About us

Business Propel

Business Propel is the next evolution in business assessment tools. Offering an end to end view, this tool will shape your business for success.

Leaving no stone unturned, this application will help you assess and refine your current methods to ensure your business is operating and performing in an optimal fashion.

Business Propel is brought to you by Australian Business Consulting & Solutions.

Australian Business Consulting & Solutions is proud to be a part of Australian Business Solutions Group (ABSG). Australian Business Solutions Group has built a reputation for helping Australian businesses of all sizes to maximise their potential and achieve their goals.

Driven by the ideals of the international business chamber movement, ABCS has a unique commitment to foster national prosperity. Surplus funds are funnelled back into initiatives such as research and advocating governments to support a thriving commercial environment.

Ultimately, our purpose is to help businesses build a better Australia for all.
Australian Business Solutions Group, in business for business.

Award winning online products

Australian Business Consulting & Solutions (ABCS) has won many Australian and global awards for the design and implementation of business diagnostic tools and HR documentation systems.

Most recently, ABCS was awarded the ‘Best Small Business Project’ Award, at the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress in 2011 and 2013 for integrated programs aimed at improving business performance.

ABCS has a successful track record of developing diagnostic assessments, online systems and business education programs in partnership with major Australian B2B solution providers, government, associations and international chambers of commerce. 

Experts in SME business improvement 

Part of the Chamber movement, ABCS draws on a rich heritage of supporting SME business for over 100 years, across all industries, extending across thousands of Australian businesses.

Everything we do is designed to simplify, manage and grow your business in tangible ways. Clients gain access to specialist expertise and award-winning solutions in the areas of Legal, Marketing, Professional Consulting, International Trade, Human Resources, Work Health & Safety, Recruitment & Labour Hire, Training and Apprenticeships/Traineeships.

Department of Industry and Business Propel

The NSW Government, through the Department of Industry, aims to make NSW the place where people want to live and work and businesses choose to invest and grow.

Business Propel is an excellent tool for small to medium-sized businesses that identifies those parts of your business that could be improved and provides you with planning tools to make it happen.


Click here to learn how Business Propel can give you a competitive edge in the global marketplace. 

The team behind Propel

From Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

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    Paula Martin
    General Manager

    During her 20-year career in strategy, marketing, sales, product development and PR, Paula has worked for both large and small businesses to develop and deliver successful marketing, brand and product initiatives.

    She has held senior management positions across a range of industries, including IT software, HR consulting and accounting, and has built successful operations that deliver innovation, product development, marketing strategies, sales results, brand and customer loyalty.

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    Kathryn Rae
    Senior Manager, Innovation and Digital, ABCS

    Kathryn is senior manager for marketing and consulting and a key architect of Business Propel.

    Combining a big picture focus with an eye for the small details, Kathryn has been working with a broad range of businesses from start-ups to enterprises of all sizes for more than 20 years. She’s passionate about the synergy between innovation, solution design and marketing. 

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    Martin North
    Product Development Manager

    Martin is product development manager, responsible for the technical development of Business Propel.

    With more than 15 years’ experience in information technology, software development and design, and product management, Martin’s expertise is in troubleshooting technical problems, programming, providing design solutions, and in backlog wrangling, UX championing, and prototyping.

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    Joel Dobrogosz
    Senior Corporate Business Development Manager

    Joel works with the independent and non-for-profit NSW Business chamber as the head of partnerships for the Business Propel Program and the software development arm of Australian Business Consulting & Solutions (ABCS). Joel has had a diverse consulting career heading the sales and account management capability for Australian and international consultancies focused on the implementation of strategy and customer engagement. While working with organisations in Australia and around the world to facilitate knowledge sharing and benchmarking networks Joel has been privileged to work with a wide range of clients including BHP, Telstra, Woodside, NAB, NASA, ATO and Department of Defence.

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    Sue Mitchell
    National Sales Manager

    Sue is National Sales Manager for Business Propel.

    Her extensive career in senior management has seen her develop a unique ‘end to end’ understanding of complex business models and best practice management techniques. She has provided tailored solutions to a wide range of businesses in business improvement, HR, WHS and IR.

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    Phillip Parisis
    Digital Marketing & Community Manager, Products

    Creative, strategic and results-driven digital marketing professional with a genuine passion for harnessing the latest technology to meet customer needs via the development, management and maintenance of innovative marketing campaigns for a diversity of industries. With over 15+ years working with large retailers like Big W, Best and Less, government departments and property training groups, Phillip structured successful, detailed strategy and execution marketing plans that focused on ROI and lead generation.

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    Maria Leopoulos
    Digital Marketing Executive

    Maria has extensive experience in marketing and advertising and has worked for multinational advertising agencies, e-commerce businesses and start-ups. She has also been involved in projects as a freelance marketing consultant for companies across different industries like retail, insurance and international trade.
    She is a certified Google Partner and holds a double master’s degree in International Marketing Communications from ESCEM School of Business and Management in France and London Metropolitan University in UK. She believes the sky is the limit and she is highly driven by businesses and people who want to make a difference and embrace cultural diversity in their practices.

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    Larry Forsyth
    Senior Manager, WHS and HR Consulting

    Larry Forsyth, a Senior Manager in WHS and HR consulting, has more than 20 years’ experience in helping businesses optimise their HR practices, deliver strategic and operational outcomes and ensure good practice.

    Specialising in transformational leadership, coaching and change management, he has also created a number of tailored HR consulting solutions. 

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    Glen Pleffer
    Senior Project Manager

    In a career spanning nearly 20 years, he was worked across a diverse range of industries, from publishing and education to marketing and manufacturing.
    His results-driven focus and desire to learn new skills has seen him work in a variety of roles, including account and project management, digital production, marketing, copywriting and graphic design. 

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    Charisse Gray
    Managing Editor - Business Propel

    Charisse is Business Propel’s managing editor and senior business writer, responsible for developing articles and resources aimed at educating, informing and improving business outcomes.

    Her extensive experience in business writing and consulting includes more than 15 years dispensing business wisdom online for the NSW Business Chamber.

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    Sacha Henry
    Events Marketing

    Sacha started her career at a small to medium-sized business, understanding the need for multi-tasking and wearing a variety of hats. She has since worked in a variety of industries, including tourism, events and finance, in both marketing and events based roles.
    Sacha enjoys simplifying processes and delivering effective communications that provide clarity and achieve results. With extensive experience in events marketing, Sacha is passionate about getting involved and getting stuff done.

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    Steven Lam
    Project Manager

    Steven brings along 10 years's worth of experience as agile project manager and specialised in application developement.

    He is passionate about delivering timely and quality projects. He brings in the technical expertise into product planning and execution of Busines Propel.

A large number of Contributors also bring their expertise to Business Propel.

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