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SBW Ballina April Hub: Contribution + Business NEW DATE

By Apr 27,2022 March 14th, 2022 No Comments

Sourdough Business Women Ballina Chapter invites you to join us in conversation with the wonderfully warm and effervescent force that is Amelia Hicks, of Old Quarter Coffee Merchants to discuss combining social enterprise and business.

Sourdough Business Women Ballina Chapter’s April 2022 hub is focused on Contribution, and who better to speak on that topic than the wonderfully warm and effervescent force that is Amelia Hicks, of Old Quarter Coffee Merchants.

Amelia is a self-taught business woman with a decade of experience in the social enterprise and start-up world. She has always been a passionate advocate for causes she believes in. A lifelong advocate for positive change, Amelia spent her youth organising local campaigns in support of national social movements including action on climate change, fossil fuel divestment and the CSG Free movement. Community and contribution are at the heart of Amelia’s career.

Amelia has been credited with building the Australian branch of an international volunteering organisation from inception to a national brand with tailored programs for the best universities in the country. She has personally recruited and mentored over 1000 students to work abroad on community development projects in Asia, Africa, and South America. Through her travels and work in Asia, Amelia has come to understand the true meaning of hospitality, the power of community, and her strong belief in our ability to create change in any area of our lives.

Along with her partner Yose, Amelia now co-owns a social enterprise specialty coffee roastery, Old Quarter Coffee Merchants – Australia’s only roastery importing and roasting 100% southeast Asian specialty coffee with the goal of improving the lives of the farmers they work with directly. Their business is built around the idea of “optimism exchange” or what they call “Daily Happy”, in reference to the special potential of coffee in making the world a happier, better place. Old Quarter believes as a coffee community, we have the power to positively impact the lives of the people who grow our coffee just as they positively impact ours through the coffee they produce! It’s a win-win!

Amelia will share some of her experiences in business, including:

    • Growing a ‘for purpose’ business – a model that benefits everybody involved
    • How optimism can be a tool for effecting positive change
    • How nurturing relationships with customers and stakeholders has helped to scale her business

About SBW Hubs:

SBW Ballina Chapter Hubs occur on the fourth Wednesday of every month. It’s an opportunity to come together as women in business in the Northern Rivers to learn, network, collaborate and be inspired.

Ticket price includes light refreshments and drink on arrival.


Old Quarter Coffee Merchants Warehouse

2/64 De-Havilland Cres, Ballina

5.15pm for 5.30pm – 7.00pm

This event is sponsored by NAB


Important Covid Note: We will be adhering to Covid safe regulations at this event for the wellbeing of all of our guests, and will update any requirements closer to the event in line with the current restrictions.

Please note: You may be photographed or filmed for marketing purposes while attending this event. Please advise the organiser if you have questions, concerns, or do not wish this to happen. As an attendee you will be added to the SBP mailing list for event correspondence, follow up and upcoming event information.  The option to unsubscribe is available at any time.