Seven Townsville businesswomen who have successfully balanced parenting while making their mark on the business world have been recognised for their commitment to business excellence as finalists in the 2020 Ausmumpreneur Awards, with the winners to be announced at their online event this evening.
The Ausmumpreneur Awards have been running since 2009, and this year, attracted 1877 nominees nationwide, with the following finalists from Townsville:
- Kylie Michelle of Let’s Be Real (Let’s Sit Loosely with That) – Finalist, Queensland, Women Will Change The World Award.
- Cara Griffin of Movimiento and Belly Dance Collective – Finalist, Creative Arts Award.
- Kylie Bartlett of Lead.Love.Leap with Kylie Bartlet – Finalist in the Queensland, Women Will Change The World Award and Leadership Award categories.
- Cassandra Chiesa of Helping Hands – Hand, Wrist and Arm Clinic – Finalist in the Regional Business Award and Health & Wellbeing Award categories.
- Tina McDonough of Three Little Boys, Finalist, Fashion Award.
- Kerry Spina of Kids in Harmony with Kerry Spina – Finalist in the Regional Business Award and Health & Wellbeing Award categories.
- Shanna Hunter of Hunter Taxation Services – Finalist in the Regional Business Award and Leadership Award categories.
The AusMumpreneur Awards, presented by The Women’s Business School, celebrate, and acknowledge the outstanding success of Australian Mums in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation.
The awards recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family. The awards establish a space for networking and collaboration and enables other women to connect and celebrate their success.
Our Townsville finalists are a commanding collective of innovators and business leaders who are leading the way for entrepreneurial success. However, it has not come without its challenges, and finalist Cassandra Chiesa of Helping Hands gives this advice to those thinking about starting their own enterprise.
“Outsource, outsource, outsource! Find an excellent accountant, bookkeeper, branding specialist and lawyer and set up properly from the get-go,” she says.
“Yes, this will require initial investment, however the benefit of getting specialist help in those initial stages will set you up to have a successful business for years to come.”
For Shanna Hunter, of Hunter Taxation Services, being able to set realistic goals and surround herself with uplifting people has been crucial to developing a strong business acumen and growing a sustainable business.
“Set realistic expectations for yourself and for your business,” she explains.
“Do not be afraid to ask for help; surrounding yourself with supportive people can be one of the biggest keys to success for your business.”
Congratulations and Good Luck to our Townsville finalists!
You can learn more about the awards and the nominees at www.ausmumpreneur.com.
Georgie Desailly for BDmag.