Home' Border Enterprise : Spring Summer 2010-2011 Contents 5
Vol 3. Summer/Autumn
MAREE Cables realised early
she wanted to enter the
business world and carve
her way to a successful
Fast forward to today and she has certainly
achieved that early dream.
She is now the owner of three McDonald's
stores in Albury-Wodonga and her name has
been linked to many community projects around
the region including the recently opened Ronald
McDonald Family Room at Wodonga Hospital.
Mrs Cables left school in Year 10, taking a job
as secretary before travelling overseas.
At 23, she studied nursing in Tasmania,
progressing to a midwife, child health nurse and
later a hospital project manager.
"I undertook mature age study through the
University of Tasmania to complete a Bachelor
of Business... I had 3 children under the age of
five,'' she said.
"I realised early while studying business I
wanted to enter the business world and own my
With her husband Bruce's support she applied
for a McDonalds franchise for Kingston in
"I was successful and opened my first
McDonalds Restaurant in 1994,'' she said.
Just two years later she was awarded Telstra
Business Women's "Business Owner of the
"We moved to Melbourne in 1999 to take
over two McDonald's restaurants and in 2003
we relocated to the Border to take over three
franchises,'' she said.
"I employ 300 staff, they are the key to
Co-owner of thr ee McDonald's
stor es in Albury-Wodonga
my success and I love every minute of the
"It keeps me young, there is always something
going on with my staff and customers.
"We constantly try to raise the bar and achieve
our 'stretch' business goal.''
She said she believed in giving back to the
community, evident in her proud achievement
opening the Ronald McDonald Family Room in
Wodonga with the help of the community.
"My husband Bruce, sons Alex 22, Gen 20
and Dom 18 love the Border, the people, the
community and the lifestyle --- we are here to
stay,'' she said.
Mrs Cables said she had learned a lot during
her time as a businesswoman and mother.
"It is so important to have a supportive
partner to assist you with this journey,'' she said.
"Get formal education in the area of business
you want to be successful in.''
She said it was important for women to take
time out and to be kind to themselves.
"Manage your time, pay for help at home if you
need it --- you are not superwoman,'' she said.
"Develop and delegate to your staff and
identify staff with potential and mentor them.
"It is important to have goals and measure
Mrs Cables said business people should
always give back to the community that
"This is something I am really passionate
about,'' she said.
"Acknowledge your staff, give praise and
reward excellence and, most of all, have fun
--- lighten up on yourself.''
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