2017 Service Business Award finalists

Antoinette Stonham, All About Style

All About Style launched 2013 with many people saying I was crazy, that it wouldn’t work, as they perceived personal styling was for the rich and famous. I’m determined and truly love what I do. I believe without confidence you can’t reach your true potential. I’m Antoinette a mum and grandmother. Turning Fifty made me stop and think. It’s time to do something I’m truly passionate about. I undertook a Personal Styling course and teamed it up with my skills of pattern making, design and experience running a business. I wanted to help people feel confident within themselves.


Caroline Walters, Retail Therapy Recruiting Pty Ltd

I am a 45-year-old mother of 2 girls (7 and 9). My husband and I moved from Sydney to the Southern Highlands, NSW to provide a healthy environment for our children. I am a passionate and dedicated mother and business owner. Established in 2007, Retail Therapy Recruiting is a privately owned Australian Recruitment Company that specialises in job placements nationally within the Retail Industry. Our preferred suppliers include ALDI, Westfield, Target, Reece and L’Oreal. We are set apart by our passion for the people we place and the care we take in placing them with our clients.


Helen Butler, Helen Joy Butler

I am an Intuitive Professional Organiser and Elemental Space Clearer®. I blend practicality and spirituality in a way that brings true connection to my client’s lives, all through the concept of sanctuary. By weaving a beautiful connection with sanctuary in the home, body and life, I help my clients connect with their own version of sanctuary on a practical, emotional and spiritual level.


Jennifer Teh, Hush Little Baby Early Childhood Music Classes

Hush Little Baby provides music classes for children aged 0-5 in a number of settings – in the community with caregivers in our specialist classes, through free community programs run in libraries and other public spaces, as whole-centre childcare music programs, and as mobile classes for mums’ groups and birthday parties. We also provide music education consultancy and professional development for childcare centre staff. I am the Founding Director of Hush Little Baby, and am a singer, music educator, lecturer, conductor and mum to two gorgeous boys.


Kathy Poppeliers, Impact Property Design Pty. Ltd.

I am a building designer / draftsperson with lots of hats! A ‘professional, confident designer’ hat when meeting with my corporate clients, a ‘businesswoman in a man’s world’ hat working in the construction industry dominated by forthright male characters, a ‘kind and caring mother’ hat when looking after my four children aged between ten and five and a ‘loving wife’ hat when I finally have a cup of tea with my husband at day’s end.

Projects that I have designed and documented include:

  • Many multi-unit developments,
  • Car showroom designs for Mitsubishi franchisee
  • A rollout of safety plans for over 200 stores nationwide for Landmark Ltd. (formerly AWB),
  • Office fitouts,
  • Warehousing throughout Australia.

I have been running a business for 12 years full time. Numbers and size of projects vary, but at it’s peak my business has completed 126 projects in a year.


Kristal Brown and Helena Duncan, The Holistic Project

Two friends since grade six, we’ve always shared a love of volunteering, travel and adventure. Now as mothers, we share common intentions of raising confident girls whilst nurturing a purpose-based business. In 2014, we created The Holistic Project – an inspirational events’ business helping people live healthier, more fulfilled lives. We now focus our events and services on empowering female entrepreneurs to turn their passions into thriving businesses. We’ve facilitated 10 events, and our signature series ‘Pursue Your Passion’ continues to gain momentum. We’ve recently diversified, adding corporate wellness to our repertoire; helping put the health, and heart, back into organisations.


Leah Bond, Brisbane Music Studio

I’m a 40 year old mother to two wonderful teenage step-daughters who I’ve raised full-time since 2009. I’m also the proud owner of Brisbane Music Studio (BMS), the premier private music school in Brisbane, Queensland. BMS offers high quality training in singing, piano, guitar, drums, rock band and violin, to over 230 students via an incredible team of 17 highly qualified teachers. BMS is also home to an adults-only community choir (The Sound Collective) that was born of my passion for encouraging Australian adults to sing, make friends, have fun and enjoy music as a hobby.


Lisa Solomons, 360 PR

We are a boutique PR agency that strives to provide exceptional service, deliver real results and provide a personal touch to every client/project we work on. It is very important for me and the team to ensure that the brands and clients we work we feel that we are an extension of their team. Outside of work I am a wife, to a very supportive husband who really gave me the confidence to start the business in the first place! We have two young children who are 10 months and 2 and 10 months so they keep us very busy.