLC Books has planned a special treat.
To celebrate the worldwide release, each person who pre-ordered a copy of the final Harry Potter installment from TLC Books has received a ticket inviting them to join in a morning of magical revelry. Around 200-300 lucky Witches, Wizards and their Muggle (non-magic) families will gather on Saturday at Dreveson Park, Lower Esplanade, Manly, Brisbane, from 7:30am- 12:00pm to join in the festivities.
Potter enthusiasts will be able to attend classes such as Wizarding History with Professor Minerva McGonagall, practice spell-casting and participate in Divination lessons with Professor Trelawney where students will be able to predict what will happen in the final Harry Potter book. Wand making and quill making will also be available and all are encouraged to come dressed in their witch and wizarding best in order to be considered for the Costume Competition.
Though there will be no sales of the book in the park, all pre-ordered copies will arrive at the event 9:00am sharp and the method of delivery is being kept in a shroud of secrecy.
Each ticket holder will also receive a Harry Potter show bag and free copy of, Blaze of Glory, the first book in a new fantasy series written by Australian author Michael Pryor.
“I want to make the day as special as possible,” said Tanya who is herself a huge Harry Potter fan and began planning the event the moment the release of the seventh book was announced.
“I don’t think it (Harry Potter) is exactly what you would call a literary book of note but it really carries its reader along on the journey. It is truly magical. You can discover whole worlds in a book which is really something special in a world of Playstation’s, Nintendo WII’s, DVD’s, Television and quick-fix entertainment. You can become a part of it. To me, a movie is a pleasant distraction but a book is an invitation to enter a whole new world,” she said.
Tanya believes Harry Potter has allowed children to re-discover the joys of reading. “A love of books is extremely special and I feel Harry Potter reminds people what it’s all about.”
“I can’t see this kind of instant, worldwide craze happening again, at least not in the next few generations. Harry Potter obviously reflected what people needed now, and people embraced it.”
The incredible hype and excitement surrounding the series has certainly taken the world by storm and publishers have gone to great lengths to keep the secrets of the seventh book well under raps.
In order to sell Harry Potter Tanya first had to sign an embargo agreement promising to keep the book under lock and key, not open the box before the designated time and to not tell anyone where they were to be kept, and penalty fines reach the hundred thousand dollar mark!
Though there are many hundreds of theories that surround the seventh and final book; fans will have to wait until Saturday to discover the truth.
“I have had many hundreds of discussions with customers debating the outcome and people are quite polarized on characters,” said Tanya, “but I have no clue as to what will happen and it’s killing me to have the book but not be able to read it!”
Luckily for Tanya and the millions of Potter-crazed fans worldwide, the wait is nearly over!
TLC Books is located Shop 3, 7 Day Markets, 50 Cambridge Pde Manly Harbour Village Brisbane. For more information please contact Tanya on (07) 3393 5130
Posted by webmaster on Thursday, 19 July 2007 @ 21:48:13
Be a Star, with Hollywood Style!
We all want our wedding to be just like the day we met… perfect. And with a little help from the experts it can be.
Award winning hair stylist Diane Shirley and business partner, professional industry makeup trainer Monique Currie believe that everyone deserves to be treated like a star on their special day. Based on this conviction they founded their mobile business Hollywood Brides and set to work, bringing to life the fairytale weddings of every girl’s dreams.
Hollywood Brides offers a wide range of services at comparable prices including Bridal packages which can be tailored to incorporate a large range of services in addition to Hair and Makeup. Choose your own combination from services such as non-invasive resurfacing treatments (Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, and the all Natural Green Peel) or a stimulating European facial. Add together with beauty services such as waxing, eyebrow sculpting, lash and brow tinting, manicures and pedicures.
Best of all, it’s convenient, with professional Hair and Make-up artists coming to you in the comfort of your own home and their support and advice goes well beyond the salon.
“We work with our client’s right from the beginning, getting to know them personally. Year’s of experience helps as well, we know the industry and can give great advice,” said Diane.
“Being a mobile business, you’ve got to be really careful to make people feel comfortable. We’re both very out going, bubbly and caring sort of people, I think from the moment we walk in we make people feel at ease. There’s no pretense, we just are who we are.”
Hollywood Brides has been enhancing the magic of weddings since July last year but the experience of the team goes well beyond. Having worked in the industry for almost 30 years, Diane has added a long list of credentials to her name.
Industry trainer and beautician Monique is also familiar with the latest trends, having developed an incredible knack for style through an impressive repertoire of work. Using globally acclaimed Napoleon make-up products, she has applied her art to news crews, fashion shoots and wherever else required.
With Botox, ‘miracle’ anti-aging creams and rigorous diet and exercise regimes constantly making headlines, it seems we’re obsessed with finding new ways to make ourselves eternally young. But when it comes to the secret of immorality, Wynnum Central based couple Nick O’Shea and Samantha Case just might have discovered afar more charming method of creating a lasting ‘you’.
