Great busi­nesses from hard times

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

GREAT busi­nesses are forged dur­ing tough times. That’s the opin­ion of

Busi­ness Lead­ers’ Sem­i­nar guest speaker and na­tional busi­ness com­men­ta­tor Damian Mor­gan.

Mr Mor­gan will ex­change ideas with Mossman and Port Dou­glas busi­ness lead­ers dur­ing a series of free sem­i­nars he will be hold­ing at QT Re­sort, Port Dou­glas, on Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 23, 5:30 pm) and Thurs­day (Au­gust 24, 7:30pm and 10:30pm).

While he has a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to busi­ness suc­cess dur­ing eco­nomic slumps, Mr Mor­gan isn’t afraid to be blunt when giv­ing ad­vice.

“The truth is there are some boom-time busi­nesses that will only work in a boom,” he said.

“Great busi­nesses that are well planned and de­vel­oped are sus­tain­able - they can thrive in any con­di­tions.”

Mr Mor­gan is a for­mer cre­ative writer and busi­ness jour­nal­ist with an MBA, and is also a reg­u­lar me­dia com­men­ta­tor.

How­ever, he has a pas­sion for help­ing small and medi­um­sized busi­nesses grow.

“I am a small busi­ness owner my­self,” he said.

“My great pas­sion is help­ing small busi­nesses beat cor­po­rate - we are gen­er­ally bet­ter.”

One pit­fall for small busi­ness own­ers was a lack of self-pro­mo­tion, Mr Mor­gan said.

“So many small busi­nesses are very good at what they do, but they don’t make the profit they should make be­cause, in many cases, they don’t pro­mote them­selves well,” he said.

“It’s one of the things cor­po­rate (busi­nesses) do re­ally well. “

“Small busi­nesses are typ­i­cally bet­ter. We care more but we are of­ten the best kept se­crets in town.”

All ses­sions are free. Con­tact: Yvonne Carr on (4099 8559, yvonne.carr@; or Cather­ine Ho­gan (4099 8553; cather­ine.ho­ to book a spot.

QT Re­sort, Port Dou­glas, on Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 23, 5:30 pm) and Thurs­day (Au­gust 24, 7:30pm and 10:30pm).

Damian Mor­gan is com­ing to Port Dou­glas

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