The Manly Daily

Posted by on Feb 6, 2011 in In The Media

The Manly Daily

TWO small-business owners, Caroline d’Anvers and Sophie Andrews, have signed up for a five-month mentoring program.

Ms d’Anvers met Women in Business course participants on Monday night.

“The introductory session was about setting expectations and finding out what to expect,” Ms d’Anvers said.

“It is a diverse group with different needs.”

From a commercial kitchen in Cromer, Tiny Tastes – her baby and toddler meal service – provides busy families with organic food, made to order.

The business stems from her two-year-old son Reuben’s health issues.

“Reuben was born with a number of conditions,” Ms d’Anvers said. “He needed major surgery when he was only 30 hours old.

“While I was trying to understand his dietary requirements, I identified there was a gap in the market for fresh, home-style meals.”

She said she needed guidance to expand and move her business forward.

“I am looking to grow my business,” Ms d’Anvers said.

“I need focus and direction so that I can put the right systems in place and employ staff.

“I’m looking for help to allow me to work on the business rather than in it.

“My goal is a healthy balance between work and family commitments.”

Avalon resident Sophie Andrews has joined the program as a mentor. The Telstra Businesswomen’s Award nominee and a finalist in last year’s Business Achievers Awards, started her first business six years ago.

“Before setting up my first business, I spent 14 years working in small business as a finance and administration manager,” Ms Andrews said.

She now runs three businesses and one – The Accounts Studio, a bookkeeping agency – doubled in size in 2010.

“I really enjoy giving advice and seeing people gain from it,” Ms Andrews said.

“For many small-business owners, it’s knowing where to start, a long-term strategy really does pay off.”