Bounce Consulting WINS Silver Stevie Award

Bounce Consulting WINS Silver Stevie Award

Bounce Consulting WINS Silver Stevie Award for Company of the year in Business Services

Winners to Be Celebrated at Gala Banquet on 10th October in Paris, France

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2014 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.

More than 3,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Website of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  Bounce Consulting won in the Company of the Year category for Business Services.

Maria Smith, Founder & CEO of the dynamic life skills training company Bounce Consulting Pty Ltd is thrilled to announce Bounce has taken out the 2014 Silver International Stevie Award for Company of the Year in Business Services for Australia.

This is the second time this year that Bounce has performed well at the Stevie Awards. In May Bounce walked away with 2 silver Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. One for Woman of the year and the other for Services Company of the year.

 “It’s truly an honour for Bounce Consulting to be awarded the silver Stevie Award for Company of the Year in the Business Services Awards. To be recognised internationally is exhilarating. I am so proud to have such an amazing team and so completely thankful to all the Employment Service Providers that have trusted and supported Bounce and our programs!” ~ Maria Smith, Founder and CEO – Bounce Consulting

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

“We congratulate all of the Stevie winners in this year’s IBAs,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “The quality of entries we receive improves every year.  This year’s judges were rewarded with the opportunity to review more than 3,500 stories of business achievement and innovation from around the world.  We look forward to celebrating the winners’ achievements in Paris on 10 October.”

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available


Kelly Mason

Operations Manager
Bounce Consulting Pty Ltd

PH: +61 419 326 694
PH (Office): +61 3 5416 1254
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Bounce Consulting WINS Silver Stevie Award

Bounce Named in 2014 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards


Bounce Consulting has just welcomed their second Stevie award

Winners in the new Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the only business awards program to recognise achievement in business throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region, were announced today with Bounce Consulting achieving a Silver Asia-Pacific Stevie under the Services Company of the Year – Australia category. Not only has Bounce been honoured with this award, Bounce CEO Maria Smith was also honoured with a Silver Asia-Pacific Stevie Award for Woman of the Year – Australia.

“It’s an honour, truly an honour to be recognised internationally with such an amazing award. I am so proud to have such an amazing team. A big thank you to all Bounce supporters and especially my bounce family!” ~ Maria Smith, Founder and CEO – Bounce Consulting

The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in the workplace over the past 12 years in programs such as The International Business Awards and the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are the first new Stevie Awards program to be created in seven years.
Stevie winners will be celebrated and presented their awards at a gala banquet at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on Friday, 30 May.

As well as Bounce other Stevie Award winners include:

  • AirAsia Berhad, Malaysia
  • ABS-CBN, the Philippines
  • Billabong International Ltd, Australia
  • Fast Retailing Co. Ltd, Japan
  • Huawei Technologies, China
  • Hyundai Steel, South Korea
  • Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd, Singapore

The complete list of Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners is available at

All organisations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region were eligible to submit entries. Nominations of more than 500 organisations were considered for the awards this year.
More than 50 executives around the world participated in the first round of judging to determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners. A second judging panel will choose a very few Grand Stevie Award winners beginning the first week of May.

The Stevie Award trophy, made by the company that makes the Oscar and other major international awards, is among the world’s most coveted prizes.

For more information about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, visit

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. Honouring organisations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognise outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards.


Kelly Mason
Operations Manager

Bounce Consulting Pty Ltd
PH: +61 419 326 694
PH (Office): +61 3 5416 1254
E: kelly[at]

Job readiness training — with an Australian twist

Job readiness training — with an Australian twist

Source: | By Aaron Nicodemus

The Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board has brought in an Australian company to help low-income young people find jobs — and more importantly, to keep them.

Bounce Consulting, founded in 2006, has employed its unique brand of life-coaching and social skills training only in Australia. Worcester is Bounce’s first attempt to translate its success there to the U.S.

This week, Worcester youths age 17 to 21 met with Bounce trainers for a week-long orientation program. The youths will be placed in jobs throughout the community for seven weeks, to be coached by Bounce trainers before and after work. Eventually, 100 young people in Worcester will go through the Bounce program.

According to Bounce CEO Maria Smith, about 85 percent of the participants in Australia have gone on to get jobs, she said. In Australia, the program is not limited to youths but is available to job seekers of all ages, she said.

I asked her about job-retention rates, that is, how long those job seekers kept their jobs, but she did not have those figures at her fingertips.

“We are really bringing in a layer of emotional intelligence,” said Ms. Smith, who has been in Worcester for the past week. “This is a buzzword in terms of corporate America. Anyone can learn a skill, but it’s hard to teach social awareness, to show how to act in all kinds of social interactions.”

