The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-24T05:13:52Z IMB BANK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HELPS LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET MAD ABOUT MONEY! 2017-03-24T05:13:52Z imb-bank-community-foundation-helps-local-high-school-students-get-mad-about-money IMB Bank Community Foundation has partnered with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to deliver a financial literacy program to high schools, at no cost to the students. The program will deliver educational and entertaining messages to young people who are emerging as consumers. Global Money Week is also being held from March 27 to April 2, with the aim of helping children and teenagers start the journey to a better chance at financial security. IMB Bank Chief Executive, Robert Ryan, sees the value of investing in these students. “Today’s teenagers are tomorrow’s young adults, who will face important decisions regarding their spending and saving habits,” he says. “When we prepare them to develop healthy money habits, the benefits are enormous—they will have less stress, less debt and less confusion about their finances. This program, funded by IMB Bank Community Foundation, is just one of the financial literacy initiatives we will be launching this year for the under 25 age group.” Mad About Money is a forty-minute performance divided into segments that humorously address topics like wages and deductions, the difference between needs and wants, cash and credit and the importance of forming a savings habit. Two professional actors take suggestions from the audience and incorporate the ideas into their scenes through improvisation. “The kids respond so well to the program because they get to help shape it,” says NTC Managing Director Tobias Benn. “It’s an interactive experience rather than a passive presentation. The energy is very high, the information is relevant and meaningful to the kids and the information sticks with them because learning and laughter are blended so seamlessly.” The concepts examined in Mad About Money are aligned with the Australian curriculum and reinforced by free student workbooks and teacher guides for teachers to use in their lessons. Schools also gain access to digital learning materials to supplement their lessons with interactive classroom exercises, quizzes and games based around the program. IMB Bank will further extend the educational experience and knowledge bank for young people with the launch of a new web portal Money Tree – – which will be loaded with useful tips and information to help add additional value to the financial literacy programs. The tour begins on Monday 20th March and will visit schools across Kirrawee, Sylvania, Miranda as well as Wollongong, Dapto, Oak Flats and surrounding suburbs. Did you know IMB Bank... ·         Was established in 1880 and is one of Australia’s leading mutual banks, regulated by APRA and ASIC ·         Has an overall customer satisfaction rating of 96% and assets over $5 billion ·         Offers a comprehensive range of retail banking, small business banking and financial planning products and services ·         Has home loans, personal loans and deposit products awarded five-star ratings or ‘Best in Category’ by various independent financial services reviewers ·         Offers internet and mobile banking and has a branch network of 48 operating in Illawarra, NSW South Coast, ACT, Sydney and Melbourne ·         Has granted $8.1m to more than 550 community projects during the past 17 years via IMB’s Community Foundation ·         Merged with The Shire…Local Banking in July, 2016 About NTC Since 1978, NTC has dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people – and their families – to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational production company in the world. blueAPACHE expands to new office in Victoria 2017-03-23T22:59:27Z blueapache-expands-melbourne-team-moves-to-new-office-in-victoria PRESS RELEASE Melbourne, Australia – Award-winning IT as a Service (ITaaS) provider blueAPACHE are set to expand their operations in Victoria, following significant growth. “As organisations seek greater business agility and improved alignment between their business and ICT, they are drawn to the benefits of our emPOWER ITaaS platform. This is continuing to drive our year-on-year growth”, said Chris Marshall, founder and Managing Director of blueAPACHE. In response to this market demand, blueAPACHE have been steadily hiring specialist resources to cater to existing clients as well as expand their services to new clients. “Last year alone, we hired approximately 30 additional staff, most of them in account management and engineering roles”, said Jenni Nelson, blueAPACHE Recruitment Manager. The hiring spree has necessitated the expansion of office space and blueAPACHE are set to move their Victorian operations into brand new premises within the next few months. Located across the road from their current head office in Abbotsford, the new space will feature a modern, open plan layout intended to maximise staff collaboration and comfort. It will also have communal spaces where staff can meet, socialise and work together. “The office on 383 Johnston Street, Abbotsford will continue to serve as our global headquarters, while the new premises will function predominantly as the hub for our Victorian customer base”, said Marshall. “We expect this will act as a catalyst for our continued expansion, not just in Victoria, but nationally. It is an exciting time to be at blueAPACHE.” The new office location is: 436 Johnston Street, Abbotsford Victoria 3067. About blueAPACHE Since 1998, the multi-awarded blueAPACHE has helped organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America leverage technology to their business advantage by delivering comprehensive IT Management, Cloud, Network, Voice, Software and Consulting as a converged service – when they need it, as they need it. This is true IT as a Service. This is blueAPACHE. To learn more, visit Bringing Great Storytelling™ to Western Sydney 2017-03-22T01:31:05Z bringing-great-storytelling-to-western-sydney