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WOMEN in Business Sisters are doing it for themselves in North-West Brisbane (and Australia wide!), with a record number of women running their own small businesses. New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show 12.1 per cent of the nation’s 5.9 million employed woman are now their own boss. More than a third of all small businesses are run by women, and there’s a blooming world of networking, blogs and entrepreneurial women taking ­advantage of the trend. ‘If you look at women in particular, they are more formally educated and moving into their family forming years in their 30s, and they have invested more to prepare themselves, with more education, so they want to make sure they can continue a burgeoning career,’ social demographer Mark McCrindle explained. In this feature, we are celebrating fourteen incredible local businesswomen who have taken a leap of faith and are making a name for themselves in small business. From dentists to barbers to bakers, all these ladies are from truly diverse industries. We have also compiled an online ‘Mini Mag’ that contains all the ladies from this edition, so head online to have a read on our website at www.echo-news.com.au

GENTLEMEN It’s Your Turn Next!

The Hills Echo will be publishing a MEN In Business feature in the upcoming JULY edition. This feature will follow the same layout as this Women In Business feature. Spots are limited! For more information, contact admin@echo-news.com.au

The Admire DentistryTeam Priya Say hello to Dr Alex, Dr Emma and Priya! These ladies at Admire Dentistry are here to take care of all your oral health care needs.

Dr Alex Davies excels in all fields of dentistry with a particular interest in Endodontics and Facial Aesthetics. Alex has a kind and understanding demeanour and believes in taking the time to explain treatment procedures and plans to ensure that her patients’ needs are met. Dr Emma Broughton focuses on preventative and minimally invasive techniques. She takes a life-long view to dentistry, striving to meet her patient’s needs with stable, long-lasting results. Emma particularly enjoys treating children and dentally phobic patients. Having experienced traumatic dental treatment herself, she empathizes with anxious patients and is

Ph: 3064 1044 www.echo-news.com.au

Dr Alex

Dr Emma

always looking for ways to make the dental visit more comfortable.

Priya Holland is your Oral Health Therapist. Priya specialises in dental hygiene and preventative treatments. She has a passion for helping patients with their Oral health and is very excited to help build the hygiene department within Admire Dentistry. With Priya by our side, Admire Dentistry will continue to maintain the very best in oral hygiene and cleaning care for our patients. If you are looking for a Dentist, Alex, Emma and Priya are the ladies for you! They place a high value on honesty and transparency when it comes to their patients’ treatment needs. Call Admire Dentistry 30641044 or visit our website www.admiredentistry.com.au to book an appointment.

Web: www.admiredentistry.com.au

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Tahnee Simpson Alexandra Davies Admire Dentistry in Arana Hills is where you will find Dr Understanding Alexandra Davies.that everybody – and every body – is different, CompoundingPharmacy.com.au’s coAlex found her love forpharmacist Dentistry while being mentored owner, compounding and women’s health by Dr Ed Tucker at his dental practice in Samford. When specialist, Tahnee Simpson, offers locals direct access she graduated from Dental School she was lucky enough to tailored support. toFor bemany offered a complicated job with the practice. with health needs, compounded allow for medications to be tailored to theit Inmedications 2018 Alex began locum work in Biloela, she enjoys patient rather than the around. Working out there–and continues to other fly outway 1 week a month. with their doctor to tweak small increments in active Late 2019 saw Alex make a big decisionmedication: to embark on ingredients creates a personalised a a‘goldilocks’ new chapter. She always dreamt to one day own her dose. own practice, and in May 2020 this became reality. This “I’m especially passionate about helping women in our new adventure has brought Alex to Arana Hills where she community”, said Tahnee. “For example, you shouldn’t has opened a brand new dental practice she is proud have to suffer through menopause. By taking the totime call to herunderstand own. how menopause is affecting the

Ph: 3354 3992

Pharmacy owner, compounding Dentist, pharmacist & women’s health specialist Admire Dentistry Family Clinic CompoundingPharmacy.com.au

