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Many business owners dream of success, but often don’t get there for many reasons.  It might be not knowing what to do, or where to get help, or simply having someone to keep them on task and be a ‘guiding hand’.  We often get bogged down with challenges around money, staff or time and wonder why year after year we’ve not progressed, or worse, we’re slipping behind. Read More

Books & E-books that share a wealth of knowledge. My books and e-books (and those I ghost write for others) cover a range of subjectscover a range of subjects: Finance & Bookkeeping, Goals, Planning & Growth, Processes & Procedures, Staff, Recruitment & Retention, Sales, Marketing & Networking, Time Management … and so much more.
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Speaker & Trainer for Hire. I am a seasoned speaker, having presented for Chamber Groups – ie Redland Chamber of Commerce, Redlands Women in Business. Various events, training days or evenings, workshops, seminars and National Conferences.

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Art has been one of my passions for over 40 years. I studied art from 1979 to 1981 however the dream of being an artist didn’t eventuate for some time whilst I focussed on Accounting qualifications, business and family. In 2010 I discovered a passion (and skill) for writing and subsequently returned to my first passion – art.
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Meet Donna Stone

I have been assisting Australian businesses for nearly 30 years and considered an industry expert. I have worked in top legal and accounting firms, run an Employment Agency for a number of years as well as operating my own successful business, Stone Consulting, for over 15 years which expanded to become a National business in five locations.

Additionally, I have won dozens of Business Awards. I have run a number of networking groups and held the positions of Ambassador, Group Leader & Education Officer. I have three published books and have co-written in a fourth as well as being a prolific writer (both printed magazines and online) writing regularly for My Business Magazine and Working Women Magazine, to name a few. I am a sought after speaker who not only engages with my audiences but leaves them with the knowledge, tools and motivation to succeed in their own business or career!

Whilst I do have formal qualifications in Accounting and Business, it’s the years and years of real world experience that has made me into the industry expert I am today. I personally believe in hard work, self-improvement and always remaining positive.

Having done all that, I also engage in my other passion – visual arts. Needless to say, I am a master of time management.

Donna Stone Business Consultant
Donna Stone Business Coaching Brisbane

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Institute of Management (Member 25+ years)
  • Institute of Learning Professionals
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Key Business Network
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
  • Queensland Writers Centre
  • Redlands Creative Alliance

Testimonials

  • I had the pleasure of hearing Donna Stone give a presentation at a Redland Women in Business meeting last week and found her presentation engaging, entertaining and helpful. The five key points Donna gave during her presentation were well presented and they explained in a practical and informative way the key ingredients for success. I came away convicted that there is more I can be doing to work towards my own success and feeling empowered to be more focused. Donna’s personal style is engaging and accessible. I am glad that I had the opportunity of hearing Donna’s presentation and would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a keynote presenter.

    Donna Stone Business Consultant Testimonial Naomi Cauley
    Naomi Cauley
    (B.Bus, AIMM)
  • I have always been impressed with the way Donna conducts herself in such a professional manner and she never ceases to amaze me with her wealth of knowledge.   I also feel confident in the knowledge that Donna prides herself in her work and am always assured of any information being handled with full confidentiality.  

    Jo Macaione
    Practice Manager – Albany Creek, QLD
  • Donna has given unending support and expertise to us.  The standard of her financial knowledge has been of the highest quality.

    Meals on Wheels
    Victoria Point & Redland Bay, QLD
  • You’ve benefited our company immensely!   The advice and support has allowed the business to run more smoothly and effectively

    Luis & Fiona Marcon
    Builders, Redland City, QLD
  • As the owner and practice principal of a large privately owned Medical Centre on the North side of the Brisbane, I have had the opportunity to seek the business coaching services of Donna Stone during the last 20 years.  More recently, we have had the significant challenge of suddenly losing a key figure in our management structure.  Donna has been meticulous, thorough and determined in her efforts to identify the business risk, opportunity and compliance issues for us to address.  Donna continues to identify, manage and prosecute all issues by way of facilitation and practical assistance.  I highly recommend her services to all those in small business who know the daily struggle to keep the doors open and plan for a more secure and lucrative future.

    Doctor’s name withheld as per client’s request
  • Donna Stone is a highly professional business woman and qualified trainer whose services have been invaluable to this business.

