September 4, 2019 Service

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Guest post from Sarina Russo Group.

Owners of Beacon Dog Training Tom and Maddie Ross recently won the Bizcover NEIS-change award, for demonstrating the biggest life transformation as a result of NEIS.

Gold Coast entrepreneur and wheelchair user Tom Ross knows all too well that behind every good man is a great woman. Working together to deal with a a tragic accident, Tom and his wife Maddie have built a business success story.

Maddie explains: “I was with the girls for a week on Hamilton Island and Tom was away with the boys for a week in Bali and he tripped and fell off a cliff.”

“I had just finished a computer animation degree and Tom was about to finish his degree in exercise physiology. But after all the time he spent in hospital in rehabilitation he decided he didn’t really want to spend the rest of his life working in one.”

“Our own dog Toby developed aggression issues when he was about 12-months-old and it was rehabilitating him that ignited my passion for dog training – so I started as a professional trainer, so I could help others in similar situations.”

As a T12 paraplegic, Tom realised that not all people with disabilities could work with their dogs the same way, so Tom and Maddie approached Sarina Russo Job Access, completed the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) and did it their way.

“I’m now a Certified Personal Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), the only trainer on the Gold Coast with this level of qualification, and one of only 20 in Australia. Tom’s area of expertise is the back-end and administration and together we make a great team.”

Since the first class with one puppy on August 2, 2017, Beacon Dog Training now hosts 18 classes every week, and has employed two permanent staff who put more than 120 dogs through their specialised courses every week.

In a throwback to her digital degree, Maddie has also launched That Dog Geek – a YouTube channel watched by thousands of people each week.

“Our videos focus on making the latest scientific training methods accessible to the public by presenting them in easy to understand, enjoyable videos.”

A few facts about Beacon Dog Training:
• Group classes and private consultations on the Gold Coast
• Individual sessions for behavioural issues or for owners who would like extra assistance with dog obedience training in their own home
• In-home consultations for Gold Coast southern Brisbane residents

Maddie and Tom’s mentor at Sarina Russo, Sandra Gartner, had no doubt her husband and wife students had what it took when they completed the NEIS program.

“The Gold Coast was clearly a growth area and a little research showed there was no high-quality dog-training available there,” Sandra said. “Tom did a Certificate IV in New Small Business, he presented an excellent business plan and now runs a thriving little business – I’m very proud of them both.”

Do you have a great new business idea? NEIS is an Australian Government sponsored new business training program, to assist with self-employment. Use the postcode finder for your local provider and contact them for a chat.

This story was provided by Sarina Russo, global leader in education, employment and training. Sarina Russo deliver the NEIS program all around Australia.

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