A Gold Coast based IT and digital marketing company is using Australia’s newest digital currency, founded on the Gold Coast, to give back to community projects and support local businesses.

Since suffering a stroke at the age of 28, which pushed him to overcome numerous physical and mental challenges, Joshua Hawthorn is on a mission to give back and he plans to use Qoin to amplify his impact.

Through his business, Grizzly Technical Solutions, which specialises in 3D design and printing, and websites, Mr Hawthorn is able to support a cause close to his heart, mental health of war veterans and defence personnel.

“Mental health is a massive thing for me. After my stroke, I was on a full disability pension and I started my own business to set a good example for my son.”

Working primarily with start-ups and small businesses, here in Australia and overseas, Mr Hawthorn has created a unique business model whereby profits are put back into community projects.

“Now more than ever, Australian small businesses are looking for innovative ways to sustain cashflow and make the most of their down time. Qoin enables them to do both”

“It’s about making money but then using that money to do something good.

“When I was first introduced to Qoin, I knew this was a market I wanted to get in on. With the lockdown and everyone moving online, everything is going digital these days.

“I saw Qoin as an opportunity to grow my business, not just as a way to accept payment. Qoin enables small businesses to expand and grow without hitting the hip pocket.

“I particularly like the idea of being able to support other local businesses where I may not have been able to support them before, due to financial constraints. If I’m paid in Qoin, I’ll spend that Qoin on local business.”

In the last nine months, more than 11,000 Australian small businesses have joined Qoin, the newest digital currency. Built on blockchain, Qoin offers merchants and consumers an innovative and secure alternative to connect and interact.

Qoin Australia Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Barker says, “Merchants and consumers are becoming more aware of the concept of digital currency. Global trends indicate that digital currency is the future way to conduct business.

“Supporting small business is the cornerstone of Qoin. The Qoin model stands apart from other digital currencies in that the value of Qoin increases as the merchant ecosystem grows. The more businesses that join the Qoin community, the more everyone benefits, providing a vital boost to local economies.

“Now more than ever, Australian small businesses are looking for innovative ways to sustain cashflow and make the most of their down time. Qoin enables them to do both while offering a payment method to their customers that is fast, secure and virtually contactless.

“Qoin has had huge take up in Australia with more than 11,000 validated merchants joining the Qoin community in the first nine months. With Qoin launching into New Zealand and further global expansion planned in 2021, Qoin is confident that this success can be replicated in other countries.”

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