2018 SA Business Excellence Award finalists


Tammi Keirl – The Milk Boutique

Tammi is the sole owner and operator of The Milk Boutique, an activewear line designed for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to encourage mothers to keep healthy and active throughout their pregnancy and while nursing. Tammi is also a
mental health advocate and has a strong desire to connect with her followers (mothers) to talk about and spread awareness on all things fitness and mental health.



Cassandra Day – The Carers Place

The Carers Place proudly provides specialised support and education for families living with disability, chronic illness and special needs.  It is through her own experiences as a carer of over 16 years, that Cassie is driven to support families to connect with the services and supports they need. Services are accessible through their online support community (Parents and Carers Connect), innovative online education and coaching programs and community-based person-centred services, delivered under through the NDIS or privately.



Gemma (Vendetta) Holmes – Gemma Vendetta (Cosmetics)

Gemma Vendetta is a full-time Single Mother, living with Multiple Sclerosis. The diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis was the catalyst for change for Gemma. A changed mindset brought new opportunities to focus on health and wellness. It brought a change of career, and an explicit desire to follow her true calling, to become a Qualified Hairdresser and Makeup Artist. Gemma Vendetta Cosmetics.



Jade Kuhn – ThermoBrush

Hi, I’m Jade, owner and inventor of the ThermoBrush. I love cooking, music, being active and creative. My husband Wesley and I have 3 beautiful children, 2 girls and a boy and we live in rural South Australia. Wesley is a FIFO worker so that leaves me to run the business and household solo most of the time! It makes me a little crazy some-times, so I also enjoy wine!!

ThermoBrush is a new innovative brush design to clean the Thermomix® blades. Cleaning the small gap of the Thermomix® blades had always been difficult. Our food grade brush allows you to give the gap a superior clean, making it an easy, one-motion cleaning step.



Jade Rice and Shereen Nielsen – Early Childhood Parenting

Jade and Shereen joined forces to create Early Childhood Parenting, as they knew that they could achieve so much more working together. Of course, the basis of their business is provision of gentle parenting advice and support, but in their own minds, the vision was much more. To them, the most important thing was to ensure that they had a business based on connecting with and understanding the core values of their client’s parenting style. They understand that every parent and every child is different. To be successful in this field, it is imperative that they work with a loving, compassionate and caring attitude. The Early Childhood Parenting team currently connect with clients in a wide variety of modes, including in the client’s home, over the phone and via social media. They provide many social media groups for parents to access for free, and they are passionate about community involvement.



Kate O’Donoghue and Kate Campbell – Pouch Australia

Kate and Kate are the creators of Pouch Australia. They first met at a mutual friend’s mothers group 10 years ago and clicked instantly. Their friendship grew from their similar sense of humour and love for all things creative ultimately leading to the creation of their first product the Play Pouch. The ultimate play mat and toy storage bag! Their dedication and drive to create stylish products that encourage creative play and achievable pack up has made way for their product range to grow. Now available is a smaller version for out and about play – Mini Pouch, a portable water proof version for the beach park or pool – Aqua Pouch and a nappy slouch bag and padded play mat in one for newborns – Bebe Pouch. Pouch Australia products are now sold in over 300 stores across Australia and NZ and they also export direct to the UK, Israel, Egypt, Doha, Dubai & Saudi Arabia.



Katie Fox – Little Pink Fox

Katie Fox is a professional makeup artist with over ten years industry experience.  From working with hundreds of stressed out brides struggling to find the perfect gift for their bridesmaids, Katie’s idea for her gift range, Little Pink Fox, was born.

Katie loves making those around her feel loved and happy, and through her Online Retail store can allow others to project these feelings to their loved ones also. After researching gifts people loved to receive, Katie carefully selected the best, and set out to manufacture the items herself. The Vegan bodywhip is hand crafted solely by Katie, which is the most popular Little Pink Fox individual product. Often people are astounded with how luxurious the whip smells and feels.



Lena Wilkinson – The Organik Co

The Organik Co (formerly Organik Essentials Australia) is a certified organic skincare brand.  Founder and mother of 2, Lena Wilkinson said she saw a need in the market for quality Australian made, certified organic skincare.  The products have been specifically formulated for babies and children, however an adult skincare range is being launched in the coming months.

Lena is passionate about the benefits of Australian ingredients, especially those sourced from her hometown of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, such as organic Kangaroo Island Ligurian Honey. Since the launch in November 2017, The Organik Co has grown from strength to strength.  You will find their products in over 15 stores Australia wide, Japan, and they are currently in negotiations with distributors and retail chains throughout Australia, China, Singapore and Dubai.



Liz Trotter – Triple A Financial Services

Liz’s career is a testament to the life-changing power of financial advice. An adviser for 15 years and managing partner of Adelaide practice, Triple A, for seven years, Liz empowers women financially through her caring, client-centric approach, the example of her commercial success and her considerable pro-bono and community work with women.

Liz strongly believes in raising financial literacy among women. As well as building her individual clients’ skills, she holds workshops that arm women with the skills and confidence they need to take control of their finances.



Natasha Anne Hemmerling – Clarke Hemmerling Lawyers

Natasha Hemmerling is a mum, wife, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, aunty, friend and exceptional lawyer of 15 years standing. She is also energetic and vivacious with an energy switch permanently taped in the ‘on’ position. Natasha was always destined to be a lawyer after arguing the point on just about everything with her parents. Apart from her law work, she also currently chairs a board (MPASA), is a board member (CITB) and sits on an advisory committee.

Starting Clarke Hemmerling Lawyers with her father in 2014 with two small clients and a truckload of energy, the boutique law firm provides clients with exceptional customer service.