Hayley Blieden, The Australian Superfood Co.
The Australian Superfood Co (TASC) celebrates native Australian produce, foods which have sustained indigenous Australians for over 60,000 years. Working with Indigenous Australians and local growers, TASC sources fresh fruit, herbs and seeds and processes them into freeze dried powders, dehydrated fruits and liquid extracts. These products are then incorporated into their own range of health food products including snack bars and granolas or sold to other food, beverage and beauty manufacturers or food service including restaurants, cafes and bars.
TASC launched in 2014 following Hayley Blieden’s stint as dietitian at the North Melbourne Football Club. Working with Indigenous players, she realised they were consuming foods she had never heard of. She recognised the influx of imported superfoods and the disconnect between native foods and the current food chain. She made it her mission to increase awareness, accessibility and affordability of native Australian produce and the intrinsic link between Australian foods and Indigenous Culture.
Nicole Doherty, Wyngate Care
Social services warrior, Nicole Doherty is reinventing the way people with disabilities live… with a rebellious streak and a trailblazing attitude.
Leaders go first, and Nicole has become the authority for Specialist Disability Accommodation in Australia. Having built 25 brand new homes for tenants with high physical disabilities, Nicole has taken the social housing sector by storm, allowing Supported Independent Living to become a reality where aged care was previously the only option. With 30 houses under contract interstate plus a new model of housing for people experiencing domestic violence, homelessness & mental health, Nicole will help more vulnerable people escape unsuitable housing.
Wyngate Care has become one of the most in demand boutique services in Victoria, with 30+ staff providing independent living support to people in their homes and the community within disability, aged care, mental health, drug/alcohol, youth/families/homelessness, ensuring people with complex needs, live on their own terms.
Ana Saad, J&JJ Landscaping
Ana Saad is the Co-Founder and General Manager of J&JJ Developments Pty Ltd T/A J&JJ Landscaping (J&JJ). J&JJ specialises in three divisions: Landscape Construction, Garden Maintenance and Residential Renovations. In its eighth year of operations and the most successful year thus far, J&JJ continues to raise the industry bar and deliver consistently on core values and commitment to excellence.
Originally established in Melbourne in 2011 before relocating in Sydney’s North-West (Hills District) in early 2014, the company has developed it reputable brand as a ‘trusted builder’ to supply the demand of the construction industry in the urban growth boundaries of Sydney.
J&JJ was established by husband and wife team, Jonathan and Ana Saad. Jonathan is a second-generation builder and farmer from Sydney where he acquired a wealth of knowledge and skills in both industries. Ana a founding marketing director and fourth-generation entrepreneur, with a proven track record in marketing businesses and luxury products. Together they combined their expertise, and passion for people establishing the family business in 2011 from their home in Melbourne to the success J&JJ is today.
Pinky McKay, Kim Vespa & Sarah McKay, Boobie Brands
Boobie Brands began in 2012 with Pinky McKay – Australia’s most recognised breastfeeding expert, coining the term Boobie Bikkies® after she was drawn to commercialize the lactation biscuits that she had been writing about and spruiking about to new mothers for decades prior. Starting like any other start up, literally from the ground up from their lounge rooms, Pinky and her daughter Sarah brought the concept to market and it took off, growing bit by bit without any loans or outside investments. In 2016, Sarah, whilst still intimately involved in the business, relocated to Dubai to live with her pilot husband, and so Kim Vespa joined the team and now the 3 of them own the business together.
Today, the business manufactures Boobie Bikkies®, Boobie Brekkie® and Boobie Beads, which comprise of functional foods and accessories for breastfeeding mums, as well as their curated range of complimentary breastfeeding support products that they sell. Their products can be found in over 500+ retailers across Australia, including Chemist Warehouse in which they manage the total distribution chain. In addition, Boobie Brands actively engage with their enormous online community across their socials that equal over 250,000 followers.
Stephanie Roper, Toothfairy and Co
Mum of two, Stephanie Roper is the founder, owner and driving force behind ‘Toothfairy and Co’ (formerly TFI Dentistry) and has carved out a highly successful niche providing ‘dentistry with a difference’. She is fondly known to many as ‘The Toothfairy.’ Stephanie started her business in 2004 and was the first Oral Health Therapist in QLD to open a dental practice. Her innovations in service delivery have been a key to transforming her dental practice into a multi-million dollar business.
