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Mollydookers national finalists in business competition

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Mollydookers Café & Bar owner Alana Vandenbrink.

Mollydookers Café and Bar has been highlighted on the national stage through Kochie’s Business Builders Back to Business Competition.

The small family-run café at Apple Tree Creek, Childers, entered the competition on a whim a few weeks ago and were shocked to be announced as one of just eight finalists.

“I came across the competition online, and initially you just had to submit your best tip for ‘Getting back to business’ during the COVID-19 pandemic,” owner Alana Vandenbrink said.

“To be named a finalist was such a surprise.”

Mollydookers Café's tip was start over, but do it smarter.

“When we were shut down last year, we took the time to really evaluate our business, our menu, staffing and hours, so that when we reopened, we could capitalise on all the things we have learnt, what was working well, and cut out things that weren’t working well.

“Not only has that made a difference to our business, but to us as business owners trying to gain some work/life balance,” Alana said.

The prize is a featured segment on the national television program Kochie’s Business Builders – fantastic exposure for the Childers’ café and the Bundaberg Region.

“It is now up to a public popular vote, so for us small folk in Apple Tree Creek, we are really going to be paddling up stream and need a whole lot of help,” she said.

Vote as many times as you like here.

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