ENCOURAGED by the advice and coaching of Noosa Chamber of Commerce Business mentor Grahame Milton, owners of LaserGreen Constructions Kirsty and Rori Holland of Pomona have pushed their business to new levels.
The business which supplies synthetic bowling greens and other unique accessories, had confined their work to Queensland and Northern NSW, but since taking over they have recently signed up their first Western Australian job.
The opportunity to buy into the 18-year-old business came about when Kirsty's parents, the founders, decided it was time to ease into a lesser role.
The ambitious couple went into partnership about 18-months ago, but rather than rest on the established reputation, the first-time entrepreneurs were determined to grow the business both nationally and internationally.
When they read of the Noosa Chamber of Commerce mentor program in the Noosa News, they didn't waste a moment.
"The advice we have received from our mentor has been absolutely crucial to our confidence, to our business," Kirsty said
Their mentor, Grahame Milton, a former metallurgical engineer with global business experience and now in semi-retirement, was happy to share strategies and act as a sounding board.
"But most of all," he said, "these people are great to work with - they are so passionate."
Kirsty said the flexibility of the program and Grahame's commitment had helped the business grow.
"Whenever we come with a new idea he's immediately out to talk to us about it," she said.
But it's a mutual relationship and Kirsty said that they had also explored all of Grahame's suggestions.
Indeed, she is so appreciative and enthusiastic about the program, ultimately she would like move on from being a mentee to a mentor.
"But at the moment, we really still need Graham's help and input."
For mentor program details: Noosa COC, vice president: Anna Day 0419 630 206.
- LaserGreen Constructions commenced business in 1994 as a partnership of four and has been serving the bowling industry ever since.
- In 1995, manufacturing commenced of their own product, the Truline Anti-rebound Ditch.
- LaserGreen Constructions manufactures and installs Truline bowling green ditches and can construct new or rebuild existing greens.