Mark’s self-sufficiency tips include how to grow a ton of citrus in your back yard.

Green thumbs: How an organic gardening guru grew a flourishing YouTube following

Mark Valencia, home dad and gardening expert, talks about life as an unlikely digital influencer.

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Capitalising on the manscaping trend — Josh and Saul Cockburn, founders of the globally successful Tooletries.

Queensland’s Tooletries taking over the world — one shower at a time

Tooletries’ Saul Cockburn talks to us about digital success, export awards, and why a beer-holder for the shower is a good idea.

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Gabbinbar entrance

Why the world says ‘I do’ at Gabbinbar Homestead

Owner Isaac Moody explains how a traditional Toowoomba homestead became an international wedding destination.

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A qualified pharmacist, Beverly arranged interviews before she migrated and found a job within one month of arriving in Queensland.

From Kenya to Queensland: one woman’s story

We talk life, change and resilience with Beverly Wambui Kabuya Muito.

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Simon says

Simon Says: The evolution of Queensland’s export economy

TIQ economist Simon Fischer explains the latest trade stats and what they mean for Queensland business.

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Fang's hot chilli sauce

Hot stuff … the making of Fang’s unique chilli sauce

How Queensland chef Clinton Fang Yuen went from illness to a business with bite.

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Just another day at the office … Julie Mark does hands-on research at Summer Land Camel Farm.

Cuddling camels … and other adventures in regional business

A day in the life of Julie Mark, Principal Trade and Investment Officer for Ipswich Region.

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Simon Says: Why the Commonwealth still counts, and how air transport is crucial to Queensland exports

TIQ economist Simon Fischer explains the latest trade stats and what they mean for Queensland business.

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Truffles from Stanthorpe

Black gold: hunting precious Perigord truffles in Queensland’s Granite Belt

Truffle hunter Matt Hibberd explains the seductive power of the Perigord, how Queensland truffles end up on Asian tables, and why it’s all about the dog.

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Gitesh in front of Bangalore Palace — once home to an Indian King, now a tourist attraction and venue for everything from trade fairs to rock concerts

On Indian millennials and karmic connections

We talk trade, trends and life with Gitesh Agarwal, Queensland’s new Trade and Investment Commissioner in India.

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Simon Says: Queensland exports in 2017

Want to know which industries are booming in Queensland? Which emerging markets are hottest? Or where to find the best trade data? We check in with Simon Fischer, a Principal Trade and Investment Officer with TIQ, on the year in trade.

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According to the United Nations, China is ageing more rapidly than almost any country in recent history.

Quick, silver! A new kind of trade begins between Queensland and Asia

It’s a new age for an old(er) trade. Alita Singer, a Principal Trade and Investment Officer with TIQ, has just returned from taking 10 Queensland delegates in aged-care businesses to trade shows and meetings in China and Hong Kong. We caught up with Alita about her trip and exporting tips.

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Evolve skateboards

On a roll: Evolve Skateboards wins Exporter of the Year at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2017

We speak to Evolve Skateboards co-founder Fleur Anning about her favourite places to ride in the world and why we shouldn’t be afraid to just roll with it.

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Roshni Indian restaurant

Mackay restaurant Roshni wins Indian Restaurant of the Year 2017

We chat to husband and wife team Raj Sharma and Jessica Hogan of Mackay’s Roshni Indian Restaurant who recently won Indian Restaurant of the Year at the India Australia Business and Community Awards.

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Sara Hales, General Manager, Wellcamp airport. Photo via Courier-Mail

Crocs on a plane: exports taking off from Toowoomba

Wellcamp Airport is the aviation gateway to Toowoomba and the agriculturally rich Darling Downs. We talk to Sara Hales, Wellcamp’s general manager.

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Frosty Boy at Yatala, Queensland, sells to 54 countries and is a finalist in the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2017

Selling ice cream to Antarctica: Frosty Boy is a finalist in the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2017.

Queensland equals summer; summer equals ice cream; ice cream equals Frosty Boy. This legendary Queensland ice cream brand is a powerhouse exporter and finalist in both the manufacturing and business services categories of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2017. We chat to Felipe Demartini, Frosty Boy’s General Manager Sales and Marketing.

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Neocot

Birth of an idea: Professor John Grant-Thomson makes a life-saving device for the newest humans

Neocot is a finalist in this year’s Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards. We talk to Professor Grant-Thomson about manufacturing in regional Queensland and what’s next for the business.

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Kraken by Florentijn Hofman, Shenzhen, China

Brisbane’s UAP takes art to the people

Dan and Matt Tobin are brothers who run global art and design consultancy, UAP (Urban Art Projects). With its main studio and workshop in Brisbane, Australia, other key studios and workshops in Shanghai and New York, and satellite offices in Melbourne, Singapore, Shenzhen, Detroit and Dubai, the company collaborates with artists, architects, developers and designers to deliver creative outcomes for the public realm.

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Grace Loves Lace

Fancy that. Grace Loves Lace is a finalist in the Premier of Queensland’s 2017 Export Awards

Queensland’s Grace Loves Lace is a finalist in this year’s Premier of Queensland’s 2017 Export Awards for the ecommerce category (they won the category last year!). We chat to Grace Loves Lace founder Megan Ziems and chief operating officer Tammy Simpson.

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Jim Murphy (Queensland Treasury Corporation), David Camerlengo (Trade and Investment Queensland), Phillip Noble (Queensland Treasury Corporation), Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt, Damien Frawley (Queensland Investment Corporation)

Coming to America: David Camerlengo, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner, USA, Canada and Mexico

David Camerlengo is Queensland’s man in North America and Mexico. He’s based in Houston, Texas — a state with an economy equal to Australia’s. David tells us what kind of Australian companies should get in touch with him and who we should follow on Twitter, stat.

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Queensland's first female Agent-General Linda Apelt

On the line from London: Linda Apelt, Queensland’s new Agent-General

Since the 1860s, Queensland has had an Agent-General to facilitate trade between our state and the United Kingdom and Europe. In July this year, our first female Agent-General Linda Apelt, was appointed. Linda, who has just got her feet under the desk and an Oyster pass in her purse, shared some thoughts with us — including the importance of introducing Queensland’s young entrepreneurs to the old world.

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James Hudson, Director of Government Relations, Corporate Affairs and Marketing of Alibaba

How Alibaba can open doors for your Queensland business

We caught up with James Hudson, Director of Government Relations, Corporate Affairs and Marketing of Alibaba, the world’s largest online marketplace about how Queensland exporters can get started.

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