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Getting to the Heart of Business

Business & Economics Podcasts

If you know the thrill-and-terror of launching your own venture…. If you sometimes struggle to keep your work-life-balance in check… If you’ve ever bought new domain names on your holidays… Or wondered how your business will survive the latest downturn… Then Getting to the Heart of Business is your medicine. It’s a series of deep-diving conversations with business leaders and entrepreneurs who’ve been there too, and have wisdom to share. Every week, James Parnwell from TheOnlineCo. sits down with a business leader - to mine their gold, and hear the stories behind their success. You’ll learn from their wins AND their mistakes, find out how they’ve made it through their biggest challenges, and gain valuable insights for your own business journey. Getting to the Heart of Business is hosted by James Parnwell and Jess Colusso from TheOnlineCo. – a Sydney based digital agency that believes the best way to help small to medium businesses grow, is by putting people first. Between them they share nearly 40 years of business and marketing experience, and in every episode you’ll also catch their valuable digital marketing and business-growth tips.

If you know the thrill-and-terror of launching your own venture…. If you sometimes struggle to keep your work-life-balance in check… If you’ve ever bought new domain names on your holidays… Or wondered how your business will survive the latest downturn… Then Getting to the Heart of Business is your medicine. It’s a series of deep-diving conversations with business leaders and entrepreneurs who’ve been there too, and have wisdom to share. Every week, James Parnwell from TheOnlineCo. sits down with a business leader - to mine their gold, and hear the stories behind their success. You’ll learn from their wins AND their mistakes, find out how they’ve made it through their biggest challenges, and gain valuable insights for your own business journey. Getting to the Heart of Business is hosted by James Parnwell and Jess Colusso from TheOnlineCo. – a Sydney based digital agency that believes the best way to help small to medium businesses grow, is by putting people first. Between them they share nearly 40 years of business and marketing experience, and in every episode you’ll also catch their valuable digital marketing and business-growth tips.

Location:

Australia

Description:

If you know the thrill-and-terror of launching your own venture…. If you sometimes struggle to keep your work-life-balance in check… If you’ve ever bought new domain names on your holidays… Or wondered how your business will survive the latest downturn… Then Getting to the Heart of Business is your medicine. It’s a series of deep-diving conversations with business leaders and entrepreneurs who’ve been there too, and have wisdom to share. Every week, James Parnwell from TheOnlineCo. sits down with a business leader - to mine their gold, and hear the stories behind their success. You’ll learn from their wins AND their mistakes, find out how they’ve made it through their biggest challenges, and gain valuable insights for your own business journey. Getting to the Heart of Business is hosted by James Parnwell and Jess Colusso from TheOnlineCo. – a Sydney based digital agency that believes the best way to help small to medium businesses grow, is by putting people first. Between them they share nearly 40 years of business and marketing experience, and in every episode you’ll also catch their valuable digital marketing and business-growth tips.

Language:

English

Contact:

1300651527


Episodes

Bite the Bullet and Specialise: How Financial Planner Phil Thompson went from ‘Just Making It’ Generalist, to Rapidly Growing Specialist – Ep 19

6/6/2021
Phil Thompson has had two career paths that couldn’t be more different: Circus Performing, and Financial Planning! He's the owner of a company called Skye Wealth, specialising in life insurance. You’ll hear why he made such a radical career change; how his first few years in the financial game were spent working very hard, with little reward…. and how a few brave decisions made all the difference! *** Key Moments 03:20 – After a dramatic career change, Phil saw an opportunity and took the...

Duration:00:37:56

Ending Slavery in Australia: How Sally Irwin’s Cafe & Social Enterprise, The Freedom Hub, is Restoring Survivors – Ep 18

5/29/2021
When Sally Irwin moved to Berlin with her husband’s diplomacy work, she had no idea how much it would change her life. There, she came face to face with modern day slavery and the sex trafficking trade, working as a volunteer to help enslaved, abused and traumatised young women. On her return home, she founded The Freedom Hub – a social enterprise that helps survivors of human trafficking, who find themselves trapped in modern day slavery in Australia. Through a Survivor School, young...

Duration:00:56:28

When a Hobby Takes Over: How Campsmart Grew from a Maternity Leave Project, to a Serious Aussie Brand – Ep 17

5/23/2021
Justine Lightowler isn’t the first woman on our podcast who ‘birthed’ her business while she was on maternity leave! It was a family camping trip, and a need for some extra income, that drove Justine to start buying and selling camping gear on eBay. That became a hobby… which turned into an online store… which grew into a business… and today, Campsmart is a serious player in the online caravanning and camping market. In our interview Justine talks about the joys of serving Australia’s...

