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The Business Show

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The Business Show is presented by the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber from 12 noon – 1pm every Monday on Radio Blue Mountains 89.1FM and focuses on issues facing local small businesses.

Hosts:Vice-President, Peita Davies and Board Member Andrea Turner-Boys

Regular Advisory Segments are as follows:

Finance - Rob Lees,  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith talking about the ever changing world of money and finance.

Business - Lawrence Atkinson, Trumans focusing on business issues

Legal - Katherine Hawes, Digital Age Lawyers focusing on small business legal matters

Real Estate - Karen Lister, UMI Real Estate addressing our consuming interest in all things residential property

Weekly: Local businesses, industry and expert guests.

Give us a call on 0413956591 if you would like to be a guest on the show.

Oct 23  Show

  • 2017 Harry Hammon Award Winner - ???
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

Oct 16  Show

  • Troy Dodds - Blue Mountains Record and Western Weekender 
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

Oct 9  Show

  • Gabrielle Eynon - Just B Financial
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

Sept 25  Show

  • Julie Bargenquast - Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber
  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

​​Sept 18  Show

  • Chris Cannell - Music in the Mountains
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

Sept 11  Show

  • Christine Thompson - Christines Millinery 
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

Sept 4 Show - (Awaiting Show Edit)

  • Mark Alston - Haze Magazine
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

Aug 28 Show

  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

Aug 21 Show

  • Rod Dever - ORS Group
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

Aug 14 Show

  • Jo Bromilow - J Bromilow Champ Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

Aug 7 Show

  • Donna Macral - Dermatonics
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

July 31 Show

  • Deborah Wylde - Ruby Spur Brand Positioning and Social Media Agency
  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

July 24 Show

  • Lisa Doust - Blue Mountains Love & Just Pressed
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

July 17 Show

  • Michael Minns - Michael Minns HR
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

July 10 Show

  • Gill Enterkin - Logical Mediation  
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith​

July 3 Show

  • Renee Robinson - Travel Counsellors 
  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

June 26 Show 

  • Matthew Roozendaal and Teleah Brown - Australia Post Small Business Sector
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith​

June 19 Show

  • Kate Gunn - Balance Health Clinics Springwood and Blackheath
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

June 5 2017 Show

  • Lisa Doust - Blue Mountains Love
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Tim Hamon -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith​

May 29 2017 Show

  • Shelley Horton - Albion Avenue Buyers Agent 
  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

May 22 2017 Show

  • Tanya Richardson and Sam Sheridan  - Clancy Business  
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Tim Hamon -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith​

May 15 2017 Show

  • Kate Gunn - Balance Health Clinics Springwood and Blackheath
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

May 8 2017 Show

  • Terry Bridgewood  - Astute Interiors  
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Tim Hamon -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith​

May 1 2017 Show

  • Sandra D'Souza - Curate Bee
  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

April 24 2017 Show

  • Terry Bridgewood  - Astute Interiors  
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith​

​​April 17 2017 Show PUBLIC HOLIDAY

April 10 2017 Show

  • Trish Doyle - Member for Blue Mountains
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

April 3 2017 Show

  • Mark Barton - Barton Real Estate  
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

March 27 2017 Show

  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
  • Deb Cash - Beau-T-Ful Bags

March 20 2017

Due To Technical Difficulties This Show is Unavailable

March 6 2017 Show

  • Leo Colgar - Bright Accounting and Taxation Services 
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

April 3 2017 Show

March 6 2017 Show

  • Leo Colgar - Bright Accounting and Taxation Services 
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

February 27 2017 Show

  • Barbara Callan - Enhanced Intuition 
  • Julie Bargenquast - Blue Mountains Regional Chamber of Business

February 20 2017 Show

  • Johanna Morley - Aussie Mum Netowrk 
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

February 13  2017 Show

  • Deborah Shepherd - Embrace Life Blue Mountains Festival
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

February 6 2017 Show

  • Graham Riebelt - Ask Roz
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

January 30 2017 Show

  • Lisa Gorman - Life Learning Co
  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

January 23 2017 Show

  • Susan Templeman - Federal Member for Macquarie
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

January 16 2017 Show

  • Deborah Shepherd - Embrace Life Blue Mountains Festival
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers

December 12 2016 Show

  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

December 5 2016 Show

  • Mark Barton - Bartons Real Estate
  • Deborah Shepherd and Barbara Callan - Embrace Life Live Life
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

