THREE Border mums have been recognised for juggling business and family with aplomb.
Jindera-based corporate wardrobe designer Rebecca O’Brien, Albury sustainable cubby house producer Jade Phillips and North Albury makeup artist Felicity Cahill are finalists in the 2018 AusMumpreneur Awards.
BRIE Corporate founder Ms O’Brien is a finalist in the Retail Business Award for the second year in a row after placing third last year.
Ms O’Brien said the Border was well represented in the national awards, which showed geography didn’t limit business opportunities.
“We can be regionally-based and still run a national company,” she said.
“We’re lucky because our overheads are less and our lifestyle is better.”
Little Hipster Kubby co-founder Jade Phillips is a finalist in the Sustainability Award.
She said they had recently got into the Northern Territory market, meaning they now sold products into every state and territory in Australia.
“Tomorrow we’re packing up the van and the four kids to go to Brisbane to meet a client who builds preschools all over the country,” she said.
Daack Makeup Academy owner/operator Felicity Cahill is a finalist in the new Hair and Beauty Award this year.
Having only opened her first business – named after sons Dominick, 5, and Isaack, 3 – in January, Ms Cahill welcomed the accolades.
“It’s recognition that you can run a business as an individual and recognition that you have a family to support,” she said.
Ms Cahill said she started her business in Mate Street after a series of “fortunate events”.
She said the building became available as did teaching opportunities.
“As a makeup artist I saw a gap in the market for teaching people how to apply their makeup and for makeup enthusiasts who want to learn more,” she said.
Ms O’Brien said Border women were well supported by Business Women Albury Wodonga.
“Chairwoman Bronwyn Tyrell is a great mentor,” she said.
Presented by The AusMumpreneur Network, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation.
Wodonga design business Kat and Fox owner and mum Katharine Rattray will be a guest judge this year.
The winners of the 2018 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced in Melbourne on August 31.