Founder of Bespoke Communications, Amber Daines is a former journalist and corporate communications expert with over 14 years of local and international experience in the worlds of traditional media, PR, fundraising and relationship marketing in the government, business and creative fields.
Launched in 2007, Bespoke Communications is a boutique agency with solid experience across the business, consumer and not-for-profit sectors. Extensive communications experience, specialist media and promotions skills, strategic thinking and a proven commitment to an individual client approach are all central to the Bespoke experience.
Amber holds a BA Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), where she majored in Journalism and Asia Pacific politics, a Masters of Arts from the University of New South Wales and Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment (Train the Trainer) from UTS.
In 2010, Amber became an accredited media trainer with the Media Skills™ Network. She is also a part time lecturer at APM College of Business and Communication. Her first business book on PR and social media tips for small business is due to launch in May 2013.
As a mortgage broker with access to multiple lenders and hundreds of products, Anastasia works with clients to match theirgoals and situation to the product that suits them. Her aim is to ensure clients' financial growth, simplifying the process, allowing them to rest assured that their finance application is looked after.
PR consultant and copywriter specialising in not-for-profit organisations & coastal start-ups. Not-for-profit clients and initiatives include Royal Flying Doctors Service, People & Parks Foundation, Luke Batty Foundation, Conservation Volunteers Aust NZ, Victoria Walks, Bicycle Victoria, Cool Australia, the Wellness Pavilion, Kids Teaching Kids, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden and others. I also work with a number of businesses on the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula's.
Angela Counsel is a Speaker and Business Lifestyle Coach who loves working with women to help them create the business and lifestyle of their dreams. She is also an experienced naturopath who understands the impact of stress on women’s health. Angela has written a book called “Secret Mums Business – Create the Business and Lifestyle of Your Dreams” and is often called on to speak on the subject of managing stress and work life balance. She has appeared on Channel 7s The Morning Show and The Project on Channel 10 and has also been featured in Good Medicine and Prevention magazines.
The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) is a not-for-profit organisation consisting of multiple birth families; the organisation is run by volunteer parents of multiples who provide support, resources and education to other families sharing the same unique journey. We do not receive government funding and as such, the organisation operates on membership affiliation fees. These are kept to a minimum to make membership accessible to all families.
CEO of Belgrin, a Sydney based communications agency specialised in Design, PR and Social Media, Maria Bellissimo-Magrin is a woman of genuine accomplishment. Her 13 years in the creative industry, combined with a keenly developed business sense, have served to position Belgrin as an industry leader.
Jaclyn is the co-founder of Bold Trailers, breaking the stereotypes of women in the automotive repair industry. Jaclyn is also an accredited Child Restraint Fitter with RMS (RTA).
Jaclyn can assist you with buying a new or replacement trailer for your boat and purchasing parts and accessories for your trailer or caravan. Jaclyn provides community education on safe towing and trailer maintenance and can assist you with weighbridge tickets and child seat installations.
Chrissie Davies is an educator, consultant, writer, loving mama via an open adoption, and passionate advocate for understanding children with challenging behaviours. She is committed to empowering and supporting families to live the life they truly deserve.Chrissie has over 15 years’ experience working for the Victorian Education Department, a decade of which was spent working in Specialist Education settings to meet the needs of children with extremely challenging behaviours. She also spent time in the UK as an Outreach Consultant supporting teachers in mainstream classroom settings.
Rowville Community Kitchen – transforming lives through food, connecting the local community. Our aim is to deliver quality life changing opportunities so that our participants are better equipped to sustain employment.
After commencing her career in the hospitality industry – Christine worked in-house for the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Hilton and The Regent hotels. During these years, she worked with Sydney's leading chefs 'du jour' and legendary cabaret artists including Sammy Davis Jr, Tina Turner, Eartha Kitt and her all-time favourite, Neil Sedaka.
