GREEN THUMB: Shannon-Leigh Hawkes has started her own floral business, Shannon Hawkes Floral Artisan, and with the help of a government home-based small business grant, will be able to access a business mentor.
GREEN THUMB: Shannon-Leigh Hawkes has started her own floral business, Shannon Hawkes Floral Artisan, and with the help of a government home-based small business grant, will be able to access a business mentor. Chris Ison

Business set to blossom with help from government grant

PEONIES, roses and a touch of baby's breath - Yeppoon's Shannon-Leigh Hawkes loves to see the joy she brings to people through her love of creating artistic floral arrangements.

The former real estate agent said she gave up her full-time role to pursue her passion of becoming a florist.

However, her take on what can be used stretches across many plants, not just flowers.

"I like to incorporate plants into my arrangements," Shannon told the Capricorn Coast Mirror from her Yeppoon home last week.

"I want to have a bit more of a gardening side to my businesses. I love nature and working with plants. I'm hoping to run workshops on different things as well."

Shannon was one of two small businesses in the region to receive $2500 from the State Government's home-based small business grants.

The 29-year-old said the money would be extremely helpful to launching her one-month-old business to the wider community.

"I'm so lucky. I'm pretty excited about it. This will help me access a business mentor who can create a business plan for me," Shannon said.

"I love the creative side of it and seeing something you've worked on all come together. I'm working on building my studio from home.

"Yeppoon is quite a creative little place and I'm looking forward to adding to that."

Grants of up to $2500 may be provided to stay-at-home parents to assist them to engage a consultant for professional advice or to help establish or develop a home-based business.

Successful recipients may then be eligible for matching grant funding (dollar-for-dollar) of up to a further $2500 to make business improvements.

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Find Shannon Hawkes Floral Artisan page on Facebook.



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