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Entrepreneurial Inspiration – SACC Virtual Event 12 Nov 6pm AEDT

November 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


During the covid-19 pandemic, we have all had to adjust to a new way of working but also maybe even reimagine our own work situation. As a business professional, dreams and ideas about starting something of our own are common but sometimes knowing where to start is the biggest hurdle.

SACC welcomes anyone tempted to have a go at their own venture, to join our Entrepreneurship webinar for inspiration as well as practical advice on how to realise your business dreams.

We will discuss the entrepreneurial journey from concept and start-up to franchise chain and management buyout and we are delighted to present Maria Collyer, Growth Facilitator from the Australian Government’s Business Entrepreneur’s Programme and Libby Helinski, Owner and Founder of Nordic lifestyle business Pappa Sven. The discussion is moderated by Todd Southeren, President Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneur and digital disruptor.

Presenting the panellists:

Maria Collyer is a multi-awarded food entrepreneur and business expert as the founder of Sweden’s largest juice bar chain, Naked Juicebar. She has experience from many stages of brand building and operational development, with key skills in scalable models to support continuous growth. She also is experienced as a board member in an angel investment group, and as a jury member in pitch competitions both domestically and internationally. Maria Collyer is currently working as a Growth Facilitator for the federal government’s flagship business initiative, The Entrepreneurs Programme. She delivers strategic advisory services to established businesses in Northern NSW and works with most of the region’s well-known brands across food, beverage, fashion and advanced manufacturing. At European Food Service Summit 2011, Maria featured as a guest speaker, sharing line-up with Starbucks’ Howard Schultz. Her own journey has fuelled a passion for business that she is thrilled to share with fellow entrepreneurs.


Libby Helinski first opened her Nordic homewares store, Pappa Sven, in Newcastle in 2014. Libby spent a year living in Skellefteå, in the North of Sweden, and wanted to be able to share her love of the Nordic way of life and create a truly unique retail experience in her hometown. Pappa Sven now consists of a retail store, online store and 2 distinctly Nordic themed Air BnB properties which attracts visitors from all over Australia. Libby graduated from UNSW in 1998 with a degree in Textile Science and her passion for textiles is evident in the business which she has created today. With a strong focus on natural fibres, authentic Scandinavian design and timeless design Libby has loved bringing together her many interests to create the Pappa Sven brand. Libby lives in Newcastle with her husband Matt and 2 teenage daughters Jessica and Lucy.



This webinar is organised by the SACC Brisbane Chapter. It is an interactive webinar with the option for participants to ask live questions during the Q&A session.

When: 12 November from 6.00-7.00 pm (AEDT)
Where: Zoom virtual room
This is a FREE webinar. 


Instructions on how to connect to the webinar will be sent out once registered.


November 12, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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