The Compay You Keep

Mememe Productions

Cate McQuillen, Co-founder of Mememe Productions, is a creative at heart but she's been able to turn her sustainability mission and love of the arts into a strong business plan. It's resulted in global success with the Emmy award-winning television series dirtgirlworld.

To learn more about how to find the right balance between creativity and organisation, and how to stick to your guns when others may try to sway your opinion, tune in to this episode.

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Mememe Productions

Finding the right people to do business with is always a challenge, but for Cate McQuillen of Mememe Productions, that challenge made her face the future of her company. For her, learning how to find the right business partner is crucial. 

McQuillen and Hewey Eustace produce the Emmy Award winning show, dirtgirlworld. After moving to the Northern Rivers region in New South Wales, the two realised how connected with nature the locals were and came up with an idea for a show about just that.

With the show broadcast in over 100 countries, it’s become a huge success. But at one stage the business was working with over 170 people, and juggling different opinions became tough. At one point Cate had to have a tough discussion with a distributor about working with the business. 

“For me, it was like we needed somebody who got it, and we found somebody who got it, and we just had a really grown-up discussion and released them from the pain of us, and we released ourselves from the pain of them, and it was okay."

For Cate that decision came because she didn’t want to hurt the integrity of the project, a quality she recommends for any small businesses looking for the right business partners. 

“I also spoke to the business mentor who had been travelling with me the whole way and he just gave me some really good advice. He said it might feel like you were taking a risk but we had taken a bigger risk to put everybody together.”

Another key resource, Cate recommends, is resources from groups like My Business. “I love the fact that My Business make workshops local in regional areas, so I don't have to go to Sydney or Brisbane to do these things. They happen in our region, and I really appreciate it.”

For small businesses looking to find the right business partners, Cate’s story is a beacon: and highlights why partnering with the right people will always set you straight.

Disclaimer: Our guests are real business owners and their experiences are their true stories. The guests express views and opinions that are from their own learnings and insights.

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