Sydney Story Factory (SSF) has announced it will open a brand new creative writing centre for young people in Parramatta in May 2018, with the support of Pantera Press as a foundational partner. SSF specialises in building the writing skills and confidence of marginalised young people aged 7 to 17, particularly those who are Indigenous or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, SSF has worked with more than 9,000 children and teenagers all over NSW. In 2016, 25% of students were from Western Sydney. The organisation’s expansion into Parramatta will be led by Dr Cath Keenan, the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero. “We are delighted to be partnering with Pantera Press which, like us, has a passion for uncovering new Australian stories,” says Keenan. The partnership between Sydney Story Factory and Pantera Press represents a natural synergy between two organisations committed to effecting positive social impact and promoting Australian writing culture in its many forms. As a young, boutique publishing house, Pantera Press actively nurtures its growing stable of talented Australian storytellers and is continually looking for new ways to foster a love of reading and close the literacy gap in Australia. The new partnership with Sydney Story Factory is just one part of an ongoing company focus, which seeks to ignite the spark of creativity in all young Australians. "We are an organisation built with social purpose. Partnering with the Sydney Story Factory is our next step in contributing to Australian culture," comments Pantera Press CEO and Co-founder, Alison Green, who was recently named one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review. “We couldn't be more excited to support such an incredible organisation and help launch the new Sydney Story Factory in Parramatta.” Green is the visionary and the force behind Pantera Press, which seeks to invest in all aspects of Australian writing culture. Alison Green is available for interview and comment. Nexon Asia Pacific takes home Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise APAC Cloud Partner of the Year award for the second consecutive year 2017-03-16T22:14:15Z nexon-asia-pacific-takes-home-alcatel-lucent-enterprise-apac-cloud-partner-of-the-year-award-for-the-second-consecutive-year SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – March 17, 2017 – Nexon Asia Pacific (Nexon) has recently taken home Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise APAC Cloud Partner of the Year award for its innovation, growth initiatives, and collaboration opportunities with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise solutions over the past year.  An Australian cloud and managed service provider who delivers dynamic I.T. to organisations in the government, commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Nexon also received the same award in 2015 with its cloud offering, MA3, a dynamic cloud and consumption-based communication platform that is built on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s technology. Achievement of this consecutive award demonstrates Nexon’s commitment and dedication to fulfill customers’ evolving needs to stay relevant in today’s highly dynamic and mobile marketplace, as well as to distinguish itself as Alcatel Lucent’s leading innovative partner in the region. “With such a committed and successful APAC Partner Community it is with much pride that I congratulate Nexon on being named APAC Cloud Partner of the Year. Nexon continues to be a valued Business Partner as it innovates in the cloud and grows our mutual cloud channel. We look forward to more shared victories with Nexon in 2017”, says Chris Downes, Channel Sales Director - Australia & New Zealand. Nexon’s cloud-based unified communications and collaboration solutions are tailored to meet the demands of the modernised workforce who needs flexible work arrangement, at the same time, be able to connect, and collaborate to deliver exceptional levels of customer service. “To be awarded for the second time, the APAC Cloud Partner of the Year is an acknowledgement privilege for us at Nexon. As we prepare for the big shift in customer demand for unified communications and collaboration services in the cloud, Nexon is committed to work with clients across the country to ensure that they benefit from emerging collaboration technologies that befit their business environment and requirement,” Tony Mahony, Queensland State Manager, Nexon Asia Pacific.  Nexon’s MA3 delivers innovative tools, systems and solutions to allow businesses to securely connect, collaborate, and make smarter, faster decisions. By combining infrastructure and software, we deliver secure connectivity and productivity applications, unified communications and business continuity solutions to dynamics businesses who are on their digital transformational journey.   About Nexon Asia Pacific Founded in 2000, Nexon is an Australian cloud and managed service provider who specialises in providing business technology solutions to dynamic businesses across commercial, government and, not-for-profit sectors. Its solutions offerings include cloud services, unified communications, network infrastructure and business applications. The company’s mission is to deeply connect people in productive and efficient ways. Nexon serves clients both across Australia and in some countries in the Asia Pacific region and employs approximately 150 business and technology professionals. It has won numerous awards over the years for its development of innovative cloud and unified communications solutions. For more information about Nexon, visit its website at   STUDENTS SET SAIL WITH SCHOLASTIC SUSTAINABILITY SPECTACULAR 2017-03-09T00:29:00Z students-set-sail-with-scholastic-sustainability-spectacular During March, over 10,000 students across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth will be visited by Captain Doorknob and his colourful crew in The Water Pirates of Neverland, an entertaining play to educate students on water conservation and sustainability. Stockland is proud to partner with the National Theatre for Children (NTC) for the second consecutive year to present the engaging, new performance at no cost to the schools. Penny Courtie, Stockland Sustainability Manager, said: “We are excited to partner with the National Theatre for Children to once again take this fun and educational play on its national tour”. “We strongly believe that we have an important role to play in helping to educate the next generation, who we know care deeply and have a strong interest in preserving and protecting our environment for the future. “Stockland is proud to be a world leader for sustainability and this play goes hand-in-hand with our focus on environmental preservation, protection, rehabilitation and stewardship within our communities and across all of our residential, retirement living and commercial property developments and assets.” The Water Pirates of Neverland has been designed by NTC to be effective, educational, and entertaining. The show is performed by professional actors who play a variety of characters, resulting in a fast-paced, highly comedic experience. Participating schools also gain access to digital games and activities, free of charge, that reinforce the educational points of water conservation including: ·         The uses of water ·         The importance of water ·         Ways to conserve water ·         Ways water gets polluted Tobias Benn, NTC Managing Director, said: “If your goal is to share information with kids that you want them to remember for a lifetime, live theatre is the ideal format.” “The teaching points are packaged in fun. The story moves quickly to keep kids excited, and it’s that excitement that makes them so ready to absorb what they’re hearing and inspires them to help make the world better.” The Water Pirates of Neverland will launch its national tour in Melbourne during the week starting Monday 6th March. Schools can register their interest for the show via the website: END About The National Theatre for Children In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people – and their families – to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational production company in the world.  About Stockland: Stockland (ASX: SGP) was founded in 1952 and has grown to become Australia’s largest diversified property group – owning, developing and managing a large portfolio of shopping centres, residential communities, retirement living villages, office and industrial assets. Stockland was recognised by the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the global real estate sector leader for 2016-17 demonstrating world leadership across the areas of stakeholder engagement, customer relationship management, supply chain management, biodiversity and climate change strategy. Stockland also achieved Global Sector and Regional Sector Leader status in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey in the category Diversified - Retail/Office. The Home Show brings inspiration to Sydney in March 2017-03-08T04:45:25Z the-home-show-brings-inspiration-to-sydney-in-march Thousands of Sydney home owners, renovators and local trade are set to flock to the Home Show this March at International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.  Held over three days from Friday 24 - Sunday 26 March, over 200 exhibitors will showcase the latest  products for kitchens, bathrooms, interiors and outdoor living.  Visitors can get inspiration for their home renovation or building project at the Home Living Hub Seminar  Series, sponsored by Design Curtains. The schedule is packed with renovation and building experts including TV Presenter James Treble, The Block’s amazing landscape gardener Inge Jabara, and inspiring interiors expert Joumana Moore from Verve Interior Design Centre.  If you’re looking for a new design direction for your home in 2017, the Designer Rooms are the place for you. Stop by the area to get unique inspiration and personalised advice from interior designers with unique perspectives. You’ll find the collection of rooms around the HOME Living Hub Stage.   For visitors seeking expert advice for their projects, the HIA Ask an Expert area will feature free 20-minute consultations with Builders, Architects and Kitchens & Bathroom experts. Make an appointment online or at the Show.  “The Home Show is the best place for Sydney-siders to visit before they start any renovating or building  project”, Senior Marketing Manager, Nicole McGovern says.  “The Show gives visitors and trade the opportunity to get insight and inspiration, source the latest products and services for their project, get great Show specials and see the best companies in Sydney, all for FREE and all under the one roof”, McGovern explains.  Getting around the Show in 2017 is easy thanks to our comprehensive Show website, featuring a  searchable exhibitor list, stage timetables, exclusive savings and prizes. Find new products, great savings and the biggest names in renovating and building including the Harvey Norman, HIA, Decina, Jetmaster, Kresta, Rylock, The Site Foreman and more.  The Home Show is Sydney’s largest building and home improvement event and a great day out for the whole family.  Find out more at  - ENDS - For all media enquiries, interviews, images, media passes and promotions, please contact: Nicole McGovern - Marketing Manager 03 9276 5520 | eVestigator Simon Smith, a Cybersecurity Expert Gives Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft 2017-03-06T04:13:38Z evestigator-simon-smith-a-cybersecurity-expert-gives-tips-to-protect-yourself-from-identity-theft Simon Smith, Private Investigator, a well known Cyber Security expert answers the question if anyone can have their identity taken? eVestigator explains that no matter how smart you are you, you are susceptible to human error and deception known by a process called "social engineering." This concept he describes is a form of human deception in Cyber Security that most readers are likely to be a victim of at some stage in their lives. He makes it clear that one cannot control what one does not know. eVestigator Simon Smith is often asked if he can "hack" into a person's private social media accounts. He