“A true Community Manager enhances the connections and interactions of the coworker to bring them value and to actively accelerate serendipity. (…) It’s a job that requires constant dedication and commitment in order to create and drive the right interactions that form a strong sense of community.” – Susan Smith, OfficingToday

Celia Newlands - Central Business Associates
Celia Newlands – Central Business Associates: Centre Director/ Community Manager

I moved to Wynnum in 2011, and immediately loved the community spirit in the area. Having previously chaired two community groups, I wanted to become involved locally and meet some local business contacts, so I joined a local networking group, Bayside Women in Business, in May 2013. Soon after, I started running a second regular monthly event for the group, a morning coffee networking event. The membership has soared to over 500, and the group continues to be a huge support to many local business women.
With a strong background in Customer Service Management, I was considering my next career move, and began to get a strong feeling that there was a need locally for a place to network AND work at the same time, and the idea for the business centre began to take shape.
Recognising two growth markets within Australia – Customer Service and Flexible Working, and having significant experience in both areas, my subsequent research led me to believe that the point of difference in what I was creating was the genuine sense of community I wanted to embody and encourage. This area has a high number of small to medium enterprises, but people had no clear ‘communal’ area to network. Central Business Associates has provided a central, local point for these people to come together, collaborate, and feel part of something bigger. These business owners/entrepreneurs can retain their individuality, but feel strongly supported by a ‘team’ of experts.

Our Values:
Central Business Associates has very clear values, displayed within the centre – Community, Collaboration, Development and Successcontact me if this sounds like the place you’d like to grow your business within!

I am also interested in helping other collaborators set up suburban flexible workcentres, on a consultancy basis, and can provide business improvement consultancy for small to medium Customer Service/Call Centres. If you would like assistance in any of these areas, please contact me for an initial free consultation.

If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07 3180 1615 or at celia@centralbusinessassociates.com.au.


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About the Centre

Central Business Associates is a Business Centre in the Wynnum area, 16km east of Brisbane. The business centre provides collaborative, flexible workspaces for business professionals, mobile workforce, consultants & freelancers, working parents, and micro and small businesses; to network, market, learn, and work within, as well as the use of facilities and services within. Clients are welcome from all businesses: business, trades, creative.

Central Business Associates creates the environment of a supportive large company, with access to different services and internal support for local micro, small and start-up businesses. The centre offers a professional low-cost alternative to home working. It is a place to share ideas and problems, and to connect. The centre provides private office space, hot desks, meeting rooms, boardrooms, training/conference rooms and creative space, as well as a range of facilities including virtual office services and secure shredding.

There are many benefits of working together: sharing costs, helping each other, having a place to go for advice, or having a base to meet clients or have mail sent to. It is about being part of something bigger, but maintaining your own individuality, goals and objectives.