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Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network

Welcome to the new financial year! The new committee of dedicated and extraordinary women and I are ready and willing to lead you into the year ahead. To say I am honoured to lead this network is an understatement. I feel a great sense of pride and responsibility and we are already well into the planning for the year ahead. Our members are at the core of our purpose, and I invite you to get connected and involved as we forge ahead with our important work.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I see Christmas in July events everywhere – and we’re over here like – It’s Awards time!

With the AGM over and the awards gala just around the corner, I am reminded that the awards process is truly a gift. Not only to those nominated, our finalists and ultimately our award winners, but for our broader community. It provides an opportunity for us all to learn about so many outstanding women, who are doing simply extraordinary things.

The awards process brings together our purpose and our community. The Sunshine Coast community is already one of the most immersive and collaborative ecosystems. I share with anyone that will listen, that the community we have is unique. We are full of people eagerly supporting each other, actively working with each other rather than against, looking for opportunities to collaborate, and always celebrating one another.

The awards process is an independent process, beautifully led by our Judging Chair, Michelle Hamer. In her 15th year in the role, the process is so well regarded because of it’s sheer scale, professionalism and care shown to those who so bravely put themselves through the process that each year we are simply overwhelmed by the number of entrants. The calibre of applicants and the business/products/services that we have the privilege to learn more about is incredible. If you are lucky enough to snavel a ticket and listen to the winners on the gala night you will understand what I mean.

Each year I have the same thought: ‘How do I not know about this amazing woman? How did I not know about this product/service?’.

So help us as we celebrate and empower women to achieve in business. Not just by coming to the gala on 8th August, but by helping us showcase each and every finalist as they continue their business journey. We have a real opportunity here on the coast to shine the light far and wide. Follow along on our socials to see each of the finalists, follow their page, and learn more about each and every lady.

On the night, there will only be a handful of winners, but together we can make a difference, so join me showing support, sharing their name, shouting their brand across social media and ultimately celebrating each other.

On a side note, thank you to each and every one of you for your warm welcome and good wishes in my new role. 

What a privilege to lead this network, I hope to see you at the Gala.


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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