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Bronwen Healy

“Off the Cuff” with Bronwen Healy, Founder of HOPE Foundation

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA―As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Hope Foundation, Bronwen Healy’s mission is to help women wanting to be free from addiction and/or the sex industry. A former heroin addict and sex worker, Bronwen established and launched the charity in 2007 to help other women transform their lives. Bronwen set up the Hope Haven―a drop-in space for Hope Chicks under the Foundation’s umbrella. She drives a program of fundraising, events, counselling and services, including the development of a high school-based program, Every Choice has a Consequence. She took time out of her busy schedule to chat with JournoNews. My secret pleasure is … snuggling up on a couch or hammock and reading for hours on end. My first job was … in my mum’s friend’s milk bar when I was 11, stocking shelves and making milkshakes (I was saving up for a double tape deck to make mixed tapes with! It was 1986.) My most annoying habits are … I asked my kids … they said “repeating yourself” but I told them that’s …

Benham Brothers

‘Off the Cuff’ with the BENHAM BROTHERS

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA — Acclaimed North Carolina real estate entrepreneurs and former professional baseball players, David and Jason Benham have achieved untold success in their sporting careers and property ventures. Today the duo live out their faith by helping people from all walks of life in the areas of leadership, work, family, and culture. The twins shared their lighter side with JN. My secret pleasure is … Jason … eating peanuts and chocolate chips late at night David … chocolate chip cookie cake with white icing (addicting!) My first job was … Jason … mowing lawns with my brother David … taking out the trash for my neighbor in Dallas ($.10 per bag) Updated 10th March 2018 – From the NRB, Eric Metaxas has a delightful interview with David and Jason as they discuss their new memoir, “Miracle in Shreveport.” My most annoying habits are … Jason … taking small sips of water while I eat – I just can’t stop David … I don’t like to step on sidewalk lines A clear childhood memory …

Wild Olive African Artisans – a fragrance of hope

Eight years ago, when Romanian Mădălina Bhatia arrived in Cape Town to live with her South African partner, she was fascinated with what she found. “I spent the first year looking around, trying to figure out why there were no lions in the streets and why people didn’t live in the bush, because that is what we hear … “Then I started really learning and observing,” says Bhatia, who works under the name Mărioara de la Țară. What she learnt amazed and appalled her and it was what she learnt from her domestic worker, Nokubonga Liwani that kicked off a journey which saw Bhatia acquiring the business, Wild Olive. Now called the Wild Olive African Artisan Apothecary and Artistic Perfumery, the business, which sells a range of artisanal soaps, fragrances, bath oils and other body products, made up of exquisite African and other essences, recently opened the doors of its city store at 29 Pepper Street. This is the third shop – there is one in the Cape Quarter and another in Bucharest. For Bhatia, …

Small business – tips on weathering the storm

I’m reading Henri J M Nouwen’s, The Inner Voice of Love, his personal journal during a time of deep anguish to freedom. It’s a book about spiritual imperatives.  I wondered whether these could be mirrored in business imperatives.  So this is a journey I am going to pursue. Small business is under pressure and it is challenging to maintain a smile, hope, creativity and new ideas.  But small business is critical to our country’s blooming. Some estimates indicate that the total economic output of SMEs makes up about half of South Africa’s GDP and that SMEs provide employment to about 60% of South Africa’s labour force. In an SME (small to medium enterprise), there is usually a handful of people who come up with the idea, produce the item, take it to market, handle complaints, do the books, manage the admin, remember to tweet, capture news on Facebook, update the website, and make coffee.  When competition, rejection, regulation are just the breeze of any day, that’s a lot to manage without falling over. As an …

Brisbane invention revolutionises cooking process

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Brisbane’s Joanne Kennard kept her sustainable cooking invention buried in a cupboard for 20 years before unearthing it and redesigning a product worthy of the world stage, exhibiting at the March 2013 Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves in Cambodia. “I had the idea twenty years ago as was always going to pot luck teas etc. where we had to wrap food in cloth to keep it warm – there was never enough oven space for all of us,” says New Zealand-born Joanne. What grew from a simple idea to keep food warm has grown into a concept called EasyOven™ that not only retains heat, but cooks food too. Made from fully washable, brightly coloured insulated poly-cotton, it has generated massive interest world-wide, particularly for its use in third world countries. Joanne first introduced the product at the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) in Washington DC in June last year where she was invited to exhibit her other range, Kozy Koala Sleepmats and Kiddysac. The lightweight all in one bedding had generated …

‘Off the Cuff’ with Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn is the author of the ARKANE thrillers, Pentecost and Prophecy. Joanna is also an entrepreneur and professional speaker. Her site for writers http://www.TheCreativePenn.com has been voted one of the Top 10 sites for writers 2 years running and offers articles, audio and video on writing, publishing and book marketing. Connect with Joanna on Twitter @thecreativepenn. My secret pleasure is … Hotel Chocolat 85% Madagascan dark chocolate. My first job was … Cleaning toilets in a dry cleaning factory. My most annoying habits are … being hyper sensitive to sound so wearing ear plugs a lot. A clear childhood memory is … flying over the Sahara when we moved to Malawi, Africa when I was seven. What makes me really nervous is … the moment before I start speaking at an event (although I am a professional speaker and enjoy it once I get started!). The best advice my parents gave me was … to floss. If I wasn’t an author, speaker & blogger, I’d be … a psychologist. I’m most thankful for … …

Founder of mosaicHUB inspires entrepreneurs

MARY-ALICE BRADY is CEO and Founder of mosaicHub, a dynamic business community connecting entrepreneurs with the pieces necessary to create great businesses.  She was recently elected by The Boston Business Journal as one of 2012’s class of 40 under 40 honorees. She spoke with JournoNews. JN: What inspired you to start mosaicHUB? M-AB: My inspiration came from several sources and gradually built over years of practicing law. While at a law firm and then at a financial services company I saw many smart, driven people slowly lose their passion and become complacent. I am not saying everyone loses their motivation as a corporate employee but there are many people sitting behind desks miserable because they don’t like what they are doing and don’t see any other options. They think they are too old or have too many responsibilities to do something different or they just don’t know where to start. I then spent several years at a venture capital firm working with early stage entrepreneurs. I saw their excitement and vision, but also saw many wasting time on things …

Dale Steele and Catt White

San Diego’s Public Market is Coming!

AFTER TEN YEARS of tenacity, chutzpah and vision to see a public market established in San Diego, Dale Steele and Catt White have finally signed a lease on a massive 92,000 square foot property near the harbor and Petco Park. Watch the Kickstarter video below to discover more about this exciting development that will become a landmark for the city. Read about the venture on Kickstarter

Innovation plus ‘Practical Creativity’ a must in the Workplace

JournoNews chats with Chris Griffiths, CEO of ThinkBuzan and author of ‘GRASP The Solution’, a refreshingly pragmatic approach to making decisions and solving problems creatively. What prompted you to write ‘GRASP The Solution’? Essentially, it was a lifelong study into modern brain based strategies that, bit by bit, led to my desire to write the book. Over the years, I’ve applied strategies based on how the brain works in all the companies I’ve been involved in. For instance, at Birchfield, where our educational products were in 80% of UK secondary schools, we didn’t focus just on the content, we focused on the delivery of the content to students and the impact it had on the brain. The more I delved into the subject and tried out different strategies, the more I came to realise that, while there are lots of tools out there that can help you be more creative and productive, if you happen to use them in the wrong context or frame of mind, they aren’t anywhere near as effective as they should …