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“Death has always been milling around in my practice.” I’m in the light-filled gorgeous studio space of Hayley West. Her beautiful making and showing space are within the new Mill complex in Castlemaine. A Central Victorian township that is affectionately known as North Northcote,” brimming with creative businesses operating with and for a difference. “It…

“I don’t know how my siblings and I are all still alive!.” Cheryl Martin is well known in my community for being co-owner of the delicious and creative bakery & cafe, ‘The Good Loaf’. In February, she is transitioning to dedicate her time to her next entrepreneurial endeavor, ‘Communicate Well Work Well’.   ‘Communicate Well…

I first meet Nick Fitz at his work place, O’Farrell Robertson McMahon Lawyers. I was working on a project about social inclusion in Bendigo, and from then on we were firm Facebook friends!   When I heard (on Facebook) Nick was the ambassador for International Day of People with Disability Bendigo, I was really excited….

I hang out a lot on social media and design sites looking for inspiration; things that challenge me and ideas to steal. A habit I picked up from “Steal Like an Artist,” by Austin Kleon.     I am always on the lookout for design and messaging that stands out from the crowd. Louise Fisher’s…

Mid 2014 you would have encountered me with my hair up on end! Kinda like I was a cartoon character who had gone down a slide too fast or a crazy roller coaster ride! Create Business started in March 2014 when an opportunity, a gut squeezing uncomfortable opportunity came along to start my own business. …

Last year I received a call from Michelle Rankin of Saltworks, who asked me how do you make fundraising work?  My short answer was; “It is really hard.” I secretly admire Michelle’s fantastic weekly email out to Satworks supporters.  The email is simple, containing a short gorgeous story about what has been happening at Saltworks. …

My long time friend Kristy Kum Too has crafted up an extraordinary business HABITUE design. She handcrafts crochet rugs and baskets. As well as beautiful custom playing blocks, however she is not one to leave the crowd behind – she has brought them with her through the power of collaboration on social media. Pop Up…

“I need you” was the subject heading in the email Anita sent to Create Business to engage our services! Anita Dickons is the founder and director of Above the Line Thinking.  Anita is a Change Agent, working with people who are wanting  to create change or finding themselves in the unplanned chaos of change.  She…

  A few months ago our school newsletter had a really great article which caught my attention : the benefits of kindness.   Since depression, anxiety and stress involve a high degree of focus on the self , focusing on the needs of others literally helps shift our thinking. Having a positive effect on someone…

Verity Lougoon is the Communication and Creative Manager for Future Employment Opportunities. She is a long time friend who I have worked with over the years on a variety of projects including Dirty Denim I invited Verity to respond to our new segment: Creative Business Inspiration when we ask people “How Creativity Grows their Business.”…

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