Collaborating on a blank canvas

BY KERRY ANDERSON

Imagine how exciting it would be to see a sign like this on every vacant block of commercial land in every rural town.

What does it mean you may wonder?  Let me translate for you!

“I have a blank canvas and a very big cheque book.  Let me create something that is perfect for you!”

Well, sort of ….  perhaps I should clarify that there is a very understanding bank manager behind that cheque book.

According to landowner, Doug Parsons, who is a long respected businessman in Castlemaine Central Victoria, “these are prime blocks for business and I thought I’d see what ideas people may have.”

Wow Doug, you should be in real estate instead of smash repairs.  But yes, he is right.  Situated in Elizabeth Street that is hosting a growing number of commercial entities including Vets All Natural, Auto Pro, Maine Car Wash, Jet Hot Coating, Tingay Smash Repairs, Dales Paint Right, Clean IT, Leech Earthmoving and 4XXXX Antiques, these two generous sized and commercially zoned blocks are ideal for two well sized businesses.

But who will be brave enough and what type of businesses will they be I wonder? 

I am truly excited that an established business person is actively seeking expressions of interest and prepared to collaborate to get a new enterprise up and running or allow a small business to expand into a larger entity.  What a perfect start to your business to be able to move into purpose built premises using someone else's finance.

I suspect that Doug might have a few hard questions to ask before opening his bank manager's cheque book but overall it’s a great concept that should be replicated in every small town.

My advice is take that blank canvas and create a fabulous business proposal that Doug can’t say no to.

It makes perfect business sense to me.


KERRY ANDERSON:  A businesswoman, philanthropist and community advocate from Central Victoria, Kerry Anderson is passionate about rural and regional Australia.  She works with small businesses and rural communities to help them embrace opportunities. READ MORE