Angela Vithoulkas – Founder, Leader & Independent Councillor
Angela has been a successful small business owner for over 30 years in partnership with her brother Con. She lives and breathes small business.
Angela has a long and proud history as a small business advocate, commentator and advisor.
In 2012 Angela was elected as an independent Councillor for the City of Sydney and again in 2016, where she was subsequently appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the City of Sydney Economic Development and Business Sub-committee throughout both terms.
In 2015 the NSW State Government began the Sydney Light Rail construction project and devastated not only the CBD but also several other suburbs – Haymarket, Surry Hills, Moore Park, Kensington, Kingsford and Randwick. Almost 2,000
businesses have been impacted along with thousands of residents.
Angela’s successful flagship store, VIVO Café closed on August 24, 2018 after 17 years of trading and 3 years of enduring the devastating construction that is Light Rail.
Throughout this experience Angela helped hundreds of small businesses fight for financial assistance and justice, launching a class action against State Government in 2018.
With a strong focus on “giving small business a voice”, she continues to advocate and fight for the community right across NSW, looking for justice for those who have no voice and no champion to fight for them.
Angela is an engaging public speaker and commentator who is regularly sought out by industry and media. She appears regularly on ABC, ABC News 24, The Drum, Channel 95 Your Money, 2GB, 2UE and 7 News.
Acknowledgement of her success over the years is reflected through her many awards which include NSW Entrepreneur of the Year and Telstra Women’s Business Owner of the Year. In 2017 Angela was named as one of Australia’s top 9
influential female entrepreneurs.
In 2018 Angela formed The Small Business Party, an independent political party with a focus on small business owners and their families. Angela will contest the Legislative Council in NSW on 23 March 2019 and looks forward to running other State Candidates in the Legislative Assembly.