Good things are brewing
THE daily grind at the Brewby Coffee van is bringing joy to those with a disability.
Run by Sarah Yates, owner of Our Ruby Girl cafe in Como, the van offers freshly brewed coffee, lunches and wraps to local schools and workplaces.
Ms Yates said the van was launched in August as a joint venture with the cafe, which also employs staff with disabilities.
She said half of her staff had a disability, ranging from an intellectual disability to profound deafness.
“Expanding our services to the mobile van allows people who are not suitable for a cafe environment to still contribute and be employed, and also breaks down some of the stigma and misconceptions about disability in the workplace.”
Ms Yates said she loved seeing the reaction from clients on the road, who might not have thought a person with a disability was suitable for such work.
“We are breaking the barriers one coffee at a time,” she said.
To book Brewby at your school or workplace, email [email protected]bycoffeeco.com or text Sarah on 0477 014 197.
RESEARCH has shown that more than half of Australia’s small and medium sized businesses do not have a website, yet a similar percentage of consumers will refuse to use a company that does not have an online presence.
The simple conclusion to be drawn from this is that any small enterprise looking to thrive in today’s interconnected world should have, or at least consider getting, a business website.
The Telstra Small Business Intelligence Report found that of the 2.1 million small and medium sized businesses in Australia, 58 per cent still did not have a website.
When you consider that the same findings stated that 48 per cent of customers won’t consider buying from a business unless they have an online presence, the case for a website becomes compelling.
First, there’s the need to be found online.
The ability to deliver a quality service is of limited use if prospective customers cannot find the business.
A well-designed website, complemented by a presence on relevant social media platforms, increases the prospects of attracting clientele as well as presenting a professional image.
The absence of a business website can raise unwelcome questions.
While there is a cost to set up a website, it compares favourably to the ongoing expenses involved in other traditional marketing techniques.
Last year, Australians spent almost $29 billion on online shopping, with this figure expected to exceed $35 billion by 2021.
The Small Business Development Corporation offers a range of online and in-person services to help small business owners unlock their potential through marketing.
Visit smallbusiness.wa. gov.au/business-advice/ small-business-workshops for more information.
Brewby Coffee van owner Sarah Yates (back) with Lizzie Bleakley, Tammy Galvin and Stephanie Behets. www.communitypix.com.au d495929