“I was working a few jobs, including some labour work, and the work was starting to dry up in Townsville. I thought, I can’t keep doing this.

“I heard about this business opportunity and thought why not. So I knuckled down and came up with a business plan. My parents had mentioned the Townsville Business Development Centre to me so I went in to see them. They really helped me out a lot. We developed the business plan to get it to a professional standard. They helped me source loan opportunities and put me on to the people that I ended up getting a loan through. They really helped me get the ball rolling.

“It’s been great. It can certainly be a bit tough, it’s a lot of hard work, doing late nights and every weekend down in Flinders Street, but here I am six months later and things are going well.”

Any advice for other young people looking to take on their own business?

“You can do it. You’ve just got to knuckle down. Make sure you do your research, make sure you’re prepared. But there is definitely help out there. That’s what I found with the Townsville Business Development Centre.”

Aiden at American Big Dogz is breaking the stereotype. There is a misconception that his generation lack the work ethic and determination required for business. From day one Aiden was committed to getting advice and doing the work required to make his venture a success. He had a strong sense of what needed to be done and has already identified opportunities for growth.