describes this is a Hollywood-style perception of hacking but there are some truths. He puts forward two answers, both "Yes" and "No." He states that "a person can control what they have possession of, however are oblivious to what they don’t." In forums, and in criticisms directed towards many victims, he often reads members of the public being very critical about others that may have been scammed on dating sites, or email phishing campaigns. He recognises that sometimes people call them "stupid" and knows the psychology of both the scammer and the victim and is capable of making a fair comment. Mr. Smith knows a secret he can share that only the highest level Forensic Investigators and Cyber Security experts know and he is prepared to share it. He is quick to point out that victims are most definitely not "stupid." He refers to his clients as typically very smart people who have been deceived. Secondly, the secret that he holds would make those who criticise think twice before making such a statement. "The human mind is a complex form of art," he often likes to say. He refers to the term "social engineering" and has in fact been able to manipulate information out of scammers and cyber stalkers using very sophisticated human manipulation and counter intelligence techniques that do not ever involve the use of a computer. He encourages those people who criticise to spend a day with him and they may be of a different view at the end of the day. He is of the strong view that some external research on "social engineering" may show those who criticise victims exactly how everyone is already essentially tricked every day of their lives. Mr. Smith is a recognised expert witness for the courts in Cyber Security, Information Technology Systems, Reverse Engineering and any technical expert dispute. He has extreme industry experience and has caught over 200 stalkers and over $10 million dollars of international scammers, a job which would ordinarily be for the Police and AFP/Interpol, which is prevalent in the Australian media at the moment. Mr. Smith is of the view that today's methods in dealing with Cyber Security are taught incorrectly and now needs to adapt with legislative change. He believes companies everywhere have to drop their current structures and adapt to new regulatory data-breach reporting requirements, or face getting serious fines, penalties or even worse, loss of business. Mr. Smith says, "You cannot do a course to become a Cyber Security Expert and companies need to know that if you do not spend the money in risk mitigation, you will spend one hundred times more in losses." Mr. Smith is a strong follower of the media and contributes to exposing cyber-attacks and the best methods of avoiding them for the everyday citizen. eVestigator Simon Smith identifies below just some key strategies an individual can employ to protect their personal identity on the Internet from what they have within their control: 1. Change your password and security questions regularly and have a different password for all accounts. (It's annoying but necessary.) 2. Always enable two-factor authentication to a physical device. 3. Never enable the default "Family Sharing" - "Locate my Friends" or other default sharing applications placed on iPhones and Androids. 4. Get off iCloud - Use encrypted backups more. 5. Disable Android Device Manager on your phone. 6. Forever keep checking for security alerts by your email provider. 7. Never join a free Wi-Fi hotspot even if it is password protected, and only trust your home if setup correctly. 8. Logout of your email immediately from any browser if using webmail. Google does not care that you stop reading email. Google continues to check out everything else you are up to. 9. Install TOR Browser and surf the internet anonymously. Mr. Smith wrote Orion Hidden IP Browser++ for iOS but generally any TOR browser is worth looking into. 10. Never use passwords that aren't crazily cryptic. 11. Always logout of Facebook or any social network session you log in to. Mr. Simon Smith can be contacted at the contact information below. He is best utilised as a Cyber Forensic Investigator, Counter Intelligence Expert and Court Expert Witness and Dark Web Expert.eVestigator® - Expert Witness, Computer Forensic Private and Government/Cybercrime Investigator, CEO, CTO, CSIO, CEFI, CWTS, PI, FDRP, CFHI, CCIE, CCTA, CSMIE, MCSD, MCP, GDipAMLCTF, GDipStrLdr, GCertITStrMan, GCertITSus, GCertDigEd,GDipMan, GDipPortMan, GDipFDR, AdvDipGov (Fraud/Investigation/Workplace), AdvDipRiskMan, Computer Digital Forensic Investigator and Certified Expert Witness, Cyber-Stalking, Online Harassment Expert, Hi-Tech Crime Investigator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator, Government, Workplace / Private Investigator (Licensed under Victoria Police LRD), Master Programmer - 20+ yrs com-exp, Auditor, Ethical Hacker, Recognised Dept. Homeland Security Certifications below. Member ISSA, VSCL, IASA, MCSD, MCP, CCP, Stanford University Cryptology Certified, SANS Cyber Aces Certified, Certified Forensic Hi-Tech Investigator (CFHI), Certified Cyber Investigative Expert (CCIE), Certified e-Commerce Fraud Investigator (CEFI), Certified Workplace Threat Specialist (CWTS), Certified Social Media Intelligence Expert (CSMIE), Certified Cyber Threat Analyst (CCTA), TW @  LI FB Game changer for the hire boat industry improves tourist safety and enjoyment 2017-03-03T04:04:45Z game-changer-for-the-hire-boat-industry-improves-tourist-safety-and-enjoyment Never before seen in the tourism or boating industry Coastal Ventures recently partnered up with Garmin to provide a service to our customers that has never been seen before in the industry.  We are able to give interstate and overseas visitors a lifetime of local knowledge at their fingertips. Tyrone who has 20+ years of boating experience around Australia once told us that "Driving a new boat always take a little bit of getting used to and the pressure is on when you're taking your whole extended family out to not embarrass yourself.  