    Greg Thornton Constructions
    Kenmore, QLD
  • Donna’s mentoring and coaching approach is thorough and systematic – from the ground up.  Her professional manner is both encouraging and constructively challenging – as a coach she wants you to be the best you can be.   She commits her energy, skill and personal insight into helping you find what will really work for you in business.   Donna is like an extra partner in your business who will help you go the extra mile.  With the tools Donna has given me, I have found myself working in a much more focussed way to plan, structure and review my business activities – to make sure I am on track for success.

    Vicky Macdonald
    The Artist Tree, Cleveland, QLD
  • What a great business book. So much great information for business owners to use when either first starting up in business or at any stage in their business journey. For the business person who has been in business for some years it is great to be able to read this information, some of it is what we may already know but need to be reminded to do. Because this book covers so many areas of business there would be information in here that business people may not be aware of. This is also a great reference book to be able to keep handy and if we are not sure about some aspect then we can reread certain sections. This is made easy by well set out chapters and sub headings covering heaps of relevant business topics. I highly recommend this book to every business person.

    Julie Bannister
    Key Business Network
  • Stepping Stones To Business Success is a great resource tool for any business owner. I’m often heard saying, “You don’t have to implement a thousand things to make a difference in your business. Just implementing two or three things can make a big difference to the bottom line.” This book gives you practical ways on how you can start to improve your business.

    Mal Emery
    Australia’s Millionaire Maker
  • There’s a saying “Commonsense ain’t common”. That saying also applies to business. Donna’s book provides the information and knowledge that you can apply to your business. So read it and apply it

    John Sciacca
    Director/Accountant, Sciacca Salomone Accountants
  • This book is an absolute must read for anyone wanting to succeed in business and enjoy life while doing it. Donna Stone is proof that ‘a challenge is an opportunity in disguise.’ She is a remarkable businesswoman who embodies the personal characteristics of strength, courage and commitment.

    Kay Danes
    International Bestselling Author
  • It’s the straight talking business handbook of the year and every budding entrepreneur needs to own it. Without doubt – what you don’t know about business will hurt you. But armed with this comprehensive and down to earth game plan – small business success becomes like second nature.

    Lynette L Palmen AM
    Founder and Managing Director – Women’s Network Australia
  • We laugh off the common sense behind business activities, engagements and it’s refreshing to receive insight and real experience answers. Donna Stone easily relays and addresses the crutch of business from her exposure to real Australian business’s and makes your and my next stepping stones in business conscious. Thank you for making our business and team actively engaged in business life.

    Andrea Blunden
    Gretchen Operations Captain
  • Donna has written a fantastic guide of tried and tested tips to success, you can sense the experience she has been through in each and every one of them. All businesses, no matter what stage they are at, would benefit from reading this book and keeping it close by.

    Anita Plath
    President – Redland City Chamber of Commerce
  • Great practical “how-to” tips for the small business world, presented in a very reader friendly format.

    Colleen Tarrant
    CPD Accountants
  • Insightful and focused, but most importantly it’s totally practical! You can be certain that Donna is speaking from absolute experience when she dishes up all these little ‘gems’ that you can and should use right now in your business.

    Glenn Walford
    Author of ‘Shaking the Profit’ Series
  • A must read for anyone in small business. Donna offers practical no-nonsense solutions for many of the challenges faced by business owners today, drawing on her own wealth of wisdom and experience. If you want to succeed in business you need Stepping Stones to Business Success!

    Karen Phillips
    Direct Office Products
  • Finally! A business book that has it all. You’ll find yourself shaking you head in disbelief on how easy it is for business success. This book, or Business Bible, is for all levels of business owners and managers. It will save you and your business time and money. I educate business owners everyday and now have a secret weapon. Stepping Stones to Business Success is a must for all business owners and managers

    Nathan McDonald
    Black Belt Business
  • Donna is also an excellent speaker and writer. I have heard Donna speak on a number of occasions at networking events and her extensive knowledge of business coupled with her passion for networking and connecting people, and sharing her knowledge and experience through her writing, makes her a valuable contact for any small business.

    Rod Nichols
    Jericho Web
  • Donna Stone’s bright, heartfelt writing makes business seem like fun, but also conveys useful information that will remind anyone in business of the fundamentals that make a profitable difference.

    Simon Sharwood
    Editor, My Business Magazine