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Bosses impart wisdom



THREE Penrith business people will take part in the National Small Business Summit at Sydney Olympic Park on July 27.

They are Bernard Fehon, general manager of Penrith's finance firm Tactical Solutions; Gina Field, owner of the Penrith security firm Nepean Regional Security; and Maralyn Kastel, owner of the Emu Plains' occupational health & safety business - The Detail Devils.

"I wasn't expecting this, it's quite overwhelming," Mrs Field said.

"My business is certainly an interesting one because I'm a woman running a business in a male-dominated industry."

She said that had impeded her career in the past.

"But I would have to say that the most difficult thing I face now is meeting my industry's compliance standards," she said.

Mrs Field said every business had to meet legal requirements that were not always easy to understand.

Mrs Kastel said her business was devoted to helping other businesses meet their requirements.

"We help them comply with occupational health and safety laws," she said. "It's a big area for small business."

Mrs Kastel said she felt privileged to be attending the small business summit, where she was keen to impart some advice on survival.

"You have to have absolute confidence in what you're offering," she said.

"You have to have absolute determination, even against the odds."

Mr Fehon said he would offer similar advice.

"Get organised and be persistent," he said.

"One of the ways to keep going is to outsource work you don't need to do to other businesses."

Mr Fehon advised businesses to take care of staff.

"Then, they'll take care of you," he said.


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