November 28 2016 Show

  • Sandra D'Souza - Curate Bee
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers​
  • Rob Lees - Mortgage Choice Penrith and Blue Mountains

November 21 2016 Show

  • Kara Cooper - Blue Mountains Love
  • Shane Davies - Turtle Town
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

November 14 2016 Show

  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

November 7 2016 Show

  • Marnie Tomczyk - E-Smart Solar
  • Lachlan Drever - Purple Sky Productions
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

October 24 2016 Show

  • Julie Bargenquast - Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber
  • Richard Schroeder - Aussie Home Loans
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

October 17 2016 Show

  • Rob Lees -  Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith
  • Lawrence Atkinson - Trumans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

October 10 2016 Show

  • Julie Bargenquast - Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

September 26 2016 Show

  • Danny Wotherspoon -  Abel Ecology
  • Maria Hopwood - AtRenuuLive
  • Rob Lees - Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

September 19 2016 Show

  • Paul McLaughlin - Western Wine Tours 
  • Jennifer Vella - Telstra Business Centres Nepean & Hawkesbury
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

September 12 2016 Show (Audio Corrupted)

September 5 2016 Show

  • James Kilby - Kirinari 
  • Katherine Hawes - Digital Age Lawyers
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

August 29 2016 Show

August 22 2016 Show

  • Julie Bargenquast - BM Regional Business Chamber
  • John Payne - Australia Post and Post Startrack Express
  • Karen ListerUMI Real Estate

 August 15 2016 Show

August 8 2016 Show

  • Tanya Richardson - Clancy VA
  • Katherine Hawes - Aquarius Lawyers
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

August 1 2016 Show

  • Danny Wotherspoon - Abel Ecology
  • Rob Lees - Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Nepean

July 25 2016 Show

  • David Rex-Livingston - Rex-Livingston Art & Objects
  • Katherine Hawes - Aquarius Lawyers
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

July 18 2016 Show

July 11 2016 Show

  • Winton Evers - Eco Profit Management
  • David Stott - Studio Outside
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

July 4 2016 Show

June 27 2016 Show

  • Derek Young - Life Films (Trading as Dantosa BM Retreat
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

June 20 2016 Show

June 6 2016 Show

  • Simone Novello - Partner2Grow
  • Katherine Hawes - Aquarius Lawyers
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate

May 30 2016 Show

  • Paul Pixton - Duralis Insurance Services
  • Mel Jones - Blue Mountains Tea Company
  • Rob Lees - Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains and Penrith

May 23 2016 Show

  • Carencia Harris - Western Sydney Business Enterprise Centre
  • Michael Todd - Western Sydney Business Enterprise Centre

May 16 2016 Show

May 9 2016 Show

  • Julie Bargenquast - Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber, Executive General Manager
  • Stephanie Moxham - The Reassembler
  • Karen Lister UMI Real Estate with regular Real Estate Advisory segment

May 2 2016 Show

  • Greg Mitchell - HR Success
  • Robin Shreeve - Institute Director, WSi TAFE
  • Rob Lees Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith with regular Finance segment

April 18 2016 Show

April 11 2016 Show

April 4 2016 Show

March 28 - PUBLIC HOLIDAY

March 21 2016 Show

March 14 2016 Show

March 7 2016 Show

February 29 2016 Show

February 22nd 2016 Show

February 15th 2016 Show

February 8th 2016 Show

February 1st 2016 Show

January 25th 2016 Show

January 18th 2016 Show

December 14th 2015 Show

December 7th 2015 Show

November 30th 2015 Show

  • David Brazil - Artist
  • Danny Wotherspoon – Abel Ecology, are you ready for the summer season of bushfires?
  • Rob Lees of Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith with his regular finance segment

November 23rd 2015 Show

November 16th 2015 Show

November 9th 2015 Show

  • Scott Harvey of Office Choice chatting on computers and your business
  • Dean Heke of helloworld Katoomba our business travel advisor
  • Rob Lees of Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith with his regular finance segment

November 2nd 2015 Show

  • Bettina Schreiber of Tradies Bookkeeping
  • Graham Tribe of Blue Mountains Artist Network
  • Rob Lees - Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith with his regular finance segment

October 26th 2015 Show

Includes:

October 19th 2015 Show

Includes:

October 12th 2015 Show

This week Peita Davis and Andrea Turner-Boys will interview:

  • Simon Morse on how to Stay Smart Online
  • Rob Lees of Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith with our regular informative finance segment

October 5th was a public holiday so no show was recorded.

