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Jul 212011

Small businesses are an important part of the community and I wanted to make a mention of a couple of milestones that two small local businesses have made. Special FX Hair Studio and Mel Kettle Consulting are celebrating their birthdays this month.

Mel Kettle

Mel Kettle

Mel Kettle is a professional speaker and is also involved in other great initiatives – including Baked Relief and and Food Connect (where she’s the City Cousin for Cannon Hill). Her consultancy which specialises in marketing, communications and events turned five this month.  She says her current professional focus is to grow the speaking part of her business. The three main topics she speaks on are marketing, social media and building your personal brand. She’s a keen foodie and you can find out more about her food adventures on her blog called The cook’s notebook.

Andi and Michelle

Michelle Coglan (right) with one of the Special FX stylists Andi (left)

Special FX Hair Studio was started seven years ago by Michelle Coglan and she currently employs three people. Michelle is very active in the local community and has recently started attending business college. The Salon is located in Carindale Village on the corner of Old Cleveland Rd and Scrub Rd. It was great visiting the store on its birthday as I got birthday cake!

There are many businesses that are not lucky enough to make it this far so it’s nice to stop and smell the roses every now and then and celebrate businesses that are staying strong. So, Happy Birthday!

If you know of other local businesses celebrating milestones or any other local news, we’d love to know!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

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