“My friend sent me an email about an #imagineTSV event (run by Townsville Business Development Centre) and said I needed to be there. It’s amazing how it just takes one friend who believes in you and knows that you need to be somewhere at a certain time. It was probably one of the best experiences of my life.

“I walked away realising there are so many other people out there with creative ideas, wanting to launch their own businesses, but believed they couldn’t go against the grain. It was an amazing event to feel confident in yourself.

“So I thought, what have I got to lose? Within three months I was sold out of my first release. We had the shop (Textile Collective by Emerging Designers) open up and my work just keeps selling so fast, as I sew it sells straight away.

“I was accepted into the Women in Business Accelerator Program at TBDC. We’re doing business plans, cash flows, leadership work, all of those things you couldn’t do by yourself. It keeps you on track. There are times where I’m just so exhausted, sewing and working full time. They help remind me that I just have to keep going.”

And where will we see R MAHONEY DESIGN next?

“I want to eventually have my own boutique where I sell my work along with other Australian designers. Hopefully one day I can stock my designs in shops all over Australia. And then New York Fashion Week. Why dream small!”

When our guest speaker, Nick Bowditch – Writer and Speaker, posed the question, “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Rachel stood up quietly and said she would launch her fashion label. It was her lifelong dream and fear had held her back. That same day, she signed up for our Women in Business Accelerator Program.

Rachel is amazing! She set big goals for herself over 6 months and just keeps ticking them off. She has been accepted into a market in Sydney next month and when a client comes to you worried that they can’t keep up with the demand for their product, you know it’s a good problem to have.

It is really exciting to see how far Rachel has come, since that event in April and when we host our 3rd #imagineTSV event on 22 November, I can’t wait to see what she imagines next.