2018 Service Business Award finalists


Ange Godino – Heart & Soul Properties

Heart & Soul Properties is a business which provides professional property maintenance services to the residential and commercial sector in Melbourne. The team consists of 5 full-time staff and 3-part time staff.  The H&S team put their heart and soul into every project and offer a 5 star customer service promise.

Heart & Soul are also proudly affiliated with Free Trade Day, providing free property maintenance to a family that would otherwise not be able to afford simple improvements many of us take for granted.



Anne-Marie Cade – Divorce Right Pty Ltd

I am The Peaceful Divorce Lawyer and I work with couples going through a separation or divorce to empower them to reach a peaceful, amiable separation and stay out of the Family court as I believe this approach will ensure a positive outcome for the family. I run Divorce Right. I am a lawyer, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (Mediator), Divorce Advisor and Conflict Coach with many years of experience. I have also been trained as a collaborative law professional and this is my story.



Belinda Curmi – Hype-O Entertainment

Belinda was a single mum of two, it was the year 2015 and she had spent the majority of her second-born daughter’s life fighting for a diagnosis for her 2 year old who would randomly fall unconscious. The mystery illness made it impossible for Belinda to hold a typical 9 to 5 job whilst she cared for her daughter. Subsequently her little family lost their home and with nowhere to go it was time for Belinda to get creative. That’s where in January 2016, Hype-O Entertainment was born. Hype-O Entertainment started as a kid’s party entertainment business specialising in upbeat and HYPE-O (excuse the pun) parties and has now expanded to include school holiday programs, and a brand new performing arts academy opening in July. Hype-O Entertainment is a 5 star service as rated by our customers and has now expanded into childcare centres and schools. Hype-O now also proudly runs fundraising programs to support charities for children.



Emma Paulley – JC Entertainment & Events

Emma is an AusMumpreneur that has concurred the odds by escaping 10 years in a  DV relationship to rebuild and state her life again.  Her business JC Entertainment & Events has given her the flexibility, confidence and drive that she lost.  With her partner by her side, they have enabled to grow their business from $50 per month to $350,000pa in the past 3 years.

JC Entertainment & Events has grown into the largest combined Entertainment & Production company in New South Wales and is currently the #1 Entertainment Agent in NSW in the Bridal Industry and #1 for the past two years in Live Music on the Central Coast, also in the wedding industry.



Jade Rennie – The Brain Child

Jade Rennie is the founder of The Brain Child, a creative design studio located on the South Coast of NSW. She specialises in logo design, branding, web design and offers design services to business and not-for-profits, ultimately growing their business through her creative designs. Obtaining a diploma in arts (illustration) after high school introduced her to the world of digital design. Adding style editor, business admin, buying, marketing and sales to the CV over the next seven years took her from Melbourne to Sydney to Singapore to presently, the South Coast, NSW.

Jade is an extremely motivated, organised and disciplined boss lady, you have to be when you become a mother. Throw a few interstate moves and leaving her support network so her partner can live his dream of becoming a Doctor took great organisation, determination, and strength. It was a case of adapt or die trying.



Jeanette Lees – Barberoo

Jeanette Lees is an experienced entrepreneur and mum of two daughters (10 and 8), and has run successful businesses in the UK and Australia over the last 12 years.

Barberoo is an iconic Aussie brand in the making, with a flagship barbershop based in the prestigious Barangaroo district in Sydney’s CBD.  Barberoo reflects the Australian cultural DNA of mateship, authenticity and service and so whether you are a dusty tradie or the Governor-General you will get the same warm welcome. Barberoo is partnering with another Mumpreneur to create a natural hair care range made from native Australian ingredients central to indigenous remedies and giving back to the land.



