The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is very true, but I also know that “it takes a village to grow a small business”. 

As a full time working mum there are endless calls to grandparents to help with childcare, emergency school pick ups and unexpected business demands.  There are family and friends volunteering their time to answer phones, do the filing or helping in any way they can. It’s other business owners providing moral support and advice and networking groups for growth and comradery. 

The “village” also extends to suppliers, sub contractors, business coaches, advisors, accountants and the favourite coffee and lunch shops amongst many others. Sometimes it’s a brief conversation with someone that helps get you through a bad day or to encourage you to take that next leap of faith. 

Having a committed and passionate team of staff makes the day to day running of a business easier and helps to deliver the goals and customer experience you desire.

The friends who understand the hectic lifestyle you have chosen and take your mind off work and worries, even if just for an hour or two to recharge.

The customers who challenge us to keep improving every single day – thank you for supporting small, local and family businesses. 

Those who have the biggest impact on a small businesses growth are the family of the business owner. The support of partners, children, parents and extended family can make all the difference between a business thriving or not surviving.  

For every small business owner there is a ‘village’, no matter how big or small. Each ‘village’ plays a vital role in growing and sustaining small, local and family businesses.

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Jaclyn Bold has just been named as a finalist in the 2019 Sutherland Shire Local Business Awards – Outstanding Business Person Of The Year.

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