From thousands of entrants from across the nation, Goondiwindi local business owner
Lillian Holcombe has been named a finalist 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 Specialised Retail Small Business category of the Awards, Harry and Kit 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 board caster, Deborah Knight, at the newly0build Western Sydney Conference Centre at Penrith NSW.
The only national awards programme of its kind created specifically to shine a spotlight on the rising economic and social contribution 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 among the most diverse in terms of the breadth of represented industries and sectors.
From Specialised Retail Small Business 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 - Young Small Business Champion Woman Entrepreneur (aged 30 and younger), Small Business Champion Woman Entrepreneur (aged over 30), Australian Small Business Champion Influential Woman and Australian Small Business Champion Icon.
"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 Production, which coordinates the Australian Women's Small Business Champion Awards.
"Since our inception more than 40 years ago, Precedent Products continues to present a multitude of state and national award programmes, so we're generally in-tune with the countrys 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 wards 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 the 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 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.
The 2023 Australian Women's Small Business Champion Awards is made possible by the support of Awards Major Partners: Nine Plus, CUB, NOVA Employment, Castaway, Forecasting, Xcllusive Business Sales, Big Clean and Western Sydney Conference Centre.
Image Gallery from 2022 Australian Small Business Awards