From thousands of entrants from across the nation, Bardon local business owner Jessie Sadler, together with her Gold Coast business partner Carol Taylor, have been named finalists in the 2023 Australia Women’s Small Business Champion Awards - a prestigious and comprehensive programme that celebrates the growing number of Australia’s most inspiring and influential women in small business. 

Lauded for excellence in the Fashion category of the Awards, Christina Stephens is now in the running to take a top gong at the second annual Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards National Presentation Evening Gala Event, to be held on Saturday 23 September 2023.

With a mounting reputation as the ‘Logies’ of small business, the red-carpet event will be hosted by accomplished journalist and popular broadcaster, Deborah Knight, at the newly-built Western Sydney Conference Centre at Penrith in NSW. 

The only national awards programme of its kind created specifically to shine a spotlight on the rising economic and social contributions of women in small business - spanning all capital cities as well as rural, regional and suburban towns - the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards is arguably the most diverse in terms of breadth of represented industries and sectors. 

From fashion to disability support, butchers and bakers, environmental, manufacturing, marketing services and more, the 2023 programme features more than 60 industry categories and four individual award categories. 

“The success of female-led small businesses in this country is absolutely on the rise, especially during the past decade and even during the current challenging economic climate,” says Steve Loe, Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions, which coordinates the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards. 

“Since our inception more than 40 years ago, Precedent Productions continues to present a multitude of state and national award programmes, so we’re generally in-tune with the country’s best performing business operators. 

“We simply could not look past the spiking number of female small business trailblazers and so deemed it only appropriate to have a standalone awards programme that showcases and honours their achievements.

“The quantity and quality of entrants in the 2023 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards is truly remarkable and so the ultimate selection of this year’s finalists has by no means been an easy feat.

“When the Champion Judges evaluate entries, they consider all aspects of a business: its strategies, innovative initiatives, customer service, vision, growth, environment and community support - to name but some of the judging criteria. 

“To put it plainly, my team and I are just excited to be in a position to honour these women and hopefully inspire the next generation of Australia’s female small business champions,” added Mr Loe. 

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August 10, 2023 — Clare Puki