2017 Regional Business Award finalists

Emma Glynn, Expressions Australia Pty Ltd

My name is Emma. I’m mum to three beautiful children, the founder of Expressions Australia (located in Margaret River WA), and a jigsaw puzzle addict (while snacking on chocolate-coated almonds, of course). I started Expressions sixteen years ago. It’s now a market leader and trusted name in the fundraising industry, specialising in custom designed printed tea towels, aprons and bags. But we don’t print just any designs; our most popular are compilations of children’s self-portraits or handprints. Expressions is one of a kind, providing a unique, profitable and sugar-free fundraising option for schools, childcare centres and community groups in every corner of Australia.


Emma Hall & Kirsty Boyce, Eggplant & Poppy

Eggplant & Poppy is gift & home décor store located in Far North Queensland specialising in the unique and quirky in both handmade (by us!) and sourced products. Our store is open 6 days a week, and we are constantly updating our store online.  Our business was established in 2014 and opened our retail doors in September 2015. It is a partnership between Emma – I’m Not Really 40 – Hall, and Kirsty – this is my real hair – Boyce. Between us we have 4 kids, 2 husbands, 2 dogs, a cat and some impressive interpretive dancing skills.


Joanne Giles, Terrigal Beach Markets

I emigrated with my husband to Western Australia in 2006 from the UK. We went on to have two children, who are now aged 10 and 6. We moved to Sydney in 2010, we now live on the Central Coast. It’s paradise here! I thrive on change, I am always looking for new ways to improve myself and business. The purpose of my business is to give small businesses the opportunity to grow theirbrands and sell their products both online and at our monthly events. I organise three local markets on the Central Coast.


Kate Meade, Victorian Dance Festival

I am the Mother of 3. Charlotte almost 13, Paddy 10 and Chester almost 8. Charlotte loves dancing, Paddy surfing and Chester, well Chester has Autism but he is a wordsmith! I am a breakfast radio host with Ace Radio on a Show call THE MORNING RUSH. The show is based out of Warrnambool Regional Victoria and is networked across 6 different markets. Each day I have the honour of talking to 500,000 plus people.

My business is Dance Victoria: The Victorian Dance Festival. It is more than event. It’s a community of dancers from all all over Australia. The event itself also attracts international Artists and as of 2017 dance students from America, New Zealand and Singapore. The core business or foundation stone is the 3 day event. In 2017 the festival was held at the Melbourne Town Hall attracting over 5000 participants over the weekend.


Lisa Thompson, The Apple Of Your Eye

I started my business just over a year and a half ago , and I have achieved so much. My product is in Chemists nationwide, Hospitals, and Airports in Australia and in New Zealand . As a mother , I know the importance of being organised and keeping things simple .One area I’ve always felt could do with simplification is the nappy bag.

That is where The Complete Nappy Kit was born. A Kit as light as possible with all you need to change baby on the go. A simple solution to make all parents lives just that a little bit simpler.


Naomi Arnold, Naomi Arnold

I am an award-winning business and life coach, speaker and human rights activist. I have a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, a life coaching qualification and am currently completing a Master of Human Rights. I help socially conscious people use their platform, passions and uniqueness to live and work in alignment with their values, speak up about issues that matter to them, and contribute to progressing social change. Through my Dream For Others® podcast, coaching services, speaking, free resources, and human rights research – I endeavour to live a life of use to others and to help others do the same.


Natasha Woodnutt, Bohmer’s Tree Care

I am the Managing Director and Co-owner of Bohmer’s Tree Care, a growing and innovative, home based family-business that provides B2C / B2B / B2B2C (private property homeowners plus Govt and commercial) clients with award winning, professional and eco-friendly arboriculture (tree care) services to the highest safety standards. I have two young children (including a new baby girl), who live in the same home where I operate my business with my husband, Clive Woodnutt (aka ‘Bohmer’). In an unregulated yet high risk industry, my mission is to provide safe, professional practices and send workers home to their families healthy and happy every day.


Rylee Venables, Petals and Pinecones

I am a first time mother who is revelling in the challenge of balancing “mumlife” and “bosslife”.  I am the happiest human you will ever meet and I am addicted to creating an ‘experience’ for every single customer that walks through my door at Petals & Pinecones – a creative little wonderland of food, coffee, events.
I strive to lead by example so that my daughter learns that anything is possible when you operate your life from a heart space – do things that make you feel alive, pour love into your passion and the results of your hard work will be your legacy.


Sheree Spiteri & Kelly Quarrell, SheKan

SheKan, the first of its kind personal development company for women in remote and rural communities.  With a presence in over 20 rural towns and a following across Victoria and NSW, we show women what you can accomplish when you never stop learning and have a passion for helping others. We share our experiences of being women, mothers, partners, wives, mentors, community leaders and now business owners. We represent the success that can be achieved through self-education and the pursuit of real world skills. We are life enthusiasts and wake up every day passionate and grateful for this opportunity.