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Optus announces 'yes' Coach Competition winner
27 Nov 2008

All three finalists made vast improvements on their businesses says judge, Peter Switzer

Optus announced today the winner of the Optus 'yes' Coach Competition for small business is Sarah Hillier from RAW Consulting.

The 'yes' Coach competition was created to not only provide the finalists with the opportunity to improve their business skills but also to allow viewers on www.BizThinkTank.com.au to follow their journey.

This year's finalists included Jason Crump and Anthony O'Toole from O’Toole Plumbing in Sydney, Paul Jowsey from JTagz in Yeppoon, Queensland and Sarah Hillier from RAW Consulting in Brisbane. All three finalists received 12 weeks of professional business coaching from Switzer Business Coaching and $5000 worth of Optus products and services. Additionally, as the competition winner, Sarah Hillier was awarded with a $10,000 travel voucher.

The contestant's journey was filmed, across a 12 week period, as a reality online show and broadcast at www.BizThinkTank.com.au with the series final live on the website today.

Founder of Switzer Business Coaching, Peter Switzer said "While Sarah was the clear winner of this competition, according to the judging criteria, we have seen that all three businesses have made significant improvements over the 12 weeks and we'll certainly stay in touch with Paul, Jason and Anthony as we believe they will definitely succeed in their business goals."

"The Optus 'yes' Coach series has shown us that the entrepreneurial spirit in Australia is alive and well. The blogs and forum entries on topics discussed throughout the series on BizThinkTank.com.au have seen hundreds of SMB owners ask questions and form a strong community," said Phil Offer, Marketing Director, Optus Small and Medium Business.

Winner of the Optus 'yes' Coach competition, Sarah Hillier said "The past 12 weeks have been amazing. Winning was the icing on the cake in what has been a truly life changing experience for me and my family. The Optus 'yes' Coach team have helped me overcome my biggest business challenge, cash flow, and as a result they have made the opportunity to expand my business a reality. Of course, I'll be focussing on that expansion plan after I get back from my holiday.

"I'd like to thank Optus, for supporting small business in such a proactive way. By getting help from professional business coaches like Peter and his team, Optus 'yes' Coach has helped me take a more strategic view of my business and has literally changed my life," Sarah added.

Phil Offer said "Since its launch this year we have seen that our customers are embracing the BizThankTank website with a high level of traffic visiting and registering on the site. We have seen a positive response from our customers and we feel the website has addressed the key need for grassroots business advice in the market."

www.BizThinkTank.com.au includes practical information and business discussion forums to help SMB owners achieve their business goals.

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Media contact:
Siobhan Quinn
Optus Corporate Affairs
Tel: (02) 8082 7850