by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
SSC Newspaper : September 2010
By Natalie O’Brien Traditional Polynesian dancers in bare feet, grass skirts and frangipani garlands might seem a long way from the world of business and finance, but for Angelique Campbell bringing them together was a step towards building her own future. Campbell, a single mother of two, had been living on government benefits and was keen to start changing that situation. Coming from a Polynesian background, she already had the dance moves, but also had an idea in the back of her mind about running a business using those dancing skills. When the single mum saw an advertisement for an upcoming job seekers’ course on small business management, she jumped at the chance. “I had an idea for a business, but I didn’t know how to go about starting it,” she said. “I wanted to run my own business rather than be on benefits.” So Campbell took the Certificate IV Small Business Management for Job Seekers course – the course, organised by Sydney TAFE and the Strathfield Council, will run again in October. “It helped me with most of the paperwork side of things and it showed me how to do a financial plan and put together marketing strategies. I had never even heard of those things before,” she said . Campbell learnt everything she needed to start up her new business called HakaHula, a group of experienced, professional Polynesian dancers who now perform in Sydney and throughout the world. The dance troupe performs the Maori haka (war dance), poi (Maori dance for women) and traditional songs from New Zealand – as well as doing the famous Hawaiian hula and Samoan fire dance. The 10-week Business Management course is one of a number of economic development programs being put together by Strathfield Council to help people get a small business up and running. Strathfield Employment and Training Week (October 4-7) offers five different events that address the needs for all job seekers, no matter what stage of their career – whether you are looking for a job, considering self-employment, are a skilled migrant looking for work or need to train staff. Campbell’s s advice for others who are thinking of opening a small business is to “stick to the course” before launching out on their own. “It can be overwhelming at the beginning,” she says. “But stick it out.” HakaHula (www.HakaHula. com.au), which also has special performances for kids’ parties, now employs two people regularly and up to six dancers during busier periods. “I had an idea for a business, but I didn’t know how to go about starting it.” – Angelique Campbell, small business owner. Strathfield Scene 15 BUSINESS www.ourstrathfield.com.au Dancing all the way to success City Garden & Aquarium START YOUR TROPICAL FISH EXPERIENCE TODAY! ◊ Tropical & Coldwater Fish ◊ Fish & Reptile Tanks ◊ Aquariums and all Accessories ◊ Pumps & Filters EXCLUSIVE GARDEN DECORATION PRODUCTS ◊ Statues and Fountains in a dazzling array of sizes and colours ◊ Fish Ponds & Cascades ◊ Pots, Urns & Wall Plaques ◊ Gazebos, Pedestals & Birdbaths ◊ Variety of styles from classic to modern OPEN 7 DAYS 9am-5pm WE HAVE A HUGE OUTDOOR SECTION OF PLANTS AND POTTING MIXES 36 Davidson Street, Greenacre www.citygarden.com.au (02) 9642 8899 Parking is easy. Convenient location on the cnr Hume Highway and Davidson Street Angelique Campbell SS#4 014-015 business.indd 15 9/09/10 6:19 PM