Local Business Spotlight: Plumbaround, Albany Creek

Plumbaround

I love local family businesses that have a vested interest in their local community and are always giving back. Local Albany Creek family owned and operated business Plumbaround is once such business. They are local, personable, knowledgeable, informative and generous.

Husband and Wife team Warwick (Woz) and Peita Royal are committed community members and are great supporters of Brothers Junior Rugby League Club. They willingly give their spare time by encouraging young children to participate in Rugby League both in the school setting and the local football clubs. They also support a number of charities and community based groups including the NOW Business Group. These groups donate to Young Care Australia, Meals on Wheels, local schools, Downs Syndrome Queensland and chaplaincy programs in schools to name a few.

Plumbaround services Albany Creek and the greater Brisbane area with plumbing, drainage and gas fitting and whilst only being 3 ½ years old they have over 15 years of experience in the plumbing industry. They have carried out work in all areas of plumbing from residential maintenance to light commercial units, shop fit outs, new home dwellings and gas works. Plumbaround pride themselves on problem resolutions and solutions.

Plumbaround Pty Ltd

Woz and Peita love the culture on the northside of Brisbane and have strong family ties to the area. They believe in investing in their community.

Their vision for the future is to continue a high quality of service and expand their horizons. They want to improve health and sanitary services to the populous through knowledge and industry experience which enables their clients to live well and stay well. Peita said “if we could we would love to be able to ensure that the rest of the world could have access to fresh water, food and sanitary systems that those of us living in western civilisation are privileged to have”.

They are offering anyone who is located on the north side of Brisbane and who also follows and/or likes their Facebook page that they will have their call out/service fee valued at $60, completely discounted. Whilst they are open from 7 am - 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, Plumbaround are also available for emergency call outs outside of these hours.

Between them Woz and Peita are proud parents of 6 absolutely lovely kids. One of their kids, Zane Traynor, at the moment is trying hard to raise money to support the cost of a trip to the USA to play futsal for Australia. Zane has been selected for the Under 11 team and he is very excited to be representing Australia. He is keen to help his parents and has been collecting recyclable from friends and neighbours and he also has a GoFundMe page to help him in addition to all the extra chores he is doing. If you can some $ to help Zane and/or he is even willing to collect your recyclables he would be most appreciative.

Zane Traynor

This morning, words by the famous Winston Churchill rang out at my local business group and reminded me that “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”. Support for Zane would be a wonderful thing to do and more than likely you’ll be supporting a sporting star of the future. GoFundMe

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

Work Locally and Make a Difference

Work Locally and Make a Difference

There are many reasons for a business owner to join a business group, more than often it is with a view to increase their connections and grow their business. Some are also looking for mentoring, networking, collaborating and giving back to their communities. The latter is what I love, love, love the most about the NOW Business Network.

I’ve always been interested in connecting and networking, however except for a few groups I’ve never felt a real connection, I needed more. When a friend asked me to join them at a relatively new group in 2017, I figured why not and I haven’t looked back since.

The NOW Business Network first met in September 2017 and currently have over 50 members and with a motto of Business Building Community that’s exactly what they do. Since I have been a member I have watched them grow and I am indeed proud to say that I have been part a business group that actively and regularly gives back to the community. This is truly a different and unique business group consisting not only of business people from all types of businesses but also community members looking to make a difference and we’re Incorporated too.

Work Locally and Make a Difference

With the mantra for 2018 “Giving without expectation”, it really was a year for that with some of the community donations given including Christmas hampers for local families in need, fundraising for Stafford Meals on Wheels and CPL – Choice, Passion, Life (formerly the Cerebral Palsy League), the annual Free Easter Egg Hunt at Teralba Park, Bursaries to local schools, mentoring locals who need support, work experience for local students, Breakfast Club, business advice support to community groups, mentoring support to local businesses, donations to the Lions Carols in the Park, Volunteers in the Salvos Drive for Life Program and with one raffle raising over $5,000 these are some of the wonderful ways they contribute. In the past members have also donated unwanted IPads to those in need. This year has kicked off fundraising with Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings Stafford (onions on the bottom – we know) and with more to be held on 21 February and 22 March why not pop in, grab a sausage sizzle and have a chat to the wonderful volunteers? But be warned they are all as proud and passionate about this group as I am! In addition to fundraising we also hold social get together and coffee meets which are great for businesses where there aren’t any or many employees as you get to have work “Christmas Parties” etc. without all the expense and organising.

