“I left my job when I was pregnant, and started Pink Noise Creative, my graphic design business, working from under my house. Around the same time I heard that a local food publication was for sale. That’s when I first came to the Townsville Business Development Centre, to get advice on whether it would be a good investment for me and how exactly to go about it. They helped me access the capital I needed to buy it, through a NAB Microenterprise loan”
“I’m a foodie at heart and a graphic designer by trade! Being able to put my passion together with my skills has been a match made in heaven for me. I just love food – it’s more than something we need to stay alive; it’s fun, it’s exciting and it brings people together. That’s what I try to show in the magazine, we want to present the wonderful places, producers and retailers we have right here on our doorstep.”
“It is hectic managing a magazine. The business has grown so much I’m lucky to have an amazing team behind me now. That’s one of the things I love about it – the magazine is 100% local because we can produce everything in house.”
“Working on the admin side of things was a struggle for me. That’s something TBDC is helping me hone. Since taking on their advice I’ve become better at it – I’m a lot happier in my business than I was a year ago.”
“I’m currently doing the TBDC Women in Business accelerator program. It’s teaching me so much. When I started, I went in guns blazing and then realized there’s so much I need to understand and know how to do. The program has been brilliant. I’ve also met a lot of people who have become great sounding boards – we’ve formed friendships and we’re able to use each other for advice, it’s been great.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of the team at TBDC.”
When it comes to starting a business, some people dip their toes in the water and others jump straight in the deep end and learn to swim quickly. Jaimie launched into, not just one, but two businesses and she has absolutely flourished with both.
It has been such a privilege to work with someone who has incredible creative talent and the matching drive and commitment it takes to succeed in business. She is constantly pushing herself and seeking out ways to improve and expand her horizons. Townsville Food Magazine is a testament to that and the evolution of it over the years is a credit to her passion for it.
As a participant in our 2nd intake of the Women in Business accelerator program its rewarding to see her confidence in supporting others who are newer the business journey and for her to be able to share her experiences and knowledge. Jaimie has already navigated many of the challenges of starting out, such as of transitioning from home to commercial office, employing and managing staff, managing cash flow and growth and this in invaluable. Her investment now in herself professinoally to consolidate and refine her business will position her well for future opportunities and we can’t wait to see what she will create next.