Stephanie is a dynamic and innovative businesswoman with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Her vision and commitment to her industry is unwavering as she boldly strives to improve the way dentistry is delivered for people young and old. She has been highly influential in changing the way dentistry is perceived within South East Queensland and through innovative service delivery has helped thousands of people overcome their dental fears and anxieties.
Lauren Buhagiar, Active Property Conveyancing
Active Property Conveyancing is an all-female Conveyancing firm with two offices in the Illawarra. Lauren founded the business in March 2008 with just herself and it has now grown to a firm of 9. Lauren’s primary focus is excellent customer service and keeping clients updated throughout the whole process which is one of the reasons the firm has over 40% repeat business and are the largest Conveyancing firm in the Illawarra. The firm provides a mobile conveyancing service and has 4 Licensed Conveyancers meaning they can service a large number of clients at once and keep up with current market demand.
Lauren is a mum of 2 children and believes in mentoring her staff and giving back to the community. Lauren volunteers at local charities and has donated over $8,000.00 to 6 Local and National charities from our $10.00 donation on settlement initiative along with numerous other sponsorships and donations.
Joanne Ling & Tracey Fry, Additive-Free Lifestyle
This sister duo, Jo & Tracey are change makers. They are passionate about educating everyone (especially their own families) on exactly what is in the food you eat and the products you put on your skin. They love teaching families how to live a life less toxic, less stressful and more joyful. This dynamic pair has quite literally changed thousands of families lives through their online courses, membership program and Podcast show and it’s certainly their mission to keep your family as safe as possible.
Tess Crawley, Dr Tess Crawley & Associates
Tess Crawley is a clinical and forensic psychologist and business coach. She commenced her private practice as a sole trader, seeing one client a week after her full-time job as a prison psychologist. After close to 20 years of business ownership, Tess’ practice has grown into a multi-location mental health business servicing the Tasmanian community in Hobart, Launceston and various rural outreach locations, employing 14 staff and winning multi-million-dollar funding contracts.
Tess’ business interests have diversified to include a separate mentoring business, where Tess focusses on mentoring mental health professionals and increasingly business owners in other fields to overcome the psychological barriers to business success. She has written a book on how to build a mental health team in the private sector and has provided clinical and business coaching to over 500 mental health professionals.
Sherrie Adams, Honeybee Wrap
Honeybee wrap was created after the birth of sherries 5th child ,whilst living on a farm in the hills of Byron bay .Sherrie was looking to find away to reduce
The use of single use plastic .Honeybee wrap was born an Eco friendly organic cotton beeswax wrap that cuts out single use plastic and keeps your food fresh for longer. Perfect for wrapping fruits and veggies ,cheeses ,covering a plate or bowl .simply wrap,rinse repeat .
Edwina Pearce, Uniquely Natural
Edwina at fifteen years of age became up a mum, married at Seventeen and went onto have 7 children all together and now also has 7 grandchildren. Edwina had little work experience but made the decision to embark on a new journey with the aim to help one of her children with eczema. Edwina is now the CEO of Uniquely Natural. Uniquely Natural manufactures all their products in their warehouse in South Australia and sells Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Baby products and Household cleaning products man in supermarkets nationally. Our focus is based in natural, green and clean and is environmentally friendly. Edwina has formulated all products across her range. In 2017, Edwina decided to further her knowledge and completed her Diploma in Business. Edwina is continually expanding her range and developing her skills to keep Uniquely Natural fresh and current.
Amanda Barr, Dance Sensations
A lifelong dance lover and entrepreneur, Amanda Barr is the Director of Dance Sensations, the Illawarra’s best-known dance studio and one of the largest dance schools in Australia. With an annual turnover exceeding seven figures, Dance Sensations currently has over 750 students and has received numerous local awards. Dance Sensations proudly boasts beautiful facilities, loyal member families and a strong culture which means several of our teachers have been with us almost since the beginning. From a fearless 16 year old with 30 students, to the mother of three young girls running a massive business, Amanda has grown with her business every step of the way.
Courtney Younie, Allure Property Styling
Interior Designer, Courtney Younie, loves people, property and presenting homes to their full potential, and so in 2014, Courtney founded Allure Property Styling, which was the first specialist pre-sale staging company in Sydney’s Hills district.
Courtney’s passion and commitment to quality, reliability, value and service is what sets her apart from her competitors, and it’s why she’s the preferred property stylist and pre-sale stager for some of the region’s leading real estate agencies. Having styled and staged over 1500 homes, Courtney knows what works and uses each property’s existing characteristics and features as inspiration for the interior design – working with owners and real estate agents to showcase a home’s full potential when it’s for sale and open for inspection.