Friday, August 14th, 2020 - Social Media AOK

SA Women taking the lead with eight  finalists in National awards for a whopping sixteen categories

Simone Douglas CEO of Social Media AOK, Publican of the Duke of Brunswick Hotel and Executive Director of BNI Adelaide North, Kathryn Adams  Hallett Law, Amber Rushton Kickstart Your Marketing, Shelley Cox business consultant, Hayley Ball owner and Florist Little Boho Flower Co, Oliva Jenkins is an eCommerce business and marketing consultant, Sandra Senn - Owner of Hashtag Insta Prints, and Genevieve Hodge of Spire Coaching.

This year speaks definitively to the depth and breadth of the talent here in SA and a true testament to the evolution of the perception of women in business as a whole with these eight finalists selected from over 2000 submisions in this years awards.

The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The AusMumpreneur Network celebrate and recognise Australian Mums in business, achieving outstanding success in business excellence, product development, customer service, and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their lives and families all whilst achieving success in competitive markets.

As finalists these amazing women who like many of us are facing their most challenging conditions in the face of COVID 19 share their advice for other business women.

Simone Douglas CEO of Social Media AOK, Publican of the Duke of Brunswick Hotel and Executive Director of BNI Adelaide North has been announced a finalist in the following categories

AusMumpreneur of the Year This award recognises exceptional business owners who have been in business 5+ years

South Australian Business Excellence Award This award recognises businesses that have achieved outstanding results in all aspects of business, including creativity, innovation and resilience

South Australian Service Business Award This award recognises service-based businesses that have achieved outstanding results in all aspects of business, including creativity, innovation and resilience.

Making a Difference Award (BUSINESS) Most popular business making a difference as determined by people’s choice voting

Leadership Award Most popular leader as determined by people’s choice voting

 

Simone Douglas is delighted to be named as a finalist and is proud of her achievements not least of which has been keeping her 25 staff employed through the current COVID restrictions and disruption and publishing her book 'Seriously Social" that hit the Amazon best seller list within 12 hours.

Simone is a firm beliver in always asking for exactly what you want. Her advice is "Always ask, if you don't ask the answer will always be no, so put a firm foot forward and be unapologetically honest about what you need from others in order to succeed. "

Kathryn Adams  has been practicing law for 16 years and is a Finalist in the following four categories.

South Australian Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year This award recognises exceptional first-time business owners who have been in business for 2 – 5 years

 

South Australian Regional Business Award This award recognises rural, remote & regional businesses that have achieved outstanding results in all aspects of business, including marketing, profitability, influence, presentation and customer service

 

South Australian Business Excellence Award This award recognises businesses that have achieved outstanding results in all aspects of business, including creativity, innovation and resilience

 

South Australian Service Business Award This award recognises service-based businesses that have achieved outstanding results in all aspects of business, including creativity, innovation and resilience.

But's she not the average lawyer. She doesn't wear a suit or work in a fancy city office. She didn't come from "the legal elite."

Kathryn grew in Sydney's Western suburbs as the daughter of taxi drivers. She "fell into law" because it was part of a double degree with her preferred subject, business. Five years later, she graduated in business and then in law with First Class Honours.

At 29, she was one of the youngest international corporate lawyers based in the Asia-Pacific region. But in 2010, a severe horse-riding accident in Malaysia caused a spinal injury forced her to return home.

As a change of pace, Kathryn became an academic then worked as a child protection lawyer for indigenous communities in the remote Kimberley. Living in these areas provided a unique understanding of business complexities in small and often remote towns.

She's now a regional lawyer giving local business commercial, corporate, and employment law advice. Kathryn brings the drive for excellence that saw her succeed overseas and overcome adversity to the superior legal service she delivers to her clients. 

