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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 6th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 7, 2009 23 STREETVIEW Business people positive Leonie Ligertwood Matthew Blackmore Bee Koh Mark Reed Teoman Alemdar Hundreds of local business people gathered at Wests Ashfield on Friday for the Inner West Business Expo. The theme of the event was surviving the economic crisis. We asked some attendees if they had been affected by the credit crunch. Leonie Ligertwood, of Career Compass, Petersham: I have only just opened my business, but the business focuses on careers development -- vocational profiling, career futures and employment skills. My particular expertise is in working with people in transition. In some ways the economic crisis is a great opportunity. I researched opportunities before I started, and business is certainly growing. Really, I expect it to continue to flourish this year. Matthew Blackmore, of Strathfield Chamber of Commerce: Friends of mine who are working in real estate in the western suburbs say that area is really busy because of the first-home buyers grant. Across other parts of Sydney, I would say there's not as much on the market, but what is on the market is selling. Bee Koh, of Benkins Consultancy, Burwood: It definitely has had some impact, I would say. That's why we are finding other avenues to diversify a bit. I think diversity will be the way we are going. Mark Reed, of The Pink Igloo Ice Cream Van, Croydon Park: We've just bought the ice cream van. I'm running it as a family business. I think if small business owners do their homework and set it up properly, they've got a much better chance. And speak to all the people who are willing to give advice out there -- from private companies to government agencies. Of course, there's a big fear factor, but life goes on. There's nothing going to stop people from having an ice cream on a hot sum- mer's day. Teoman Alemdar, of ADEN Services, China, but opening an office in Newtown: Yes there has been a change over the last six months. We used to hire an average of 500 people each month. It went down to 200. So now we are more careful about hiring people because we don't want to lose them. We just hire the people we need. We're not worried (about opening the Newtown office during an economic crisis). We're a big company. OPINION CARPET RIGHT CARPETS•LAMINATES•VINYLS•TIMBER FLOORS Never beaten on price! All carpets installed on Bridgestone Rubber Underlay 2161949i iww wk45 * EXCLUDES EXTRAS OPEN 7 DAYS MONDAY-FRIDAY 8.30AM-5PM SATURDAY 9AM-5PM SUNDAY 10AM-4PM www.carpetright.com.au DRUMMOYNE - 146 VICTORIA ROAD, 9719 8366 DURAL 252 New Line Rd 9651 4625 BELROSE 1/2 Niangala Cl 9450 1511 GORDON 900 Pacific Hwy 9498 8077 CHATSWOOD 234 Victoria Ave 9411 1440 HORNSBY 2 Burdett St 9476 3100 CROWS NEST Shop 32-35, 103-111 Willoughby Rd 9438 3933 BROOKVALE 20 Green St 9938 2306 Attention all carpet buyers! Australia's leading carpet manufacturers have chosen Carpet Right to urgently clear another 40,000m² of top quality carpets. 100% NZ wool twist piles, textured loops, sisals, plush piles and solution dyed nylons. All extra heavy duty and first quality premium grade. At prices never seen before! Save up to 60%! Hurry in, all carpets in stock now and can be stored and laid at your convenience. Offers available at all stores. While stocks last. 11 The Boulevarde, Strathfield Ph:9763 1855 www.strathfieldplaza.com.au
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