Photos sent in by our readers depicting the damage and destruction after the October storm across the South Burnett. Easy 8 Orchards, Kumbia.
Photos sent in by our readers depicting the damage and destruction after the October storm across the South Burnett. Easy 8 Orchards, Kumbia. Denise Keelan

The perfect time to talk business over breakfast

FOR Burnett businesses looking for tricks of the trade, this is the breakfast for you.

On Wednesday, January 30, business owners across the Burnett will gather at the Nanango RSL for a "business breakfast to bring businesses together".

For $20 a head, guests will get both their breakfast and some great regional wisdom.

Supported by Business South Burnett and hosted by South Burnett Times journalist Matt Collins, it's the perfect event to learn a bit about customer service, growing your business, and overcoming your challenges.

Business owners Ken Mills, from Ken Mills Toyota; Mick and Amanda Astill, from Astill's Electrical; and Lindsay and Teresa Francis, from Easy 8 Orchard, will be interviewed on the basis of each topic.

Mr Collins will also address the issue of shopping locally.

"It's all good and well to say people should shop locally, but businesses shouldn't rest on that. Businesses should continually be looking at ways to improve and a big part of that is customer service," he said.

"Most business' customer service is embarrassing. Hearing from other business owners helps them with ideas to improve their own businesses."

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When it comes to overcoming challenges in business, Mrs Francis is the perfect person to hear advice from.

As most in the South Burnett know, Easy 8 Orchard suffered extensive damage during a devastating hail storm in October last year.

"Our biggest thing is that we had spent our income to make our money, yet our income was lost in that storm," Mrs Francis said.

"I can't change what mother nature has done, so when overcoming our challenges, we had to learn that it's okay to ask for help. It's okay if you fall and you need to go to the doctor to get some assistance, so this is the same thing."

When overcoming challenges, Mrs Francis said as well as asking for help, it's important to know what kind of help was available for you.

"I suppose we've come to learn what help is available out for farmers, with different organisations like Graham House and BIEDO. Not only did they support us, but they were supporting our workers as well," she said.

To hear more about each business and their struggles and triumphs, be sure to attend the business breakfast at 6.30am for a 7am start.