Pas­sion drives the busi­ness

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla’s Mitchell Health Care has been se­lected as one of nine faces of small busi­ness in Vic­to­ria.

The Face of Busi­ness pro­gram is part of Vic­to­ria’s Small Busi­ness Fes­ti­val, which runs un­til Septem­ber 7.

Mitchell Health Care is an aged-care com­pany which helps peo­ple man­age dayto-day as they get older by man­u­fac­tur­ing and sup­ply­ing mo­bil­ity prod­ucts for the home-care and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion sec­tor.

Ta­nia Mitchell started the com­pany 13 year ago, as she felt that the needs of older Vic­to­ri­ans were of­ten quite spe­cific and there was a need for more per­son­alised care and sup­port.

‘‘I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives, to serve and care, with a busi­ness where peo­ple like to work and can do a good job,’’ Ta­nia said.

‘‘I wanted to work some­where that craved cus­tomer ser­vice and that re­ally val­ued it. I’m pas­sion­ate about de­liv­er­ing that.’’

Ta­nia feels she could not have grown the com­pany on her own and cred­its her suc­cess to a num­ber of peo­ple.

‘‘Busi­ness is never built solo,’’ she said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one who has sup­ported this busi­ness is part of our growth and suc­cess.’’

Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil Mayor Don Firth said small busi­ness was the back­bone of the shire’s econ­omy.

‘‘Small busi­ness is a ma­jor lo­cal em­ployer, with more than 1500 small or mi­crobusi­nesses op­er­at­ing in Be­nalla Ru­ral City,’’ Cr Firth said.

‘‘Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mitchell Health Care for be­ing se­lected out of hun­dreds of en­trants across Vic­to­ria and dozens from north-east Vic­to­ria on be­ing named as a face of small busi­ness.’’

To cel­e­brate small busi­nesses, an ex­hi­bi­tion of 23 pho­to­graphs by lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Ser­ena Hunt-Hughes show­cas­ing lo­cal busi­ness own­ers is cur­rently dis­played at Serendip­ity Cafe´ and Bar un­til the end of Au­gust.

As part of the Small Busi­ness Fes­ti­val, the North East Small Busi­ness Fes­ti­val of­fers an ex­cit­ing range of free and low­cost events, work­shops and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for new and es­tab­lished busi­nesses.

Events and sup­port ser­vices will take place across Wodonga, Wan­garatta, Be­nalla, Indigo, Alpine and Towong coun­cil ar­eas.

● For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.be­nalla.vic.gov.au

Face of busi­ness: Ta­nia Mitchell with her hus­band and busi­ness part­ner Heath.

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