CMS Publicity & Promotions became a reality when international haircare company Goldwell was secured as its first client. Since then the company has represented premium to mass market brands such as Swarovski, 3M, Scotch, Post-it, Ooh La La, Davis & Waddell, Yves Rocher, Marc Daniels, Simplehuman, Amalfi, Mattel and Terraillon.
A dynamic event management, production and logistics company based in Melbourne, EventCepts specialises in unique events management. With over thirty years experience, EventCepts is recognised for creating, staging and managing exceptional events, utilising the arts, culture, entertainment and creative theming to produce a first class experience in the utmost professional and cost effective manner. Regardless of event size, our mission is to provide originality and results are second to none and guaranteed to impress.
Our objective is to be the most trusted confidante and primary source of expert information, insight and innovation during the planning process, whilst bringing your event to life.
Southern Cross Kids' Camps is a unique organisation designed to provide assistance to child victims of abuse, domestic violence and neglect.
Our programs are specifically planned to bring fun and laughter back into the lives of these children, to provide a time for them to forget about their "experiences" and just enjoy being a child again.
Founder of Defib First and not-for-profit Urban Lifesavers, Anne Holland is an educator, presenter, speaker and author. Anne is a registered nurse, with extensive experience in post anaesthetic critical care, a first aid trainer and nurse immuniser who brings her professional and personal experience to her commitment for change with passion and determination.
The strategies and advice I share with you are based on real world firsthand experience and success in a diverse range of industries, supplemented by a lot of study and a natural eye for quickly troubleshooting businesses and identifying priority fixes. I don’t see things as they are but as they could be. I think outside the square and I’m passionate about innovation – essential in this fast paced business world.
As a result my clients literally double their profits – in some cases in just one session with me. Every business is unique and we don’t have to stop at doubling your profits, we can go further or you may be happy with a 20-50% increase.
Emma tackles the thorny challenges of juggling professional and personal priorities, staying productive despite a barrage of distractions, dealing with fear and uncertainty, increasing confidence, managing work-and-family and more.
She writes for various newspapers and magazines and for websites like iVillage Australia, Mamamia, HerCanberra, Flying Solo, Australian Women Online and others.
When Emma Marks, founder of Mums Lounge (and Managing Director of Mum Media Group), made her foray into motherhood, like many new mums, she turned to the internet for parenting information and advice. What she found there though, surprised her."The information was very sterile and I felt as though I was viewed differently now that I was a parent.
In 2010 Emma decided to create a lifestyle website for the women of Australia that addressed this, and Mums Lounge was born.
Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.
The services we provide for children (0-13 years) living with cancer and their families help create a better life by building optimism and resilience throughout each stage of their cancer journey. Our programs are Australia-wide: we have an office in every state and territory.
Right from diagnosis, throughout treatment and in remission or bereavement, our programs support the whole family; at hospital, at home, back at school and away from it all.
Guide Dogs enable extraordinary transformation in the lives of people living with blindness and vision impairment. It is the independence and pure joy offered by these dogs to our clients that keeps us going.
Owned and operated by VisAbility, Guide Dogs WA relies on the generous support of the community to fund the Guide Dog program. We want to see a world where everybody who needs a Guide Dog, has a Guide Dog, and for that reason all of our Guide Dogs are provided free of charge to people who are blind or vision impaired.
Honeybell Waterwear is an Australian boutique sun protection clothing label for women, founded by Annaliese Allen a Melbourne mum, sun lover and corporate accountant turned entrepreneur. All Honeybell Waterwear garments are made in a breathable fabric that is certified as providing UPF 50+ protection, the highest possible rating available.
After a successful career in the corporate sector, Jane Del Rosso decided it was time for a change. So she embarked on a TAFE course in Commercial Cookery. From marrying the two careers, came the idea for her unique business – a business that would help foodies get into business and stay in business – a kitchen incubator called My Other Kitchen.
