Small Business Stories

As part of our series, ‘Share Your Small Business Story’, we reached out to local small businesses to hear their challenges, celebrate their successes, and share their key learnings with our small business community.

Episode 6 – Electric Fitness with Chris Morton

Spencer sat down with Chris Morton, founder and owner of Electric Fitness, a premium CrossFit Gym created for strong and happy people.

In this episode, Chris shares his experience on:

  • Buying an existing business versus starting out on your own
  • The importance of researching and understanding local council permits
  • Tips on building and retaining a strong community of clients
  • The benefits of having a business coach to help you grow your business

Episode 7 – Karma Collab Hub with Candice Olivier

Sheree sat down with Candice Olivier, co-founder and managing director at Karma Collab Hub, Gold Coast’s most sustainable co-working and event space, supporting local entrepreneurs, artists, charities and change-makers in all pursuits.

Candice is also the founding leader of Gold Coast Passport Rotary and now the Foundation Chair and District Assistance for International Service.

In this episode, Sheree and Candice discuss:

  • The collective space of co-working
  • Why Candice is a strong believer in collaboration over competition
  • Some of the challenges Candice has faced as a business owner

Episode 8 – Aurelie Maron, Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist

Spencer speaks with Aurelie Maron, a passionate lettering artist based on the Gold Coast. Born in New Caledonia, Aurelie moved to Australia and studied Graphic Design at Griffith University. In 2010 she was introduced to the art of typography and began posting her work online to inspire others and has since developed her own creative design studio.


In this episode, Aurelie shares her thoughts on:

  • The rise of Canva and its value for small business
  • How to work with your ideal clients
  • The best way to price projects

Episode 9 – Urban Health & Fitness / BIL Athletic with Adam and Jaylee Mansy

Sheree catches up with Adam and Jaylee Mansy, owners of Urban Health and Fitness, one of the longest-running and fastest-growing CrossFit gyms on the Gold Coast. Adam and Jaylee also developed a new athletic wear brand BIL Athletic.

In this episode, Adam, Jaylee and Sheree discuss:

  • Trying out new ideas in business
  • The importance of focusing on customer experience
  • Having a plan to diversify your business

Episode 10 – Texcoco Collective with Monique Montfroy

Sheree speaks with Monique Montfroy, founder of Texcoco Collective, an artist-led initiative committed to cultural preservation, environmental conservation and thoughtful consumption, collaborating with grassroots artisans to design vegan leather handbags and accessories.


In this episode, Monique shares her thoughts on:

  • Starting a business during COVID
  • Building a luxury fashion accessory brand that’s committed to eco-conscious design
  • What she wishes she knew about starting a small business

Episode 11 – Connolly & Co Barbers with Nicke Connolly

Spencer chats with Nicke Connolly, master barber and owner of Connolly & Co Barbers, a barbershop like no other. With a shop designed to take you back to the 1920s, the comfortable environment and commitment to service makes you feel welcome and part of the Connolly & Co family.

In this episode, Nicke and Spencer discuss:

  • The importance of investing in your team
  • Creating memorable customer experiences
  • Alternative approaches to business (and life)
  • The Why – family time, freedom, and choice