Meet a Board Member - Dr Jalleh Sharafizad

WBA Support | Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dr Jalleh Sharafizad is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the ECU School of Business and Law, and was elected onto the WBA Board of Management in July 2018.

Jalleg completed her PhD in 2014, her thesis examined the networking behaviour of female small business owners.  Jalleh has published extensively on entrepreneurship and small business in a variety of contexts, joining academia after a number of years working in the IT sector.

As with the WBA, Jalleh regularly volunteers her knowledge and time to assist different business organisations in WA, helping them put together training programs for business start-ups, providing advice and expertise to help entrepreneurs launch their new business, and assisting business owners to grow and expand their established business.

Jalleh looks forward to helping WBA in all its activities and endeavours and working together to build up capabilities for all businesses within the City of Wanneroo.


Meet a Board Member

WBA Support | Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Stephen Wigley is the Founder and CEO of Burning Fruit, a web development agency specialising in user experience, web design and development. He has previously worked with corporate consulting companies as a user experience expert and team leader for Ajilon and ePrim, and has worked in the education, pharmaceutical and government industries. He has recently dived back into the start up scene by founding Venue Maestro, a new platform for connecting high-end venues to audiences across Australia and beyond.

Stephen has been a member of the WBA since 2011, and is looking forward to contributing to the WBA growth strategy in the years to come and helping businesses in the Wanneroo community grow.


WBA Board's Big Day Out

Events Wanneroo Business | Monday, January 23, 2017

To celebrate the new year we started out in style, with a Board Meeting.

But then we hit the road for some fun visiting members and enjoying their amazing hospitality.

Geoff from West Coast Bus Charters arrived early and drove us in comfort to each of the activities, he even joined in on some! Geoff was a great host and a fun addition to our team building day. His professional and prompt service kept us running on time and made for a very easy day out.

Stop one was with Michael and family at EasyRider Adventures in Yanchep National Park. We each had a unique segway experience and everyone rocked the obstacle course and team relay. Each board member was able to ride a different segway that best suited their level of expertise. As Michael says, "no-one is left on the bench!"

EasyRider Adventures truly is for the whole family and the obstacle course has options for all levels, meaning everyone can have a go. Michael even offers park tours around the national park. Everyone had a really good time - it was definitely an unusual activity, one that will be fun time and time again.

After the competitive segway relay a hard earned iced chocolate was needed. We joined Sue (winner of the Mayor's Visonary Award) at her award winning cafe Chocolate Drops!

Chocolate Drops is a specialty 'Handmade' Chocolate Shop located in the 'Tearooms' venue within the picturesque Yanchep National Park, Sue's cafe has been in the park for over 8 years and Sue creates, on the premises, an array of Australian themed handmade chocolates. Yum! Here the WBA Board of Management took the time to talk with Sue, Michael and Geoff about their businesses and unique challenges. Lots of ideas were generated and some exciting joint ventures were discussed.

To finish the day we headed back to Wanneroo and joined Patti at Transgenesis School of Yoga & Meditation. We were lucky enough to be joined by Patti's good friend Rupert, a professional violinist, who performed live relaxation songs for us! Patti took us through some basic yoga stretches and poses and taught us some tension relieving moves for office workers. We then laid back in the spacious, comfortable and cool studio for some meditation and relaxation. Patti was calming and professional and made it easy for first timers to get involved and get the most out of their yoga practice - I think Patti's classes will have a few more participants next week!

We are so grateful to our members for showing us a good time and giving us a taste of what makes their businesses unique. Geoff, Michael, Sue and Patti were professional, welcoming and the perfect fit for our Board team building day.

Need a day out? Looking for a family fun activity? Something more relaxing? How about some transport for your next work do? Get in touch with our incredible members who put on a great day for us!

If you would like the WBA Board or staff to come and visit you, whether its to show off your services or get some advice on an issue facing you, get in touch with Lauren or Emily today.

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