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Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network

As we prepare for our Annual General Meeting in June, it is the perfect time for reflection and making sure that as a network we have continued to deliver to our members, sponsors and wider community.  I look forward to presenting my report at the June AGM, as well as interviewing the new Mayor of the Sunshine Coast, Rosanna Natoli.  As someone who shared the mayoral campaign with Mayor Natoli, I am really looking forward to using this experience to encourage our guests to step outside their comfort zone and put themselves on the line in whatever arena they personally wish for. 

As a committee, each year we undertake a review of our strategic direction and in March this year we re-grouped and decided that we wanted to play a larger role in the wider business community and get involved in key topics that impact the businesses of our members.  Transportation, talent attraction, economic development and the protection of our liveability and environment are just some of the topics that we will work alongside other industry groups and Chambers of Commerce to lead on behalf of our business community.  With this in mind, Natalie, Naomi and myself attended the Sunshine Coast Business Council conference on investment in the region with our key learnings being brought to members through our various channels.  We will continue to represent our members in these environments as a key part of keeping our members informed and involved.  If you have a particular topic of interest that you feel SCBWN should be advocating or getting involved in, please reach out. 

Of course at this time of year, we are also in the thick of Award season.  Expertly lead by our Judging Chair Michelle Hamer, nominations close on Friday 31st May and then our finalists will be selected ready to be announced on Friday 21st June.  Behind the scenes we are planning a beautiful Gala event for Thursday 8th August 2024 and we really hope you put that date in your calendar and join us in hearing some of the most inspirational stories of the year!  This is Michelle’s 15th time as Judging Chair and we want to thank her for her tireless and never-ending contribution to SCBWN and the legacy she has created. 

In a year that seems to have gone by in the speed of light, I truly hope that you know that you are surrounded by a network that is ready and able to support, connect, empower and celebrate you.  I personally love watching the interactions in our Members Only Facebook group and the encouragement, hints and tips that we all share.  I am also so grateful for the opportunity to bring the podcast “I don’t know how she does it” to life each month thanks to Sinclair Property Group.  I guarantee whatever challenge you are facing at the moment, you will find a podcast guest in our back library of recordings that will guide you through your next steps or give you inspiration for how to move forward.  Between our coffee catchups, Sunset Stories, Professional Growth series, and our monthly breakfasts – we truly aim to find a way to support you that suits you specifically. 

Leading into the final month of this financial year, lets keep each other elevated and focused on finishing FY 23/24 strong while planning for our highest goals in FY 24/25.

Congratulations to our 2023 Award Recipients!

Sustainable Business Woman of the Year – Jacqui Atique, ECOllaboration - sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council

Micro Small Business Woman of the Year – Beth O'Leary, Woombye Cheese Company - sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast

Corporate Business Woman of the Year – Angela Tondelstrand, Catton & Tondelstrand Lawyers - sponsored by BOQ Maroochydore

Young Business Woman of the Year – Josie Collins, Helimods - sponsored by Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay

Professional Business Woman of the Year – Anna Owen, Sunshine Coast Grammar School - sponsored by Pacific Motor Group

    Outstanding Business Woman of the Year – Renee Cooper, Indepth Accounting - sponsored by Pacific Law


    View more photos of the 22nd Annual Awards Gala on our Facebook page. 

    Celebrating 20 Years of Outstanding Business Women

    Honouring those who have gone before us and leading the way for those to come forth and shine, the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Business Women's Awards in 2018. We are honoured to share our proud history in this wonderful feature publication made possible by our Executive Committee Member Lizzie Henebery in partnership with the talented and dedicated team at My Weekly Preview.



    View more photos on our Facebook Page!


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