Nicky Tzimas advocates for people’s rights through education

Nicky Tzimas, founder and Director of the Cosmetic Professional Development Institute of Australia (CPD Institute), is a firm believer in people’s rights. With a solid background in behavioural sciences and mental health, Nicky is an advocate of ethical practice in the cosmetic aesthetic industry.

The creation of CPD Institute was born out of Nicky’s concern over clients who were seeking treatments without thorough awareness of the risks and complications involved. She had patients from other practices approaching her clinic for services, and it was evident that they had previously been uninformed of the potential risks and problems that could have resulted from their past procedures.

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Natalie Franks readies to scale her businesses

Spending the last 18 months getting the platform right, Natalie Franks prepares her businesses, Health Legal and Law Compliance, to scale and double their clients. Now, she’s getting ready to take on the rest of her entrepreneurial journey and speed up the growth of her firms.

“Slow and steady” is how Natalie describes the movement of her journey at the moment. Looking back, she feels she could have grown faster, but it would have meant sacrificing other things. Thus, the mum of twin boys is happy with how her entrepreneurial growth has unfolded as she was able to devote time to both her ventures and her family. Knowing her capacity, and with her boys now in their teens, she’s excited to go forward with her businesses for the next five years because she can provide more focus on expanding them.

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Joe Woodham’s gateway to a better life

Many people may not have their eyes set on the entrepreneurial road. But not Joe Woodham, founder and owner of Torii Consulting. “From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to run a business. That was just the journey that I always knew I was going to go,” he stated.

Joe began his career in the recruitment space about ten years ago. He got his first job in recruitment despite not having any idea what it was, with even less of an about idea about IT. However, a few months when the global financial crisis kicked off, he found himself fired after a very quick introduction to recruitment. “With a bit of persistence, I picked up another role. Over the next few years, I learned the tricks of the trade and started to work my way up the corporate ladder,” Joe remarked.

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Terri Vinson and the synergy of her creations

“There’s a lot of ‘synergies’ that go hand in hand with my brand name,” declared Terri Vinson, Cosmetic Chemist & Founder of Synergie Skin. Her brand resonates with her philosophy of clean science, where she takes the best from science and the best from nature and harnesses them together in synergy without questionable and potentially harmful ingredients.

For Terri, synergy is not just a buzzword, but a platform for producing effective products and treatments for her clientele. She expounded on the science behind how everything should work together in harmony. “There’s a synergy between skincare and makeup that has to work together. If you use the very best skin care and put pore-clogging makeup over the top of it for the next ten hours, then you’re negating all the benefits of great skin care. So, your makeup has to be in synergy with your skin care. Secondly, skin care and makeup have to work in synergy with your skin. If it’s not working in synergy, that’s when some ingredients can lead to breakouts and reactions. Thirdly, the ingredients of the product themselves must work in synergy. A lot of people don’t understand that formulating isn’t just about throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pot and calling it a product. It’s a science, and you have to understand how those ingredients work together in synergy to get the best results.”

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Hannah Vasicek and her meaning of success

“Success means nothing unless you’re giving back.” Hannah Vasicek, Founder and Director of Francesca Collections, lives by this philosophy, which has also become the tagline of her business. More than just making jewellery, Hannah subscribes to the belief that her business is also meant to create an impact on people’s lives.

Hannah’s entrepreneurial adventure began when she was still a child. Imagine this young lady, who at 12 years old, already started her first little business selling lollies, where she earned around one or two hundred dollars a week. A year after, she ventured into making jewellery, which became one of her greatest passions that later paved the way to her Francesca Collections. “I started making jewellery when I was about 13 years of age. I lived in a rural town in New South Wales, and I had nothing to do. So, my mum took me to a beading store, and that’s when I started making jewellery,” Hannah narrated.

