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Join bHive and Share Local

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 [...]

Creative Edge

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 [...]

Community Giving On-Line for Free

Bendigo Family Nature Club is a monthly event run by amazing volunteers in my home town of Bendigo. My role in this fantastic volunteer group is getting the word out there that the event is happening.  I have turned this into a monthly drawing challenge, because as you know I [...]

The Create Business Manifesto

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 [...]

Doing is My Creativity

“If someone comes to me and wants me to frame their art work, it means they want to display it and make sure it lasts into the future.” Cecilia Fogelberg established Kyneton’s latest framers, FOGELBERG'S CONSERVATION FRAMERS,  in October 2014. Since moving here from Melbourne, with her young daughter, she has [...]


"You would think running a creative agency, that creativity is the core. Creativity is pointless without motivation to do something about it." Brent Nolan is the Director of Blunt Agency. Blunt Agency is a multifaceted brand, design and creative agency.  Blunt aims to strategically position their client's brands to break [...]

Getting Comfortable

In the era of the "selfie" it is a crazy idea to write about getting comfortable in front of a camera. I have many clients who I work closely with to develop their online profile.  When I mention the value of having their face on their web site and social [...]

Pop Up Local on Social Media

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 [...]

Creativity is the Big Story in Business

"The big story in business over the next 10 years is creativity and innovation". It's a bold statement over a morning coffee and ham croissant at our local cafe´, but I completely agree with Che´ Stevenson, the director of one of Bendigo's fastest growing digital creative agency Creative Revolution. Che´ [...]

Creativity in Business Means Being Bold

Create Business caught up with Neil Edwards of Bendigo Business Banking NAB last week and asked the question ; "How does creativity grow your business?' We met at a Small Business Victoria event, back in August, we were seated together at Clare Bodwitch's presentation Creativity for Business Success.  It was [...]