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WOMEN IN BUSINESS An Inspiring Organisation In Hamilton Biz Hamilton recently caught with Sally Mutton, Executive Manager of Hamilton Dress for Success- an international not-for-profit organisation that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life: Q – WHO STARTED DRESS FOR SUCCESS, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY? Our organisation’s history began in 1997, when Nancy Lublin received an inheritance from her grandfather, Poppy Max. Nancy, an NYU law student as the time, founded Dress for Success with the assistance of three nuns from Spanish Harlem- with the aim of providing women with interview suits and career development training. Together they built Dress for Success New York into a vibrant organisation that assisted women from all the five boroughs of the city. Nancy trademarked the Dress for Success name, built equity in the brand and then licensed it to open new affiliates from all around the world. Currently, there are more than 140 Dress for Success affiliates in 20 countries. To date, Dress for Success as a global organisation, has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Dress for Success Hamilton opened in June 2002, after an application to Dress for Success Worldwide was made to become an affiliate. Dress for Success Hamilton has assisted over 2400 clients since then. Q- WHAT DOES DRESS FOR SUCCESS HAMILTON DO? Our purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. We provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but we are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, our employment retention programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her. Gallagher Charitable Trust, Glenice & John Gallagher Foundation, Community Organisation Grants Scheme. Supporters Who have given in kind, provided clothing collection points, donations and more this year: DV Bryant Trust, Lightwire, Fuji Xerox, Manpower, Westpac, Westfield, Caroline Eve, Centreplace. Q- WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO BUSINESSES LOOKING TO EMPLOY CLIENTS OF DRESS FOR SUCCESS HAMILTON? Our message to employers would be the testimonials of our clients- it is awe inspiring that we as an affiliate can help to prepare women to achieve the confidence and courage level required to become a successful employee. (Quote provided) “DFS SHOWED ME IN THE MIRROR WHAT A CONFIDENT AND INSPIRING PERSON I COULD BE...I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL” —CHERIE SWEENEY, HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND Q- WHAT ASSISTANCE WOULD DRESS FOR SUCCESS APPRECIATE FROM THE HAMILTON BUSINESS SECTOR? Dress for Success Hamilton would really appreciate help in many different ways. Donations of work appropriate clothing from sizes 8-32, accessories including makeup and jewellery, handbags, stockings and shoes. We are also looking for Work Place Champions- people who would like to volunteer their time within their own workplaces to organise workplace clothing drives, gold coin donation days and to become “all knowledgeable about Dress for Success Hamilton” so together we can spread the word about our wonderful organisation. We would also be grateful for any help with marketing sponsorship, with particular need for banners and leaflets. Q- HOW CAN PEOPLE MAKE CONTACT WITH YOU? We are located at: Vickery House, 113 Alexander Street, Hamilton, 07 839 1147 or Mobile 021 243 9960, Email:, Website: hamilton. Q- WHO ARE ALL THE STAFF AT THE HAMILTON AFFILIATE, AND WHAT ARE THEIR ROLES? Our affiliate is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising of: Natasha Harvey- Board President; Shaenaz Azim- Treasurer; Morgan Morris- Secretary; Tina Boyd- Committee Member; Monique Wilson- Committee Member; Kate Peterson- Committee Member; Ailea Martin- Committee Member. Our office is staffed by Sally Mutton, Executive Manager and Dayna Biggs, Office Coordinator. Q- WHAT HAS BEEN SOME OF THE SUCCESSES FOR DRESS FOR SUCCESS HAMILTON? Our successes come directly from our clients: when they secure interviews and or employment and join our retention programmes. To see a client on the road to self-sufficiency and financial independence is the ultimate success: this is due to the passion of our Board, staff and team of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy in helping women succeed. Q- WHAT BUSINESSES OR ORGANISATIONS HELP/ SPONSOR/SUPPORT DRESS FOR SUCCESS? We have the support of many wonderful Trust Funders, local and national businesses and supporters, such as: Funders- Norah Howell Trust, NZ Lotteries Grants, WEL Energy Trust, Trust Waikato, 6 : BIZ HAMILTON : ISSUE 1

THE FRIENDLY POSITIVE GYM WHERE WE KNOW YOU'RE NAME AND YOUR GOALS Fit Figures is an owner operated gym with a "no crowds & friendly" policy & environment. Numbers are limited to keep this environment enjoyable for the members. Our members become friends as we progress along a journey of goals and health and fitness. Owner/Bodycoach Brian McFarlane brings 20+ years’ experience and knowledge as a former Mr NZ, 6 times Nationals winner, 10 year rugby coach & father of 5, he has a holistic & realistic approach to health, fitness, getting in shape & staying in shape life habits. This sets the environment & positive atmosphere at Fit figures Gym. 90% of our members are first timers which makes for a relaxed yet goal driven atmosphere with a few experienced friendly gym buddies who love to share their experience, gym etiquette and a joke or two. We have membership options ranging from Coached personal memberships to No frills to Gold/Personal training. WE HAVE CORPORATE GYM MEMBERSHIPS AS WELL! GYM 24 Hours 7 days per week Phone: 021 342 682, 11 Keddell St, Hamilton, WWW.FITFIGURES.CO.NZ James Van Der Klip Wins Young Enterprise Scheme Awards By Phillip Quay As a year 13 student at Hillcrest High School in Hamilton, James Van Der Klip has a passion for business that has seen him recognised on a national level. James was recently awarded the Waikato Regional award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing as well as the Ministry of Youth Development Award for Business Commitment, for his business Quartz Web Services. “Ever since I was a kid I wanted to create cool stuff and start a business,” says James. “I never really had an influence in this field but was able to start making things happen in high school,” James continues. “Business has always made sense to me, so I have always been passionate about starting one. I had an enterprise teacher at high school that discussed the Young Enterprises Scheme with me and although it wasn’t offered at my school I was able to do it extramurally,” adds James. James had a list of unique business possibilities he could have established, and after assessing the potential of each one decided to go with Quartz Web Services. “Web design was a hobby of mine, I had about four years experience with it but never considered it as something I could use for business,” says James. Quartz Web Design was initially created to help other student-led companies in the Young Enterprise Scheme to get a professional website for a fraction of the cost, but after that proved unsustainable expanded to serve small businesses as well. James was only 16 when he made these fantastic achievements and has his sights set on his opportunities for the future. His next goal is set in Denmark where he will be doing a ten-month exchange. He is currently fundraising for this selling Entertainment Books from his website James has a great amount of support behind him and as very thankful for all the support he has had so far, “I really couldn’t have done this without everyone who supported me and gave me all the advice that helped me do so well,” says James. ISSUE 1 : BIZ HAMILTON : 7

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