Chatting with Peta Stewart, one gets the distinct impression that giving back to the community is at the very heart of how she operates.
"I am very humble that 10 years in business wouldn't have come without the community supporting me," she said.
"Over the years I am very thankful for the mentors I have had and that's one of the reasons I'm a mentor for Business Women Albury Wodonga."
The Lavington-based Peta Stewart Certified Practising Conveyancer team took out the Outstanding Micro Business honour at the recent Albury-Wodonga Business Awards.
Peta also received a highly commended in the outstanding business person category.
She said it was the first time she had entered the awards.
"We have really strived to disrupt the normal customer service plus professional service - we work really hard to provide more," she said.
"What we offer is based on relationships and not transactions. We are a local business that's customer focused and community minded. I have a really strong passion for community."
"The award was lovely recognition from the local community - recognition for doing things differently and the way we provide a service to clients."
Having lived in Albury since she was five years old, Peta said in 2004 she completed her studies and became the first licensed conveyancer in the Albury-Wodonga greater region.
The business award win comes on the back of Peta winning the The Australian Institute of Conveyancers, NSW Division, President's Award at the end of 2018.
"The annual industry award is given to one conveyancer per year and recognises best practice and professionalism within the conveyancing profession," she said.
In regards to being a mentor for Business Women Albury-Wodonga, Peta said she had presented a couple of education workshops at the Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce with the goal of sharing knowledge and success to assist other small and micro business owners.
Sport has also played a big role in Peta's life.
"As a two-time age group national champion, and national record holder, cycling has brought me so much enjoyment, opportunity, life experiences and friendships over the years," she said.
It's this blend of her love of sport and the community that allows her business to support the Specialized Women's Racing Team; the Albury-Wodonga Bandits; and Albury Wodonga Mountain Bike Club.
While Peta retired from competitive cycling in 2010, she remains an advocate for women's cycling.
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