HILLS businesswoman Lara Gandini has been named a finalist in the Australia-wide Ausmumpreneur Awards for 2016.
Ms Gandini, who was nominated for her success in developing Kindy Dance Time, made it through the first round of voting in the People’s Choice Service Business Award to be named as just one of 10 finalists.
“I was honoured to be nominated in the first place and to now make the final 10 feels like a huge achievement in itself,” she said.
“I am so passionate about what I have created with Kindy Dance Time and it is lovely to be recognised in this way.”
Ms Gandini, who danced with the, Ballet de Monte Carlo started Kindy Dance Time in 2005 with just 20 students which has expanded to 36 locations across Australia, including classes in Mundaring, Darlington and Guildford.
“We have over 1000 children a week joining in the fun of Kindy Dance Time,” she said.
The Darlington mother to three children, aged 16, 15 and 3, said the title of mumpreneur was not one she had thought of much previously, but having built up a successful business whilst raising a family she was happy to take up the mantle.
“Mumpreneurs are a special group of people I think,” she said.
“Savvy businesswomen, who can juggle the demands of business and family life at the same time definitely deserve some recognition.”
The Ausmumpreneur award winners will be announced in a ceremony in Melbourne next month.