The NOW Business Network’s mission is “to support local business by providing a platform where ideas, partnerships and collaboration can flourish through openness, trust, co-operation thus fostering a strong unified prosperous community. Forging relationships with local businesses whilst giving back to the community”.

We meet once a month on the first Thursday of every month at Everton Park High School from 6.45am. You are more than welcome to join us and you can go online and book a $10 breakfast up until the Monday before each meeting, our first meeting this year will be next Thursday and you can book in here whether you want breakfast or not.

Work Locally and Make a Difference

To be notified about meetings, follow us on our Facebook page NOW - Business Building Community

If you are a business owner why not join us, we’d love to meet you?

Businesses and community supporting and working together to build a strong sense of belonging. Work locally and make a difference!

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Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

The Art of Following your Passion

Passion

How many of us wish that we could follow our passion? I love now that Artists of all kind can embrace their true self and follow their passions. Some like me take a little longer than others!

Passion

Around 3-4 years ago Gabrielle Conescu was working as a professional bookkeeper, when she started attending art classes. At the same time Gabrielle was attending classes in Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring. At these classes, she worked out her strengths and decided to focus on them. She discovered she was more suited to work as an artist or teacher so after private art tutoring she decided to follow her passion and seeing her beautiful artwork I’m glad she did. Gabrielle creates unique pieces of art that radiates beauty with the intention of transforming day to day living spaces.

Gabrielle’s art connects her appreciation of beauty and nature and her positive emotions show through her artwork. She recognizes that emotional connection is important and from this she enjoys that her audience feel positive when they engage with it. Because of this she loves painting special commissions for her client’s individual needs. She enjoys getting to know people in a real and authentic way. “Most people are passionate about what they provide for others and I can appreciate their genuine desire to provide excellence”. Gabrielle believes that there is opportunity for everyone to step into what they love and create a business from it.

Being involved with small businesses all her life Gabrielle has found that working in a creative space has its own complexities. From this she has realized that having the right people on your team is important. She mostly works from home and exhibits her gorgeous artworks inside Vend Market Place, (Shop 29) 1768 Sandgate Road, Virginia. Gabrielle is looking at a social enterprise business model as her business grows and she is passionate about helping others living to their highest potential.

Drawing on her inner child Gabrielle said that her one wish would be to spend her time laughing and playing with paint all day with a bunch of big kids. Well we all can be young at heart!

Gabrielle’s vision for the future is that she is able to accomplish something as extraordinary as having her art in galleries around the world. She would love to see an appreciation for nature and all things beautiful as a priority in the world.

It is with much excitement that Gabrielle is launching her first solo art exhibition at Bramble Place Café and Lounge, 1 Loudon Street, Sandgate from Tuesday 29 January – 31st March. Gabrielle will be holding a special Launch on 8 February and you can contact her on 0403 729839 for further information on this.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

Local Figures and Identities Achieving Amazing Results

Local figures and identities achieving amazing results often quietly go unknown and we have some incredibly community focused people walking among us. One passionate local identity is well-known Real Estate Agent Madeleine Hicks.

Most locals know Madeleine and her butterfly logo. However, there is much more to Madeleine than just real estate. Madeleine spends every spare moment she has giving back to the community and making the world a better place.

Madeleine is the driving force behind the NOW Business Network. Their motto is Business Building Community and her philosophy is that communities can support each other be it through business, schools, charitable groups or local residents wanting to give back. Everyone has something to give and make where they live a better place. Madeleine always says, “Sharing is Caring”.

