With only seven days left of their Kickstarter campaign (it seems that we can’t stay away from the crowdfunding projects here at RiotACT this week), The Light Clock are one of the campaigns that have reached their goal. This isn’t always guaranteed.
The Light Clock is a decorative piece that uses light to tell the time. You can [...]
Today, we are talking to Abundant Water. Abundant Water is a local Canberra business started by engineer Sunny Forsyth that has created low-cost clay water filters for impoverished communities overseas. Sunny and the Abundant Water team collaborate with the communities to teach them how to make the filters themselves; and, more recently, they have been encouraging and empowering villagers to [...]
Canberra radio broadcaster Nigel “Nige” Johnson has quit the high profile 104.7 breakfast slot and will leave the station altogether a few weeks after the controversial axing of his long-standing breakfast co-host Scott “Scotty” Masters.
When announcing his move on air this morning, Johnson (above right, with Masters) made a connection between his departure and that [...]
The first ever ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards winner to go on to collect a national gong reckons the territory is on the verge of becoming an Australian leader in entrepreneurship.
“Canberra is set to challenge the rest of Australia in the startup ecosystem for originality, research and the perfect storm of the right government and [...]
Property Council of Australia ACT Executive Director Catherine Carter issued a press release about herself rather than a property matter this morning: she is leaving after ten years in her role to pursue private consultancy work.
The search for her replacement is now underway.
Chief Executive Ken Morrison said Ms Carter had represented the industry with distinction [...]
Look out, Hyatt, East and Realm hotels, you’ve got some competition in the form of Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport, which opens today.
Operated by TFE Hotels, the company behind the Medina Serviced Apartments in Kingston and on Northbourne Avenue and the Hotel Kurrajong in Barton, the hotel’s branding will be familiar to those who have stayed [...]
Minutes after taking his first Uber ride in Canberra today, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr called on his counterparts in other states to adopt his regulatory model for ride-sharing.
“I am calling on other leaders around the country to look at the ACT model and to put that in place across the country because it will [...]
As Greens MLA rather than with his ACT Government Ministerial cap on, Shane Rattenbury has today called on the Canberra Airport to remove arms industry advertising from its premises.
Mr Rattenbury is seeking support from the ACT Legislative Assembly for a motion on the issue after the No Airport Arms Ads presented a petition with 1500+ [...]
A family-friendly Belconnen café has shut its doors after seven months in business to rethink its structure because of “horrible” behaviour from kids and their parents in and around the café’s playroom.
Heather’s House of Cake set out to provide an environment that would appeal to parents with babies and young children, but not all families [...]
[ 14 November 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
We are Christina and Carly and we have a confession to make. We met online. It sounds a bit creepy but trust us, it isn’t. We’ve both been blogging for over 15 years (combined) and the best thing we’ve ever done was take our blogging and business journeys off line.
Question. How are you feeling about your blog or [...]
The army officer with responsibility for the healthcare of 71,000 Australian Defence Force members has been named the 2015 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Businesswoman of the Year.
Georgeina Whelan, Director-General, Garrison Health Operations, Joint Health Command for the Australian Department of Defence, learnt of the honour at a dinner to mark the awards at the National [...]
True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious player, an Executive MBA is now considered essential, and the QUT [...]
Learning she has been shortlisted for not one but two Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards was “quite surreal” for personal trainer, uni student and entrepreneur Katie Geus.
The founder, director and chief taste tester of meal delivery business Fudie was at home with her partner when the phone call came to tell her she’d been listed alongside [...]
The ACT Government has today called for development applications for the Kingston Arts Precinct, home to the Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and Bus Depot Markets.
The four-hectare site sits between the Kingston Foreshore, Bowen and Telopea parks and apartment-filled old suburb of Kingston.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said developers had a unique opportunity to [...]
In today’s volatile, ever-changing, and hyper-connected world, we need leaders with cool heads, warm hearts and steady hands. We need leaders who can respond, rather than react. We need leaders who can make decisions from a place of wisdom and compassion, as opposed to the latest most urgent pressure point.
Local businesswoman, Zoë Routh of Inner [...]
Rideshare business Uber has the green light to operate legally in the ACT from next month.
The ACT Government announced this morning that it will introduce reforms to regulate ridesharing operators and taxi drivers/owners in a bid to provide Canberrans with safe, flexible and affordable ridesharing services while reducing costs for taxi drivers, owners and passengers.
In this exclusive excerpt from Life without lanyards, former public servant Lynda Leigh shares her journey from unfair dismissal to a thriving career as a speaker and trainer.