My Other Kitchen assists people build a successful business out of a great food idea by providing services, referrals and kitchen space to create their dream. “Our aim is to become a hub, enabling people in a food business to share their experiences and expertise with others: bringing together a network of individuals that have skills and services others need – a true ‘Kitchen Incubator’.”
Jane is an accomplished retail and hospitality industry practitioner. With over 18 years’ experience its not surprising to see her launch her new businesses EcoSleep based on a bed linen product that she designed and patented herself that is made with eco friendly fabrics, will reduce the household washing, and helps everyone sleep better at night. Her Coshee® bed linen is an innovative concept of a quilt cover with a clip on sheet that has won awards both in Australia and overseas and its success is based largely on Jane’s enthusiasm to make Coshee® a household name.
DVLC is a vibrant, nurturing community of learning. From our earliest days, DVLC has provided education in creative, caring ways, meeting needs that are not filled by traditional learning venues. We create a friendly environment with small classes, and make study relevant to our students’ real-life situations. Our tutors are passionate about seeing students achieve their goals. In this environment, students feel free to explore, develop friendships and forge new directions.
Known as “The Fish Lawyer” for her specialisation in aquaculture, marine and fisheries law, Katherine Hawes is the principal of Aquarius Lawyers.
Katherine’s unique blend of business and maritime expertise means that you will be provided with a specialised and professional legal solution. The aim is to provide cost-effective legal and compliance solutions for your business.
Kim Lambert is an author, photographer and business woman. She owns Dreamstone Publishing, which publishes books in all genres, in electronic or paperback formats (hardcover possible) with a particular focus on helping small business owners get their specialist knowledge into a book, available on Amazon, to boost their authority in their market, differentiates from competitors, generate leads and generate income. She has a long history in many business areas, including over 25 years in the IT industry,
Kylie Hollonds is the founder of the Whatcanieat.com.au Network for the past 6 years.
She has been making it her mission to source products and services available to consumers in Australia, who are searching for food and personal care to suit their specific dietary, personal and lifestyle choices. Kylie also refers her clients to her
Kylie also refers her clients to her Bio-Compatibility Hair Test 500 protocol for those who have health challenges, which are generally related to food and toxic exposure.
Once we identify what foods and products are friend or foe we can then refer individuals to products and services through the online directory. Kylie is also a partner in GK Gluten Free Foods, the national importer of GF Oats in Australia.
My name is Larissa and I am a passionate photographer living in Melbourne! I’ve been taking photos ever since my dad handed down to me his very first SLR camera (yes a film camera!) when I was in my teens. My photography is more than capturing moments – my photography aims to capture the personality, feelings, emotions and relationships within the moment, creating beautiful and meaningful images of all that I photograph.
Lauren’s insightful, interactive and fun presentation style, encourages professional service providers to harness their natural gifts and talents to become well known, well paid & wanted.
Sharing her insight into how the consumers mind works, Lauren provides the clarity and direction needed to package your personal brand and rocket launch your business.
Leanne’s vision is to inspire people all over the world to be fitter, healthier and successful in both their business and personal life.
As an International Speaker / Business and Weight Loss Expert / Business Coach and Consultant Leanne works with people who are ready to take action, make changes and be accountable to their business and their life NOW!
Publicist and Marketing Consultant Linda Reed-Enever lives and breathes publicity with a passion for connecting; everything from people to ideas. Linda is the Principal Director at ThoughtSpot PR and Media Connections and with her ‘can do’ attitude and entrepreneurial spirit she inspires and motivates as she connects people and opportunity.
Little Innoscents was founded in 2007, after the Director Antonette Golikidis fell pregnant with her first child Alex. Antonette searched endlessly for baby products that were chemical free and found herself disappointed to find such a limited number of products, which were often difficult to find, too expensive, or offered misleading greenwashing marketing strategies to persuade you to buy something that wasn’t all what it said it to be.
