The 27-year-old won a mentoring scholarship with Perth Upmarket by attending the City of Subiaco’s recent small business workshop Take Your Hobby to Market.
Ms Yates said getting to know her clientele and networking with fellow creative types at the workshop had kick-started her five-month-old business Lollicakes.
‘It helped me gain so much confidence and real life advice that was ever so helpful,’ she said.
‘The labyrinth of business know-how can be very intimidating but with the right people and willingness to be humble and learn it all, that made it all worthwhile.’
Ms Yates, who recently won the Kitchen Warehouse Bake Off, said she was dreaming of opening her first Lollicakes shop in Subiaco.
Designer Emma Kalotas (21) said she was thrilled to discover the workshop shortly after finishing her fashion and textile degree at Curtin University.
‘It was a really eye-opening experience because I’m only just starting out my label EKAY (collective),’ Ms Kalatos said.
‘All the new tips and ways to get my label out there were great. I took notes and now they are stuck up in my workplace, so I can just look up at them and they guide me.’
Workshop attendee Kelsie White’s stationery brand K Gets Organised sold out of its first line and she is now looking to launch a second line.
Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson said the City was committed to offering programs that provided opportunities for young people.
Lollicakes will feature at the next Perth Upmarket on June 29 at UWA from 10am-4pm.