September 28th 2015 Show

This week Peita and Andrea interviewed:

Plus our regular informative finance segment with Rob Lees - Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith.

September 21st 2015 Show

Apologies - due to a technical problem the show on Monday 21 September 2015 was not able to be recorded.

Listen to the September 14th 2015 Show

Includes:

  • Christine Galloway of Guardsman/GAIA
  • Dean Heke, Hullo World with the regular advise on business travel
  • Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith, weekly segment

Listen to the September 7th 2015 Show

Includes:

Listen to the August 31st 2015 Show

Includes:

  • John Todd of WSBEC
  • Heather Shepherd talks about the Chamber's Business Awards

Listen to August 24th 2015 Show

Includes:

  • Dean Heke, Hullo World with the regular advise on business travel
  • Shane Davies discussing his business Turtle Town

Click here to listen to August 18th 2015 Show

Includes:

* Our “Business Adviser” segment with Lawrence Atkinson of Trumans Accounting & Business Advisors

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the August 10th 2015 Show

Includes:

Susan Templeton

Click here to listen to the August 3rd, 2015 Show

Includes:

Julie Barganquast, BMRBC new Executive General Manager

Allan Keith from Sunset Solutions Pty Ltd

Click here to listen to the July 27, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Anne-Maree Kerr from AMK Consulting

* Andrew Alvarez from BlueGasco 

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the July 20, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Our “Business Adviser” segment with Lawrence Atkinson of Trumans Accounting & Business Advisors

Click here to listen to the July 13, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Jonathan Crisp from Chapman Real Estate

* Michael Minns from Michael Minns Human Resources 

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the July 6, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Michelle Denham from Baby Stitch

* Michael Dale from Liberty Network Services 

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the June 29, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Cath Edwards from The Stress Less Coach

* Rowan and Margaret Bouttell from Glenella Guest House & Restaurant 

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the June 22, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Mark Barton from Barton's Real Estate

Dean Heke from helloworld Katoomba with our regular travel spot 

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the June 15, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Our “Business Adviser” segment with Lawrence Atkinson of Trumans Accounting & Business Advisors

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the June 1, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Dudley Fischer from Australian Business Coaching Partnership
Derek Conibear from The Phone House Optus at Springwood

Click here to listen to the May 25, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Kelly Blainey from BMEE and Alicia Windeisen from Conveyancing Smart

* Weekly segment with Tim Hayman, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the May 18, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Our “Business Adviser” segment with Lawrence Atkinson of Trumans Accounting & Business Advisors

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the May 11, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Rosey Hurley from Balance Health Care GP Superclinics

* Dean Heke from helloworld Katoomba with our regular travel spot.

Click here to listen to the May 4, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Deb Campbell from Beaut-T-Ful Bags and Michael Lewchenko from Bennetts Printing

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the April 27, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Prue Adams, the Coordinator of Varuna & Sydney Writers’ Festival, and Peter Poulos from Theo Poulos real estate

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the April 20, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Our very first “Business Adviser” segment with Lawrence Atkinson of Trumans

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the April 13, 2015 Show>>

Includes:

* Dean Heke from helloworld Katoomba with our regular travel spot and Anne Goonetilleke from TAFE

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

Click here to listen to the March 30, 2015 2015 show>>

Includes:

* Leila Wright, Greystanes on history of Greystanes and what they do for people with a disability, those who have been in institutions for a long time. Megalong Positioning Service addressing a need for more customised support in wheel chairs, chairs. Fundraising events such as golf day, gala dinner.

* Dominic McLoughlin, Ithikos Strategic HR Management on personal engagement between management and employees, on his research on engagement in businesses, trust, honesty. Getting employees personally involved and interested in the business. Some interesting practices used overseas.

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith continuing tips for teaching children to be money wise. 3. giving is better than receiving 4.avoid debt and only use it when you have to - only borrow what you can afford to repay and avoid consumer debt.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the March 23, 2015 show>>

Includes:

* Catherine Salat, Just Imagine Finance on her budgeting care system and wealth care system

* Doctor Ian Carr-Boyd on Medicare rebates, co-payments, value for money/service, taking responsibility for your own health decisions, cancer screening.drugs in psychiatry

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on tips for bringing your children up to be money savvy, budgeting, learning they can't have everything they want. 1. spend what you have to spend 2. save today and spend tomorrow

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the March 16, 2015 show>>

Includes:

* Executive Officer Heather Shepherd on the changes in the Chamber during her 10 years in the Chamber - highlights, challenges, developments over the years.