Louisa at Fitted for Work (National Marketing Manager)
Fitted for Work is the first Australian organisation of its kind dedicated to helping women experiencing disadvantage get into work and keep it.
Since 2005, we have helped over 24,000 women experiencing disadvantage to courageously break through barriers to get and keep work. We are a collective of employees, volunteers, partners and supporters who know that when women have hope, confidence and economic security through work, the flow-on effect is transformational.
Lucy Padula was admitted to practice in 2004 and received accreditation from the Law Institute of Victoria as a family law specialist in 2011.
Lucy completed her law degree with the clear intention to practice in family law. She considers it important to empower clients by giving them advice in plain English so that they are able to make their own conscious decisions and to assist them in resolving matters fairly and with integrity. Where possible she aims to assist clients to negotiate and resolve matters without litigation. However, where litigation is necessary, she will work to obtain the best result possible for her clients.
Luv Ur Skin is a range of natural skin care products that have been specially developed using specifically selected natural ingredients and key plant extracts to ensure that girls have the best possible chance to keep their skin clean, clear and healthy. It is the only tween range to be formulated with the plant extract Plantolin®, that comes from the Australian Native plant Centipeda cunninghamii, which has amazing benefits and is scientifically proven to be safe and effective on all skin types, even sensitive skin.
At MARQUET Consulting, we understand and value each business individually. Our Executive Assistant will complement and add value to your business through innovative, efficient and timely support for your solo or small business.
ME/CFS Australia (Victoria) is a not-for-profit public benevolent institution dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy for people who have ME/CFS and their families, friends, carers; GPs and others health practitioners; educators and school staff; and the general community. ME/CFS Australia (Victoria) receives very little funding and relies upon membership contributions and donations to remain operating.
Mel Driver is the founder of Embalm Skincare. The business of Embalm came to life because I was inspired by and believe in the philosophies of the ancient Egyptians. Before creating the Embalm Skincare range I researched and learned about their ancient natural beauty practises, and the therapeutic powers nature has to offer. I believe that returning to simple ingredients like essential oils, is the path to true beauty in our modern world.
Monika Newman, Principal of Absolutely Virtual, has more than 20 years experience in Secretarial, Personal Assistant and administrative positions. She has worked with a variety of companies, ranging from small to large multinational enterprises; they include import/export, travel, government, major oil companies and independent consultants.
Multiple Birth Volunteer Support, (MBVS), is a highly regarded community organisation that was established in 1997.
We are passionate about strengthening the health and well-being of multiple birth families during the early years of their children’s lives.
We predominantly provide support to families with triplets and quads and those with twins in challenging situations.
MumsDelivery provides Solutions for Busy Mums in an all-inclusive website.
Our team of mums are always busy reviewing the latest products to bring you relevant product reviews on interesting products for you, your kids or your household.
For over 5 years now, Holy Fools has been providing unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Lilydale and the Yarra Valley.
We have extensive experience providing support services, and being a catalyst for social change, to people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, living in poverty, or experiencing issues of injustice. We do this through working in the areas of positive community development, social justice, homelessness, and housing.
Nicole McHenry is a 3rd generation, gifted Medium, Psychic, Healer and Teacher.
She has spent as many years in the corporate world as she has in the metaphysical world which is how she brings real world, everyday understanding and insight to her work in the field.
An accomplished author, trusted advisor, and international speaker, she has trained with many of the best, including World Renowned Lisa Williams, Tony Stockwell and natural medium Brett Favaloro.
She runs development circles, meditation classes, and Retreats across the globe. She is mentored, and a mentor for many.
Nitty Brown is the business manager of Markets and Community, a website that lists and promotes markets, fairs, stallholders and online businesses.
Markets and Community started the website to help promote the small local community markets and events to help them get some advertising to bring people outside the local area to their events. They also work closely with the stallholders and online businesses by offering to promote their businesses as well as mentoring, training and advertising. Nitty is a regular contributor to online media, blogs, articles and networking groups and you will find her at many of the networking events connecting with businesses.
