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The Home Equity Boost

A look at how stronger home equity will re-energise Townsville businesses. EQUITY AND BUSINESS GROWTH One major influence on business activity in regional Australia that is rarely considered in any commentary is home equity.  There is a general expectation that the value of a home might double every 7 – 10 years, giving confidence to […]

Humble Beginnings to New $5 Million Home

IN 1984, TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL ESTABLISHED A LABORATORY IN A SMALL DEMOUNTABLE BUILDING ADJACENT TO THE DOUGLAS WATER TREATMENT PLANT AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT STUART. It housed one chemist and two lab assistants, and tests were limited to pH, alkalinity and chlorine. For other tests, samples were sent off to Brisbane. Fast forward 37 […]

Grant Funding to Ignite Ideas

Local businesses looking to find out more about a Queensland Government program to help innovators reach their goals are encouraged to attend an information session on Monday evening at the Smart Precinct. The Ignite Ideas Fund is now open for startups that are at minimum viable product stage, or beyond, and need funding to commercialise their […]

July Issue out now!

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The July issue of BDmag is out now in PRINT and we hope you love it as much as we do. We’re grateful to our foundation advertising partners who have made it financially possible for us to bring BDmag back to print: NPS Print Co; Queensland Country Bank; ADITS; Knight Frank; Townsville City Council; Regus; […]

Five Minutes With… Ange Bannerman

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Getting the right words out can often be a challenge for many business owners. For Ange Bannerman though, it couldn’t come more naturally. As the founder and Director of local professional writing service, Get the Wordsmith, Ange spends her days helping regional businesses put their words on paper. With a career spanning across corporate communications, […]

Five Minutes With…Tara J Parish

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As an international intellectual property (IP) innovation law expert, and community and business advisor on emerging technologies, Tara J Parish has dedicated her career to advising multinationals, start-ups, community networks and individuals on how to best protect their IP rights. As the founder of Townsville’s TJIP Patents, Trade Marks & Designs, Tara uses IP to […]

Lucinda Hotel Makes Its Mark

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Making the choice to grow your business in a tiny town on a dead-end road might seem like a recipe for failure. For Trent O’Neill, owner of the Lucinda Point Hotel, ‘build it and they will come’ seems to be a winning strategy. Trent was born in the family’s pub in southern Queensland. As a […]

Five Minutes With….Renée Madsen

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With over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors, Renée Madsen has been instrumental in helping businesses and organisations achieve their goals through collaboration with others, measuring success, and building grant-writing skills. As Principal Consultant at Create and Evaluate, and a regular presenter at various regional grant writing workshops, Renée has extensive knowledge of […]

Five Minutes With…Verena Coombe

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Former Townsville City Councillor and current Chairwoman of the Queensland Small Business Recovery Advisory Council, Verena Coombe, has recently been appointed General Manager at Townsville Business Development Centre (TBDC), where she is helping small businesses in North Queensland grow and succeed in today’s new and challenging climate. We sat down with her to learn more […]

Five Minutes With…Karen Bennett

Townsville born and bred local, Karen Bennett, knows how to run a successful business (or two!) As the Owner and Director of two of Townsville’s well-known barbershops combined with 31 years’ industry experience under her belt, Karen has built a barbering empire from the ground up. After the rapid growth of her first business, Bennett’s […]