Jessica McLennan – Jessica Lee HMUA

Jessica is a 28 year old Mum of two living in Melbourne with her fiancé offering luxury hair and makeup services through her business “Jessica Lee HMUA” she also owns and operates two other small business one in the beauty industry “Wax Box Australia” and one in the trade industry as a mechanical draftsperson through her business “JLM Drafting” . Jessica is known to her family and friends as a go getter and a “mind changer” always wanting to explore and learn new things with each passing day, resulting in running numerous business’ in different fields. Jessica is involved with many charities offering complementary hair and makeup services to those in the community effected by cancer or those effected by domestic violence, she has supported and continues to support many organisations through workshops, fundraising and raising awareness around these issues. Jessica also works within the LGBTQI community to help those transitioning or wanting to learn how to apply makeup through tailor made lessons.



Jo Van Dort – Finance and Mortgage Broker

Jo Van Dort is a Finance and Mortgage Broker with over 10 years working in the industry. She has a Bachelor of Commerce – Sport Management and Marketing from Deakin University, a Certificate of Public Relations from RMIT University and a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management from the National Finance Institute. She has worked in many industries including event management, television production and sales. With her exemplary communication and people skills and the flexibility of working from home she chose Mortgage Broking as the best career move so she could be available for her family.



Mandi Elias – First Class Baby

With a background in marketing, retail, event management and administration, Mandi Elias adds to her CV her roles of mother to her 2.5 year old daughter, wife, daughter, sister and aunty to her amazing nieces and nephews. Always on the move, Mandi also spends her time volunteering in various positions in her local and cultural communities. After being made redundant from her job while on maternity leave, Mandi realised that there was a huge gap in the market for families with their bubs traveling on holidays.

First Class Baby aims to make traveling with a baby a whole lot easier (and cheaper). Instead of having to go and spend hundreds of dollars more after already paying for accommodation, travel and meals – simply hire the items you require for your trip away! First Class Baby saves your money, time and storage space by offering a cost effective way to access quality baby equipment.



Rebecca Taylor – Rebecca Taylor Photography

Rebecca is the founder and lead photographer of a boutique branding photography studio based in Melbourne. She creates unique photography experiences that enable the true essence of her client’s personal brand to come to life in photos and then crafts this into an authentic brand image identity.

Rebecca has always been led by her creative ambitions and is on a mission to use her talents to help position women as confident leaders and empower everyone she photographs to step into the spotlight with authenticity, style and impact.



Sarah Evans – Laneway Dance

For as long she can remember, Sarah Evans had complete confidence that she was put on this Earth to do two things; to be a mum (and a super one at that) and to teach and inspire many young dancers. Sarah’s passion to evoke happiness and to inspire and empower her 4yr old son and her dance students drives her every day and has lead her to find a place of contentment where she can enjoy these two aspects of her life in tandem.

There are many dance schools in Melbourne that offer tuition to aspiring dancers; but what Sarah saw was a lack of focus on the development of young dancers as people. Laneway Dance was created with a goal to not only assist dancers to discover their technical and artistic potential, but to support young people to become confident, driven and open-minded members of our community.



Sarah McNeilly – Watermark Planning

Sarah McNeilly is a town planner with 25 years’ experience working as both a statutory and strategic planner in New South Wales.  She has worked in State government, for local Councils and within a number of private consultancies. After a long career in the corporate planning world, she realised that there were many families and local small businesses that needed help with the early stages of development. Her team specialises in working with people from an early stage, to consider whether their proposed application would be feasible, right through to lodgement and approval.

Sarah has worked on projects ranging from small residential additions to State Significant Crown Development Applications and have experience throughout the Sydney Metropolitan area and New South Wales. She considers her business to have the experience of the big corporate competitors whilst providing a down to earth and friendly approach to what can seem daunting to those who have not navigated the planning process previously.



Kate Walker – KWD

Kate Walker is the Founder and Director of KWD, a community minded team of design professionals, dedicated to realising dreams with innovative, streamlined and worry free solutions for their clients. Experts in hard finishes, KWD specify, source and supply solutions for all hard finish requirements. KWD works closely with home owners, interior designers, architects and developers, specifying all hard finishes including tiles, stone, bench tops, joinery, carpet and timber flooring. They are also proficient in space planning, develop full joinery designs with drawings and design and oversee the manufacture of bespoke furniture for residential and commercial projects.