WHAT'S ON: Meet Jim the mower man in Bay breakfast
NEED a man to give you a hand around the house or yard?
Chances are, you have called on 'Jim' for mowing, cleaning or a multitude of other jobs.
His name adorns trailers all over Australia, offering his services - and now the man behind the country's largest franchise is coming to share his secrets of success with Hervey Bay audiences.
Jim Penman will speak at the Hervey Bay Boat Club on Saturday, April 30, in a corporate breakfast open to all.
He will also be joined by guest speaker Eric Skattebo, the radio producer from Christian Media's Focus on the Family.
Hervey Bay Baptist church member John Dearden, who helped organise the men's visit to the Fraser Coast, said he was thrilled Dr Penman accepted the invitation to share his business tips with the region's entrepreneurs.
"He has got a lot to offer... as he has strategies in place to make sure his business has thrived," Mr Dearden said.
Jim's Mowing began in 1982 as a one-man business when Dr Penman was looking for a way to finance his passion for history studies.
At the time he could not find work as an academic as he finished his PhD and so turned to mowing lawns.
Three decades later, his business has expanded to more than 3000 franchises across Australia and in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Services offered are not limited to mowing - carpet cleaning, key cutting, computer fixing and dog washing are also offered by the Jim's Group.
Mr Dearden said the corporate breakfast was just one part of a weekend organised for the church's Stuff 4 Blokes group.
They will also be treated to a barbecue night and other breakfast opportunities with Dr Penman and Mr Skattebo.
All profits raised will go towards funding a school chaplaincy program.
Tickets to the corporate breakfast are $40 each.
CORPORATE BREAKFAST WITH JIM
When: Saturday, April 30, from 7am.
Where: The Hervey Bay Boat Club, Buccanner Dr, Urangan.
Cost: Tickets are $40 each. Ring the Hervey Bay Baptist Church on 4124 7200.