About Business Essentials Daily

Business Essentials Daily is a daily podcast for Australian business owners, managers and entrepreneurs looking for the best advice and ideas on business growth. It’s produced by SoundCartel.

A podcast three decades in the making: since 1984, Business Essentials® has been synonymous with high-quality, up-to-date business advice and is the world’s longest-running business audio magazine.

The next generation of Business Essentials® is now a daily podcast. With 36 years’ experience interviewing thousands of Australia’s leading business experts, we understand what businesses owners want to hear. Business Essentials Daily provides 10-15 minutes of easily digestible business information each weekday.

Each morning listeners receive relevant, reliable and practical advice on how to grow their business in a succinct, engaging style. Daily interviews with leading experts cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Leadership
  • Cash management
  • Tax, Legal
  • HR
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Mental health & wellbeing
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Digital marketing
  • Economic updates
  • Success stories


Heather Dawson

Executive Producer

Heather started her career at the BBC in London, where she produced a top-rating national news and entertainment program for seven years before taking up a news position with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). She then joined the ABC to produce an award-winning morning program on 3LO (today known as ABC Radio Melbourne). Heather has been executive producer at SoundCartel since 1998, producing a wide variety of audio programs.

Nicole Goodman

Host & Producer

Nicole is a podcast producer, host and an Australian Podcast Awards winner. She currently coproduces several SoundCartel audio programs and co-hosts Podcasting Essentials. Nicole also has more than 20 years’ experience working in marketing and advertising agencies such as Ogilvy and McCann. Her clients have included NAB Business Bank, Myer, seek.com, BMW, Chobani, Cancer Council, tech startups and not-for-profits.

Peter Letts

Head of Audio

Peter is a highly skilled audio engineer, producer and technical producer with 21 years’ experience at SoundCartel. He’s a full member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and has extensive experience in all facets of sound production and audio content creation. Peter holds a Bachelor of Communication and a Master of Communication from Griffith University

Belinda Trimboli

Technical Producer/Editor

Belinda is an experienced technical producer and editor. She has spent the last 10 years working as an award-winning Dialogue, ADR Editor and Supervisor in the Film and Television industry. Belinda holds a Master of Sound Design from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She has received Australian Sound Society Guild awards (ASSG) and an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award.

Chris Ashmore

Senior Producer

Chris has produced business-related audio content for well-known organisations, including Australia Post, Officeworks, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and the Australian Federal Government. He is a judge at the Australian Podcast Awards and international Webby Awards. He has been a producer with SoundCartel for nine years and also plays a critical role in forging podcast partnerships.

Nick Schildberger

Managing Director

The team is led by Nick Schildberger, whose passion for creating engaging audio grew as he worked alongside his father, Michael Schildberger, the founder of SoundCartel. Nick has overseen the production of audio projects with a range of organisations, including Westpac, MYOB, Telstra, Officeworks, the Department of Health and Ageing, and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.