* Weekly segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on his personal story in business .

* Host Vent Thomas

Click here to listen to the March 9, 2015 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Jason Cronshaw, Fantastic Aussie Tours on the 3 different services offered by Fantastic Aussie Tours - red double decker tourist buses, charter services for schools and corporate groups and extended tours around Australia and the world. Also on their sponsorship of children in Africa.

* Dean Heke, helloworld Katoomba on the effect of the drop in value of the Australian dollar and their special tours for niche markets including New Zealand gardening tours, whiskey tours and the retiree market.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on the pros and cons of bridging finance.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the March 2, 2015 show>>

The third of our Election special - interview with Alandra Tasire, candidate for the Greens Party.

Alandra answers the following questions:

  1. What are the key elements of your party’s small business policy in this election?
  2. How will your policies specifically benefit small business in the Blue Mountains?
  3. What do you see as the key opportunities and challenges respectively for business in the Mountains?
  4. What is your party’s position on the proposed rate rise currently before State Government, and what is its impact on business?
  5. If there is only limited future development in the Blue Mountains, do you see that as being less or more attractive to tourism and corresponding job growth in the Blue Mountains?
  6. Can you tell us a bit about your background and outside of politics what are your key interests?
  7. Over the past 3 years, what has been your major community involvement in the Blue Mountains?
  8. Are there any national/Federal small business or tax issues that you’ve found local business people are particularly concerned about?

Weekly Finance segment by Tim Hayman, Mortgage Choice, Blue Mountains & Penrith on how Centrelink assess a pension entitlement and how to maximise age pensions.

Click here to listen to the February 23, 2015 show>>

The second of our Election special - interview with Roza Sage, candidate for the Liberal Party.

Roza answers the following questions:

  1. What are the key elements of your party’s small business policy in this election?
  2. How will your policies specifically benefit small business in the Blue Mountains?
  3. What do you see as the key opportunities and challenges respectively for business in the Mountains?
  4. What is your party’s position on the proposed rate rise currently before State Government, and what is its impact on business?
  5. If there is only limited future development in the Blue Mountains, do you see that as being less or more attractive to tourism and corresponding job growth in the Blue Mountains?
  6. Can you tell us a bit about your background and outside of politics what are your key interests?
  7. Over the past 3 years, what has been your major community involvement in the Blue Mountains?
  8. Are there any national/Federal small business or tax issues that you’ve found local business people are particularly concerned about?

Weekly Finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice, Blue Mountains & Penrith on reverse mortgages.

Click here to listen to the February 16, 2015 show>>

The first of our Election special - interview with Trish Doyle, candidate for the Labor Party.

Trish answers the following questions:

  1. What are the key elements of your party’s small business policy in this election?
  2. How will your policies specifically benefit small business in the Blue Mountains?
  3. What do you see as the key opportunities and challenges respectively for business in the Mountains?
  4. What is your party’s position on the proposed rate rise currently before State Government, and what is its impact on business?
  5. If there is only limited future development in the Blue Mountains, do you see that as being less or more attractive to tourism and corresponding job growth in the Blue Mountains?
  6. Can you tell us a bit about your background and outside of politics what are your key interests?
  7. Over the past 3 years, what has been your major community involvement in the Blue Mountains?
  8. Are there any national/Federal small business or tax issues that you’ve found local business people are particularly concerned about?

Weekly Finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice, Blue Mountains & Penrith on low doc loans, especially for self employed business people who have difficulty proving their income and profitability.

Click here to listen to the February 9, 2015 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Suzanne Kowalski, www.bikestorage.com.au on the bike path under construction in the upper mountains & opening in March. Also the effect of cycling facilities on Tourism.

* Dean Heke, helloworld Katoomba on how they can help businesses with travel organisation and expenses and some key trips about longer stays abroad.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on interest rates cuts and the spin off on home owners and investors.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the February 2, 2015 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Dr John Merson, Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute on the low carbon tourism project, benefits for business and community, free audit etc.

