Our Brisbane Business Community

Council's Small Business Roundtable will identify opportunities and initiatives to help businesses grow and succeed as the city's focus shifts from economic recovery to economic revitalisation. While Council’s Economic Recovery Taskforce worked to help local businesses get back on their feet and rebuild Brisbane’s economy in the wake of coronavirus, many local businesses inspired us with their innovation and creativity. 

We’re sharing some of these local business success stories of pivoting, solidarity and resilience. 

Featured businesses

Cork & Chroma

Owners of Cork & Chroma, Hillary and BJ Wall, are in the business of creativity. They took their popular paint and sip classes online when coronavirus closed their Brisbane studio, and it’s paid off, with the classes now a regular offering.

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Mizzie The Kangaroo

Founder and Managing Director of Mizzie The Kangaroo, Sandra Ebbott successfully boosted her business's digital presence and launched her flagship store, with a little help from Council in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Ditto Dancewear

Ditto Dancewear owner Janie Grant saw a gap in the market and knew just how to help. Drawing on her 30 years’ experience in clothing manufacturing, she diversified and started making medical scrubs.

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Taro's Ramen

Adapting his business during coronavirus has been a learning curve for Taro Akimoto, and one that he hasn’t shied away from. Taro's Ramen has faced the challenges head-on and continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing environment.

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Street Science

Kim Liddell acted quickly to adapt her business to the challenges of isolation, by taking her award-winning science program out of the classroom and into the homes of budding scientists across Australia, and the world.

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Robynne O'Halloran Photography

Robynne O’Halloran met the challenges associated with relocating her photography business to Brisbane during the peak of coronavirus, by looking at the situation through a new lens.

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Bonnies Dog Obedience and Puppy School

With 46 years and three generations invested in their business, Val and Bruce Bonney closed their award-winning dog obedience and puppy school and pivoted to an online offering.

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Brisbane Wedding Decorators

When coronavirus restrictions came in the peak of autumn wedding season, Jamie and Cara’s celebrant and Brisbane Wedding Decorators businesses were caught in a flurry of cancellations and changes.

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Last updated: 11 November 2021

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