Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centre

success stories

Past tenants doing amazing things

Marcus Thompson

STRINGBARK SUPPLIES

www.stringbarksupplies.com

“I graduated from YREC at the end of 2020 and moved my business to a workshop that had much needed additional space and 3 phase power for machine upgrades. A ‘once in a lifetime’ workshop in Wesburn became available at just the right time for me to be confident to expand.


During the four years I have been at YREC, I have been able to hire employees, expand my machinery allowing for a larger range of products and greater efficiency in production, and I’ve been able to establish a network in a community I was new to. The incubator model worked perfectly for me. I think it’s easy to underestimate the intangible benefits that come with working around others with similar goals. I will definitely miss this at my new workshop but know we will continue to celebrate our success together.”

Shlomit Moria

BUSHWOOD CREATIONS

www.shlomit.com.au

“Taking the studio at YREC four years ago was the smartest thing I could do to start my business. I was surrounded by like minded business people who gave me real feedback, and helped me through all the inevitable teething problems of starting out. There were so many workshops, classes and mentoring opportunities that helped me focus on what I needed to do to grow and how to become independent. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and reach higher than I had imagined. The YREC community helped me stay motivated and pushed new boundaries- especially Alison- she was always checking in with me and I always felt supported.


Moving to my new premises at ECOSS became a necessary step so I could grow to the next stage – more work, larger commissions – especially my totem poles – and the opportunity to expand in new directions. It’s been a perfect beginning and transition to realising even bigger dreams”.

AMY BURTON

PEONY AND SAGE OILS

www.bohoemporiumyv.com

I was a tenant at YREC for one year. It worked well for me to have my 50 current and potential stockists come to my studio instead of my home. I loved working at YREC. The people were amazing and I had the opportunity to partake in weekly training with Sue from CIRE. I learnt so much!


Whilst the restrictions during COVID and the need to homeschool my children made keeping my studio space unsustainable, during the time I was there I enjoyed the sense of family among the other businesses and the wealth of knowledge and support that Allison provided.


I am running a website and wholesale-based business and will soon be opening a retail outlet along the Warburton Highway.


My business grew rapidly when I moved to YREC – there was a mindset shift that came with moving from being a home-based business into a dedicated work space.

Sue Clarke CPA

THE YARRA VALLEY ACCOUNTANT

www.theyarravalleyaccountant.com.au

Sue Clarke (CPA), has been in business for 4 years and established The Yarra Valley Accountant in 2014 to assist businesses and individuals, in the Yarra Valley, to meet their compliance obligations and make informed decisions about their finances and assets so they can achieve financial prosperity and live their dreams.


“I moved into YREC in February 2016 with the aim to build my client base within the local community and minimise daily trips to Melbourne for established clients. My passion is to focus on the local community in which I live and help them to understand and simplify their financial obligations. My stay with YREC enabled me to identify the needs of the local community and engage with new clients. There were lots of benefits being at the YREC business village, starting with the welcome you receive from the Manager, Alison Fitzgerald, to the interaction with the other tenants, particularly the artistic tenants who are inspirational and break the routine of finances.”I enjoyed the networking in the form of monthly get togethers as well as discussing small business issues with the others. It was also a good support network of like-minded business people. My business is evolving and now I work from home as well as sharing office space with other professionals in a couple of locations

Jennie de Varga

UNIVERSAL REIKI

www.thediamondlighthealingandworkshopcentre.com.au

“During the three months that I operated my business from YREC (due to personal reasons) I found the assistance and support to be most helpful with marketing strategies, networking and business understanding. Thank you Alison.

Lana Emmerton

GOSSAMER HEALING

“My time at the Warburton Beehive was a great learning experience for me. Alison has always been really helpful and a great source of knowledge. Thank you for organising opportunities for business development for us.”    Lana Emmerton, Gossamer Healing – 2016

Ivor Wolstencroft

ARTIST

“Alison Fitzgerald gave me great support at YREC. I also enjoyed the contact and inspiration provided by other tenants. YREC is a great place to be if you are a home based business that wants to grow.


My 4 months at YREC was spent preparing for two Art Exhibitions in Warburton. The studio I used was perfect for this project and I hope to one day return.

Janine Turner

ESSENTIAL POINT HEALING

“As a newcomer to the Warburton area, we found YREC provided us with access to an established business community and networks which would normally take a considerable amount of time to build. We particularly liked the free access to the meeting room facilities in the Business Centre to run classes & workshops and the tenant get-togethers which gave all tenants an opportunity to network and find out about the varying skills available within the YREC Business Centre. Leasing a room at the Beehive provided me with a room in a safe and secure environment/building as well as opening up opportunities to work with the other practitioners by combining our services that wouldn’t normally be possible as a sole practitioner (Massage for 3 / Pamper Packages).

We found Alison very friendly and helpful, she was always open to our idea’s and ready to pass on information or offer advice in relation to our business or services offered in the Warburton area. Alison also went to great efforts to organize workshops relevant to small businesses for the tenants which we found to be very beneficial. Another benefit we liked was notification of the upcoming workshops and events prior to them being opened up to the general public. I would highly recommend YREC for any new business venture or for a business that is looking to move out of the home and into leased premises.”

Michael Creigh

CREIGH INDUSTRIES PTY LTD

“Working for myself can sometimes be quite isolating, it was great to have like-minded people to step outside and have a coffee and a chat with. A great community for people who want to get things done.” 

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