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Sometimes, rules and regulation get in the way of creative solutions in business. Creatively growing business often means re-thinking everything and pushing the boundaries that may be constraining your activities. Create Business is speaking with Leah Sertori, CEO of Be.Bendigo, a platform for visionary organisations to help shape the business climate and conditions of Victoria’s…

I’m in an impressive, neat and modern print and design studio, housing million-dollar printing machines in Bendigo. Peter Reading is the managing director of the Bendigo Signarama franchise. Discovering we are both green tea lovers and both grew up on dairy farms, our conversation shifted quickly away from a formal interview. We fell into a…

“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…

The answers to our problems are local, and it is all about your reputation on bHive. It took me a little while to understand Ian McBurney’s vision to connect the people of Bendigo (a regional town in Australia of 120,000 people) to one another, and to services and products they need using an online platform…

“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…

I regularly catch up with Neil. He is the director of La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University, Bendigo. Since his appointment to this role he has created some amazing links for art in Central Victoria, he is one of those people who really get play and business. “Creativity provides the competitive edge that in…

Last week via facebook I meet David Chisholm.  I was a little nervous when I rang his number to make a time, but any worry I had about contacting a festival director was soon washed away by his bubbly enthusiasm to make our meeting happen.  It made me think no wonder he is the director…

“The business of living is good business”. Today I am at one of my favorite Bendigo cafes, Cafe El Beso, with a local woman who I greatly admire, for her career and also her vision. Rosemary Sorensen is the Director of the Bendigo Writers Festival. I asked Rosemary the question; “How does creativity grow business?”…

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