Amber Rushton, is a mum to two gorgeous (but headstrong) girls, and the founder, creator, and somewhat quirky nerd behind Kickstart Your Marketing. With her social media app that she created and launched in March this year, she helps business owners get their social media done in minutes, not hours, so they can focus on their core business goals. This business, launched in the middle of a Pandemic, has led to her being  announced as a AusMumprenuer finalist in the categories of:

South Australian Service Business Award -  This award recognises service-based businesses that have achieved outstanding results in all aspects of business, including creativity, innovation and resilience.

South Australian Big Idea Award -This award recognises individuals that are pre-launch or in their first 12 months but have a creative, scalable, interesting or innovative business idea, innovation or concept

South Australian Digital Innovation Award  - This award recognises innovation in the online or mobile space through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application

 

Her advice to other women in this time includes, “Set boundaries. Dedicate a time for work, and time for family /friends and stick to it.  Don’t let work creep into every part of your life, learn to shut that part of your brain off for at least small periods of time.” 

“It is important to surround yourself with like-minded people. I have built a group of amazing women around her that are my cheerleaders, “work-wives”, and support network. These people will pull you up when you are down, share your triumphs and losses, and give you a good talking to when needed.” she says. 

 Shelley Cox is a Barossa-based business and people-enthusiast! 

A Finalist for 

South Australian Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year This award recognises exceptional first-time business owners who have been in business for 2 – 5 years

 

South Australian Regional Business Award This award recognises rural, remote & regional businesses that have achieved outstanding results in all aspects of business, including marketing, profitability, influence, presentation and customer service

She left her qualified position as a winemaker in 2018 to start her own consultancy business Compass Collective to guide small businesses in the Barossa.  This work led her to identify the need for a collaborative physical space for the region's freelancers and small businesses - thus establishing Workspace Barossa in July 2019. Twelve months in, Workspace Barossa has fostered the Barossa's entrepreneur ecosystem, reaching 90% capacity, with 35 members and servicing 74 businesses within the region. Shelley is a proud, committed community member who strives to provide support across industry and regional organizations. In June 2020, Shelley and her business partner Natasha have extended this offering with their next venture, Makers & Merchants Barossa. This is a fully serviced retail and online space to share regional producer’s stories and sell their products. 

“I am proud that as a mum to two fun, smart and cheeky boys (5 & 8), I have been given the gift of learning so much about myself as a person, a mother, a leader and a businesswoman. I have welcomed the challenges, maintain a great sense of humour and empathy – and have learnt how to manage my time efficiently(-ish). Being a mumpreneur also means that I can understand and empathise with many difficult situations (including taking the kids along to meetings and the harsh realities of untimely toileting accidents) but can remain proactive in seeking and supporting great outcomes. I acknowledge that many of my strengths have been enhanced by motherhood and am proud of how my boys are watching and learning as their mum strives to ‘Do Good Things’!”

 Hayley Ball owner and Florist Little Boho Flower Co 

As a mum of 2 working casually at a florist in WA, the business was about to collapse and Hayley was faced with losing her job. It was then that she realised the time was now, to start her own business and create her own job, to be able to work around her kids, not work for someone else at the expense of her kids- it’s not very often you get an amazing boss like she had, who understands when your kids get sick, you need to stay home.

The only problem was, she knew it was a bad business move to start up where they were, so she made the switch to move to Adelaide to be nearer to family who live in rural NSW. 

She found a business she had her heart set on to buy, and has been working on it ever since, with a lot of passion, a lot of tears, deep thinking and perseverance, and endless learning. 

Announced as a finalist in

South Australian Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year This award recognises exceptional first-time business owners who have been in business for 2 – 5 years

Hayley’s best advice for women in business right now, is to never stop learning! 

Even if you might be a master of your craft, never assume there isn’t more to learn either about what you do, or things that branch off of what you do.

She feels that the benefit of learning new skills continuously, will ensure continuity of choices in terms of diversification of income.

If you have an interest in something, explore it and don’t be discouraged by feeling like it’s not your “niche”. With the right sources for learning you can become anything.

