WE caught up with the winners of the 2013 Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network Awards.
Young award: Carly Earl, Eco Child
How will winning this award change your life personally and professionally? This win is an incredible honour and whilst I don't think that it will fundamentally change my life I see a great opportunity to gain credibility within the business community and connect with other like-minded business owners. Being able to share my knowledge, passion and expertise with other women who often face the same challenges when balancing family commitments with the desire to succeed in business. Women need strong, successful and positive role models who demonstrate that it is possible to benefit from the choices afforded to modern-day women by those that have succeeded before us. On a personal front, my kids get a real thrill from 'googling mummy's name' so this award will probably increase the street cred on the home front too!
What is your biggest achievement in business? To date I would consider my biggest success to be the growth of Eco Child from a retail store to an educational hub through the incorporation of the Sustainable Parenting Association which connects with the community and advocates the use of sustainable products and environmentally friendly parenting practices.
What traits guarantee success in business? Whilst I don't think that any one trait can 'guarantee' success there are certainly some traits that you need, namely: commitment, integrity, determination, passion and vision. Having a clear vision of what you are looking to achieve in your business and then possessing the commitment and determination to chase those goals are certainly a great start.
Professional award: Michelle Evans, 4 Ingredients
Impact of the award? I have been lucky in life, and you know the saying - the harder you work the luckier you get, so I suppose this will further enhance my opportunity to add value to the many community and mentoring projects I am personally involved in, as well as promote a bloody good local business with a global audience, 4 Ingredients.
Your biggest achievement? I have been blessed with a number of achievements over the last 27 years in business, and I have a saying: you are only as good as your last week, your last customer, your last experience. I think the most consistent and satisfying achievement for me personally in business, has been my consistent ability to create clear B2B & B2C opportunities that are beneficial to ALL parties in the process, with sustainable profitability and a clear benefit to the end consumer. As a result, I am blessed with many wonderful relationships in my personal and business life. People remember how you make them feel and clearly no matter what you do in life or business, you must ALWAYS consider the person at the other end of the transaction. That to me is the real meaning of success.
Traits for success in business? Patience, hard work, investing in yourself and making informed choices, always following through, and when you do, make sure you do with enthusiasm, gratitude. My nickname is the CEO: Chief Enthusiasm Officer. If I can't genuinely get excited about a product or service, how on earth should I expect our audience to?
Corporate award: Tamara Wrigley, Carolans First National Real Estate Nambour
Impact of the award? These awards have been instrumental in allowing me to reflect on what I have achieved both professionally and personally throughout my career and life.
Most time we enter awards at the pinnacle of our careers and award nights seem like the end of a combination of our journey and recognition of a lifetime full of achievements, but for me this is the beginning. It seems like the end point from a lot of hard work, and I have definitely worked very hard over my career and I have achieved a lot at such a young age, but I know that I am still in the middle of my journey.
What's your biggest achievement? (A string of state and national awards, plus) at the recent national awards held in 2012 at Bali, I again won the Individual Award for Most Amount of New Business Gained in Residential Managements in Queensland and Australia for 2011.
Traits for success? A powerful personality is always a great trait. Knowledge is power, know your business, industry and what's is happening around you.
Micro/Small Business award: Renee Blackwell, Renee Blackwell Jewellery Design
Impact of the award? It's such an honor to have won this award and I am thrilled. It will give me a real platform from which to share, encourage, acknowledge and interact with many more business women, no matter what stage their journey...and this is hugely exciting for me. After 30 years in business I've learned a lot and still have a lot to learn.
What's your biggest achievement? Staying in business. Seriously, this is huge...with the statistics of those who start in business, but fail or change or drop out or....whatever, the 'stick-to-it-ness' is my biggest achievement!
Traits for success? Work hard in the morning. Work hard in the middle of the day. Work hard in the evening. But when work is done, it's time for...the rest of life!