Duration:00:29:30

‘It’s About Going the Extra Mile’ Entrepreneur Justin Herald on Why Customer Experience is Crucial - Ep 16

5/15/2021
Cast your mind back to the 90s, and you might remember seeing t-shirts and bumper stickers plastered with the word ATTITUDE… They were the work of a young guy named Justin Herald, whose T-shirt slogans struck a chord with Aussies, and his business quickly went national, then global. But surprisingly, he started the brand quite by accident, with less than $50 to his name. Several million dollars later, he sold Attitude, and became a highly sought after speaker and trainer, through his...

Duration:00:49:58

“Just Be Your Authentic Self!” The Yoga Teacher & Circus Arts Trainer Who’s Smashing Stereotypes - Ep 15

5/9/2021
Today's interview guest has possibly the most colourful story we've had on the podcast so far. She's Annika Saigi, owner of a busy network of yoga studios in Western Sydney called Nin Yoga – and her journey has been a bit like a roller coaster ride in a theme park... It started at a video game arcade, with a detour into the circus arts, then adventures in India, and – just as she was launching a yoga studio – there was that painful little thing called the COVID pandemic. Thankfully, Annika...

Duration:00:45:44

Future-Proofing the Next Generation: Rowan Kunz, Edu-Preneur and Founder at Art of Smart - Ep 14

5/1/2021
In today’s episode you’ll get to know a young man who started his entrepreneurial journey before he’d even finished uni: he is Rowan Kunz, the director of Art of Smart, a student coaching and mentoring college in Sydney. Rowan’s a big-picture thinker: his team doesn’t just help kids with study techniques and maths exams, (although that’s a part of it)…. They are on a far greater mission: to help a generation of young people discover their passions, set some life goals—and achieve them! But...

Duration:00:49:52

Scaling Fast, Keeping Quality: The Young, Agile Company That’s Blazing a Trail in Disability - Ep 13

4/25/2021
For Kara Foscholo and Amanda Semaan, running a complex and multi-layered business wasn't even slightly on their radar, when they first embarked on a uni degree together. But when a research opportunity came their way, enabling them to invest in discovering better disability care, their passion took over. And as they say, the rest is history! When Active Ability was founded, it was the first of its kind – mobile therapy, specifically for those with intellectual disability, brain injury and...

Duration:00:42:20

Special Edition: Burnout in Business - How to Prevent it, How to Recover, with ‘Dr Burnout’ Valerie Ling - Ep 12

4/17/2021
When we sat down to hear the story of psychologist and burnout expert Dr Valerie Ling from the Centre for Effective Living, we had a feeling it was going to be one of our most helpful episodes yet—and we weren’t disappointed. In this episode, (the second in a two-part series), Valerie dives into her expertise on the treatment and prevention of burnout – a path many business leaders often (sadly) travel. Valerie’s an expert on the topic, has been given the nickname ‘Doctor Burnout’, heads...

Duration:00:33:45

“I Had to Get My Name Out of the Business” – ‘Dr Burnout’ Valerie Ling & the Centre That’s Changing Lives – Ep 11

4/10/2021
When a series of difficult life experiences left psychologist Valerie Ling suffering from burnout - she knew it was time to get help in her business. And so began the growth of a busy psychology practice called the Centre for Effective Living. In this episode Valerie – who’s now an expert in the treatment and prevention of burnout – tells the story of her lifelong entrepreneurship streak - and her passion to build organisations that make the world a healthier, happier place. (This two-part...

Duration:00:45:55

“It Instantly Transformed the Industry” - The Western Sydney Tech Co That Disrupted Trucking in Australia - Ep 10

3/27/2021
Phil Callaghan is a tech entrepreneur who bootstrapped his business from his own piggybank – and transformed the way the trucking industry works in Australia. Conceived at a time when smartphones were in their infancy, Loadshift has effectively changed how truckers and shippers communicate - through what is now a very high-tech, online marketplace. It's revolutionised the way the industry works, and today, the Loadshift team have so much data at their fingertips, that they're able to see...

Duration:00:41:02

“My Business Tripled Overnight” - How a Young Mum’s Hobby Became a National Brand - Ep 9

3/20/2021
It’s the perfect story of a Stay at Home Mum with a hobby that goes viral. But peek behind the beautifully curated Instagram feed to hear about the real-life journey which has taken Wild Indiana from a back bedroom operation to a national brand. It all started with a play gym made by Laura’s husband, Luke. With nine months maternity leave ahead of her, Laura began selling a few on Instagram. Then she happened upon a certain silicone baby's bowl, and entered the importing game. When Covid...

