All posts tagged: entrepreneur

“Off the Cuff” with Stewart Steven

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—Stewart Steven epitomises what it means to ‘live life to the full’. While he and his wife, Ali, have a knack for buying, renovating and selling houses, he still finds time to lead Real Life Church in Johannesburg. He chats to JN. My secret pleasures … Great friends, good coffee and food—may sound cliché, but I do place great value on friends and family. Good food and great coffee enhance this experience. Sometimes the more the wine, the better the friends become. (Think there is some truth in that …) My first job was … A short stint as Client Liaison for a publishing company before a change took me to Bible School—taught me more of what I don’t want in life (i.e. religion), but did find what I wanted. Faith should be fun … My most annoying habits are … Won’t put hot and cold food on the same plate. Happy to ask for two or three plates when coming over to your place for dinner. Must be the first to read the newspaper. A …

Joanne Kennard – Reaping the rewards of ‘jumping off a cliff’

What is your business and how did it start? Mums and Kids Enterprises started in 2005. The idea was to solve a problem I had with sheets, sheet bags and all the bits I had to remember to take to and from Childcare! This was the start of the Kozy Koala™ Sleepmat which is an all-in-one padded mat with attached sheet that folds into a pillow. We now have two brands Kozy Koala™ (www.kozykoala.com.au) and Kiddysac™ (www.kiddysac.com.au).  Kozy Koala™ has a range of new bedding solutions for children and the newly purchased Kiddysac™ range which are storage bags for busy little people and their treasures! What were the pitfalls? Not having local knowledge of where to find suppliers, manufacturers and retail outlets. Are you self-motivated? What inspires you? Yes, I am self motivated! I am up very early in the morning (around 5am) to start my day around 5.05am (that is enough time to put on my dressing gown and the jug for coffee!) I have owned my own businesses for over 12 years in …