In 2018 Carly Bishop launched a coffee delivery business at Stockland Shellharbour called Carly's Coffee Couriers.
Ms Bishop, 23, lives with a moderate intellectual disability but that didn't stop her establishing her own coffee courier business after a three day a week trial in late 2017.
Carly's Coffee Couriers was her own idea and realising that dream gave her more independence.
During the launch in April 2018 Ms Bishop said she loved delivering coffee to all her customers.
"I like being out in the community talking to people," she said.
"I think people with a disability can contribute to the community".
Carly's Coffee Couriers initially took orders, picked up the coffee from local coffee shops and then delivered them to customers in the Shellharbour area. The business was an instant hit and immediately allowed her to employ another young woman with an intellectual ability.
At the launch mum Leonie Bishop said she was excited for her daughter and confident Carly's Coffee Couriers would be a great success.
Mrs Bishop said it all started after a road trip with a friend and a referral to the Ignite Ability Program that gives advice and support to people with disabilities to start their own business. Settlement Services International was also involved
The business has evolved for Ms Bishop who is seen as a successful entrepreneur who now works five days a week delivering coffee to retail workers at Stockland Shellharbour.
"Stockland's management response to our request was not only a 'yes you can operate', but 'how can we help you'," Mrs Bishop said.
"They have given permission for Carly to hand out flyers and have even advertised in their retailer newsletter encouraging support for her business. Customers have been really positive and friendly. It's Carly's favourite part of the business, meeting up with people, and she has developed lovely relationships with regular customers and vendors."
Mrs Bishop said it was great watching her daughter grow in confidence. As a mother-daughter team they are now planning to expand the service into in Wollongong with the aim of giving more young people with disabilities similar opportunities and experience.
Centre manager Daniel Buchanan said Stockland was always looking for new ways to support locals making important contributions to the community.
"The work that Carly does at the centre is really valued by the team and all of the retailers here, and we are pleased to be able to help her succeed in any way that we can," Mr Buchanan said.
Mr Buchanan said you only need to look at the many glowing reviews from retailers from the centre on her Facebook page to see what a difference she makes daily to so many people who work in the shopping centre.
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