 

Oliva Jenkins is an eCommerce business and marketing consultant, coaching leaders from the fashion, beauty, and health industries to increase their productivity and profitability. Her offering is unique, she’s built a consulting framework based on a decade’s worth of experience as a general manager.

She is thrilled to have been nominated and announced as a finalist 

South Australian Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year This award recognises exceptional first-time business owners who have been in business less than 2 years

“Starting this journey 12 months ago has been one of the most rewarding times of my career says Olivia. I’ve successfully balanced two little boys under two and started my dream business as a consultant to some of Australia’s best health, beauty and fashion brands. 

Since becoming a mum in 2017, I’ve been so passionate about sharing my journey as a mumpreneur and inspiring other mums that you CAN chase your dreams simultaneously with motherhood. 

Almost all of my clients are mums with the most incredible purpose-driven brands and I feel so honoured to work alongside them to reach new heights in their businesses and as CEO’s.”

 

Sandra Senn - Owner of Hashtag Insta Prints

 

Sandra  is  the proud owner of Hashtag Insta Prints, an innovative South Australian social media photo printing service that captures the surprises, the laughs, the candid moments and beautiful emotions that happen at every event. Sandra has come full circle from being emotionally paralysed by postnatal depression, to creating JOY for other people through her business.

Hashtag Insta Prints has worked with the most prominent brands in South Australia, like SA Mums in Business, 36ers, Law Society, Seppeltsfield, Glam Adelaide, and SA Woman, as well as weddings and galas.

 

A Finalist for 

South Australian Business Excellence Award This award recognises businesses that have achieved outstanding results in all aspects of business, including creativity, innovation and resilience

 

Sandra successfully pivoted her face-to-face business to a COVID safe service that allowed isolated families to stay connected. Her advice to other mums who are considering starting a business: DO IT!!!! Do not wait for everything to be perfect, make some imperfect moves and learn from your mistakes. Give as you grow and always support the community that supports you. YOU define your measurements of success, so choose wisely. Once I stopped being my worst enemy and started being my best friend my business really took off.

 

Genevieve Hodge of Spire Coaching has been named as a finalist for two categories of the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards:

 

South Australian Women will change the World Award This award recognises individuals who are making a difference to people’s lives, the environment or the world through their business or their non-profit

Making a Difference Award (BUSINESS) Most popular business making a difference as determined by people’s choice voting

 

“I think for me what is so significant about this nomination, is the acknowledgement that we can fulfil the role as mother's AND as Business-women, inspiring our daughters to fly high above the glass ceiling, creating the feminine force needed to create a more equal and just world!”

 

Genevieve is passionate to develop young leaders to create a better world. In October 2019 she launched Spire Coaching, developing youth who feel CLEAR about their future, able to embrace Challenges, as a Leader to engage with the community, take action and produce results! 

Genevieve is proud of her recent achievements, particularly: launching her business in March, then pivoting during Covid and setting up a whole new service Online, ‘Skills for Success’ youth coaching, winning a contract with Adelaide University to deliver this program to 50 Aboriginal students as part of the Karnkanthi Indigenous Education program. Her greatest success to date was launching ‘Inspiring Teens’,a leadership program where 14 teens (from 12 schools across Adelaide) are working on projects to solve real problems for local Non Profit Organisations. 

There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Genevieve explains, “I love being a role-model for my kids, I am such a better mum having started my own business. I feel like I’ve found myself again and feel blessed to be able to contribute my gifts to make a difference in the world.

Her advice to other new mumpreneurs is “be ready for it to be all-consuming, mind, body and soul. Know when to ask for help. Find good Mentors and Business Coaches and continually upskill yourself. Take excellent care of your health and don’t forget to say thanks to those who help along the way!”.

 

 

Read more at www.ausmumpreneur.com. The winners of the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at an online event in September.

For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: www.ausmumpreneur.com or contact [email protected]

 

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