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SSC Newspaper : July 2011
Strathfield Scene 15 www.ourstrathfield.com.au business By Mark Chipperfield They may have only just graduated from Strathfield Council’s Business Mentoring program but the course's wannabe entrepreneurs are already reaping the benefits of their newfound skills. Systems analyst Kristy Castelvetere, 30, didn’t even wait to finish the 14-week course before launching her online retail operation Denim Baby, which specialises in clothing for babies and children and maternity wear. “My husband was actually booked in to do the course,” she says. “But he didn’t really attend very much, so I ended up taking his place – I launched my website during the course, on May 16.” The idea for Denim Bay (www.denimbaby. com.au) came from her own experience as a young mum trying to buy baby clothes and maternity wear online, and feeling dissatisfied by the range of products available. As an IT professional Castelvetere knew she already had many of the skills needed to kick off the new business, but the mentoring course gave her the confidence to flesh out her ideas, and launch her new business right away. “ The course was really very helpful,” Castelvetere says. “I learned so much and I really enjoyed it. I can’t recommend it highly enough – and when you consider the cost ($350), it’s really good value as well.” Fashion entrepreneur Steven Mavros, 25, is not quite ready to unveil his revolutionary footwear concept (“Let’s just say it’s a type of sneaker”) but has also been buoyed by his experience on the Strathfield Council mentoring program. “I’d had the shoe idea in my head for quite a while, but the course helped me really focus on what I needed for it to happen,” he says. “So I’ve spent the last 12 months working on a business plan. Just about every part of the 14-week course was relevant to what I’m trying to do with my business.” Like most start-ups his company Southern Shoes is struggling to fund its product development stage – Mavros is now raising money by working on building sites and delivering pizzas. “It’s not work that really interests me,” he says. “But at this stage I don’t have a lot of options.” Despite these hardships, Mavros is supremely confident about the future of his hush-hush sneaker line. He’s already recruited a product designer, a graphic designer and a manufacturer in China to translate the concept into reality. “The second prototype is being made up in China at the moment, so we’re almost there,” he says. “I’m very lucky to have such a great person over there. And we’re on track to launch in the next two months – just in time for the summer.” The 14-week Business Mentoring course is designed to assist people in getting their ideas up and running with a business plan that works and advice and tips from industry experts. The course covers a range of relevant topics including sales and marketing, finance, management, website development and taxation. For details of the next mentoring program, phone Strathfield Council on 9748 9999. Savvy students’ business boom Peter revelos Homebush South Post Office May Kuen siM Better Teeth Dental Care, North Strathfield. www.betterteeth.com.au Kristy Castelvetere Denim Baby, Homebush South. www.denimbaby.com.au steven Mavros Southern Shoes, Chatswood Johnny Dang Canterbury Dental Centre The class of 2011 ★ “I can’t recommend it highly enough.” krIsty Castelvetere • Classic pub meals from the bistro’s new seasonal menu • Kids play area • Areas to hire for functions • Air hockey, skill testers and arcade machines Come and enjoy our: what’s going on in july! We have a hUGe Beer Garden! www.thewentworth.com.au PLEASE CHECK VOUCHERS’ VALID DATE! *Promotions run at staggered times throughout the days. Phone (02) 9746 6400 for further details. mondays • Pick of the menu - ANY MEAL $13.90 from 5pm • $1 pool - 5pm till close tuesdays • Pool Competition - 7:30pm, $5 entry, all players receive a $4 drink voucher • 1st - $50 cash + $20 Wenty Dollars, 2nd - $40 Wenty Dollars, 3rd - $20 Wenty Dollars • 2 x lucky draw before the semi final @ $10 Wenty Dollars • Pie night - $9.90 homemade pie served with mash or chips tHursdays • $8 T-Bone Steaks • Trivia - 7pm, Live Trivia with a challenging array of questions. Over $150 in Prizes + Jackpot! Groups Welcome • $30 Freeze Out Poker - 7pm Rego, 7:30pm start, $1000 Guaranteed Minimum Wednesdays • Asian Night - $11.90 Asian dishes • $1 pool - 5pm till close. fridays • Live Music - 5pm – 9pm Bistro area (Easy Listening & Classics) • Lingerie Waitress – 3 -7pm • Happy Hour - 4-7pm $3 house Beers • Meat Tray Raffles - from 7pm • Friday night footy – on the big screen from 7:30pm • Karaoke - from 8pm till late saturdays • Lunch - $25 for 3 course meal with complimentary glass of house wine/house sparkling • Free roll Poker - 4pm Play Poker for FREE with $500 minimum Guaranteed, 1 Re-buy @ $10 & 1 Add-on @ $10 • $20 Freeze Out Poker - 8pm, $750 in prizes. *$3 house beer schooners & house wine for all poker players sundays • Family Fun Day - Face Painting, Balloon Twisting Fairies between 1 - 4pm (2 hours) • Pick of the menu - ANY MEAL $13.90 after 5pm 191-195 Parramatta Road, Homebush West NSW (02) 9746 6400