When there’s a call out for those in need Madeleine is always there be it a local school community or charity, a networking group or organising many projects such as the recent appeal for dog food for Farmers suffering throughout the drought and not being able to feed their dogs; or over the last 9 years the FREE Easter Egg Hunt and celebrations locally; letters from Santa; helping and contributing to the Bunya Lions FREE Christmas Carols in the Park which is on Saturday 15 December this year at Mitchelton (if you wish to give to the Bunya Lions Christmas Carols in the Park the go fund me page is https://www.gofundme.com/lions-carols-in-the-park ) and the Smith Family Appeal.

So, with this in mind celebrating Christmas is one of the best times of the year and giving back at Christmas to those less fortunate is a small way we can all celebrate, share the love and put a smile on a child’s face. Madeleine has again put the call out to the local community to do that by supporting the Smith Family’s Toy and Book Drive.

The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Drive is an opportunity for everyone to help out and the idea is simple. If you only do one thing for someone else this Christmas please consider this appeal. I know my kids always loved picking out something for a kid that they knew would love it Christmas morning and dropping it off under the donation trees. It goes a long way to teaching them about the true Christmas spirit by doing these small things.

Donating a toy or book is easy and you can drop it off to Madeleine’s office at 2/6 Trouts Road, Everton Park before Tuesday 4 December. Let’s share the love this Christmas.

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Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

Help Liam raise funds for Movember

Movember Foundation

If you’re wondering why there are some odd-looking mustaches around and thinking that maybe you’ve stepped back in time to the 80’s fear not it’s Movember again.

Again, this Movember for the 9th year, Liam Culverhouse has taken up the challenge and as in years past, he is again looking quite boyish until his facial hair grows back. Liam has raised over $9,000 in total since 2010.

Movember is about encouraging men to talk about their health issues and raising much-needed funds.

Liam has had friends and family members who have experienced men’s health issues first hand this makes him a very passionate advocate for Movember.

Movember is held every November and raises funds for research on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health awareness, and suicide prevention. Movember has changed the way men’s health is treated and talked about. 45 men die from prostate cancer every hour. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40 and every minute a man dies from suicide. The good news is that Movember is making a difference in men’s lives.

Movember is the only solely focused on men’s health charity that is global. The idea of the no-shave is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. The idea is to donate the money you would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educated about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.

The Movember Foundation is ranked 49th out of the top 500 non-governmental organisations in the world and they have funded over 1200 men’s health projects since inception in 2003. They are working towards halving the number of deaths from prostate and testicular cancer by 2030. Movember runs for November 1 – 30 every year, though you can donate all year. If you’re keen to get involved there are many events happening and it’s easy to find one near you via this link https://au.movember.com/events.

Liam is conservatively aiming at raising $1,000 (he’s already at $610 so he only needs a little help to get him to his goal) for Movember let’s see if we can help this dedicated local along. All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and you’ll feel good helping providing much-needed funding for men’s health projects.

https://mobro.co/liamculverhouse?mc=1

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

How to keep your Facebook page active and engaging

Imagine if your Facebook page was a brick and mortar store and your posts were the products on the shelves. Would your store be inviting to a customer? Would your products be shiny, attractive, fresh and interesting... or would you products be old, dusty and abandoned?

For your Facebook business page to engage your audience you have to keep it active. That means posting interesting, informative, inspiring material on a REGULAR basis. Facebook actually rewards business pages that have highly engaged followers.

What is an engaged follower?

An engaged Facebook follower is one who likes and shares your posts, comments on them and even tags others. Your engaged followers may already be customers or raving fans, or they might just be passing through your page as they saw a post they liked. If you don’t have more posts they can relate to, they’ll leave until the next time you can grab their attention.

The key then is to have you page filled with posts that entertain, educate and engage your target market. Most importantly, engaged followers become customers. And that’s what you want, right?

But keeping up the content on your page can be hard work. I’ll get to a solution soon!

First you need to understand what you’re up against.

Facebook have made it harder to engage... for a reason

Facebook has reduced the reach of our posts. But why would they do that? Isn’t it supposed to be a platform that’s all about connecting people?

