2018 Regional Business Award finalists


Amy King – Impulse Impressions

Amy King lives in a small country town approximately 3 hours driving time from Brisbane and operates Impulse Impressions part time from home. Amy also works 3 days a week in IT and is a full-time single mum. Her family lives approximately 2.5 hours drive away so Amy does not have the benefit of nearby family to support her with raising her 5 year old daughter. Amy is very self-motivated and her goal is to grow her business so that she can become self-sufficient.

Impulse Impressions is a website design and digital marketing agency that services small businesses. Her goal through Impulse Impressions is to empower as many businesses as possible to take control over their online business growth. Amy’s success will result in employment and security for a lot of people through not only the growth of her personal business but that of her clients.



Casey Manson – Grotti Lotti

Grotti Lotti AKA as Casey Manson is an artist form country Vic making a mark wherever she goes, quite literally. Producing loose, colourful, rowdy, inspired, contemporary art inspired by nature, native Aussie flora, fauna and wildlife and the pure unadulterated joy of NOT staying inside the lines.

Casey is a mum of three, runs a successful online store, gallivants around the country side selling her work at art markets throughout VIC/SA and NSW (dragging the kids along with her) has a wonderful engaged online following and stocks over 30 store fronts with her beautiful art prints Australia wide. That being said she is happiest found barefoot painting in the backyard (often with ‘helpers’ and dodging chickens, a toy poodle and cricket balls whilst creating)  You get a sense of this joy and relaxed environment when looking at her works. Casey remains an open book and quite transparent to her online community, tells it how it is, works hard and sticks to her guns. She has created a ‘label’ without ever intending to do so and is continually blown away by the amount of support her art has gathered over the past few years.



Dr Fiona Hooper – Dr Fiona Hooper (Osteopath)

Fiona is your travelling Osteopath.  Struggling to juggle business and mum life she has packed up her life and family to live in a caravan and sprinkle her passion all over Australia.

She is an open book of what you see is what you get and is on a venture to provide a safe and nurturing environment for women to seek hands on treatment and valuable advice on how to achieve a pain free pregnancy, minimise labour complications and to save one woman at a time from peeing themselves!



Emma Baker – Aurora Joy Photography

I am a mum of two and a wife, but I am also the person who documents and captures the journey of motherhood which is not always a joyous one. I provide life long memories to my clients of their pregnancy, their newborn babies and sadly sometime the loss of a child. It is through my photography that I am able to share the stories of my clients joy, to build awareness of not only infant loss but also the struggles of IVF journeys. I capture the beauty of expectant mothers and fathers who have been waiting what seams a lifetime for their precious child. Which is something I am very passionate about after loosing a child myself. I know the heartache and then the amazing feeling that comes when you are finally holding a healthy baby in your arms it is a journey that needs to be told.



Gioia Gianniotis – GPG Architecture and Design

In 2001 Gioia graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Architecture. From 1996-2005, she was employed at an award winning, multi-disciplinary firm The Cox Group in Sydney. In 2004, Gioia and her husband relocated to Wagga Wagga and in 2006 she registered as an Architect and established GPG Architecture and Design. 12 years on, Gioia and Paul have two wonderful sons, Oscar and Rohan and Gioia continues to be the owner of the only multi-disciplinary practice in the region.

Throughout Gioia’s professional role she utilises both creative and technical understanding of building materials, structures, construction and services. Gioia coordinates and manages complex project teams of many consultants. She often draws on sophisticated negotiation skills to resolve complex building issues.



Johanna Constable – Happy Jo Designs

Johanna Constable learnt to sew at the age of 5 in Rural NSW and as a teenager worked in her parents’ T-shirt Factory and retail store until the end of High School. Once she was 18 she went to Sydney to begin her career in Advertising and managed to have a successful career in Advertising Sales for 20 years. She then wanted a ‘sea change’ back to Coastal NSW to start a new life and became a mother in 2008. She went back to the sewing machine and invented products that were practical and handy and wanted to help parents in the future.



Kate Proud – gatorMEDIA

Kate is a 38 mum and wife to 3 beautiful kids Harry 7, Lily-Jane 4 and Hunter 2 who absolutely loves her little business and being able to work from home.  gatorMEDIA provides personalised products, embroidery and business advertising material locally and internationally. Kate is heavily involved in the local community and giving back. She is a major sponsor for Keeley’s Cause that provides ipads to children with Autism or on the disability spectrum, which is something close to her heart.



