Five business stories to inspire entrepreneurs

The Gold Coast is a known breeding ground for young entrepreneurs who are dedicated to turning their lifelong passions into thriving businesses.

Over the years, More Gold Coast has unearthed young people who are making their business dreams a reality – these people showcase the entrepreneurial spirit that flows through the city and highlight the evolution of the Gold Coast as a hub for innovation.

Dan Quinn, the founder of FiiK Skateboards, dubs the Gold Coast the lifestyle capital of Australia and says it is the perfect location for running a business.

He says the environment, the people, and the support from City of Gold Coast have contributed to the success of his companies.

1. The accidental brewery that is now a major success story

This trio might have started the business by chance, but it was by no chance that Black Hops Brewing is now one of the most innovative and successful breweries in the city.

The boys admit they started the business almost by accident, however the home-brew system that was operating out of a garage quickly escalated into a thriving business.

McGovern, the head brewer, says the three beer-loving founders don’t do things by halves and it was a collective passion and dedication to their work that has seen Black Hops Brewing grow into a known brand.

“To put it in perspective, when we started we were ‘gypsy brewing’ our beer out of whatever local brewery would allow us in,” he says.

“Fast-forward 18 months and we opened our own 2,000 litre production brewery in Burleigh Heads. Since then we have been brewing between 2000 and 4000 litres per week and are on track to brew about 150,000 litres in our first year. Read more

More Gold Coast - May 2017

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