When in unfamiliar waters and not knowing where you're going, that pressure is even more when you're constantly on the lookout for sand bars and channels." ​ We found that even experienced boaties, if not familiar with the Gold Coast waters were slightly on edge when first taking our boats so we decided to do something to alleviate some of that stress by reviewing our GPS and sonar facilities. As all of our hire boats are fitted with GPS units, we decided to make things easier for customers by preprogramming all of the best destinations on the Gold Coast in so that they know exactly where to go.   But we still weren't satisfied. So to make our boats truly unmatched in their navigation aids, we worked with boaties who have lived and breathed the Broadwater for their whole life to preprogram the quickest and safest routes in to the GPS units.  This means that the customer can simply follow the line on the screen, knowing that grounding out or hitting obstacles is one less thing that they have to worry about.   A few of our customers have told us things like: "It's like being on a rollercoaster that you just simply control the speed.  You follow the line on the screen and get shown around the best places!" "That simple line felt like I had a tour guide with me showing me the way. Best thing was, unlike guided tours where we get hurried along between stops, we still had complete control over our day.  When we got to Tipplers we were able to spend a couple of hours there instead of being rushed on to the next place." We love conversing with our customers and this innovative concept means that rather than simply pointing over to Straddie and saying "Go that way", we are able to give them detailed advice about exactly where to go on the Gold Coast and precisely how to get there so that they can focus on enjoying the day with their family and friends. For more info, head to From Shoes to Social Enterprise, Fashion to Farmers Markets – The Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame honours Australia’s top female business trailblazers for 2017 2017-03-02T01:48:32Z from-shoes-to-social-enterprise-fashion-to-farmers-markets-the-businesswomen-s-hall-of-fame-honours-australia-s-top-female-business-trailblazers-for-2017 SYDNEY, Australia - 2 March, 2017 - In the lead up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame recognises a prestigious collective of quiet achievers, high profile industry leaders, emerging entrepreneurs, and champions of the community and NFP sectors as its 2017 inductees. Now in its 19th year, the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame recognises Australia’s female business trailblazers. The 2017 inductees will join more than 200 women previously inducted into this respected community.   “The collective influence that women entrepreneurs have on business in Australia has never been as cohesive and prominent as it is now,” said Suzi Dafnis, CEO of HerBusiness. “The women inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame are incredibly inspiring with stories of determination and passion that have set them on paths to success — paths that often have quite a few big bumps along the way.”   “Being a business owner is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, experiences a woman can have. The Hall of Fame shines a light on Australia’s most talented women entrepreneurs and shares their authentic — stories that inspire other women to be bold and confident in business — even when the going gets rough or they lose their mojo. Successful women inspire other women to strive for success,” said Dafnis.   The 17 entrepreneurs inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2017 stem from industries as diverse as health and beauty to agriculture and farming, construction and mining to fashion and homewares. They include both established and emerging business owners and champions of the not-for-profit and burgeoning social enterprise sectors. “The HerBusiness Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame celebrates the extraordinary achievements of stand-out Australian business owners. The stories behind their success help build confidence in small business owners everywhere. And confidence is an essential element to business growth,” said Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and former Hall of Fame Selection Panel member. “I congratulate each and every inductee on this well-deserved recognition.”     Every year the Hall of Fame inductees are asked to share their business story and success secrets. Some of this year’s keys to success include:           Overcome fear and take calculated risks as a catalyst for change in business “Investing in cloud systems as early as we did was a brave decision and we followed our gut instincts as entrepreneurs. When your business is moving fast it's important to trust yourself and not stall your progress with paralysis by analysis.” Kelly Baker-Jamieson, founder, Edible Blooms           Never underestimate your impact, accomplishments and abilities – don’t fall victim to the Imposter Syndrome  “The key is to embrace the evidence, have the courage to lead where others follow, and to enjoy the journey for what it is.” Kim Liddell, NDEA – Non-Destructive Excavations Australia   “It's a very common feeling. I stop and look at what it was like before I started, and look at the growth I have achieved since then. I also stop comparing myself to others.” Roslyn Campbell, founder, Tsuno.           Surround yourself with a solid support team, including networks and a board “One of the things that I took very seriously from day one was that I needed to access expertise and experience that I did not have. To counter that I formed a board that had expertise in areas such as corporate governance, law, finance, science and marketing. It was not an easy thing to do for a start-up company but I consider myself very lucky and have formed a great relationship and respect for my board members.” Leanne Preston, founder, Wild Child           Pay it forward: find yourself a great mentor, then be one to someone else “My mentors have provided amazing insights and experiences that have gifted me with great guidance and more knowledge. When times have been really tough, they have believed in me and the future of the business and have also given me very honest and relevant feedback when I've needed it most.  