Bega Valley Innovation Hub – Leading Regional Innovation
I have been lucky enough to be leading innovation for the Bega Valley. As the Manager of Bega Valley Innovation Hub, the first regional hub for the iAccelerate Innovation Network. Managing this unique business accelerator and incubator program run by the University of Wollongong (UOW) I managed monumental moments. I built, I created and I supported a thriving community of like-minded entrepreneurs with vision, purpose, and passion, growing their impact through exceptional education, mentoring, and support. Two years of monumental moments have been created with over 120 businesses and creating a community of over 600 supporters, 4 cohorts, and 2 programs (a start-up program and a locally driven program in response to the challenges of the bushfires and COVID-19). The moments were created from September 2018 – September 2020.Visit website
Club Sapphire – A Community Club
When a community club is driven with care for its members the connections are authentic. The moment the CEO reached out to me to assist with their marketing strategy, I connected with the club’s values and culture. The campaigns we created encouraged moments of community engagement.
Over one and a half years, monumental moments with Club Sapphire and its members are forever etched in my mind.Visit website
Coastlife Adventures – Tourism – A Coastal Adventure Company
I strive to find industry leaders to work with and after moving to the Bega Valley, I connected with Coastlife Adventures who have been in the Bega Valley for over 25 years. Coastlife Adventures are an outdoor education and coastal adventure company specialising in school camps, kayaking, surfing, supping, and corporate team challenges. Now owned by Bindaree Outdoor Education Services.
Assisting since October 2017 and our moments continue.Visit website
Endota Spa – Australia’s Leading Day Spa Franchise
I had been following endota spa and its CEO for years. I admired the culture, the vibrancy of the organisation and how the brand was built by passionate, human individuals and not by robots. With a leadership team committed to creating an empowering environment where team members are encouraged to dream large, inspired to use their creativity and feel excited about sharing ideas.
With over 2 years of moments in the marketing and PR team as a fixed-term part-time contractor, I knew my moments with endota spa would change my life forever and it did.
Melanie Gleeson, endota spa Founder and CEO says “I believe confidence is like magic” and I believe confidence creates extraordinary moments.Visit website
Raw Travel – Specialist Tour Operator for Iconic Walking Adventures
What Raw Travel taught me about digital marketing was that nothing beats good old fashioned service. Digital marketing was a moment for future connections.
Managing marketing campaigns, digital, web and social media moments was always fun with the owners Dave and Mel Reynolds. We shared a passion for trekking and globetrotting, adventure and travel and I loved the ethical way they operated their business.
Together we created extraordinary moments for 2.5 years.Visit website
REA Group – realestate.com.au – Australia’s leading realestate portal
The monumental moment. This is why my career changed. I joined realestate.com after returning from working overseas in the UK, USA and Europe for over 4 years. From the moment I joined the VIC sales team to when I joined the leadership team and began working with the international acquisitions and web portal teams, I knew I would never be the same.
An Australian start-up success story. From a garage in Melbourne to the global stage. An idea to put pictures of houses on the internet blossomed since 1995.
Their purpose is to change the way the world experiences property, whether that’s buying, selling, renting, or renovating.
These moments are etched in mind as the most fun and most incredible moments in my career. From these moments I went on to run my own marketing consulting business.Visit website
Mia Maze has been instrumental in our businesses success. She genuinely listens and cares deeply for local business and industries. Mia has mentored us and connected us to business mentors, to help us navigate a solid practical business plan, identify our weaknesses, recognise and solve our business problems. She has helped us to nail our problems before we scale our business. Without Mia’s amazing capacity to be able to listen, understand and problem solve on the spot, we believe our business would not have mentally nor financially recovered from the recent bushfires and Covid-19. We are forever grateful to Mia.
Mia can do anything! Seriously, she makes things happen! Her passion is business and helping local businesses succeed. She genuinely cares and goes above and beyond to connect the right people and achieve great things! Mia has a strong business background and an extensive network due to her bubbly and enthusiastic personality. Mia has helped my business grow. Coordinating the delivery of excellent courses, Mia has offered great advice and connections which have opened up new opportunities. Managing the BVIH, Mia is the glue that brings local businesses together to encourage and support each other.
I met Mia on the iAccelerate Entrepreneurs’ Program at Bega Valley Innovation Hub. The program helped build critical business knowledge, but it was Mia who went above and beyond to support us. She tailored the course to meet our needs, and arranged mentoring and practical activities. Thanks to Mia I have been introduced to new ideas and opportunities, and connected with other business owners and potential clients. She is fantastic at connecting people and businesses. Mia ensured business owners stayed in touch post-course, giving us a support base during the bushfires and COVID. I’m forever grateful.
Mia deservedly became the Manager of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub, this is where I got to see Mia in full swing. Mia is a powerhouse of organisational and in particular pro-business skills. Mia has guided 13 businesses through an entrepreneurship program. Mia ensured all business owners were well informed/up to date and that the program delivered excellence. Most of all Mia was available to us emotionally, mentally and physically. A true leader shows courage and compassion and this is Mia.