* Martin Swatridge, Anytime Fitness, Springwood on programs they run at the gym, helping people get more out of their lives through exercise and their involvement in the community. How they differ from other gyms.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on 4 ways to pay off your mortgage earlier.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the January 19, 2015 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Johanna Morley, The Aussie Mum Network on the website she built for Mum's to engage with one another. Includes lots of everyday information for Mums.

* Kathy Sargent, SCU on the difference between banks and credit unions. SCU is a customer focused financial institution with better home loan rate than 4 big banks. No share holders, focus on customer satisfaction

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on loans for the self employed and how to get your loan application over the line.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the January 12, 2015 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Renee Kfoury, MTC Australia on using job services organisations to get back into the workforce. One on one consultant for managing each job seeker.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on elements of financial health checks. Have a savings or investment plan to avoid stress around finances. Getting credit cards under control, checking super returns, getting the best home loan rate, income protection, insurances.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis speaking about their own travels

Click here to listen to the December 22, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Renee Robinson, Travel Counsellors about offering a personal service to prepare travel plans to suit the individual and their budget. Offering a very tailor made experience finding travel destinations with a difference..

* Sue Stones, Stones Software & Training on writing software to make businesses more efficient. Providing businesses with what they need, how to be found on the fist page of google, changes that need to be made on websites etc

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on possible interest rate cuts in the future. Also Rob's comments on the Australia housing market over 2014 and what's in store for 2015.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the December 15, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Elaine Harding, Thrivability Consulting on unleashing the leader within ourselves and how to hire the right people (matching the culture of the business). If you're aligned with the values of the organisation you are authentically able to lead the organisation.

* Karen Wickerson, Evocca College on flexible learning opportunities & one-on-one engaged learning. Both online and on-site learning offered. After completing studies students are offered a confidence program to prepare them to present well when job seeking.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on how to manage Christmas spending.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the December 8, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Ron Anderson, Nepean Community College on the Digital Enterprise Programs being run in partnership with the BEC in Penrith and Blue Mountains. Types of training available and digital readiness for businesses. Training is free of charge for SME's, not-for-profits and community groups.

* Greg Petley, Road & Rail NSW on the variety of road safety activities and traffic control his business takes care of. Advice & traffic control for construction works and traffic control for festivals and events.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on credit rating, how to manage it, avoid a bad rating, and how to find out what your rating is.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Heather Shepherd

Click here to listen to the December 1, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Jo Ridley, DARE Disability Support and the reason for the name change in line with the changes in the industry re funding and the National Disability Insurance scheme. Also about International Week of People with a Disability.

* Scott Goodkin, Lentez on aerial photography with drones, the need for a licence from CASA, what they are used for and how they are controlled.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on self-managed super funds, the difference between SMSF's and Managed Super Funds, the costs, the pros and the cons.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Scott with one of his drones

Click here to listen to the November 24, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Graham Tribe, Blue Mountains Artists' Network on the network of artists and the support available through the group and the Blue Mountains Arts Trail open this weekend.

* Chris Cannell, Hotel Blue & Conference Centre on the renovations being made at the hotel, its history and the introduction of live music, murder mystery nights.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on construction loans for renovations and owner building.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the November 17, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Gina Jaaskelainen, Modewest on the reason for starting the magazine for small business and the top topics that  small business want to learn about and on assisting small Blue Mountains businesses gain exposure in Western Sydney

* Simone Bateman, Rubyfruit on the journey of the Rubyfruit vegan bakery in Leura, the vegan ethos and the rewards gained by winning Business Awards

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on buying property in the local market and how to work out if you're paying too much for a property. Discuss what is comfortable for you to pay back re a mortgage. Ask mortgage broker for reports on the property and a comparative market appraisal.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the November 10, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Gina Field, Nepean Regional Security on ways she's grown her business including winning business awards and the resulting exposure

* Dean Heke, helloworld Katoomba with top travel tips including insurance, packing, documentation and experiencing the authentic travel experience

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on making budgeting sexy not scary.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the November 3, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Kellie Gracey, Euphoria hair on winning the Young Entrepreneur Award at the Business Awards and her journey from an employee to where she is now

* Geri Clisby, Leura Whisk on the story of Leura Whisk, how they started, how they choose stock and predict trends

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on current interest rates, housing values in the mountains and fixed interest rates

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Heather Shepherd

Click here to listen to the October 27, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Selena Seifert, Wild Valley Art Park on running an art gallery and work space and the sustainability aspects of Wild Valley Art Park

* Jennifer Long, Jennifer Long Visual Ergonomics on what an ergonomist does and tips on how to be visually effective when working in the workplace

* Weekly finance segment by Tim Hayman, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on how to fund your childrens' education

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the October 20, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Eric Sward, Blue Mountains Accommodation & Tourism Association on the differences between the tourism organisations and the importance of the tourism industry in the Blue Mountains. Also the highlights and low points in the last 12 months.

