Hi Derek – Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to talk to me!
You were one of the first Associate Members joining up to Central Business Associates when we opened, and I look forward to working with you in the future. I am keen to find out more about your business, and let people know more about Financial Milestones. So let’s get started!

Q1: Business Name?
DEREK: Financial Milestones

Q2: Your name, and position in the business?
DEREK: Derek Miles – Principal

Q3: Describe your product or service.
DEREK: I am a Tax/Business Accountant and a Finance Broker. Typically the kind of people I work with are business owners or working professionals who want to increase their future prosperity.

Q4: If you had to describe your business using just a couple of words, what would they be?
DEREK: Unbiased Advice

Q5: What’s new in your business at the moment?
DEREK: Helping clients with purchasing property in Self-Managed Super Funds

Q6: Why do you do what you do? What made you start, and motivates you to continue with, your business?
DEREK: I saw the need for many businesses to get big end of town tax and finance advice at affordable cost to the client.  And we work on capped fees so there are no surprises and we don’t charge for phone calls or emails

Q7: Where’s your favourite local place for coffee, tea, or your favourite tipple?
DEREK: Cedar & Pine, Frenchies Cafe, Olive Cafe

Q8: What was your main reason for signing up with Central Business Associates? What does it mean to you?
DEREK: Being a member of a thriving business community

Derek, thank you so much for chatting to me today – it’s great to find out some more about your business, and I look forward to finding ways we can collaborate and help each other out in the future!

 

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Hi Lorraine – Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to talk to me!
Delighted to have you as one of our first Associate Members after your company did some amazing work designing our logo, and also creating the Central Business Associates website! I am keen to find out more about your business, and let people know what motivates you. So let’s start by asking some questions about your business –

Q1: Business Name?
LORRAINE: Tinson IT Business Solutions

Q2: Your name, and position in the business?
LORRAINE: Lorraine Smith, Director

Q3: Describe your product or service.
LORRAINE: We’re all about websites! As an online marketing and web design agency, we focus on helping businesses with commercial clients to be found by THEIR ideal clients so that they can rapidly grow their revenue.

Q4: If you had to describe your business in 3 words, what would they be?
LORRAINE: Websites and SEO

Q5: What’s new in your business at the moment?
LORRAINE: Things move fast in the digital world, and it seems to be moving faster all the time. Website designs are big and bold. Tiles are in – think Windows 8 – which also inspires another design trend – flat. Flat is minimalistic, clean and 2 dimensional – say goodbye to drop shadows. In SEO, it’s all about content and things have been very busy with ‘Mobilegeddon’.

Q6: Why do you do what you do? What made you start, and motivates you to continue with, your business?
LORRAINE: We love helping businesses navigate the world of website design and SEO. The technical side of websites and SEO can seem like rocket science, we love working with businesses to understand what they want from their website and then develop a solution that will help them meet their goals.

Q7: Where’s your favourite local place for coffee, tea, or your favourite tipple?
LORRAINE: We are so lucky to have some really great coffee shops around, it’s hard to choose. Jimbo’s and Manly Cafe are always high on my list.

Q8: You’ve forgotten your partners/mothers/BFFs birthday – where’s your ‘go-to’ place that you can guarantee a successful purchase?
LORRAINE: Jenny McNamara Furlong @ Jmac-art, my go-to lady more and more. Jenny has some wonderful ideas, buying artwork doesn’t need to cost a fortune.

Q9: What was your main reason for signing up with Central Business Associates? What does it mean to you?
LORRAINE: There is a great sense of community in our area and there are so many small businesses, it’s great to be part of something that brings these businesses together.

Lorraine, thank you so much for chatting to me today – it’s great to find out some more about your business, and I look forward to finding ways we can collaborate and help each other out in the future!

Hi Kathryn – Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to talk to me – I know how busy your life is!
You were one of the early Associate Members, and a keen supporter of Central Business Associates before we opened, so I am very grateful to you for that, as well as all the wonderful graphic design work you have done for the business – flyers, business cards, and my amazing wall decals that you recently worked on for me. So tell me more about SteinArt, and about you!

Q1: Business Name?
KATHRYN: SteinArt

Q2: Your name, and position in the business?
KATHRYN: Kathryn Steinhardt, Owner

Q3: Describe your product or service.
KATHRYN: Graphic Design / Desktop Publishing – SteinArt makes your content and your information look great! From business cards, flyers, brochures and reports to info graphics, pull up banners and billboards. Leave it to us, so you can move on with more important things…your business!