They have all variously provided me with mental strength and ‘carried me forward for an hour' when I have been exhausted by the enormity of some of the challenges that I have faced. I know that Manbulloo would not be in as strong a position if I had not had mentors.  There are a few situations that I wonder whether Manbulloo would have survived without them.” Marie Piccone, Managing Director, Manbulloo           Find a healthy balance and create boundaries between work and personal “You need to schedule in a MEETING WITH YOURSELF every day. This is the time where you need to focus and recharge, whether it be going to the gym, a walk, sleeping in or meditation.” Teresa Cutter, Owner, The Healthy Chef The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are: 1.                  Adina Jacobs, STM Brands 2.                  Bronwen Healy, Hope Foundation 3.                  Catherine Harris, Harris Farm Markets 4.                  Emily McWaters, SOL Group (Gifts Australia) 5.                  Grace Chu, Performics 6.                  Jane Lu, ShowPo 7.                  Jodie Fox, Shoes of Prey 8.                  Kelly Jamieson, Edible Blooms 9.                  Kim Liddell, NDEA 10.               Leanne Preston, Wild Child 11.               Liz Courtney, Unboxed Media 12.               Marie Piccone, Manbulloo 13.               Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture 14.               Miranda Sharp, Melbourne Farmers Markets 15.               Roslyn Campbell, Tsuno 16.               Teresa Cutter, The Healthy Chef 17.               Samantha Wills, Samantha Wills   Criteria and Process for Hall of Fame The criteria for the Hall of Fame requires inductees to be founders or business owners who have demonstrated they are exemplary in their field, making new pathways, be mentors amongst mentors of other women, demonstrate inspiring and aspiring business journeys and trailblazers. Women are nominated by Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame Alumni, industry and business groups and the HerBusiness Advisory Board. A highly-respected Selection Panel, which features a diverse mix of women in business, the media and government, is responsible for the selection process and review. For more information please visit   For a free copy of the 2017 Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame Keepsake booklet (include stories and success strategies from the inductees) visit   -END   About HerBusiness: HerBusiness is an online membership community that supports 30,000 female business owners through business mentoring and training that is designed to teach women the skills to start, manage and grow their business. HerBusiness, formerly known as The Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN) has been honouring women since its start, more than 25 years ago.    WINGS PUBLIC RELATIONS CLIENT PORTFOLIO EXPANDS 2017-02-23T11:36:41Z wings-public-relations-client-portfolio-expands Gold Coast-based Wings Public Relations is relishing the opportunity to work within the legal, beauty and home services industries after recent client wins. National franchise organisation James’ Home Services, award-winning beauty face mask company Lonvitalite, family and commercial law experts Fedorov Lawyers and mediation service Family Mediation Station have selected Wings Public Relations to support them in 2017. Wings Public Relations Director Deanna Nott, who started her firm in June after working in senior government communication roles for more than 20 years, said Wings PR was experiencing rapid growth. “It is clear that clients want an experienced team that can undertake a full suite of public relations activities in support of their businesses,” she said. “We are being selected not only for our media relations and pitching expertise, but also because we have strength in the social media and image management areas. “Developing and implementing communication strategies for our clients that help them achieve their goals is always our number one priority and we are delivering results.” Nott said that all of Wings’ clients have come via referrals. “We pride ourselves on providing a top level service, with regular progress updates on campaigns in development and those in the process of being rolled out. “Our genuine interest in our clients and attention to detail is holding us in good stead as we move forward.” For further information, please contact Deanna Nott, Wings Public Relations, on 0422 504540 or visit Melbourne artist drawn back to the bush 2017-02-22T22:58:19Z melbourne-artist-drawn-back-to-the-bush Chiltern, Victoria:  Twenty years after moving to Melbourne from rural NSW, visual artist Kirrily Anderson has returned to the country to immerse herself in the natural inspiration of the bush. Her studio Paper Trail Studio will open in Chiltern on Saturday March 25th 2017.   4 solo exhibitions, myriad group shows and more than ten commissioned paste up murals in and around Melbourne over the past 7 years have helped shape this artist’s style. The desire now for a different inspiration has led her to relocate to Chiltern to set up a space to live, work and share skills and knowledge with the local community. Located in what was once a butchery on Chiltern’s main street, Paper Trail Studio will showcase Anderson’s detailed illustrative portraits, feature one of her captivating murals and function as a space for creative workshops. The studio will be open to the public Thursday to Sunday  11am - 4pm (or by appointment).   