Alex loves her profession. It can be challenging at times individual, we can play a role in She creating a personalised but also extremely rewarding. loves meeting new treatment their needs the people andprogram is fond of addressing all her patients. While she and excels in unique hormone balance their body is seeking – the all fields of dentistry, she particularly enjoys Endodontics cause of those frustrating symptoms. If one-size-fits-all and Oral Surgery in addition to a newfound love of Facial treatment options haven’t worked for you, consider a Aesthetics (anti-wrinkle and filler). more personalised approach.” Alex values honesty and transparency when it comes to Tahnee offers a wealth of expertise and compassion, her patient‘s treatment needs and values working with with an interest in helping men and women to both treat other allied health professionals. their existing health challenges, and to explore natural Alex loves to keep fit and and conventional approaches to preventative wellness. healthy with friends. She For or and script, hasaaconsultation horse, 2 dogs is drop into the pharmacy at 10 Dallas Keperra, or excitedPde, to be introducing visit them online at www. 2 mini Galloway steers to compoundingpharmacy. the family. com.au

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A: 10 Dallas Pde, Keperra

Ann Russell Director ann.russell.art

Ann Russell has been working as a teaching artist in the local area for two decades. Having trained as a visual art teacher, she has combined her arts practice with teaching and now operates her arts and education business from her leafy property in Cashmere. Ann is a strong advocate for art education, believing it to contribute to greater creativity, diversity, and personal wellbeing. She explored this further while studying for her Master of Arts and then her Doctorate of Creative Arts, using mixed media to create stunning magical installations, recently exhibited in Caboolture. She is an experienced and sensitive teacher, ensuring that she provides a safe place for students of all ages to explore their creativity, without fear of criticism. Her art practice explores our relationship with nature,

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producing mixed media artworks in both two and three dimensions which feature fascinating textures and beautiful colour combinations. An award winning artist, Ann has exhibited locally, interstate and overseas and been selected as a finalist in prestigious exhibitions such as the Churchie Emerging Art Award, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Award and Sculpture at Scenic World. She has work in private and public collections around the world. Ann is participating in this year’s Open Studios and Arts Trail throughout the month of June so you can visit Ann’s studio in person on June weekends or visit Ann’s website to book a creative workshop or purchase some of her work.

Web: www.annrussellart.com

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HayleyCrisafio Owners Blackwood Café & Espresso Bar, FERNY‘s Café & Espresso Bar & Moggill Café & Espresso Bar

Jaimi Wilson Hayley Crisafio and Jaimi Wilson—a two-woman team that have taken Brisbane’s café industry by storm. As dreamers turned doers, this local power-duo are certainly a force to be reckoned with. Here’s their inspiring timeline: 2015 After visiting the Gold Coast and falling head over heels in love with their dream of owning a café on the strip, Hayley and Jaimi packed their bags and relocated from Perth to Brisbane in a heartbeat.

traction on social media was phenomenal, with the café earning almost 2000 likes pre-launch. However, there were many sceptical folks in the community, after seeing a handful of owners come through over the years who couldn’t quite hit the mark. But not to fear—after being open for only 18 months, it was already crystal clear that Ferny’s, like Blackwood, was on track to smashing Hayley and Jaimis’ 5-year goals out of the ballpark, too.

2016 Fast forward a year later, and they had seized the opportunity of purchasing an old store in Mitchelton, then transformed it into what is now known as Blackwood Café & Espresso Bar. Nestled amongst the tree-lined streets of North West Brisbane, this café quickly became a booming, suburban hotspot for neighbourhood residents to enjoy.

Well, according to two little birdies, this year there are two new stores in the business’ pipeline. Scheduled to open September 2021 is store number 3, Moggill Café & Espresso Bar. Moggill is a suburb west of Brisbane (19 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD) that is home to 12 000 people, with lots of newly built-up homes in newly established estates. It has a very limited selection of coffee and breakfast places around them, so the girls’ café is sure to be a massive triumph with the locals, or with anyone planning a day trip down west!

2019 Three years have passed, each a step-up from the last. By now, Blackwood Café & Espresso Bar have hit all of its 5-year goals from the girls’ business plan, including sales targets, employee structures and succession plans, and having a majority of the café’s policies and procedures automated. It was from these successes that Hayley and Jaimi were able to step out, duplicate, and open another store. December 2019, the duo launched Ferny‘s Cafe & Espresso Bar—only 4 months before COVID-19 hit. 2020 With the shadow of the pandemic looming over us all, Ferny’s became a shining beacon in our community’s long journey to recovery. We fell in love with Ferny’s before the store’s doors were even open; a well-oiled café was on everyone’s wish list, it seemed. The

Ferny Grove Shopping Village, 51 McGinn Road, Ferny Grove

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2021: The year of asking, “What’s next?”