Duration:00:36:59

Playing the Numbers Game - How Entrepreneur Steve Waters is Changing the Face of Property Investment - Ep 8

3/14/2021
The story of Steve’s business, Right Property Group is a classic story of diving in the deep end. As a respected authority in the Australian investment property game, Steve makes regular appearances on TV and in print and is known as an industry pioneer. But the way he started out in property investment, is quite surprising. He was on track to continue in his family’s beef export business – until he met a girl (now his wife) - who was a successful property investor. Never afraid to put...

Duration:00:41:26

Helping Entrepreneurs to Soar: Roger Vertannes - From London, to Riyadh, to Sydney – Ep 7

3/7/2021
If you’re writing an action-drama novel, and you need a great storyline, you might look to the fascinating life of Roger Vertannes for inspiration. Growing up the youngest of 10 kids, Roger learnt that if you want brand new football boots, you’ll have to work for them… and so at the tender age of 12, he joined the family business. Since then, his journey has been full of adventure: wheeling and dealing in the Middle East; starting up a national franchise in the UK; immigrating to Australia...

Duration:00:51:42

“It’s All About How the Customer Feels” - Josh Nicholls - from Solo Sparky, to National CEO - Ep 6

2/28/2021
When we turned up to interview Josh Nicholls at Platinum Electricians HQ, it felt like we were stepping into a trendy Silicon Valley tech-startup. It’s full of bright, ultra-modern décor; there’s inspirational slogans on the walls, and a buzz of motivation in the room. It’s a long way from Josh’s days as a young apprentice electrician, facing up to workplace bullying. He now heads up around 300 employees with franchises around Australia, and having a happy and thriving workplace culture is...

Duration:00:43:10

The Story of a Famous Aussie Snack: Karen Lebsanft, Kurrajong Kitchen - Ep 5

2/18/2021
Karen Lebsanft is a business powerhouse. She's the woman behind Kurrajong Kitchen, the Aussie snack brand famous for their Lavosh crackers, first baked at a little restaurant in the foothills of the Blue Mountains - and now found in supermarkets across Australia. Karen has won awards in Australia and the USA, she’s appeared on Foxtel's Industry Leaders TV Series, and is in demand as a speaker and business couples mentor. In our interview at Kurrajong Kitchen HQ (where we may or may not...

Duration:00:45:46

“It’s So Much Like Marriage!” The Highs & Lows of Business Partnership: Kirsty Farrugia - Ep 4

2/14/2021
If you’re in a business partnership, and it sometimes feels a bit like a marriage – then you’re not alone! That’s how Kirsty Farrugia describes it, in this fascinating interview about her business, The Art of Decluttering. It’s a professional organizing co, run by Kirsty and her business partner and long-time friend, Amy Revell. Together they also host a highly successful podcast of the same name. In her interview, Kirsty shares about the massive journey of personal growth she’s been on...

Duration:00:45:37

A Family Business Goes National - Evan Graham & Alex Nelson at Limcora Group - Ep 3

2/7/2021
The growth of Limcora Group is a great Aussie success story. Starting as a little family plumbing co handed down from father to son, it's now grown into a major player in the construction industry with more than 60 staff, working on major development projects in Sydney and interstate. James caught up with the two couples at the head of the business, Evan and Amy Graham, and Alex and Natalie Nelson, and it was a revealing insight into the highs and the lows of running a complex,...

Duration:00:35:47

“Come to Me With Your Ideas!” The Lawyer-Entrepreneur Who Breaks Glass Ceilings & Innovates - Ep 2

2/7/2021
With degrees in law AND advertising, Amanda Little is a family lawyer with a difference. As you'll hear in our fascinating and at-times hilarious interview, she’s an innovator, a breaker of glass ceilings—and an incurable entrepreneur who’s known to buy domain names on her holidays. She's the “ten-new-ideas-before-breakfast” type. Amanda shares what made her step away from a big city law firm to start out on her own, and how she juggles being a wife, a mum, a lawyer and a business owner at...

Duration:00:44:07

Starting from Zero: Corporate Coach Paul Donovan on Leaving his Brilliant Career to Go Solo - Ep 1

2/7/2021
Paul Donovan was working an impressive, well-paid job in a Fortune-500 pharmaceutical co, when he decided to leave it all behind. Starting out from ground zero, he became a solo consultant under the name The Change Company. Now, 21 years later, he's in high demand, consulting to high-flying, senior executives, helping them to clarify their vision, fix their culture, resolve conflict, and succeed in the corporate world. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. In our interview, Paul opens up...

Duration:00:46:56

The Trailer, Season 1

2/1/2021
In our launch season of Getting to the Heart of Business, we dive deep to mine the gold in some brilliant business owners. A lawyer who breaks every mould, a coach of high-flying corporate execs, leaders in the construction industry, a decluttering-expert-slash-podcaster... and more. Enjoy this sneak peek....

Duration:00:02:43