Now Finance is an Australian owned and domiciled finance company. Our business is based in Melbourne with satellite offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, servicing customers across all states and territories.
On-the-go Protection & Comfort since 1997
At Outlook we take great pride in producing, multi-award winning, innovative, quality products for today’s families. We continually strive to provide our customers with the best, tried and tested products on the market. We love hearing from our customers and welcome any feedback
Business growth requires leadership, strategic change and people willing to make the growth strategy work.
Pam is a people performance expert who enables more effective leaders, facilitates change and engages functional teams.
Pam has over 25 years experience managing people, behaviour and change. Working with government, not-for-profit and private sector organisations, she has led internal human resources teams and designed / conducted hundreds of high impact training sessions. She has consulted to SMEs and multinationals;
If you want to implement effective growth strategy, Pam will help you to optimise the “people” part of the growth equation.
• Develop leadership capabilities and management skills
• Attract and keep great people by the way you recruit, train, lead and motivate
• Ensure legal compliance by establishing the right policies, procedures and training
Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps schools, businesses and families to get more from their mobile technology by offering the very best in protective, tough cases, innovative power and sync systems and helpful accessories all in one convenient place. Only genuine brand gear so you know it works. Advice and information to find the solutions for your devices and how YOU want to use them. Live a powered life!
Publicity Genie's specialty is working with micro to small business by helping them uncover great media stories in their businesses. We have clients across a range of industries and fields including skincare, health and wellness, financial services, authors, speakers and property.
QCCC (Queensland Conference and Camping Centres) consists of a team of outdoor education, catering, cleaning, maintenance and management staff striving to care for our guests with excellence in hospitality, service, partnership and outdoor instruction.
QCCC is responsible for the viable and effective operation of our centres and expeditions in keeping with the mission, vision and values of the Queensland Baptists. We seek to be our customers first choice by consistently exceeding their expectations and by providing the very best care for our guests through Christlike character, Christian conduct and professional competence.
Ray Pastoors is a young marketing student and enthusiast, the founder of LYF Solutions and a passionate individual working to create memorable change for businesses to put them on a pathway to success. Ray contributes to a number of community forums and blogs.
My passion as a mediator is to help you resolve disputes amicably, in a timely manner, and with lasting results.
I believe an important element of ADR is giving parties the chance to “be heard”. I offer them the opportunity to tell their story within the mediation framework, which is both confidential and without prejudice.
My services are flexible and take into account the legislative, logistical and human dimensions of disputes and litigation.
Roberta works to engage your audience. Trained in PR, change management, design & participatory project management, and working on projects such as a water education program during Victoria’s longest drought, counselling road trauma survivors after removing their memorials when at the state road authority and joining retailers to promote what they do to visitors during the worst retail downturn for some time, have been humbling experiences. They have shown her that what is needed now is connection, a big picture story to believe in, and, most importantly, a need to celebrate the moments in life that give meaning. It can be easy to overlook some of the simple opportunities to create a connection and really engage your stakeholders.
Early in 2015, an article by Mia Freedman published on Mamamia caught our attention.
We were shocked to learn that in Australia many homeless women and women in domestic violence shelters had to face unthinkable indignities during their monthly period.
For these vulnerable and at risk women, each month brought a shameful and traumatic experience, suffering indignities such as having to clean themselves in public toilets and use paper towels or newspaper to create makeshift sanitary pads.
Reading it from the comfort of our homes, with the knowledge that many Australian women couldn’t take hygiene for granted during menstruation, we knew we couldn’t allow it to continue.
Rosie Shilo is an entrepreneur who has established an online network for Virtual Professionals, a Virtual Professional Reference Checking program and who co-owns a successful web management company Webtastic Designs Rosie is inspired by passionate business owners who aim to develop their businesses with a sense of humour and an ambition to balance their work and personal lives in a functional and healthy way.
