Rachel Boniface is a $10'000 award recipients from 2014. We caught up with Rachel to see how she is going after winning the Philip Leong Grant.
1.What is your biggest achievement in business to date?
Starting Nurture at the age of 25, with a team of 9 staff, is by far my biggest achievement. But in addition to that Nurture is now a prospering company and I am continuing to set goals to develop it into the future.
2.Tell us something about yourself that many people don’t know
I hate public speaking, but I tend to do it a lot.
3.What advice would you give to up and coming young business people
Spend lots of time planning how your business is going to stand out from other businesses in the same field. What makes your business different? And how are you going to promote your business to stand out in the crowd?
4.How did the bursary assist your business?
The bursary enabled me to buy equipment needed to start my clinic and it also allowed me to continue my studies and develop myself as a Physiotherapist.
5.Phillip Leong assisted many young people in business, arts and sport. What contributions do you (and your business) make/plan to make to our community?
Nurture Family Allied Health Centre is a multidisciplinary health care clinic that has a special focus on Women’s and Children’s health care needs. We often run free information seminars for new and expecting mothers and recently did a Women’s information night, where all the proceeds were donated to The Townsville Hospital Children’s Ward.
6.Do you have any reflections about the bursary process that could help current applicants?
All new businesses should have a thorough Business Plan. Spend plenty of time preparing yours. Also plan ahead and set goals as to where you want to take your business in the future.
7.What future aspirations do you have for your professional career and/or your business?
I would like to complete my Masters in Women’s Health Physiotherapy and eventually expand Nurture into other areas of Queensland. I would also like to continue to develop our outreach services to surrounding districts.
8.Which local schools or education establishments have you attended?
Kirwan State High School and James Cook University