I am sure 2020 is the year that said, ‘no, you’re not’. It has been a year of disruption as well as inspiration. Who knew what could possibly have laid ahead when we celebrated the new year in, a year none of us could possibly have planned for? Employers across the Sunshine Coast have been obliged to stand their workforce down due to a reduced or zero revenue. Some have been forced to close their doors and others, in contrast have opened them wider, employing more staff and adapting to new conditions. Whichever way, COVID-19 in business has posed a challenge.
Government stimulus has certainly provided a level of assistance to many, allowing locals to keep their jobs which is fantastic but others I have spoken to have utilised this pause period to reflect and innovate, returning to a new norm with a renewed focus.
My three big personal COVID-19 learnings are:
1. Disruption brings opportunity
2. Crisis generates connectivity
3. Challenge inspires innovation
As we all look forward to the second half of this extraordinary year, I say we use it as a platform to move from ‘no you’re not’ to ‘just watch me’.
I am so proud of my fellow SCBWN executive committee members who have worked tirelessly to provide support and connection across our Network. Thanks to all our members who have not only stayed with us but have encouraged others to join and a massive thank you to our sponsors who have all 100% renewed their partnerships with us even in light of the past 6 months' challenges. We are grateful for your support and belief in the Sunshine Coast business community.
Coming up in August, we will be celebrating 21st anniversary of SCBWN awards, showcasing our past award winners and their personal stories, culminating with an exhibition by Jaya McIntyre of Empire Art Photography on the 27th August 2020. I am really looking forward to joining and celebrating with these outstanding alumni of Sunshine Coast businesswomen.
Stay well, keep safe and remember, we are here for you!
Best regards,Roz and the SCBWN team
Professional Business Woman of the Year – Feda Adra, ComLink - sponsored by Pacific Motor Group
Micro Small Business Woman of the Year – Natalie Tink, Miss Monogram - sponsored by USC
Corporate Business Woman of the Year – Heidi Walker, Walker Seafoods - sponsored by The Events Centre
Sustainable Business Woman of the Year – Kelly Lavery, Strucket - sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council
Young Business Woman of the Year – Jade Law, Sunshine Coast Council - sponsored by Bentleys Sunshine Coast
Outstanding Business Woman of the Year – Frances Cayley, Sunshine Coast Council
sponsored by Garland Waddington Solicitors
View more photos of the 21st Annual Awards Gala on our Facebook page.