Read the inspiring business stories of our Venus members

Fay Drysdale, Build a Birthday – Petone

What inspired you to start your business? My daughter! When Jess was younger I use to spend a year organising a themed party e.g. Fairies & Wizards, Penguins etc. She had lots of friends and [...]

Joanne (Jo) Walker, Trebla – Life Decisions Made Easy – CBD

What inspired you to start your business? My family had a very bad experience with our insurance adviser after our 5-month-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They say when the s**t hits the [...]

Linda Crosbie, Salt Haven Ltd – Ellerslie

What inspired you to start your business? My own respiratory issues and having experienced the salt therapy wellness centres overseas that helped with not only respiratory issues but also got rid of my jet lag [...]

Natalie Tolhopf, Catapult Your Business – Hibiscus Coast

What inspired you to start your business? I wanted to believe in myself. That I could do this. I mean you see it online every day. All these inspirational success stories...In a weird way, I [...]

Rochelle Williams-White, Serendipity Recruitment Ltd – Botany

What inspired you to start your business? I love working with people and believed I could deliver an improved recruitment experience and outcome, by working professionally with passion and high impact, providing a win win [...]

Lynda Moore, Money Mentalist International Limited – Mt Eden

What inspired you to start your business? Frustration! With my own financial situation and what I saw happening with my clients. It didn't matter how much number crunching I did as an accountant, it wasn't [...]

Samantha Crapp, Shine Hair Co – Harbourside Tauranga

What inspired you to start your business? I bought into the salon with Kylie Boreham 3 years ago and in January took over the reins all on my own! I believe you should never stop [...]

Christine Young, Arbonne International – Wellington CBD

What inspired you to start your business? Ironically, I don't think I was actually looking for another business. However, the universe delivered and I simply could not say, "No" to this 21st century business opportunity. [...]

Ellen Place, ABC Business Sales Tauranga – Tauranga CBD

What inspired you to start your business? When I went to sell my business, I was disappointed with the level of customer service available from existing suppliers and knew I could do better Tell us [...]

Claire Williams, New You 2017 Ltd – Hamilton North

What inspired you to start your business? The inspiration behind New You came about from a combination of passion and personal experiences. After a series of personal injuries I found Endermologie treatments and realised the [...]

Genevieve McLachlan, Adaptive Technology Solutions Ltd – Upper Hutt

What inspired you to start your business? Adaptive Technology Solutions was born from a long held dream of mine, to establish my own business enhancing the lives of people with disabilities initially but this has [...]

Glenys Steele, About Best Practice Ltd Employment Law – Hamilton Cityside

What inspired you to start your business? When my babies were little I loved mothering so much that I knew when they left home I would be devastated, so I thought I would start the [...]

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Anna Thomson, Roar Fierce Limited – Wellington East

What inspired you to start your business? I was unwell and stressed and investigated new ways to help myself and found Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy. It worked. I noticed a profound change in how I was [...]

Patty Wunder, Independent Scentsy Director – Papanui

What inspired you to start your business? I love working for myself, had just had my first back operation and didn't want to go back to being stressed and unhappy working for somebody else. Scentsy [...]

Elaine Joseph, Allsure Financial Solutions, Albany Group

What inspired you to start your business? Have you ever had a ‘life kicks you to the ground moment? I wish I could tell you that this was just a moment, but life had kicked [...]

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