This week we recieved the tragic news that Tahnee Walters, a founding member of the Women in Focus community, had passed away. Tahnee was a young entrepreneur who embodied the spirit of the Women in Focus community, she was generous, full of life and extraordinarily passionate about her business.
Tahnee was also the first woman to be on the cover of our first ever edition of the Women in Focus magazine, we shared the story of her journey with her business, Spotted Cow Cookies, which you can read below.
We are honoured to have had such a remarkable woman in our community.
I have always had a love of baking! I could barely reach the counter top in the kitchen when I started experimenting with making cookies, cakes and handmade chocolates as a kid. After years of wondering what I was going to do with my life and knowing I really wanted to leave my mark on the world, I thought I would try and turn my passion into a business and started by creating the recipes.
I pounded the pavement to give my cookies away to willing cafés and slowly built a reputation in a difficult and very competitive industry. I think that my determination and absolute persistence have been the key factors in my success. We now supply to cafés, hotels, catering companies and venues all over Australia.
I’m over the moon that this year we’re supplying our cookies to two national airlines – Virgin Blue Airlines and Rex! Securing these two agreements has been an amazing achievement for us, and one we hope to follow up with further major airline agreements.
We are also being recognised now as a quality manufacturer of cookies and have been approached by several companies to manufacture for other brands. This has been great for cash flow and to pay for the expensive machines we need to grow.
I never imagined that my business would reach the levels that it has. I am in business now for very different reasons compared to when I started. My goals have changed and my plans have expanded.
When I started the business I wanted to make a living doing something I love. Now I want to create a brand that is recognised as a leader in its class and a product that is loved by people all over the world.
To export to Asia, America and Europe and have my cookies sitting on the shelves of retail stores such as Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, and Macy’s.
Listen to any advice given, whether or not you feel it applies to your business you may just get one little thing out of it
Stay focused on why you started your business in the first place, whether it’s the quality of a product, your price points etc
Keep yourself surrounded by people that have expertise in the fields of your business that you may not know anything about
Attending the Women in Focus Conference at Pinctada Cable Beach helped me with my confidence in my business. It also helped me realise that it doesn’t matter what industry we come from, we all have similar problems, and there just may be somebody from a completely unrelated industry to you that may have some solutions that you had never thought of. I also enjoyed the camaraderie of being involved with a group of great women and left the event feeling inspired to take the next steps that I had to take.
It was through connections I made at this event that I have picked up new business, as well as a new doctor!!
Coco The Cow is our new Twitter (@CocoTheCow) personality, she helps the ladies at Spotted Cow Cookies make udderly delicious cookies!
Image supplied by Tahnee Walters.
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