Welcome back to BDmag Online! As a PR Consultant and former freelance writer for the magazine, I’ve felt a real gap in the market since BDmag ceased publication in December 2018, and from the positive response I’ve received since sharing my goal of relaunching an online version, it seems many of you have missed it too!
Following the 2019 flood and the impacts of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for North Queensland businesses to have a platform to showcase their successes and innovations, inspire creativity, and foster collaboration. During interviews with business owners in the last couple of weeks, I have noticed a rawness and vulnerability that I’ve not seen before in the business world – there’s a refreshing honesty about the challenges they’re facing, and how they’re leaning in to support and advice from those around them to adapt and grow despite adversity. We’re looking forward shining a light on businesses working hard to get back on their feet, and sharing the uplifting stories of incredible resilience, innovation and improved efficiencies that have been born from adversity.
BDmag has always welcomed suggestions from the business community, and we encourage you to let us know the content you’re interested in, what you’re passionate about, and what your pain points are that you want to discuss, collaborate and problem solve with other forward thinking professionals.
In an exciting step forward to broaden the diversity of topics and opinions, we’re inviting guest contributions, so you can submit articles to share your expertise and experience to benefit others. All content must be genuinely newsworthy, informative or inspiring, but it will provide a platform where every start-up, every entrepreneur, every business person who wants to share their voice has the opportunity to do so.
This online relaunch is not perfect (my inner perfectionist is recoiling in horror), but I’m chanting the mantra “imperfect action is better than no action” in the belief that BDmag can be of benefit to the business community during this challenging time, and that your input will drive the content we create. Also, like many of you, I have been juggling work with two primary school aged children learning from home, and quite frankly, I’m struggling my way through grade 2!
I am incredibly grateful to BDmag’s former publishers, Maddy Voinea and Sarah Jones, for giving their full support to me in relaunching BDmag, and I am humbled by the amount of people who have given their time, expertise and encouragement to help get BDmag back online in a short space of time. While there are no print issues planned for the immediate future, I hope you are as excited as I am to have BDmag back in this online format, and I look forward to hearing from you.
– Julie Johnston
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