Three Barossa businesses were announced as finalists in the 2018 SA Woman Awards on Monday after being nominated for their business’s growth and their community spirit.
The SA Woman initiative is a collective of women in business who offer support, promotion, networking and advocacy to improve both their individual business and contribute to the positive social outcomes for communities in which they operate.
The awards aim to recognise the incredible women that are in business in South Australia.
Kapunda-based social media and marketing company Crane Creative is a finalist in the Spirit Award category, which recognises a woman who upholds the values of SA Woman and strives to connect, collaborate with and support other women both within and external to the group.
Crane Creative Founder Katherine Crane was recognised for her work as a Barossa Connector for the SA Woman network where, through a range of initiatives including local meet ups, she assists local women in business to connect, share experiences and grow their network to impact their business outcomes.
“It’s humbling to be recognised as a finalist in this category,” Ms Crane said.
“More so, it is important to share the message that there are support networks for business women in our region where they can network, grow and build better businesses that have a positive return for our community.”
Another local finalist in the Spirit Award category is Shona Gates’ Nuriootpa business Sexy Selfish.
“I’m passionate about helping mums figure out who they are and what they want after they pop a tiny human out their bodies,” Ms Gates says on her website.
“Because I know first hand once you create those tiny humans NOTHING is about you anymore.”
Well-known children’s boutique Daisy and Hen owner and founder Gina Britton was named as a finalist in the Rise Up Award category. This category recognises women who’s businesses have experienced exceptional growth.
With the growing success of their store based in Tanunda and their busy online store, Ms Britton has opened a new store in Glenelg and has plans for further expansion.
“It is exciting to be named a finalist and to be recognised for the growing success of our business and brand,” Ms Britton said.
“All too often we hear about the slowing down of rural communities, especially in the retail sector.
“I hope that this recognition as a finalist in the Rise Up Award encourages other women in regional South Australia to seize the opportunity to start their own business.”
Part of the awards judging criteria includes an online public voting component and readers can support local finalists Crane Creative and Daisy and Hen by voting here:
The awards will be presented at a dinner hosted by SA Woman at the Duke of Brunswick in Adelaide on the 28th November.