FINALISTS

2024 Business Woman of the Year Awards

Congratulations to the 2024 Business Woman of the Year Finalists!

I would like to extend a personal congratulations to the Finalists of the 2024 SCBWN Business Woman of the Year Awards, and I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Purple Room event and celebrating with you at our August Gala.   

Speaking from personal experience the process of the Awards is rewarding in its own right, and to make Finalist is an achievement in itself.

Winners of each category receive:

  • A trophy and certificate, as well as their names added to the prestigious list of names on the perpetual trophy
  • 12 months complimentary SCBWN Membership
  • Complimentary attendance at four (4) of the SCBWN signature breakfast, lunch or cocktail monthly events (excludes major events and professional development sessions). Complimentary event tickets to be taken within a 12month period.
  • One (1) ticket to the 2025 Purple Room event
  • One (1) ticket to the 2025 Awards Gala event


The Outstanding Business Woman of the Year also receives

  • EON BROADCASTING – $5k Advertising package
  • SUNSHINE COAST NEWS – $5k print/media advertising package.N1
  • SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA – $5k Advertising package.N2

N1= Subject to space/availability, valid for use by 31/12/2024.
N2= excluding production & recording

Taking home this honour has lead to extraordinary outcomes for our past Award recipients.  They have spoken of increased profile within the business community, enhanced business opportunities and profitability rises as a direct result of winning these Awards.  Past President Roz White attributes her Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award to her connection to SCBWN, of which we are all eternally grateful.  

Whether you hold that trophy in August or not, the SCBWN Executive and myself wish for this to be a lifechanging experience for you, and for you to enjoy taking a moment to reflect on your business story and celebrate your achievements to date. 

It is my absolute pleasure to announce the Finalists for 2024 below.

Paula Williamson
President
Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network

Corporate Business Woman of the Year Finalists - sponsored by BOQ Maroochydore

  • Nakita Brown, Axia Litigation Lawyers
  • Rochelle Callard, NumberWorks'nWords Sippy Downs
  • Patricia Casajus, Your Brand Crew
  • Michalle Faulkner, East Coast HR
  • Brooke Fenwick, Fenwick Collective
  • Katie Johnston, EATS (Empowering All Through Support)
  • Jenny Lawson, Successful Grants
  • Caroline Patton, Accuteque

    Micro Small Business Woman of the Year Finalists - sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast

    • Sam Ezzy, GetSynergy
    • Tracey Ferguson, Coastal Financial Advisers
    • Renee Jarrett, Daisy Cakes and Bakes
    • Jaya McIntyre, Empire Art and Photography
    • Kim Morrison, Twenty8 Essentials
    • Teneille Newton, Noosa Black Garlic
    • Anna Poole, Platinum Skin & Aesthetics
    • Pauline Ryeland, Intimacy Whisperer
    • Philippa Scott, Fantastic Futures
    • Kerri Tutton, Sunny Coast Beads

      Professional Business Woman of the Year Finalists - sponsored by Pacific Ford

      • Leza Bardini, Nutworks 

      • Bianca Fehlberg, Jetts Fitness Global
      • Sue Gaskell, Brandon and Gullo Lawyers
      • Kim Milnes, Aitken Legal
      • Katherine Nichols, Comlink Australia
      • Melissa Payne, University of the Sunshine Coast
      • Jodi Salmond, Reef Check Australia
      • Lynda Tonkin, Coast2bay Housing Group 

          Young Business Woman of the Year Finalists - sponsored by Bishopp Advertising 

          • Jordyn James, Burlesque L’amour
          • Georgie Kollis, Mason Finance Group
          • Rossina Ngwenya, About 28
          • Samantha Rillie, Real Life Skills Support Services
          • Aimee Sawyer, Aura Property Sunshine Coast
          • Kalena Stano, Lendy
          • Krista Stock, GHD
          • Abbie Whittaker, Inflow Pilates Studios

          The recipient of Sustainable Business Woman of the Year is chosen from the above categories as the person who is most focused and active in creating a sustainable business for the future. This Category is sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Council.

          The recipient of the award for the final category, the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award (sponsored by Pacific Law) is selected from the Finalists across all categories by the Judging Chair, Written Judges and Interview Judges.


          Next steps for our Finalists:


          Attend an official photo shoot and complete a short media questionnaire

          My Weekly Preview will contact you to organise a time for a professional Head Shot photo shoot. This head shot will be utilised for the My Weekly Preview Annual SCBWN Awards Publication.

          Attend a formal interview

          The Judging Chair will have emailed your allocated time for your 30-minute interview on the dates of 22-24 July 2024. Please make sure your diaries are updated with this time.

          The location of these interviews is the offices of Pacific Law, Maroochydore. Their phone number if you are lost is 07 5443 4744.

          Remember the Interview Judges have not read your submission, so please do not assume they know you at all. 

          Attend the Purple Room Event - sponsored by Billy J

          Thursday 1st August from 5:30pm at Maroochy RSL, 105 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore.
          (PS: Preceding the Purple Room event will be a Media Master class, hosted by My Weekly Preview, commencing at 4:00pm)

          An invitation will be forwarded to you by the SCBWN Event Coordinator for your RSVP.

          This is an important event to attend to meet the other Finalists, Current Business Woman of the Year Winners and Sponsors.

          At this event we answer all of your questions about the Gala Award Ceremony.

          Attend the Gala Awards Ceremony

          Thursday 8th August 2024 from 6pm – 11pm at Maroochy RSL, 105 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore

          The process culminates on this Gala evening with the Category winners’ announcement. Invite your friends and family, dress up, prepare your 2-minute acceptance speech and celebrate your achievements to date.

          Become a Winner of your Category, Sustainable or Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony and will spend the twelve months post celebrating their achievements and becoming an Ambassador of the SCBWN.

          As a winner you will be asked to:

          • Attend a minimum of four (4) SCBWN functions in 2024/2025
          • Be available for your Category Sponsor for media opportunities
          • Participant in a SCBWN function usually held in September
          • Assist with various 2025 awards activities
          • Attend the 2025 Purple Room event
          • Attend the 2025 Gala Awards Ceremony to present the 2025 recipient with their Award

          Contact Information:

          The SCBWN is honoured to have your involvement in the 2024 Business Woman of the Year Awards. These Awards maintain their credibility in the Sunshine Coast community because of the integrity of process.

          A Judging Chair is appointed to guide this process and maintain the integrity, credibility and prestige of these Awards for all past, future and current Awards holders. The 2024 Judging Chair is Michelle Hamer.

          As Judging Chair, Michelle is available to answer any questions you may have and assist you throughout this exciting and rewarding process. If you wish to contact Michelle at any point, please do not hesitate to do so.

          Michelle Hamer
          Judging Chair
          Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Business Woman of the Year Awards
          0458 837 454
          judge@scbwn.org.au


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