Divine Creatures luxury cat hotel cattery named Telstra Business Award finalist in the micro business category for the second time while Distribution Central and Ezypay named finalists in the medium business category
NORTH SHORE TIMES
JUNE 18, 2014 12:01AM
Julie Dos Santos from Devine Creatures cattery in Willoughby pictured with some of her boarding cats. Julie watches Oscar the cat walking up the run ways in the Greek room. Source: News Limited
Cat hotel owner Julie Dos Santos said her entrepreneurialism was “unleashed” after being named a finalist in last year’s Telstra Business Awards.
This year the owner of Divine Creatures in Willoughby is on the prowl for a win, after being named an award finalist for a second time. “I’m feeling optimistic this time, so fingers crossed,” she said.
Ms Dos Santos pounced upon the opportunity to grow the business after last year’s award.
Plans are under way to expand the current hotel, undertake renovations and open up a new site in sometime over the next two years.
A former vet, Ms Dos Santos was appointed to the Pet Industry Association as an adviser update the codes of practice for pet boarding.
Divine Creatures Luxury Cat Hotel at Willoughby offers different themes in their cat rooms. Pictured is Julie Dos Santos with some of the cats in the Ritz suite. Source: News Limited
She is also in discussions with the Cat Protection Society over a link to cat adoption services.
“The award gave me the confidence to grow my business; I feel like I’ve been unleashed,” she said.
“When big names in Australian business tell me we I have an amazing business it gives you that confidence and has empowered me to do anything I wanted with it.”
Divine Creatures was one of seven businesses in the state nominated in the micro business category.
She said the key to her success was thinking like a customer.
“Walk through your business as if you’re a client and that should flow through to your staff,” she said.
Award winners for NSW will be announced on July 1.
Other north shore businesses were nominated as two of six finalists in the medium business category for the Telstra Business Awards NSW. They were:
■ Software and IT support service business Distribution Central created 10 years ago by Scott Frew and Nick Verykios and based in St Leonards
■ Direct debit system business Ezypay Pty Ltd was started by George Holman in 1998 and is based in West Chatswood