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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2015 25 BUSINESS ‘Mumpreneur’ honoured with nomination RPR Talent Management is up for nomination and needs your help ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS When Roslyn Rayias started working on her dream project, it was out of her kitchen on a laptop with 32 talent profiles and three children to tend to. Now just three years on, the founder of RPR Talent Management has a team of experts behind her and is representing close to 600 talented individuals across Victoria. But the wife and mother of three's efforts have not gone unnoticed; she is currently in the running as a finalist for the prestigious St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Service Business Award. "It's just such an exciting opportunity and journey," Roslyn tells Neos Kosmos. "To start something when you're a mum of three, and you're doing it from the laptop at your kitchen table between changing nappies and making milks, it's quite liberating to think that we've gotten this far and it's become so much more than what we started it out to be." An inspiration to women across the board as an example of what can be achieved when you put your mind to it, the 38-year-old's talent agency is one of 10 finalists, and currently ranking in the top five. She is joined by networking group Cairns Women Connecting, design firm Undercover Architect and children's clothing line Organic Babe and Kids Wear, amongst others. "It's wonderful to have had the opportunity to build something from nothing and then celebrate the success with like-minded people that are also part of this journey," she says. Having dabbled in the entertainment industry as a stage actress for the EEAMA theatre group, Roslyn soon realised the industry was lacking an agency structure with a focus on building relationships, providing feedback and giving an all-round-service. "It was then that I decided to start an agency that would have a point of difference. "The agency structure I proposed was to only represent talent based in Victoria, therefore enabling me to relationship manage all our talent regardless of their profile size or market value," she explains. Now operating from an office in Malvern, Roslyn prides herself on running a multicultural agency, representing everyone from babies to the elderly. Although she recalls her transition to 'mumprenuer' as quite a "confronting" experience, she is adamant that she couldn't have done it alone. "I have to say the family aspect has really helped; I've got a really supportive family, all who are very business orientated and understood the vision that I had and supported me in getting there. "But I also have a fantastic working team, who have obviously really contributed to the success," she adds. But it quickly becomes apparent that winning the Business Service Award would mean far more for Roslyn and her team than just another plaque to mount on the wall, and rather, gives recognition to the plight of working mums. ‘Mumpreneur’ Roslyn Rayias, founder of RPR Talent Management. "The odds are against you when you're a working mum. To know that something that started off as nothing is able to get that far ... it's great to celebrate those successes." To vote for Roslyn Rayias, visit www.ausmumpreneur. com/2015-peoples-choicevoting/ or www.surveymonkey.com/r/AusMum15 from your mobile. Go to the 'Service Business Award’ dropdown box, select 'Roslyn RPR Talent Management' and cast your vote. Voting closes on Sunday 23 August 2015. Australian Skin Clinics win national award PANOS APOSTOLOU Victorian mother and entrepreneur Amalia Georgoulos, together with business partner Nichola Kempenaar, are among the pioneers of Australia's beauty industry. Recently their Australian Skin Clinics store at Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne was awarded Clinic of the Year at the Australian Skin Clinics National Conference. A pharmacist for most of her working life, Amalia moved into beauty treatments in 2013. "I owned pharmacies for 17 years. Although it was a very rewarding career, when I had my two girls I found I needed a change of career to accommodate my family life," she tells Neos Kosmos. Amalia met her future business partner, Nichola Kem- penaar, while dropping their kids off at school. "We got talking and that's when I starting exploring a different business opportunity which would still allow me to take care of people in a different way," Amalia says. Nichola had a business background as a senior executive in the beauty industry. "This, in combination with my healthcare background, was enough to establish our medical skin clinics," Amalia says. "I can use my healthcare background, my training in patient care and safety, to make people feel and look good about themselves." With 18 clinics operating across the country, Amalia and Nichola hope to open a third location in the Chadstone centre next year. Sia set to sparkle at beauty awards PANOS APOSTOLOU Sia Psicharis' motto is an old quote from the divine Italian actress and queen of beauty, Sophia Loren: "Being beautiful can never hurt, but you have to have more. You have to sparkle." Beautyologist is the name of Psicharis' salon, located in the Melbourne suburb of Balaclava. She and her business have been nominated in three categories in this year's Australian Beauty Industry Awards: Director of the Year, Australian Salon of The Year and Best Beauty Salon Customer Care Award. "I'm a little blown away, but I'm optimistic," Psicharis told Neos Kosmos. "It's been a tough year in business. We had taken so many initiatives and perhaps the most important was the collaborations with the Australian Red Cross a few months ago. "We've also launched a very successful teenage skincare line, a fair-trade line of products and a new website with online store." Psicharis says that customer satisfaction, coupled with friendly and enthusiastic staff with the highest levels of knowledge, is essential in building long-term relationships with customers. Melbourne-born Psicharis will attend the beauty industry's awards extravaganza on Sunday 23rd August at Dockside Pavilion on Darling Harbour in Sydney. A panel of industry experts from across Australia spent five days judging nominees at events held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, scrutinising more than 200 entries. Sia Psicharis Amalia Georgoulos (first from right) and Nichola Kempenaar (third from left).
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