* Karen Lister, UMI Real Estate on how to sell your house for the best price and how she got into real estate

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on  having a plan for building wealth and the importance of getting the right advice

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Andrea Turner-Boys

Click here to listen to the October 13, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Michael Lewchenko, Bennett's Printing on the changes in printing industry over the years, from offset to digital. Home publishers now able to print short run prints of self published books.

* Monthly Travel segment by Dean Heke, helloworld Katoomba on the changes in the travel industry and the benefits of using a travel agent as opposed to booking online. Also the challenges faced in the industry and the way they address these challenges at helloworld Katoomba

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on finance options for buying a car

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the September 29, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Judy Holman, UWS on businesses using interns for projects

* Paul Brinkman, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on the development of the Centre since it started and upcoming exhibitions

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on liaising with financial planners and accountants when discussing mortgage needs for clients

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the September 22, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Andrea Turner-Boys, Women With Altitude on women in business and the network for women

* Robyn Simon, Pure Oils International on the history and many uses of essential oils

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith about purchasing a property off the plan

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the September 15, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Alan Magner, VRI (VARIANCE REDUCTION INTERNATIONAL), on the services and training they provide

* Jo Chipperfield, Wordsmith on the value of using a specialist for business writing

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on fixed interest products

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the September 8, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Wayne Cohen, Inland Technology on the technological advances with printers eg managed print services, document security

* Lyn White, Nova Employment on Job Shop in Springwood Sept 18 for those wanting to get into the workforce

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on borrowing from super funds for first home buyers.

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the September 1, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Amanda O'Bryan, Creative Queen Bees on creativity and graphic design in business

* Dean Heke, helloworld Katoomba on why to use a travel agent when so much is available on the internet and New Zealand as a holiday destination

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on the Future of Financial Reforms, financial planner laws

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the August 25, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Rachel Morse, Colour on Location on the importance of colour and styling in homes and offices

* Jude Foneska, EC Credit Control on Personal Property Security Act, Privacy Act updates for SMEs, credit checks, terms & conditions

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on the value of offset accounts & how they work

* Claire Jones, Katoomba Theatre Company on the play reading on at the moment

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the August 18, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Peita Davies, Choice Home Loans on advantages of entering awards and reason for using a mortgage broker

* Heather Shepherd, Biznet Blue Mountains on entering the Blue Mountains Business Awards (how, when, where)

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Heather Shepherd

Click here to listen to the August 11, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Maurice Cooper, Bygone Beautys on his teapot collection and the new extensions to house the collection at Bygone Beautys

* Paul Sturgiss, Office Choice Blue Mountains on the new premises and what is available in the Mountains in the area of office supplies

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the August 4, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Bill McGhie, Carbon Training International on energy costs and what businesses can do to reduce their power costs

* Fran O'Leary, Blue Mountains Food Services/Meals on Wheels on services available to the elderly and unwell - restaurants and home services

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on code of conduct, training and regulations for Mortgage Brokers

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the July 28, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Robyn Yates, Blue Mountains Cancer Help Inc on what the charity does and how it differs from other cancer charities

* Bob Yates, Blue Mountains Business Brokers on how to value your business for sale and how to maximise your return

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on interest rates and the advantage of fixed rates versus variable rates

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the July 21, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guest: Daniel Myles, Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Ltd on tourism recovery after the bush fires

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on negative, positive and neutral gearing

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the July 14, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Adam Law, Mountain Mechanics

* Brian Callan, Hands On Superhealth

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith - the housing market

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the July 7, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Trevor Lloyd, Lew Hird and Bill McCabe on the DLEP 2013.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith - the housing market

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the June 30, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Philip Hammon, Scenic World on the steam clock at Scenic World

               Tom Dooley, Blue Mountains Funerals on the way funerals have changed over the years.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith - the housing market

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the June 23, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Jansis Hanlon, Varuna, The Writer's House on the history of the Writer's House and what it is involved in today