Simple - Facebook wants us to pay!!

Facebook is a business after all - a BIG business. They’ve given us a free ride for a really long time. Now we need to open up our wallets if we want our stuff to be seen.

It’s no use wanting it to be different, that’s the reality.

Facebook still offers up one of the cheapest forms of digital advertising. Have you looked at the cost of Google AdWords recently? Some keywords are almost $60 per click! Facebook ads will set you back between $1 and $3 per click, or if you’re a clever marketer, sometimes as low as 25 cents per click.

Trust me though, with 2.27 billion monthly active users, Facebook doesn’t have a problem with self-worth and will continue upping their prices to as high as the market will bear.

Let’s try then to beat them a little at their own game!

One easy way to increase engagement on your page

This is super simple and yet so many businesses overlook it.

Are you ready?

Post inspirational and motivational quotes!

You heard it. Much as you might be over them, millions upon millions of daily likes, shares and comments on these pretty little memes prove that people still love them.

Quotes can help to fill your Facebook business page with fresh, interesting, inspiring content that will engage your audience.

When you add your business logo and/or website to a quote that gets shared, you are marketing your business at no extra cost!

Facebook page

3 steps to making inspirational quotes – for free

  1. Think of a theme that aligns with your business. For example, if you’re in the real estate industry that could be ‘new home’ or ‘real estate’ or ‘my own home.’
  2. Type in your theme to Google eg: ‘new home quotes’ and your search will turn up a MASSIVE amount of quotes to choose from. Cut and paste your favourites and save in a document.
  3. Sign up to a free account on Canva. Here’s where you get creative. Canva has plenty of design templates you can use. They’re even sized for the various social media platforms! Choose one of their free images, add your quote text, upload and add your logo and then save and download.

There you have it – your very own, branded inspiration quote ready to post to your Facebook or Instagram page!

How often should you post quotes?

Once a week - on top of your other social media posts - is often enough to post an inspirational quote to your page. More than that and people will get bored.

You might even consider posting on a specific day so your audience looks forward to them – Motivational Monday is a great way to start the week!

Here’s an even easier way to get branded quotes for your page

If you like the idea of having a branded quote on your page every week but you don't really have the time to muck around with finding quotes, scrolling through images, creating the designs and uploading them to your page, I have a solution!

Grab some Social Swipes from me!

Social Swipes are motivational and inspirational quotes that are created especially for you to target your industry! I have a huge and growing library of quote themes to suit many businesses:

  • real estate agents
  • financial planners
  • lawyers
  • coaches
  • marketers
  • team leaders
  • education providers
  • career and employment agencies
  • beauticians and
  • hairdressers

with loads more being added every week!

Every Social Swipe is branded with your logo and scheduled by me to appear on your Facebook page once a week for SIX MONTHS!

Imagine the time you’ll save with one less post to think about every week. It will also keep you page connecting, engaging and thriving. These feel-good quotes are designed to be shared which means more reach for your business... without the need to advertise!

Contact me today and let’s get your Facebook engagement happening!

Links:

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https://www.canva.com/

https://jrmedia.com.au/social-swipes/

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Ladies UP Weekend 20-21 October, Brisbane

Learn the secrets to a thriving profitable business at the Ladies Up Weekend.

For the first time ever this event aims to change the lives of women Australia wide by bringing together 10 of the best women in business to teach you how to succeed and challenge the status quo of the 60% of start up's that fail.

If you know of any women starting their business then we would love to have her at our event, where she will hear from women who have done it and succeeded and are now sharing their knowledge.

This event is all about supporting women to be successful and we would love you to join us.

Click here for more details.

 

Just returned from a 3 day workshop with Dr Fred Grosse

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Just returned from a 3 day workshop with Dr Fred Grosse. What an amazing experience. Dr Fred's message is simple. Write down your goals and put a plan in place to implement them. Remember "Refuse to participate in this Recession". Amazing opportunities out there at the moment for wealth creation.