The program, she explained, first works with job seekers to get them to “engage” with the Bounce trainers. The trainers work with the job seekers to build their confidence, to clarify their employment goals and to develop realistic next steps to make those goals happen. That is in addition to the basic job-finding techniques of how to look for jobs, how to write résumés and how to act and dress in job interviews.

Bounce is a for-profit company that is funded by federal tax dollars in Australia, she said. Here, at least in Worcester, it will be funded with state money.

Jeff Turgeon, the executive director of the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, said the Bounce program came to his attention at a workforce conference held in Central Massachusetts, where Ms. Smith was a speaker. He was “blown away,” he remembered.

“It’s a new approach on delivering very old material in a totally new way,” he said. “There is a whole new level of focus with this program. They build up a rapport with the job seekers, they talk to them about verbal and nonverbal communication. It’s a completely different take on job readiness training, and I’m really excited about it.”

Bounce Consulting “offers life-changing courses and products designed to help job seekers build confidence, break down mental roadblocks and hone skills, changing the lives of countless executives, at-risk teens and even the homeless, as well as the broader business and professional community with ongoing training contracts in sales motivation, business planning, and community and personal development programs,” according to its press release.

Ms. Smith has published a book, “The Guide to Getting the Job You Want,” and has been in Worcester with two Australian trainers, getting the program here up and running. Eventually, American trainers will take over from the Aussies.

Helping young people find jobs has been a particularly vexing problem for as long as state government has been trying to help them.

While unemployment nationwide for all age groups hovers around 7 percent, for young people, the rate is usually double that rate.

According to data provided by Generation Opportunity, a conservative nonprofit organization advocating for economic opportunity for young adults, the overall U.S. unemployment rate for youths age 18 to 29 was 15.9 percent in December 2013.

For African Americans, the rate was 24.2 percent, and it was 16.7 percent for Hispanics.

If Bounce can turn some of these numbers around, perhaps it will be implemented elsewhere in the U.S.

Worcester, it seems, is the test case.

Maria bounces into the American market

Maria bounces into the American market

Source: | By Chris Pedler Feb. 10, 2014, 5 p.m.

EXPANDING: Maria Smith’s employment consultancy business is launching in America. Picture:

A BUSINESS and its Carisbrook origins is expanding into America.

Maria Smith’s business Bounce Consulting will launch a pilot program for the stage government of Massachusetts this week.

The program is a result of a meeting at the White House in July with President Obama’s chief technology officer Todd Park and a lot of back and forth since then.

Bounce Consulting focuses on helping people find employment and improve their lives against the odds.

“It’s been running for seven and a half years,” Ms Smith said.

“I think (the US) like (the program) because it has got results and we have a consistency to our product.”

Ms Smith said the unemployment scene in America is different to Australia in that there is no unemployment benefits or insurance.

“If you are unemployed long term you get support for about a year,” she said.

Currently the US unemployment rate is at 6.7 per cent. It has recently dropped but President Obama’s team is hoping Bounce Consulting’s program can make it drop further.

“It’s been pretty incredible. Obama’s legacy is to leave something for the long-term unemployed. We will see how it goes (in Massachusetts) and then decide whether to roll it out nationally,” Ms Smith said. “I’m from Maryborough, it’s exciting to have this experience.”

The program links in with employment agencies to give those seeking work valuable life skills, including people in prison and those who are homeless.

Ms Smith said seven staff and seven trainers, including people overseas, worked for the agency.

At the same time, Bounce Consulting is expanding through regional Victoria.

In March it will launch a youth program in Bendigo.

The federally funded program focus on youth health and well being as well as creating career and personal goals for the participants.

“Part of it will see the kids cold calling for job (opportunities),” Ms Smith said.

“We’re conditioned to apply online or just send your resume in rather than sitting in front of someone who can help you get a job.”

Bounce Boss Wins Big

Bounce Boss Wins Big

On November 9, 2013, at a lavish awards ceremony in New York’s famous Times Square, Maria Smith of Bounce Consulting was named winner of the silver Stevie in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category.

But it wasn’t just one win for Bounce – it was two. Bounce Consulting also snagged the bronze award in the Communications category for its piece entitled The Bounce Manifesto.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honour women executives, entrepreneurs, employees worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Communications Campaign of the Year.

“Being recognised with these two awards is such a great feeling,” says Smith. “Being surrounded in that environment of 300 powerful business women created such a great energy. Winning the silver and bronze just took everything up a notch.”

Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. More than 90 members of the five final judging committees determined the winners.

“For 10 years we have been recognising the achievements of women in business, and this year’s nominations were the most impressive class we’ve ever reviewed,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.