Store number 4—yet to be named—will definitely hit closer to home for Hills and Everton residents. Word has it that this store will rep a completely new venue and brand. While the first 3 cafés share the same brand, similar logos, and identical menus, store number 4 will have exciting, fresh twists to keep things interesting. Located in Ferny Grove in a new development scheduled for 2023, planning has already commenced for this exciting new secret in the Hills. So, there you have it—Hayley and Jaimi’s inspiring climb up the ladder of local success! For more information about their hustle-bustle business—or to keep in the loop about store number 4—check out Blackwood Café & Ferny Café on social media. Regardless, I’m sure this won’t be the last time you hear about these motivational women in our workforce.

Blackwood Café & Espresso Bar, 32 Blackwood St, Mitchelton blackwoodespressobar www.blackwoodespressobar.com

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Susanne Jones Managing Director Just Better Care Brisbane North and CBD A lot has changed since the last ‘Women in Business’’ feature. As I am preparing my contribution for this year’s edition, I am asking myself whether a similar rendition of last year’s content is going to meet people’s expectations in this new world. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives. It has changed the way we think, feel and go about our day-to-day. We had to re-learn to wash our hands properly, keep our distance from others, tap elbows instead of shake hands and queue in orderly fashion at the coffee shop while standing on taped crosses. A small compromise one would think in order to prevent the spread of a disease that has claimed the lives of so many across the globe. However, we must not underestimate the impacts Covid-19 had on people’s mental health. A select few people thrive with very little human contact, but most of us need to spend time with others to remain emotionally healthy and happy. Soon after Covid-19 had reached the community my business serves, the team and I experienced a noticeable change in the behaviours in our customers while dealing with increased loneliness and social isolation. Our Community Support Professionals were tasked to share strategies with those customers who do not have loved ones around them in support during a time that brought unprecedented (term of the decade?) challenges to us all. There is a lot we can do to ease the discomfort of loneliness and social isolation and having time alone doesn’t have to be a bad thing: 1. Be productive. Just because you might be spending extra time alone doesn’t mean you just have to be miserable. Everyone feels better when they are being productive. 2. Get a pet. If you don’t already have a pet, consider adopting one. What type of animal interests you and will suit your lifestyle.?

3. Connect with others in a safe manner. Use your imagination and find a way to connect with people while making your health a priority. 4. Take up a solo hobby. There are plenty of hobbies you can do by yourself. Yoga, online chess, knitting, writing and painting are just a few. 5. View beautiful things. You can view just about anything in the world with your smartphone or computer. Spend a little time looking at beautiful things each day and you’ll feel great. 6. Maintain a high level of self-care. It’s important to continue taking good care of yourself even if you’re spending a lot of time alone. For example, a long hot bath is something that you do for yourself, not for others. 7. Be creative. Many people find extra creativity when they have some time to themselves. Why not take advantage of your solitude and let the creative juices flow! About Susanne and Just Better Car Brisbane North After spending time and leading teams across the disability and aged care sector, I discovered Just Better Care 6 years ago. I have an amazing team who helped to organically grow the business across Brisbane’s Northside and build a solid local presence by ensuring the provision of high quality in-home care and disability support services. With our local offices strategically located in Kallangur and Gaythorne, both employing a team of over 90 skilled Community Support Professionals, Just Better Care Brisbane North is committed to assisting people to live a full, connected and independent life. As an approved Aged Care provider, we administer Home Care Package funding and are guided by our customers choices and their needs. As an NDIS registered provider, we offer a range of in-home, social and lifestyle support services as well as NDIS Plan Management. Talk to us today!

