A wave of Australian entrepreneurs are taking on the Big Apple in a bid to achieve their dreams, writes Ainslie Chandler.
Some career callings just can’t be ignored. Amey Mejak doesn’t like to sit still - and her love for colour, pattern, nature, light and celebrations resulted in her starting her own business, Pack a Perfect Party.
A country girl from Tamworth, Leonnee Pinchen-Martin graduated from the CATC Design School in Sydney and went straight into a job at marketing agency M&C Saatchi. At 21 years of age, while pregnant, she was diagnosed with a serious heart disease. Now, she's just started her own creative design agency.
John Ward is a man on a mission - the founder of PNG Corporate Mission, owner of the Yarra Valley Conference Centre, saviour of the Babbajin Wildlife Shelter and one of the founding members of Moira Kelly's Children First Foundation.
Sandi Sieger chats to Nikki Horovitz and Toni Joel, the two women behind the 100% Australian-owned brand tonic. Celebrating their 21st year in business, the ladies have been bringing beautiful home fragrance, bath and body products to Australian homes for the last two decades.
Kerrie Meehan runs Fairly Cambodian, a fair trade retail store in Healesville in Victoria's Yarra Valley - an enterprise that sells beautiful hand crafted goods made by Cambodians - helping people earn a living against harsh odds.
The Cristina Re brand is a true Australian success story - her artistic vision and natural entrepreneurial talent has led her to success in the form of over 500 products sold in over 1000 stores, as well as her own concept store and high tea salon, Where A Girl Goes.
Jennifer Star is President of Tara.Ed, an NGO that aims to promote sustainable quality education in rural India by building star teachers to help children shine. Growing up in Bowral, NSW, Jennifer worked hard to turn one bright idea into a successful NGO that has gone on to help 5000 children.
Holiday is the brainchild of Rayna Hooper who created the label for holiday makers who want to take a piece of their holiday home with them. Holiday specialises in a range of products including clothing, jewellery, handbags, wallets, shoes and textiles - the perfect range for the carefree Australian woman.
Ryan Jon Dunn chats with WhatWeWishFor co-founder Jason Smale - a customised website that functions like an online gift registry - about the challenges of juggling a full time job with a full blown start up.
Ryan Jon Dunn chats to Simon Samaan, this week's Onyapreneur, owner of Class Act Media and The Phuket News. Along with his tech team, Simon has also recently built more online ventures, including an online trading website, an online ticketing platform, and an employment website.
Ryan Jon Dunn chats to Chris Abfalter, this week's Onyapreneur, the co-founder of EDventure International, a group that operate volunteer and education programs in Cambodia, Costa Rica and Thailand.