Kathryn Harris – TrustOne Partners

TrustOne Partners is a two partner firm based in rural Victoria. Kathryn is the tax partner specilaising in tax and compliance for mum and dad businesses. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a member of CA ANZ and a Chartered Tax Advisor – which is an internationally recognised qualification. Kathryn has been involved in tax and advice for business clients for nearly 20 years. Over that time she has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Taxation, a Graduate Certificate in Business and Technology and is now undertaking a law degree. Kathryn is a country girl through and through and is delighted she has been able to pursue her passion about tax, as weird as that is, while still living and working in rural Victoria.



Kim Siegmann – Cairns Car Brokers

Kim started out in business alongside her husband Ryan in 1993 at the tender age of 19 – running three pizza franchises and employing up to one hundred staff at any point in time.   After she became a mother she realised that this was not the best environment to raise a family and she sought to find a business that was more suitable to school hours and extended holiday periods.  She is now the mother of two very active teenagers and has been the Managing Director of Cairns Car Brokers for ten years alongside her husband Ryan who is the companies licenced Motor Dealer.

Cairns Car Brokers offers a modern used car buying service for people who are tired of the stress that comes with purchasing a motor vehicle.  They have a range of quality used motor vehicles to meet the $4000 – $30 000 price bracket.



Sally Andrew – Radiance Academy Toowoomba

Radiance Academy Toowoomba is different to the dance studio next door. In a completely unregulated and free-range industry we are raising the barre on all things dance. We offer amazingly high-quality dance classes run by highly educated and qualified dance teachers. We have a beautiful state of the art facility in convenient location next door to coffee shops and shopping destinations. We sell high quality dance products at an affordable price and at a convenient location. Our customer experience focusses on warmth and kindness by staffing our waiting room with a concierge from early morning until late at night. Our ethos is inclusive and nurturing – we cater for dancers from 18 months to over 55 years of age. From elite dance teenagers to Parkinson’s suffers, our studio welcomes all dancers for all reasons!



Samantha Moir – The Warrior Women Network

Samantha Moir is a mother to two energetic boys and avid supporter of women growing from dreamer to achiever. Samantha Moir found her passion when becoming a single mother, she had a pivotal choice between limiting the future of her family due to circumstance or rising to the challenge by creating financial freedom, happiness and actively showing her two boys that women are more than mothers, they are leaders. If you want to be career woman, mum, a good friend and pillar of support to the community, you can. You must choose YOU first and the opportunities will create themselves. The Warrior Women Network was created to be a meeting place online for women who wanted to create new friendships, ask for business advice and find resources while supporting other women in business. Facilitating events, memberships, media promotion and connecting local inspirational women sharing advice and their stories of success.



Sarah Gladman – Ballarat Pregnancy and Infant Massage

Sarah Gladman is a registered and practising Midwife in her regional hometown of Ballarat, Victoria. She has 2 young boys, Ted (3) & Louie (1) and a hard working husband Chris, who works 6 days a week as a Real Estate Agent. Over the past 5 years she has been building her small business, Ballarat Pregnancy and Infant Massage, from treating 2-3 clients per week, to now treating up to 30+ clients a week. She prides herself on treating every client individually, and ensuring she provides a safe, relaxing and enjoyable experience for mums and mums to be. Ballarat Pregnancy and Infant Massage is well known and respected within Ballarat region.



Yasmin Walter – Kalgoorlie Fashion Week

Yasmin Walter’s passion for business all began at the age of 17. Fast forward fourteen years and her list of accomplishments are endless. Yasmin sold her first business to a New York based Nasdaq-listed company before she was 30 and was named Top 50 Australian Female Entrepreneur Under 40 by START UP DAILY two years in a row. Yasmin founded Kalgoorlie Fashion Week in 2015. It is a regional high fashion program that acknowledges traditional owners of the land. Festivities include a street party, three couture runway events and art related workshops. Mrs Walter has learnt to find the perfect balance simultaneously managing multiple projects, a 3 year old, a FIFO husband and perfectly lined lipstick. She also mentors aspiring entrepreneurs through her many workshops and often is a guest speaker at universities and events. When Yasmin is not hustling or kid-wrangling, you can find her enjoying the finer things in life, like dipping chocolate coated biscuits in English Breakfast tea.