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She’s one of Canberra’s most prolific young entrepreneurs, now running four separate businesses: The Floral Society, The Sugar Deli, Planted and The Social Club. So what’s the secret to Renee Douros’ success? You’ve established something of a digital empire—tell us about your businesses!  I am the founder/owner of three digital, Canberra-based businesses. I launched The Floral Society […]

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DIGITAL DISRUPTION: Rockstars and Royalty

Vicky Kidd-Gallichan is one of the most recognisable names in Canberra couture…now she’s embracing technology to grow her business. Rockstars and Royalty has been synonymous with the stuff of fantasy since Vicky Kidd-Gallichan landed in Canberra 10 years ago. Her one-off dreamy gowns were the pièce de résistance of early FASHFEST runways and countless brides have […]

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Wanniassa pharmacist ACT’s top businesswoman

“Ms Apolloni’s passion helps her make a real difference within her community.” Elise Apolloni from Capital Chemist Wanniassa cleaned up at the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Women’s Awards last night, winning three Awards, including 2017 Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year. She also won the Entrepreneur Award as well as the Young Business Women’s […]

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How to do a great media interview

Oh that sinking feeling of getting a great media opportunity and walking away wishing you’d done better. Honestly, it’s happened to the best of us. You leave the radio or TV studio kicking yourself and thinking of everything you could have said but didn’t. (Yes even though the pair of us have more than four decades […]

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Scholarships to help Rare Birds find their wings

Inspiring Rare Birds, a global hub supporting aspiring female entrepreneurs, yesterday announced support from the Australian Government to provide funding for 100 mentoring scholarships to women business owners in traditionally under-served demographics. The scholarships will provide high calibre mentors to help women grow their business and be successful entrepreneurs. Funded under the Australian Government’s Women’s Leadership […]

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Founder of Rare Birds, Jo Burston

Rare Birds flock together

Have you ever received career advice that changed your life? Perhaps you needed that second opinion to reassure you, or maybe you were told you something you needed to hear but didn’t want to. For me, it was my grandfather telling me to pursue an Arts Degree when I was set on something more ‘practical’. “You […]

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Public servants stay focussed in Trump era

Trump and Brexit will distract our political leaders warns Australian businesswoman Catherine Livingstone. One of Australia’s most senior businesswomen has urged the public service to stay focussed while governments become increasingly “distracted” by the repercussions of a Trump presidency and the fall-out from Brexit. The outgoing president of the Business Council of Australia, Catherine Livingstone, […]

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ATO wins gold in Public Sector awards

The Australian Taxation Office has taken out the Gold Award in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management. The award recognises the ATO’s high-tech and streamlined processes for managing the nation’s superannuation savings. The “SuperStream” initiative is designed to enhance the ‘back office’ of superannuation, transmitting money and information consistently between […]

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Fertility clinic founder named Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year

Dr Nicole Sides, managing director and medical director of Compass Fertility, is the 2016 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year. Held last night at the National Gallery of Australia, the 2016 Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards recognised “brilliant, passionate and courageous women who are thriving in their chosen fields,” says Joe Pollard, […]

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Even Jane Halton gets manterrupted…

“The glass ceiling is still there. And you hit it at different levels and parts of the APS. This needs to change.” Australia’s most senior female public servant Jane Halton has delivered a parting shot to “manterrupters” in the public service, calling on senior male bureaucrats to take a more practical approach to ensuring the […]

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