Since creating her thriving and ever growing network for Virtual Assistants, Rosie Shilo is has become one dedicated business woman. She has been a guest speaker at a number of events, talking about Virtual Assistance, Social Media and Website Development. She is the co-editor of the Today’s VA Online Magazine. Rosie also trains people on how to set up their own Virtual Assistance business through the Certificate 1 Virtual Business Administration program.
With 11 years in business in the education industry, over 5,000 students in 121 countries and multiple awards – Sarah encapsulates a mesmerising marriage of education and entrepreneurship as the EDUpreneur’s internationally acclaimed leader in ‘profitably educating your marketplace.
At SP Communications we give you marketing, copywriting, PR and social media strategies that help grow your business. We believe every business is unique so we work with you to deliver customised and affordable solutions based on your specific goals and budget. Whatever the need – from an adhoc task such as a website or letter, through to an ongoing outsourced marketing, PR or social media team member, we deliver.
Stacey Copas, Author of “How To Be Resilient”, is an International Keynote Speaker and Facilitator on Resilience and Turning Adversity Into An Asset. She has worked with large organisations such as Telstra, CSIRO and McGrath Foundation and has been featured in national media including ABC, Financial Review and The Australian for her insights on resilience in the workplace. She also teaches resilience to high school students, their parents and educators.
We provide the knowledge, experience, expertise and genuine care for student-athletes to choose their life journey – travelling to the USA to live, play, learn, compete, study, grow and develop in a purpose fit University environment.
Our student-athletes’ families learn from us how to navigate the admissions, enrolment, visa and eligibility stages of this process. Together we build student-athlete profiles; contact coaches; discuss the exciting options, all in a safe, comforting and supportive environment.
Susie Campbell is a serial networker and strong advocate of professional alliances, joint ventures and barter. As a Partnership Marketing Broker, she offers the opportunity for businesses who may be time poor, or less confident with finding their ‘ideal match’ and creating opportunities, the ability to use her as their eyes and ears and network on their behalf.
With thought behind each and every campaign, we work with you to clear the confusion and manage the media, marketing and promotional opportunities for your business. From one off campaigns to our virtual PR Teams ThoughtSpot PR is your partner for achieving success in your business.
My name is Melinda Mahon and I help people create dreams.
I've been in the banking and finance industry for over 23 years…8 years with one of the ‘Big 4’ and the last 15 years in finance broking. During that time I have discovered that no two peoples circumstances are the same, yeah there may be similarities, however we are all unique in so many ways.
Just because one of your co-workers got a loan for x amount at x bank, doesn't mean you will also. Or that you have held accounts with a bank since you were at primary school that they will give you a loan, sure that can help (can also go against you) there is so much more involved.
Uwe and Ulla (the owners) have a very simple standard, if a property is not good enough for them, it’s not good enough for you.
We are so confident in our findings, that as property investors, we already have property or purchase in the same areas as you.
Feel comfortable, live comfortably. Only properties that meet strict Property Friends and independent research requirements for maximised rental return and expected capital growth are offered to you for buy.
When you book a photography session at our studio we try to discover as much as we can about you and your family so that we can make your session more personalised.
Therefore I think it is fair that you find out a little more about me. So…what do you want to know??
Well I was born in Sri Lanka and came to Melbourne when I was 3 years old. My heritage has resulted in my love for hot weather, the beach and all things outdoors – sport, fly fishing, bush walking, camping.
Family is so important to me and my idea of a great day would be spending it with my 11 year old son, Jesse; even if that meant just doing nothing but lazing around the house.
Kerryn Powell, founder of Your Time Matters is just one person, like you, but behind her is a diverse network extending across her career in the travel industry, education, market co ordination, working for a corporate relocation company, and in real estate prior to founding Your Time Matters in 2010.
Kerryn knows and recognises the importance of having a strong network and the right, effective conversations with trusted advisors that will help you grow your business profitability and achieve the outcomes you are after.