               Mark Horton, Radio Blue Mountains on community radio

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the June 16, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Scott Richardson, Vision TV

                Larry Buttrose, Katoomba Theatre Company on the new space for a theatre in Katoomba

* Weekly finance segment by Tim Hayman, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on the structure of your business

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the June 2, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Lisa Gorman, Lisa G Communication on leadership

               Anton Duc, Duc Legal on workplace relations, employment law updates

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on the structure of your business

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the May 26, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Ben Curran, Stralia Web and BlueMountainsAustralia.com on his journey and the changes during growing his business over 18 years.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the May 19, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Tom Colless, Colless Foods on his business story and reduction of carbon footprint

                Steve Krinks, Well Optimised on SEO, how to be found in web searches.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on budget implications for business

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the May 12, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Heather Shepherd, Biznet, Blue Mountains Business Chamber Executive Officer on the 6th Annual Business Expo and upcoming events

               Andrea Turner-Boys on the Women with Altitude story

               Dr Ian Carr-Boyd on scheduling body maintenance and regular health checks

* Weekly finance segment by Tim Hayman, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith on salary sacrifice and transition to retirement

* Host Vent Thomas


Click here to listen to the May 5, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Martin Wren on Nova Employment role in employment of people with a disability

                Lew Hird on the 2013 draft LEP and its effect of business in the mountains

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis on marketing planning

Click here to listen to the April 28, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Anne Goonetilleke, Director Education, TAFE NSW Blue Mountains College on TAFE's training role and links to the community in the Blue Mountains

                Don Bone and Barbara Chies, Afternoonified on their new retail shop in Katoomba selling board games

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis on marketing planning

Click here to listen to the April 14, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Joe & Merylese Mercieca on the benefits and cost savings that can be achieved by building an 'Eco' friendly home.

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the April 7, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guest: Roza Sage MP, State Member for the Blue Mountains about her professional background before politics and update on the key things that the State Government is doing to practically assist small business

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the March 31, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Jaqueline Brinkman, Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise on the research undertaken by BMEE into the Blue Mountains economy, and BMEE’s focus and priorities in supporting and promoting future economic growth in the region

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis

Click here to listen to the March 24, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Fred Janes, Angophora Consulting Arborist on trees, their health, stability & structure

                Asher Mackenzie, Techtime4U, on teaching people to use technology, computers, ipads, DVD players etc

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis discussing their personal backgrounds - getting to know them

Click here to listen to the March 17, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: John Todd, Chair of the Business Enterprise Centre Australia on the programs and services provided by the BEC

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis discussing business online presence eg website, blog, social media

Click here to listen to the March 10, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Gina Jaaskelainen on business branding & design

* Weekly finance segment by Tim Hayman, Financial Advisor at Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis on branding

Click here to listen to the March 3, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guests: Susan Templeman, Templeman Consulting & Labour spokesperson for Federal seat of Macquarie on Labour policies for business and her own experience in business

* Dr Ian Carr-Boyd, GP, Katoomba & Lawson, talking on health & wellbeing for business people

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith   

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis on business mentoring       

Click here to listen to the February 24, 2014 show>>

Includes:

* Guest: Rob Drage, Thexton Armstrong Drage on planning & valuing your business

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Heather Shepherd - discussion on benefits of belonging to Biznet - Blue Mountains Business Chamber

Click here to listen to the February 17, 2014 show>>

* Guest: Jodie Van Der Veldon, Josophan's Fine Chocolates on her business journey

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis on networking for small business

Click here to listen to the February 10, 2014 show >>

Includes:

* Guests: Mayor, Mark Greenhill on local economy and how Council can support business

* Greg Mitchell, HR Success on effective people management

* Weekly finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

* Hosts Vent Thomas and Dianne Davis - discussion on tendering

Click here to listen to the February 3, 2014 show - apologies for the poor quality recording this week >>

Includes:

* Hosts Vent Thomas & Dianne Davis on branding and taglines for your business

* Guest - Bronwen Johnston, Manager YHA Katoomba

* Weekly Finance segment by Rob Lees, Mortgage Choice Blue Mountains & Penrith

* Hosts Vent and Dianne on web technology & design styles

October 24 2016 Show

  • Julie Bargenquast - Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber
  • Richard Schroeder - Aussie Home Loans
  • Karen Lister - UMI Real Estate
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