Nick and Sam of local business, Visual Overdose, got into the unusual trade of body casting about three years back after initially experimenting with unique methods for High Quality Jewelry display. The original concept was to create moulds of hands, feet, and neck and shoulders to hang jewelry on, but they quickly saw the potential in full body casts.
Indeed, the idea of immortalizing a part of ones body or that of a loved one has certainly proved appealing to many people for a variety of different reasons. Many people simply wish to preserve an imprint of their younger selves but for others, reasons go beyond that of physical representation.
“The most common reason for reproduction via casting is love for another individual, which can be represented in many ways with casting” stated Nick.
“We’ve had pregnant women come in wanting casts of their stomachs, mothers wanting their newborn’s foot done and couples requesting casts of their hands linked together.” For some people Body Casting even presents the chance to create a physical memory of a loved one with terminal illness.
It seems the most endearing attraction of this new art form is its incredible ability to capture a moment in time, whether it be fleeting youth, eternal love or a lasting imprint of those dearest to us.
But whatever the reason, body casting is a fantastic experience and the process of bringing the mould to life is sure to fascinate even the most reluctant of candidates.
The final product, reason in itself, makes for a beautiful decorative piece, and if you don’t want to pose yourself, Visual Overdose has a range of breathtaking, limited edition casts already available, not to mention a variety of sculptural flowers and ornamental skulls that have proved popular.
“I learnt these techniques myself after years of mould making and trail and error,” confessed Nick, “I love it, there’s always something different, every day I get to conceive imagery and do something that hasn't yet been done.”
“Mens sana in corpore sano” or in plain English, “a sound mind in a sound body” is the sought after goal of local business, Lifestyle Therapies. Focusing on a whole person approach to health, Lifestyle Therapies is all about presenting you with the means to develop a new physical lifestyle and providing you with the knowledge and support to maintain it.
According to Clinic Director Jim Hermans, our medical health system is, for the most part, reactive and spends much of its resources masking or suppressing symptoms of illness and injury. Lifestyle Therapies is all about treating the underlying cause.
“What we try to do here is address the core of a person’s problem through discovering where the symptoms develop from. We investigate the possible triggers and treat the cause of the problem rather than simply treating the symptoms with drug therapy” explains Mr. Hermans. “We’re not against drug therapy but too many see it as an easy option, we offer people alternative choices.”
Founder of Lifestyle Therapies, Dianne Hermans, began her career in physiotherapy, working in Manly West since 1994 as sole practitioner and physiotherapist. Realizing there were other areas of help that Physiotherapy by itself couldn’t heal, she decided to incorporate a range of expert specialists into her business, successfully developing the multi-diverse complex that is today, Lifestyle Therapies.
Sewing, once considered strictly the domain of grannies and homemakers, has recently become the hottest new thing. In league with a huge revival of the ‘do it yourself’ culture, sewing embraces the virtues of creativity and independence. A fun and fulfilling pastime, it is no wonder the youth of today are quick to pick up on the trend and nothing gives a person confidence like being able to sew up your own chic and innovative outfit.
Rachael, proud owner of Patchwork Plus in Wynnum, is a keen enthusiast having discovered the delights of sewing and quilting at a young age. Born in New Zealand, Rachael became an Australian citizen in 2001 choosing to make Wynnum her home.
“I love Wynnum,” stated Rachael in a recent interview, “I like to think of it as a quaint little seaside village, and I really feel a part of it. There’s a real local identity, it’s a nice place to be”
Since her move to Australia Rachael has had various jobs including casual work at the airport and managerial positions but never felt at home behind a desk.
“Patchwork Plus had been in the area for about 15 years before I bought it two years ago. My mother and I had taken patchwork classes there before and we’d both loved it,” said Rachael.
She discovered Patchwork Plus snuggled in a corner of Wynnum and instantly fell in love with the quaint little store. “When I saw it up for sale I just new it was the perfect thing for me.”
Two years later Rachael still loves her work. “It’s a wonderful industry to be in and you meet many lovely people. It’s a nice way to pass the time and I love sharing the craft with people, kids especially; you find kids will usually give anything a go.”
Rachael holds regular adults and kids classes that range in anything from Beginner Samplers classes that teach the basics of traditional patchwork piecing, free Cushion Making classes and the ever popular ‘Anything Goes’ classes in which people with a particular project in mind can be skillfully guided through it.
Technical classes or ‘Driving Lessons’ are also available and teach people all they need to know about a sewing machine and its functions. Students are taught such techniques as how to use the feet, blind hemming, pin tucking, twin needlework and more and advance depending on the level of skills a class possesses and how quickly they progress.
As an added bonus anyone who purchases a sewing machine from Patchwork Plus receives unlimited, free one on one ‘Driving Lessons’ to help set themselves up.
Children’s classes are a popular feature of the store with many children starting from a young age on small kid sized sewing machines.
