The Small Business Hive – Co-working in Geelong

The Small Business Hive – Co-working in Geelong


Community’s really important
in Geelong. We’re still very much
like a small town and you get to know everyone
within the community and within the businesses. The Small Business Hive is really
important for the community because it gives
all the small businesses somewhere that they can go to
to get information, as well as gives them a place
that they can learn and grow. I’ve been in Geelong
since I was about two and a half. I think my favourite part is
certainly the Great Ocean Road. Just amazing coastline. Beautiful. I love the fact that we’re
30 minutes away from surf beaches. We’re 40 minutes away
from a big city. My name’s Raigan Howard and I’m the CEO and founder
of Hello Hurricane Foundation. Basically, we do
youth-specific functional training for mind and body. I like the idea of
leveraging off other people and working and collaborating
together and that’s what Geelong does. I started my own business. It was my time to
actually do youth work in the way that I saw
that it needed to be done. And so I went, “Well, I’ve got the
background, I’ve got the skill set. “That’s what I need to be doing.” My name’s Kate Noseda and I’ve lived in Geelong
for eight years. I love how friendly the people are. Very easy to meet people. I started my own graphic design
business as a freelancer probably about 15 years ago. What inspires me in Geelong
is definitely the Art Gallery. Getting to see all the different
artwork is really fantastic. I’m Anna Treloar-Tanner. I’m an occupational therapist and I’ve lived in Geelong
for about three decades. It’s a great place
for kids and families. I run and own
Barwon Occupational Therapy, which is a Geelong
born and bred business. And it started off with me
on my kitchen table and then grew from there. A big challenge I had
with my business was that I felt
it was quite isolating. I was a freelance designer. I would go and meet my clients,
but then I’d go home. So when I found out about the Hive,
it’s just been amazing. Get to go along
and be part of a community. The Small Business Hive is great
because it was flexible. I could bring in another staff member
and up our membership each time, and great business mentoring too. AusPost being nationwide, they’ve got a big pull and so they’re able to bring in
probably more specific help to run workshops and help the small
businesses that are using the place. The Small Business Hive is pretty
cool for the Geelong community because it provides us access to facilities, business mentoring and this space where small businesses
can actually grow. Probably one of the biggest
challenges for small business is small businesses do it alone and I think having a space
where you’re all in this together really creates
an amazing sense of community that you can actually do it. Let’s work together
and let’s do something great.

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