Anderson has exhibited both in Australia and overseas, curated exhibitions in Melbourne and Toronto, been shortlisted for the Marie Ellis OAM prize for drawing (2015), awarded the Abbostford Convent’s Spiritous Award (2015) and has facilitated street art workshops in Melbourne and rural Victoria. As a visual artist she is represented in Australia by Manyung Gallery Group. As an illustrator she is represented internationally by Illustration Ltd. For more information see Kirrily AndersonPaper Trail Studio ### Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Provides Travellers With Discount Autumn Savings 2017-02-22T04:43:28Z jolly-swagman-backpackers-sydney-provides-travellers-with-discount-spring-savings Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney has released a range of new cheap accommodation options for travellers that are looking for quality accommodation with bargain rates. The team at Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney is currently offering a free nights accommodation for travellers that are booking for a weeks stay in the 3-bed dorm. The three-bed dorm is perfect for small groups of travellers that are visiting Sydney and desiring clean and comfortable rooms right in the heart of Sydney. The room is fully equipped with ceiling fans, ironing board, full-size fridge and wireless internet. The deal can be booked on the official Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney website. Details and conditions are listed on the booking page. Who Is Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney? Located in the heart of Sydney in energetic Kings Cross, Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney is one of Sydney's most loved and recommended hostels. With a range of rooms and dorms, there is something for every type of traveller at Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney. Visitors to Sydney can enjoy the genuine Australian backpacking experience at Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney with free airport pick-up, free wifi, free breakfast and free linen. Located just down the road from the Sydney CBD, Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney is perfectly located for tourists that want to explore the world-famous sights of Sydney.  For more information on Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney, visit the company website at Cheap Accommodation Sydney.  Rallying Together to Support Growers Impacted by Recent Floods in Adelaide 2017-02-22T04:09:36Z rallying-together-to-support-growers-impacted-by-recent-floods-in-adelaide Rallying Together to Support Growers Impacted by Recent Floods in Adelaide Updated: 22 February 2017 300 growers and 1,500 hectares of crops destroyed due to extreme weather $50 million approx. in damages and losses A united effort raises $152,000 for SA Growers Flood Appeal Late last year, close to 300 growers with an estimated 1,500 hectares of land in the Northern Adelaide Plains were significantly impacted by severe weather conditions and flooding. These conditions caused around $50 million in damages and losses. Consequently, farmers in the region have experienced many challenges relating to low seed volumes to resew crops, decreased availability of fungicide to treat surviving crops, damage caused by weeds and insects, as well as widespread damage to infrastructure. The South Australian Produce Market Limited initiated a partnership with the Horticultural Coalition of SA, AusVeg SA and Foodbank SA in an effort to raise much needed funds for the purchase of seedlings and assistance with re-establishing viable crops for the future, ensuring all affected producers would get back on track as soon as possible. Established in October, the Appeal has effectively rallied support from SA State Government, the community, industry partners and businesses to provide much needed help to local horticulture growers affected. Speaking about the SA Flood Appeal, Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Produce Market, Angelo Demasi said, “The SA Flood Appeal is raising much needed funds to help with the purchase of seedlings and assist with the re-establishment of viable crops for the future. “Special thanks is extended to all major donors (Brisbane Markets, CHEP, Government of South Australia, IGA, ORORA, South Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetables, South Australian Produce Market and Visy), their considerable support and donations were critical to the success of the appeal” he said. “Thanks to generous donations from the SA State Government, South Australians’ and businesses such as Foodbank SA, The Horticultural Coalition of SA, CHEP, Visy, IGA Supermarkets and SA Mushrooms, we’ve been able to raise $152,000. This financial aid has started to be given out to help farmers get back onto their feet” Mr Demasi said. CHEP Australia’s Director, Supply Chain Solutions, John Alderson said he was proud of CHEP’s support for the local community, its partners and suppliers as part of this Appeal. “We are committed to supporting this region and its return to a productive and prosperous area that provides the fruit, vegetables and flowers that many of us enjoy within our households. “CHEP is proud to collaboratively support those in need and make a real difference” said Mr Alderson. A grower of fresh produce and CHEP customer impacted by this flooding is Comfresh Group. Speaking about this, Comfresh Group’s Sales Manager, Jamie Dodds said, “It was difficult to see all the hard work you put into growing produce throughout the year go to waste due to crops being underwater and spoiled. “Since the severe flooding occurred, it has been great to see the industry and community really come together to help producers like us get back onto our feet. Our team really appreciates all the support we have received and the generosity of those who supported growers like us through the SA Growers Flood Appeal” said Mr Dodds. Funds from the SA Growers Flood Appeal are currently being administered by Foodbank SA with applications for financial assistance being assessed by an independent panel of growers and industry members. For more information on the SA Growers Food Appeal and/or if you would like to make a valuable contribution to this Appeal, email or call 08 8349 4493. Image Caption (Pictured here from left to right): Susie Green, CEO - Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia, Hon Leon Bignell MP - Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Forests, Tourism, Recreation and Sport, and Racing in South Australia, Angelo Demasi, CEO - South Australian Produce Market, Tony Schirripa State Manager of South Australia – Premier/LaManna Group, Paul Pogas, Deputy Chairman - Fresh Markets Australia and Alan Brunato, Supply Chain Solutions Manager - CHEP Australia END   About South Australian Produce Market The South Australian Produce Market is South Australia’s primary fresh produce wholesale market. Over 250,000 tonnes of fresh produce is traded between their 45 wholesalers, 60 growers and hundreds of retail operators each year, worth an estimated wholesale value of $590 million.   