“As adults we put our own limitations on children. The classes give them the skills to build on and the confidence to be able to go away and create something on their own” said Rachael.
Next year Rachael plans to further encourage youth by offering classes for teens in which students will be shown how to make their own bags, belts and funky clothing.
Prices and lengths vary depending on the classes and sessions are usually held in groups. “I try to focus on educating and inspiring people to do the craft,” explained Rachael. “Students often just need confidence in working with the machines rather than simply the skills themselves. Some tasks can seem quite daunting to someone who has never tried it before but in reality it’s quite easy to pick up and very rewarding.”
Rachael is also convinced it’s not just a ‘woman’s thing’. “Unfortunately we don’t get many men through here but the ones we’ve had have been very creative. There are some very good male quilters out there.”
Besides holding classes Patchwork Plus is an excellent place to source for unique and beautiful materials. Retail sales of fabric for patchwork is 100% good quality cotton guaranteed. The store also sells a variety of Janome sewing machines and services all brands.
Patchwork Plus is located in the hub of the Bayside Art & Craft Precinct at Shop 5, 150 Bay Terrace Wynnum at the end of the Lamond Arcade, next to ANZ Bank.
For more information on classes or to receive the monthly e-mailed newsletter please phone Patchwork Plus on 3893 0277. Classes begin soon so hurry and put your name down! Set yourself an exciting new goal for 2007!
You may or may not have noticed the colourful signs stationed around two of Wynnum’s busiest video stores announcing the presence of Pets on Tingal. If you have, then no doubt you’ve also fallen in love with the wide range of furry, scaly and feathered pets that reside there. Hidden behind Blockbuster Video, Pets on Tingal retains an element of surprise and intrigue for passer-by’s who happen to stumble across it, but it seems this store is a secret everyone is in on.
As owner’s Laura and Matt daily serve a ceaseless stream of customers it appears the store benefits greatly from its unusual position, located right in the heart of Wynnum.
“We get a lot of business from the car park,” stated Matt, “people will come to get movies or pizza and see our signs and come in for a look. We also have a lot of regular customers now who will come in.”
Having looked around thoroughly for an area ‘that could use a pet shop’ the Redland’s couple finally settled upon Wynnum, judging it to be the ideal location and it seems they were right to trust their intuition. With only one other pet shop in the local area Pets on Tingal has proved a popular addition winning its place in the hearts of Wynnum residents.
Matt and Laura opened Pets on Tingal December last year largely inspired by Matt’s passion for fresh water fish. Their first time as small business owners the couple found themselves up to the challenge despite entering the business from widely differing professions. For Matt who previously worked in Real Estate and Laura who still works casually as a Physio Admin at Chandler the transition came surprisingly naturally.
“We’ve both been around animals all our lives” said Laura “to begin with I didn’t know much about it but Matt filled me in heaps and being here everyday you pick up a lot of things. It’s heaps of fun.”
And it certainly sounds like it, it seems there is no end to playtime where the puppies are concerned.
“The puppies always want to play, they get really excited, especially in the morning when we come in and at dinnertime. It’s hard not to get them out and play with them all the time” admits Laura.
The ‘shop mascot’ 15 month old Mojo also loves being around all the other puppies. The Maltese cross comes into work with the pair everyday and has made the store his second home.
“We just couldn’t resist him but it was nine months until we decided we would keep one” said Laura, “You do get attached, they’re beautiful, but it’s good to see them go to good homes.”
The store relies on a lot of local sources for puppies and prices are comparatively low.
Puppies currently in store include Poodles cross Silky, Maltese cross, Staffy’s and Shitzo’s. The store also houses a variety of fish, cats, mice, rats, reptiles, Guinea pigs and birds with the selection extending into rarer species such as snakes and scorpions.
The familiar friendly service adds a personal touch and ensures customers are served by someone who really cares.
Specials on offer at the moment:-
Siamese fighting fish for $3.95 each
Neon Tetras- 10 for $8
Small, local businesses were rewarded for large achievements at the Wynnum Heralds annual Business Achievers Awards night held October 20 at the Shangri La Gardens, Wynnum Road. Established in 1994, the Business Achiever Awards allow local communities the opportunity to recognise and reward their local businesses.
This year 360 people gathered to celebrate their successes with a night of lavish treats and stylish company. Amongst the award winners present was Carol from Wynnum-based business HamperMe, overall winner of the Specialty Retailer and Services category.
“She was ecstatic,” husband, Jason said of Carol when they were informed of their win, “it was her first time nominated and she didn’t expect to win so it was a very pleasant surprise.”
Carol began HamperMe three years ago and has since been providing quality and affordable gift hampers nationwide. Finding a balance between bringing up a family and single-handedly running a full-scale business is not an easy task, but Carol successfully does just that. Best of all she loves it. It is fun, rewarding, and allows her to get creative with the many combinations, decorations and designs.