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12 Wednesday January 24, 2018
Saturday 3rd February
Activities all day long
for the whole family!
FOR THE LITTLE ONES – Petting paddock, Tiny Tots Competition, Face Painting
THE BIGGER KIDS – Junior Showgirl Competition, Bush Kids Challenge, Scavenger Hunt
FOR ALL OF US
Visit our website www.nimmitabelshow.com.au
THESE WILL KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED ALL DAY:
Yard Dog trails, Shearing competition, Side show alley,
Chainsaw competition, Fashion parade, CWA Scone Extravaganza,
Pony Club Events, Poddy Calf rides, plus many more
Gates open at 8am .
Women in business...
Never be afraid to try something new and different
Although Bombala gifts and home wares
store, TaGs Inside Out has only recently
changed hands, the woman behind the helm
is far from a business “newbie”.
Tracy Power has in fact run several
successful businesses in Bombala, and is
right now managing two of them – both TaGs
Inside Out and Hands on Bitz and Pizzas.
Like many women in business, she is
also raising a family and running a busy
household, so little of Tracy’s time is her own.
“There are a lot of great things about
owning your own business, but it’s definitely a
balancing act,” she says.
“I can’t remember the last time I’ve been
able to go and watch my boys play footy, but
they also get the benefits of the business, so
there’s an upside and a downside to it.”
Tracy started a hairdressing apprenticeship
after school, but was quick to jump
into the business world, completing her
apprenticeship at her very own salon, Cuts
and Curls for Guys and Girls.
Business prospered, so when Tracy wanted
to start a family, she moved the salon into her
own home and worked from there while her
children were small.
It was also during these years while her
young sons grew that Tracy took jobs in
other local businesses, including working
at the Bombala Bakery and the Foodworks
She came across an interesting business
opportunity when the local softwood mill
began a major construction project, with
Tracy running a food van at the site.
“I’m not scared to try something new,”
she laughs. And proving it, she also drove
a bus run at the mill for a few months while
construction was completed.
It was her experience in the popular food
van at the mill that led to Tracy’s next big
business move, buying the local pizza shop in
“Bitz and Pizzas has been a really fantastic
little business,” she says. “We get great
support from the community, as well as from
the tourists coming through. And we have a
great team of staff.”
encountered health issues in
recent years, and realised she
wouldn’t be able to continue at
the pizza shop long term.
“It’s such a great business that
I wouldn’t have been looking
elsewhere unless I had to,”
she said. “But last year I had to
consider going into something a
little less demanding, so I started
thinking about a business that
wasn’t open seven days a week,
and wouldn’t require the same
amount of hours.”
Tracy and her partner, Glen
took ownership of TaGs Inside
Out at the end of September
2017, finding themselves running
both of their businesses at the busiest time
of the year. Not perhaps the most relaxing
start after all, but a successful one thanks to
Tracy’s years of business experience.
“It does take a little time to find your feet
when you start out in a new business, and
I’m still getting my head around what people
want at TaGs,” she says. “We are now
building up the toys section, and by the end
of the year plan to be offering a sports range
as well as outdoor settings. There’s also a
trades fair in Sydney in February, so we’ll have
a lot of new stock coming in.”
She says that community support has been
“amazing” since she started at TaGS, and that
the Bombala business community in general
is very supportive.
So, having run so many different
businesses, what does Tracy feel is the key to
“Customer service, without a doubt,” she
says. “Across all of the businesses I’ve been
involved with, that’s the one thing that stays
the same. You must provide great customer
service to keep a good customer base.”
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