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Ben Stickland adds value to people’s lives

“My philosophy is I want to find a way for everybody to win. There are some cultures where you only win if other people lose. I want to do business with people and want them to have a great experience. I want to be able to meet every client that I’ve worked within 20 years’ time and make them feel that they got good value. It’s one of the core values I have that I add value to people’s lives and not take away,” declares Alliance Software CEO and Owner, Ben Stickland.

Solving problems, family and his Christian faith are some of Ben’s great passions. He admits that he does not have any entrepreneurial background in his family, but he has always been into ventures since he was a kid. “I was born in a small country town and then moved to a regional city before I became a teenager. I had a very good family life to middle-income parents and a couple of older sisters. My dad was a teacher, and my mum was a nurse. They have no entrepreneurial background,” he began.

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Gary Tramer’s wild entrepreneurial ride

If there is one word to describe Gary Tramer, founder of companies like LeadChat and PoweredLocal, it is enthusiasm. This business owner is oozing with energy, and his vibe extends to his colourful entrepreneurial journey. His journey is an adventure filled with ups and downs, but Gary finds joy and excitement going through the peaks and troughs of the entire experience.

Gary’s business journey is a wild escapade full of learnings. He has started a business, grown a business and sold a business. There are some failures as well, but in each mistake and win, he picks a valuable lesson every step of the way. It began from his own home, as he ascertained through his family about how he would fare as an entrepreneur.

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Andrew Colliver on embracing change

“Be resilient. You need to be able to learn to do pain well. When you’re in self-doubt and fear, understand that you’re going through a personal growth phase, where you’re being asked to change, adapt or improve. Your capacity to respond to those occurrences ultimately turns to success. I usually embrace those periods even though I don’t enjoy them,” Banjo co-founder and CEO, Andrew Colliver, shares. He subscribes to this business philosophy, which has guided him through all these years.

Change is something that Andrew has experienced in his 20-year business career. The shift from two decades of being a banking executive in the corporate space to entrepreneurship was a huge one. “I had a health scare five years ago, which caused some changes to the way I view the world and my place in it. I thought of things that I should have done when I was in my early 20’s. But I was so immature and reckless in my 20’s. I was not capable. But I needed to know who I was as a person without the business card and salary cheque telling me who I was, and why I was here. Then I underwent the transition into the entrepreneurial world,” he began.

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Producing learning experiences with Harry Samuels

Getting into details and combining professional services with fun experiential events is the forte of The Production House Events (TPHE), the company owned by Harry Samuels. In a highly competitive industry and ever-evolving landscape, they set themselves apart by exceeding customer’s expectations and putting people at the centre of everything they do.

Harry had no family experience in running a venture earlier in life, but he has always been passionate about business. He took up a bachelor’s degree in business, majoring in marketing and management at university and going on to finish with a Class 2 Honours degree. After that, he worked in various companies, primarily in the marketing field until he became the CEO of a supply company. His work experience included working in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. In those experiences, he was always involved with organising corporate events.

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Craig Sanford’s refreshingly different kind of approach

When Craig Sanford established Sierra Legal, what he had in mind was something very different to the traditional “ivory tower” law firms in the industry.  Thus, he created a boutique firm that provides high quality and commercially focused legal services to its clients, using a close-knit team of friendly and highly experienced lawyers who enjoy a technology savvy and truly flexible working environment.  For a boutique firm, Sierra Legal has some great clients, including Medibank, BP, Hisense and Chubb Insurance.

The entrepreneurial route was not something Craig contemplated when he began his career.  “In fact, if you ask my friends and the people where I worked at the time, they would have said that I was the last person they expected to jump out on his own,” he claimed.

His family does not have any entrepreneurial background.  His parents and those of his wife, Katie, were not entrepreneurs. According to this legal adviser-entrepreneur, “Initially, the scary part was being on my own and not having that support network around me. I’ve been with EO Melbourne now for four or five years.  But in the early days, I didn’t have those people available to guide me along my way. I had family and friends I could talk to, particularly my father, who’s always been a bit of a mentor to me. But it was a challenge not having people around me with entrepreneurial experience to give advice.”

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