Brittany Kozel, 22, has not only worked with some of Australia's leading models on catwalk shows in Sydney, she has also opened a new salon in Keira Street.
The concept behind Brittany Hair Boutique is to give her clients one-on-one personalised service similar to what she does for catwalk models.
"I have always wanted to open my own salon," she said.
Ms Kozel has always been a high achiever.
In 2011, she won TAFE Illawarra's Beauty and Hairdressing Student Award for the South Coast after completing a Certificate III in Hairdressing.
Her father, First In Finance director Bronko Kozel, said he and his wife, Dawn Kozel, were proud of her achievements and the way she had applied herself to her career.
"To see her just having a go is sensational," Mr Kozel said.
Free health checks
The IMB Community Foundation-funded Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Health Check Booth is offering free heart health tests in Wollongong.
The booth is at Westfield Figtree tomorrow, Westfield Warrawong on September 6 and at the IMB Head Office on September 10.
The health checks by a NSW registered nurse include testing of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
CTPM Australasia is inviting Illawarra businesses to attend its 2013 TPM & Lean Annual Forum at the Novotel next month.
Organisations from Australia and overseas are coming to Wollongong to reveal how they have each mapped their own pathway to operations excellence using the TPM methodology.
Hugh Mackay talks
WEA Illawarra is staging its 100th anniversary celebration lunch next Thursday with Hugh Mackay.
The renowned social commentator is speaking about the community sector and his new book The Good Life.
The latest IRIS-AVC ICT Industry Survey shows more than half of Illawarra's business community (56.3 per cent) primarily engage external consultants when implementing new ICT projects but almost 62 per cent have dedicated internal staff who manage their ICT assets. It revealed 15.7 per cent of businesses were planning to begin using cloud computing but almost three in every four had some difficulty staying up-to-date with changes in ICT.
One of the best
IRT Links Seaside manager Nigel Button has been recognised as one of Australia's best when it comes to managing a retirement community.
He was named a finalist in the Property Council of Australia's 2013 Retirement Living Council Manager of the Year.
Choirs in full song
Out of the Blue Singers choir member Louise Meyrick is encouraging people to mark the chOir-tly LOUD Festival of Song in their diaries from November 1 to 3.
More than 30 choirs will be giving free performances in cafes around town and the beach, and there are two free outdoor performances by a choir of more than 500 singers in the city mall and at the finish line of the Sydney to Gong.
There is also a concert planned for Wollongong Town Hall.
Lauren Johnson, of Kiama, was runner-up at this year's AHA NSW Women in Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship and won a scholarship to attend The Hotel School Sydney.
Last year's winner was Ashleigh Smith, of Jamberoo.
Illawarra Credit Union's association with Legacy continues with it signing up for another three years as naming rights sponsor of the annual Illawarra Business and Community and Business Luncheon.
This Friday's lunch launches the annual Appeal Week.
Officeworks Fairy Meadow, the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) and local schools are raising funds in support of the ALNF's 2013 Wall of Hands Indigenous Literacy Appeal.
Customers are being encouraged to purchase a hand or make a donation in-store to help the foundation implement its life-changing literacy programs in the remote Northern Territory community of Groote Eylandt.
Good Guys help
The Good Guys in Warrawong and Nowra are working together to help expand the services provided by the House of Hope Food Barn.
The two stores are providing ongoing donations to help the not-for-profit House of Hope initiative expand its services and meet increasing demand in local communities.
MAYVIN Training's Francine Bishop is officially launching her new book Social Media Evolution tomorrow at Centro CBD.
All proceeds go to the Aspect South Coast School for Autism.