Q4: If you had to describe your business using just a couple of words, what would they be?
KATHRYN: Graphic Design

Q5: Why do you do what you do? What made you start, and motivates you to continue with, your business?
KATHRYN: I’m good at it.  I enjoy seeing the excitement on someone’s’ face when they get their job back.  That moment when relief sets in, knowing they didn’t have to spend hours, days, weeks, trying to put something together themselves and it’s still not what they had in mind.  That’s why I do it and what motivates me.

Q6: Where’s your favourite local place for coffee, tea, or your favourite tipple?
KATHRYN: Coffee would have to be Bay Blends in Wynnum, and Tipple would have to be Cedar and Pine, Wynnum.  I like to drink local.

Q7: You’ve forgotten your partners/mothers/BFFs birthday – where’s your ‘go-to’ place that you can guarantee a successful purchase?
KATHRYN: I have to say just a general “gift card” for Westfield, Myer, or Lorna Jane.  When in doubt, adults love gift cards.

Q8: What was your main reason for signing up with Central Business Associates? What does it mean to you?
KATHRYN: I want to feel part of a community, and not feel like I’m alone working from a desk in my house. Coming into Central Business Associates energises me and motivates me.  I love making new connections and helping people connect as well.

Kathryn, thank you so much for chatting to me today – I am delighted that you are enjoying coworking at Central Business Associates, and I am pleased I have you close to hand when I need beautiful, creative graphic design to promote my business!

Hi Amy – Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to talk to me! Glad I caught you today, as I know how busy you are during your two full days you work from the business centre. Love the view from your Part-time office – you can see right out to our beautiful Bayside from your desk, and sitting across from you, I can even see Brisbane CBD in the distance!

So let’s start by asking some questions about your business –

Q1: Business Name?
AMY: Amy Jackson – Nurturing Confidence

Q2: Your name, and position in the business?
AMY: Amy Jackson – it’s all me!

Q3: Describe your product or service
AMY: Executive Coaching and Facilitation, supporting mid-level professionals and small business owners to be more confident in their thinking, self-management and strategic leadership.

Q4: If you had to describe your business in 3 words, what would they be?
AMY: Dynamic, Tangible Change

Q5: What’s new in your business at the moment?
AMY: I’ve just been invited to speak at the Qld Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit in September. I will be talking about leadership in complex times, and the habits we need to support female leadership in the public sector – very exciting!

Q6: Why do you do what you do? What made you start, and motivates you to continue with, your business?
AMY: I love the shift in energy and effectiveness that comes with a shift in confidence. I love facilitating and witnessing this shift and the impact it has on the world of and around my clients. I started because I wanted more autonomy and to make a more tangible impact than I was making in public policy at the time, and I wanted to create a work life that gave me flexibility for family life. I continue because people keep saying yes! I am motivated by knowing that most people could be so much more effective, and more comfortable in their own skin and life, if they felt more confident. I see many conflicts and workplace problems stemming from miscommunication, that often comes from defensive stances taken to protect low self-confidence. Each time we give someone else the skills of clear, confident communication and thinking, we have a real impact on everyone in their professional and personal lives. I love that!

Q7: Where’s your favourite local place for coffee, tea, or your favourite tipple?
AMY: Favourite tipple is Waterloo Bay at sunset, in the garden, with kids happily playing. Favourite coffee – how do I choose?! Early morning Dramanti’s, Frenchies for lunch, and a hot choc at Jimbo’s before school pick up!

Q8: You’ve forgotten your partners/mothers/BFFs birthday – where’s your ‘go-to’ place that you can guarantee a successful purchase?
AMY: The Collective. Every time. Leonie and Holly have saved my gift-forgetting self so many times!!!

Q9: What was your main reason for signing up with Central Business Associates? What does it mean to you?
AMY: I was ready to move on from the home office to a more professional space. It has opened up new opportunities for me both from clients through the door, and also from what I can now do with my clients that I couldn’t do from home (eg 1:1 presentation skills training). For me it means independence and collaboration nestling together! It means I feel more professional because I have to put shoes on (at least to get to the office!), and it means that every now and then someone else makes me a cup of tea. I miss that from an office environment!

Amy, thank you so much for chatting with me – it was great to find out some more about your business, and I look forward to finding out more as you spend time here in the business centre – have a great and productive day!