About AUSVEG AUSVEG is the leading body representing the interests of potatoes and vegetable producers in the state and provides growers with a united voice and strong representation with all levels of government. Media contact: Kathryn Crofts, Communications Manager, CHEP Phone: +61 (2) 9856 2547 Mobile: +61 (0) 0437 108 844 Email: Cincom Names VP of International Sales, Greg Mills, to Corporate President Position 2017-02-21T21:47:13Z cincom-names-vp-of-international-sales-greg-mills-to-corporate-president-position Global software provider Cincom is pleased to announce that Greg Mills has been promoted to the position of Corporate President. Mills assumes the new role after serving as Vice President, International Sales/Services and Corporate Operations for the company since August of 2015. Cincom founder, Tom Nies, the longest serving CEO in the software industry, announced the decision internally last week. Nies, who had been serving as President, will maintain his position as CEO and Chairman of the company and will continue his close work with the company’s Executive Team. “It was my pleasure to preside over this great organisation for so many years,” Nies says. “But it is our duty and responsibility to ensure Cincom is best equipped for the future. Greg has proven his ability as a truly global leader, and I know he is the right person to best carry our vision of Cincom forward.” Mills will continue to oversee international sales in addition to his new responsibilities. In working more closely with the various parts of the organisation, Mills sees great potential for the company. “It’s an honour to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Nies, who took this company to such great heights in this position,” Mills says. “I’ll be working with our teams across the globe to build on recent successes as well as to create new opportunities for the organisation. It’s an exciting time to be at Cincom, and I am both humbled and happy to lead the charge forward.” Mills joined Cincom in 1999, developing a track record for success serving in roles as Chief Operating Officer for Australian operations and as Global Development Manager for Cincom Document Solutions, as well as other prior roles. Prior to joining Cincom, he worked with Amtico Australia and Courtaulds Coatings. He also serves as secretary for the Australia Timor-Leste Advancement Society, which works to provide assistance to developing countries, with an emphasis on East Timor. About Cincom Cincom is a global software company with a legacy of innovation dating back to its founding in 1968. Cincom solutions help organisations improve the way they do business, from multi-channel configure-price-quote solutions for complex products and services to software improving customer communications management capabilities. In other words, Cincom builds solutions to help clients improve their most critical business processes and to improve operating results. Visit for more information. SQW FUNDING DELIVERS $1 MILLION TO HELP SKILL MORE PEOPLE 2017-02-13T05:58:57Z sqw-funding-delivers-1-million-to-help-skill-more-people Last week (Thursday 9 February), the Queensland Government released statements to organisations who tendered for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) program. Help Enterprises is proud to announce repeated success in SQW funding, with this time receiving over $1 million for the delivery of programs to around 220 disadvantaged Queenslanders at locations across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Funding will enable HELP to design and deliver tailored programs for disadvantaged people by delivering nationally recognised skills and vocational qualifications, which includes access to experienced trainers and mentors, individualised wrap around support, building of soft skills and industry and employer exposure. Help Employment & Training General Manager, Nunzia Confessore said “Yet again, this is a demonstration of the Government’s confidence in the work that we do with disadvantaged individuals through innovative programs that upskill and prepare people for work.” “This is an amazing opportunity for many of our participants, with often a second chance at training so that they can be more job ready and develop stronger pathways into the employment market. Continued referrals play an important part in all of this,” said Ms Confessore. The SQW programs are based upon skilling individuals through tailored learning, opening up employment and training pathways that lead to greater job prospects and building hope and resilience for the future of these individuals. Since 2007, Help Employment & Training has successfully delivered SQW programs for disadvantaged and underutilised Queenslanders and continues to be a leader in the delivery of funded training initiatives. Close to 10,000 employment outcomes were achieved through HELP during the last five years, with more than 3,000 employment partners. Training of 1,500 people in 2016 contributed significantly to these outcomes. Established as a social enterprise employer of people with disability, HELP remains committed to playing a role in increased workforce participation and the overall performance of the Queensland economy through the delivery of nationally recognised skills and vocational qualifications. Ms Confessore said “Our key objective is about skilling people to meet these local employment demands, placing people in meaningful and relevant jobs within their communities and offering ongoing support.” Keep up to date with programs launching over the coming months at or phone Help Employment & Training on 1800 877 545 for more information.