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Kristin Caldera Chief caker, Caldera.CAKING

Meet Kristin, the face behind local caking business Caldera.CAKING. With 20 years experience under her belt, Kristin has the background and knowledge to create the ultimate sweet treat for any occasion. Kristin is a qualified chef, however, she has always been drawn to the sweeter side of cooking. This dates back to her childhood when her mother would bake a special cake of her choice for her birthday (or two, one for school and one for the party). ‘I would spend a lot of time flicking through the old Women’s Weekly Cakebook - the one with the classic train on the front,’ said Kristin. ‘I’d then flag all the cakes I wanted to have and would find it very hard to narrow down to the final choice! ’

Ph: 0412 843 243

Since school, Kristin has been working within the industry and went onto own a cake business in Cairns. However, due to change of circumstances, she moved to Brisbane and then went on to open up Caldera. CAKING. Since launching last year, Caldera.CAKING has gone from strength to strength and her offerings of buttercream cakes, cupcakes and brownies, (all freshly made to order) are now renowned within the district. ‘I’m so in love with cake-making. It brings me much happiness and satisfaction to create beautiful pieces that can be part of someone’s special celebration,’ stated Kristin. Get in touch with Kristin today to secure a sweet treat for that birthday, anniversary or special occasion!

Web: www.calderacaking.xyz

E: info@calderacaking.xyz

Sue Otto-Tucker

Owner QLD Print & Signs

Long-time local, Sue Otto. Began her career in the print industry in 2008 and has pursued that passion since. After spending time helping create Personalised Merchandise, selling key rings, coffee mugs and stubby coolers, she went on to assist Patrick in creating a store in Arana Hills named Print Arana in March 2012. The business grew exponentially, moving to a larger premise across the road in early 2019. However, sadness struck the business due to COVID-19 pandemic causing Patrick to close the business. Not one to be defeated with her passion for the printing industry firing on all cylinders; Sue established a new printing and signage business in the heart of Arana Hills called QLD Print and Signs in September 2020. Since this time, Sue has progressively grown the

business and built a solid local presence by establishing high quality and budget friendly printing and signage services. She is proud to employ a local team of five skilled members, all who are well equipped to serve the printing requirements of its clients. The business specialises in print production, signage, and design. You will see many ‘QLD Print’ signs around the local area – something of which Sue is immensely proud of. ‘It warms my heart to see QLD Print and Signs designs being used in the local area. I feel truly grateful to be able to help local businesses get noticed locally in a cost effect manner,’ said Sue. So pop down and see the friendly team at QLD Print and Signs at Shop 7, 22 Nepean Ave, Arana Hills.

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Dr. Judy Quinn

Dr. Ema Bowman Veterinarian Vetkind

Veterinarian Vetkind

The tables have turned in the once male dominated veterinary profession. Where once 99% of veterinary medicine graduates were men, today 80% are women. Here are two of the new highly skilled vets that have just joined the fantastic female Vetkind team.

Dr Ema Bowman BVSc (dist), MANZCVS (SAIM) Experienced New Zealand and USA trained veterinarian, Ema Bowman has been smashing the glass ceiling of the veterinary profession since she graduated from Massey University in 2008. With a broad knowledge base that has been cultivated over 13 years,this experienced young lady is not only a talented Small Animal General Practitioner, but possesses a broad range of additional skills including; Internal Medicine, Feline Medicine and Breed specific considerations (especially BOAS). Ema is extremely focused on wellness and preventative care in order to foster long, happy, healthy relationships between pets and their owners. “Essentially I want to prevent problems, not wait until they turn up!‘’ explained Ema. It is therefore of no surprise to learn that she is one of the very few surgeons proficient in Bracycephalic Airway Improvement Surgery (BOAS) that essentially enables brachycephalic dogs eg. pugs, french bulldogs, boston terriers and bulldogs to breathe! This special surgery is recommended for every flat faced dog if they are to have the best chance at a long and happy life. Airway improvement surgery widens the nostrils, shortens AND thins the soft palate, removes everted laryngeal saccules (grade 1 laryngeal collapse) as well as removing abnormally enlarged tonsils. This all adds up to providing more oxygen to the heart and lungs. Ema encourages any owner of a brachycephalic dog to look in to this procedure. ‘I continue to be heartbroken by the lack of awareness and education among vets, breeders and owners of the unnecessary hardship these dogs experience - and worse in the Qld heat!’ said Ema. Not one to sit on her laurels, this skilled vet is constantly learning, upskilling and devouring all new literature to keep up to date with developments within her profession. Ema will be consulting at Arana Hills Vet Clinic and Fernlands Vet Practice.

