Here’s what our members have said about our services.

I started my journey of being a business owner and a proud mum to my first child 20 years ago.  I am now a mother of four gorgeous children and still productively running my own business in an industry that I am passionate about.

John Beard has supported and encouraged me to reach and achieve many goals throughout my career.  There has been opportunities for me I never thought would be possible.  John never hesitates to answer any  questions or provide me with resources and information I may need.  Tracey Jordan is always happy to help.

Running a business certainly has had its challenges but with John’s influence and knowledge of all aspects of business he has successfully contributed to my very positive business journey.  Nothing is ever any trouble and John is always punctual and efficient.

Business East is a professional service which has certainly helped my business and myself personally with networking, marketing, managing and facilitating ideas.

I firmly believe that participating in being an active member with Business East would be beneficial to yourself and your business.

I am forever thankful to John, Tracey, and the Business East team.

I am celebrating 20 years in business and membership with Business East.

Sharee Minnikin-Smith – Endless Waves Hairdressing Dunalley

At the young age of 23 I had all the ambitions in the world to start my own business, but lacked and knowledge of how to get started and the legalities involved in running a business.  Business East’s support and guidance helped my through all the red tape including; Clarence City Council, ASIC, ATO, insurances, accounting, payroll, record keeping, business planning and much more of the behind the scenes running of my business.

I am forever grateful for Business East’s support with starting my own business.  I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without Business East and recommend anyone needing business guidance and support to reach out to Business East for the fantastic service they provide.

Emma Henderson – Hair Magix

I first came into contact with Business East around 5 years ago when I was trying to put together my first business plan.   John from Business East came to our property and I went through what I wanted to achieve with our lavender plantings.

He advised me on the best way to start creating a business plan and looking at the business idea from a realistic point view and not one through rose coloured glasses.

Having that contact over the next 5 years whilst developing our vision should not be underestimated.  Knowing that you have resources to draw on and that no large consultancy fees were attached made the daunting process of starting a new business a little less stressful at a time when every dollar counts towards your success.

When looking at ‘the bottom line’ with these things, I really believe that the real benefit should be measured not just by what the costs are to the community to keep these people employed and able to do their job.  It should be measured by the economic benefit that is created when someone that they have helped and guided launch a business and generates economic growth in the area through employment, taxes and general economic stimulation.  I am certain once these figures are looked at the odds are firmly in Business East’s favour.

In our case we started our business in October 2014 from nothing, we have gone on to create 18 new jobs in a regional area, substantial economic benefits to local community, a new visitor experience, GST and Tax revenue that simply didn’t exist prior to this time.

This is just one case, and I have no doubt that there are many more examples similar to what we have achieved.  In the beginning it can be quite daunting and would be far easier for ideas to remain dreams.  Having some guidance along the way can make the difference with having the confidence to follow those dreams and turn them into a reality.     

We are very thankful for being able to access the services offered by this dedicated and passionate team.

Clare Dean – Port Arthur Lavender

I spoke to John Beard of Business East in 2016 after using the internet to research starting a business. My research found that having a mentor and someone who believed in your business dream was a good idea. It gave me more confidence than when I started my previous business. I had been in business over 25 years ago in a completely different industry. I had no mentor, and was completely inexperienced in the area of being the sole proprietor of a small business. It was a learning curve and journey I had never experienced. There was no internet to do any research in those days, just my skill, hope and faith.

John Beard was the listening ear that I needed to pursue my idea that I’ve had since 2013.

Our business is about standing up for what we believe in. A social conscious is nice to have, it’s whether you are prepared to practise it, is what makes the difference. The disability industry is being turned upside down by the NDIS. NDIS is the biggest social reform to hit Australia since Medicare back in the seventies, and having a social conscious is paramount.

John, who was initially hesitant, but later encouraging, made the pathway clearer for the business to become a reality. Thanks to John, my idea has been transformed into an amazing reality.

I have no hesitation in recommending John and the Business East community.

Pauline Stanton – Access2Choice Tasmania Pty. Ltd.

Business East plays a broad and important role in supporting Eastern Shore businesses.  For those people with a new business concept, Business East can provide an effective sounding board and can assist or direct you to others who can help you move your business from concept to reality.  For established businesses, Business East provides invaluable opportunities for networking, recognition of business and staff performance, as well as informative and appropriate business workshops.  Personally, I wish I’d known about Business East earlier in the process of starting a new business.  Lost in the rhetoric of Federal and State Governments saying that they supported new business when, in reality, I found nothing but the contrary, I then approached Business East.  I found John Beard and his team to be very approachable, professional and resourceful in assisting to get our business off the ground.

Kieran Frampton – Glebe Hill Family Practice

For the best part of three decades I was a stay-at-home mother to our six children and concurrently the carer for live-in ailing, elderly parents, however, it has always been my desire to be part of the tourism and hospitality industries, and it was in this context that I came to Business East.

I found the number of Business East and made a fateful phone call.  I was delighted to find that the services were free, and that I could attend special business forums that would help analyze my project, with objective perspectives given on how this might work in actuality.

I learned about assessing the viability of your proposed business venture, marketing, keeping track of finances and a great deal more. John Beard was very helpful in seeking potential opportunities for publishing, while at the same time encouraging me to continue meaningfully with my own efforts.  I received follow-up phone calls to see how things were progressing.

My love for cooking, however, has never been a secret, and so this was a career pathway I was determined to follow.  I was able to apply the same principles that I had learned through the advice given by Business East to grow in confidence and progress to another level.

In time I was invited to take part in an ABC radio talkback show, on the topic of Jams and Preserves. Once I would not have had the confidence to do this, but keeping in mind one of Business East’s forums, I decided to make the most of such a great opportunity.

I am now the best selling author of 11 cookbooks, with more to follow. Sales of my books have now reached over 300,000. I have also been able to fulfill a tandem dream of setting up a little cooking school here at our property in Molesworth.  Again, Business East has played a pivotal role as a touchstone for providing business advice as needed.

Others of our family have also received beneficial advice and assistance – for instance son Alistair (Sweet Envy patisserie) and Stephanie (Steph’s Kitchen).

Undoubtedly, our association with Business East has been highly beneficial.

Sally Wise – Sally Wise Cooking School