Meet some of the faces behind Gold Coast small business

Small business is what makes the Gold Coast buzz.

Our city has firmly established itself as Australia’s Small Business Capital, with an entrepreneurial ecosystem as diverse and abundant as our natural landscape.

However there is one common thread linking all of the Gold Coast’s small business owners – their have-a-go spirit!


While running a small business is not for the faint-hearted, especially in recent times, these locals have transformed their entrepreneurial dreams in to reality.

Liam Woods – The Velvett Project

The Velvett Project has been shaking up the barber shop scene on the Gold Coast since launching two years ago.

Owner Liam Woods told myGC it is a pretty popular place with locals.

“It’s more of a community environment, rather than a barber shop where you just come in, get a haircut and then off you go. I do 45 minute appointments so usually we’ve got a lot to talk about, we share stories and just listen to good music. The shop is there to cut people’s hair of course, but it is also there to give people a little bit of a break from normal day life,” he said.

Liam said he has been blown away by the support from the community since starting his business.

“I have been cutting hair for 8 years, and in the two years that I have gone out on my own and had my own shop, there has been a lot of support from everyone in all suburbs,” he told myGC.

Liam Woods from The Velvett Project. PHOTO: Supplied by We Are Gold Coast

Jo Bellchambers – Nourish Lane

Jo Bellchambers is riding the wave of the health boom on the Gold Coast with her business Nourish Lane.

She recently opened a new store at Nerang, with her Mudgeeraba store going from strength to strength over the past two years.

“Gold Coasters really value their health. A lot of people are looking at natural ways to support their health, so we are happy to be able to provide that for them,” she told myGC.

“We stock supplements, vitamins, health foods, bulk foods, natural skincare and hair care.”

Jo said she has been really lucky with the customer support she has received from the local community.

“We’ve got a lot of long-standing local customers, who keep supporting us which is great. A lot of people are wanting to support small business just to keep the community going, which is fantastic.”

Joanna Bellchambers from Nourish Lane. PHOTO: Supplied by We Are Gold Coast.

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