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Dr Judy Quinn BVSc (Hons) With over 30 years experience in veterinary practices, you can be sure your pet is in safe hands with local vet Judy Quinn. Growing up in Brisbane, Judy always had an affinity for animals, and was particularly drawn to horses. At a young age, she recalls a story that sticks in her memory about the treatment of injuries sustained by a foal belonging to her Grandfather. It was this story that set her on the path to studying veterinary science. After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1987, she started her career working in mixed animal practice. During this time she found her interests were more for companion animals which led her to spend a few years in the UK working in a small animal practice, giving her invaluable experience. Judy has a particular interest in preventative medicine and keeping our pets healthy. She says this month can be a challenging time for our older-aged pets and encourages the community to keep a good eye on them. ‘In June, I am starting to focus on our senior pets. Often more problems become apparent in our older-aged pets during the colder winter months,’ explains Judy. ‘We can really help animals to enjoy a happier, healthier life by seeing them regularly and identifying and treating problems/issues early.’ As a nature-lover, Judy is passionate about the conservation of our natural environment and preserving it for years to come. With this comes a strong interest in protecting and treating wildlife. Judy’s interests away from work include; horseriding, gardening, playing the piano, cooking and reading. She also loves to travel, particularly to Africa. Judy is also kept busy after work, with her small farm where she lives with my her family, two dogs, three horses and a small herd of cattle! Judy will be consulting at Fernlands Vet Practice.

Fernlands Veterinary Practice

Everton Hills Arana Hills Veterinary Surgery Veterinary Clinic

Ph 3351 0500

Ph 3355 6724

7/77 Camelia Ave, Fernlands Shopping Village 5/10 Woodhill Rd, Ferny Hills Everton Hills

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Mandy Barber - Follicular Architect The Shearing Shed Hi everyone, my name is Mandy and I’m Arana Hills new “follicular architect”, also known as a Barber and the owner of The Shearing Shed Barber Shop since mid 2004. Fortunately for me I was voted second in the Courier Mails ‘Brisbane’s Best Barbershop’ back in January. I am trade qualified with over three decades in the hair industry. I also have my Certificate 4, as a trainer and assessor. One day I’ll put this qualification to good use in the hair industry. I have just relocated my business from Samford Road Enoggera into Hair Unlimited, conveniently located next to Bob’s Bulk Booze. Back in the late 90’s I was the head Barber very near

my new location so it’s nice to be back in the same neighbourhood after all these years! COVID has changed many things in our daily lives which has led to adaptations in my business model. Bookings can be made on an ‘appointment only basis’ and there is only one chair in the Barber Shop - one client at a time. That means no more queuing, crowds or walk-ins! It’s very easy to book or amend your appointment, either book on my website at www.the-shearing-shed.com. au or jump onto the social pages below. I look forward to seeing some new faces and all my awesome regulars in my barber chair soon, your haircut is just a click away!!! Cheers, #yourbarbermandy

Web: www.the-shearing-shed.com.au


Dendra Cole Audiologist/Director Impact Hearing Impact Hearing is a permanent independent hearing clinic in Samford which local resident Dendra opened to serve the village community and to compliment the already established medical precinct. Dendra is a university qualified audiologist with over 15 year’s experience in the hearing industry. This professional journey in the hearing industry has embraced all areas of audiology from clinical, management and manufacturing to consultant locum and business advisor. Hearing loss is also something personal for Dendra being hearing impaired herself and wearing bilateral hearing aids since 3 years of age, she knows well the challenges in life and impact of hearing loss first hand. Hearing impairment is something she is very passionate about helping both adults and children through hearing

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assessments, rehabilitation and hearing solutions. As a client of Impact Hearing you will experience unsurpassed expertise, professionalism and care as if you are a member of Dendra’s own family. Impact Hearing offers hearing assessments to children and adults, all brands of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, tinnitus solutions, noise, musician and swim plugs. A complimentary hearing screening, discussion or obligation free hearing aid trial are all options available at Impact Hearing. Dendra welcome’s you to come into the clinic and introduce yourself.



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