It was the shock of my life, being told to come into an interview room outside the security environment of the building. I was walked down and there were [...]
[ 16 September 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
Struggling to get the most out of your business? Want to activate your inner potential but feel stressed and overwhelmed?
What if you could learn simple techniques that could immediately help transform your work life and help you achieve greater balance and health?
Introducing Canberra’s first ‘Innovation and Wellness’ night! This event aims to provide business professionals [...]
In this exclusive excerpt from Life without lanyards, former public servant Scott Monson shares his journey from struggling with a stutter to professional speaker and trainer.
Joining the public service was my first real job. It was all a big adventure for me. I moved up from Tasmania to Canberra to train as a naval architect [...]
Implement Imagination co-founder Camilo Potocnjak Oxman (pictured above, right) describes teaching as a very rewarding chronic condition.
“The thing about teaching is that it’s not a job, or even a vocation. It’s a chronic condition. You contract it at a certain point and then you have to deal with it for the rest of your life,” [...]
If you’ve bought a light fitting in Canberra, Queanbeyan or the South Coast in the past 40 years, there’s a good chance you’ve visited Project Lighting.
The Canberra-founded, family-run business has sold lights and light fittings since 1972. From its small beginnings in Altree Court in Phillip, it has grown to six locations across the ACT [...]
The ACT’s top 10 restaurants have been unveiled at The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards held last night in Sydney. The ACT results are:
Italian & Sons
Farmhouse Restaurant at Pialligo Estate
Capitol Bar & Grill
Monster (79) and Aubergine (91) also featured in the top 100 restaurants nationally.
“The overall standard in this country, whether it’s in cafés, bars, casual eateries [...]
With a salon in Kingston, twelve employees and the 2015 Australian Salon of the Year Award under her belt, it’s easy to assume that Jenni Tarrant has always had hairdressing and business figured out.
But the three-decade industry veteran and owner of Bond Hair Religion says this is definitely not the case.
“When I first took over [...]
Canberra bookkeeping and back office accounting firm Tailored Accounts has won the 2015 Australian Business Award for Enterprise.
The award recognises organisations that have achieved outstanding success while undertaking bold new ventures.
Tailored Accounts founder and executive director Harry Hoang (pictured above) says the business was recognised for its innovative use of cloud technologies.
“I saw the potential [...]
Canberra’s Robert de Castella and Greg Boorer have won awards at the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Eastern Region awards ceremony in Sydney overnight.
Greg Boorer from Canberra Data Centres won the services award, while Rob de Castella took out the social entrepreneur award for his work with the Indigenous Marathon Project and SmartStart for [...]
So this debate has reared up again. Penalty rates.
Depending on which side of the argument you might be – I believe something needs to be done, and soon.
The rates (some upwards of $50 per hour) are quite simply unsustainable in the long term if we need a strong and growing small business sector.
However, this new push [...]
23-year-old Kyle Webber (pictured above, left) has had an almost lifelong fascination with nutrition. So when two friends asked him to help them prepare for an upcoming bodybuilding competition in early 2014, he jumped at the opportunity. Both friends placed first in their respective divisions.
A little over 18 months later, Kyle’s online nutrition coaching business, Nutrivolve, [...]
An online marketplace for health innovations, a mobile adventure game and a car performance monitoring tool are some of the projects that will share in $203,050 in the latest round of Innovation Connect funding.
The ACT Government’s Innovation Connect grant program is designed to help Canberra-based businesses develop innovative products and services. It has provided over [...]
Patissez in Manuka is probably the most famous café in Canberra, and maybe even one of the most famous in Australia, after receiving international media coverage in the last few weeks. Most of this attention is attributed to its freakshow milkshakes.
Small business success on this scale does not just happen. There is no luck involved. Anna Petridis [...]
Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were applauded at the 2015 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards last night.
Following a record number of entries, more than 460 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event to honour the outstanding achievements of ACT hospitality businesses and employees.
More than [...]
When Harry Hoang (pictured above, second from left) moved to Australia in 2005 to study economics and accounting, he earned minimum wage. Today, his back office accounting and bookkeeping firm, Tailored Accounts, processes $62 million in customer transactions annually.
Harry founded Tailored Accounts (then known as Harry’s Bookkeeping) in 2009. The 25-year-old had recently graduated from [...]
Red Robot, an innovative design and manufacturing business that has taken portable photo booths into the social media age, is the 2015 Telstra ACT Business of the Year.
Founders and directors Duncan Amos and Phil Preston took their first steps towards creating a successful export business back in 2008 when starting to build portable booths in [...]