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Where do i start

HI Mark, What do I want your help with & why? I would appreciate any guidance you could offer on starting a not-for-profit organisation that will focus on dealing with child /adolescent bereavement. It is my hope that there can be a service/ support network that a child/ parent or friend can access and reach out to directly. From my own personal experience, unfortunately, it became apparent that there are so many of us that do not have the support required during this traumatic time other than from friends or family and the conventional approach of ‘counsellors’ which aren’t in everyone’s budget or what works best for them. My aim is to offer a service that this generation of individuals feel comfortable and confident to use. The last two years of my family’s life was spent caring for my terminally ill mum who unfortunately passed earlier this year. She battled through cancer and kidney failure for 12 months. Her five children age ranging from 14 – 21, took full responsibility of her care…please note that I am the eldest. One of my main focus’ during this time was trying to get my younger sisters support, help and education that they desperately needed and even more so now as they struggle to deal with the reality of mum not being around. I have spent countless hours and days researching how to help my mother whilst she was alive and now the kids with what they face. The problem & proposed solution: What I have found is that there is support and information available for the sick person but very limited for the ‘collateral’. The emotional toll of this for all involved is unfathomable. I had to fight to get my mother seen by a counsellor for one visit every month or so, and my sisters and I were never even considered. I appreciate that government services are completely overwhelmed and that is what I want to work towards addressing. Since losing mum there has not been a single follow up on my four sister’s welfare, they are not even seen by their school counsellors. It would seem like they simply slipped through the cracks. I have spent the last few months relentlessly looking into the topic of bereavement and believe I can and will be able to offer services and support that can and will make a difference. What this looks like? There are a number of organisations that exist, however their focus is on the sick person. I did reach out to cancer council during our struggle and the most they could offer was an information pack. The only other organisation in Australia that addresses bereavement is the following,https://www.grief.org.au/ACGB/About_ACGB/ACGB/About_ACGB/About_ACGB.aspx?hkey=23974ba7-0752-4253-8de2-14d05a12e24a . What I would like to propose - I want to run within Australia a camp similar to those successfully running in America http://www.comfortzonecamp.org/about-us - Build a child/teen/adult friendly website that: Encourages people to consider their wellbeing in a wholistic sense, physical and mental health and provides the adequate resources - Establishes a community platform to connect with people going through the same thing as you (speaking to people who truly understood proved so incredibly helpful for myself). - Build information on how to cope with bereavement for the individual as well how their peers, friends & parents can offer support. - Develop an app that will have functions not offered anywhere. Eg, input memories, quotes, supportive messages & images as like ‘flash cards’ that the child can personalise and use when desired. Reminders to eat or not binge eat depending on the individual, the benefits of certain physical activities and how they assist for mental and physical health. Social platform etc. - And so much more! I would be so grateful for even 30 minutes of your time and expertise to better understand what may be involved in this process and how to make it as successful as possible. Thank you for your time and consideration. Warm Regards, Katie Dalmas

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Is ASP.NET a good platform for a website - prepping to seek investor in the future

Hi, I am redoing my website and the team I have put together are experts in ASP.NET, and so I am wondering if this is a solid platform that won't scare away possible investors in the future? I am writing all code from scratch for the site so it will become part of my IP. Some insight would really be appreciated thank you. Alice

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Product servey

Hi Mentors I have designed two new prototypes to help benefit water collection from any water points found, for fighting fires, transferring water from Dams, creeks, weed, mud holes, gravell bottoms, as moving around collecting water from unknown water points , causes problems to suction side of the Pump and empellors, or no water, not nice when in a fire just about to burn your house down. Second product is to release water from a 50 to 100 meter water bore. Is it possible to gauge peoples interest in these new products. Regards Wayne Mobile 0400193504.

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I want to create a business consulting agency

Hello there, my name is Anna, I am 54 yrs old, I am in love with Australia and I'd like to stay here. The only way is to apply for an entrepreneur visa which allows staying 4.5 yrs. I have an idea...I have to develop Would you like to help me?

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Paying employers with a refundable retainer

Hi. I have a recruitment business as a sole trader, and am looking to expand. My primary focus is on employing other recruiters that can work from home and have that flexibility. I am looking at starting employers on a refundable retainer and paying a percentage of the commission that they bring in from their clients. I know that this is done in the real estate industry - is it legal for recruitment?

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I want to learn how to design an app for our specific business needs.

Never learnt how to design/make and app. Wish to learn so can develop some for our business needs to help cut down time and expenses.

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How can I improve my business and stop pumping money into it?

My husband and I bought a café 2 1/2 years ago and we are struggling to make ends meet. It seems that instead of starting to show a profit, we are pumping more and more money into it. My husband is worried about making changes, but the customers love him and I think we would not lose any of them if we changed the menu and increased the prices. Also being Italian, his portions are quite large. Please help, as we are really struggling and continue to argue about what we should do next.

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Franchise

Hi! I would like to know more about franchising!

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Successful ways of finding future potential employees

I’ve had trouble finding the right type of employees for my business. This varies from, skills, personalities and punctuality. At this stage, recruitment companies charge a very hefty price and unfortunately cannot afford paying for the multiple employees I need. Is there anyt other options other business owners use or have used rather than the standard job advertising sites? Thanks,

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Exit Strategy

I own a cafe in a coastal town in South Australia. We lease our premises and in 6 months our lease expires. We have first right to renew for another 3 years. After 3.5 years of owning the cafe though, I’m at a cross-roads and keen to seek some advice to help formulate an exit strategy. Work through options with someone experienced and knowledgeable to devise a plan that’s in the best interest of my business and my family. Property owner is of course ‘hungry’ to know what my plan is but I don’t want to disclose anything until I’m clear first. Anyone partvof this group with the experience to work through options with me?