By Melissa Sheil
THREE of this year’s local finalists in the AusMumpreneur Awards are proving you can have it all, having been recognised for building and managing their entrepreneurial business ventures while also raising children.
Fleur Adams from Perth Hills Events, Katherine Roberts from This Little Pig Went to Market and Aleza Nowland from Little Joy Clothing were listed as finalists for a total of seven categories in the event presented by The Women’s Business School.
Stoneville resident Fleur Adams is in the running for Creative Entrepreneur of the Year for her work running the Perth Hills Artisan Markets, Hills Fabric and Craft De-stash, Perth De-Stash Markets and the upcoming Swan View Night Markets.
“There’s alot more work than most people realise in setting up a market,” she said.
“Though a lot of the time I’m exhausted, I really enjoy it and it’s invaluable in what it does for the local economy and community.
“My family and children are wonderful in know to work around me and being recognised makes me think we might be doing the right things.”
Mother-of-two Katherine Roberts, who runs her meal kit delivery business out of Bayswater, is up for Food and Beverage Award, People’s Choice Award, Product Award and the coveted Ausmumpreneur of the Year Award.
“Growing up in Gidgegannup made us realise just how hard farmers and producers work,” she said.
“We wanted to reconnect people with where their food comes from.”
Aleza Nowlands is a mother-of-six, and finalist in the One to Watch Award and the Fashion Award for her work creating gender neutral clothing for children.
“My children are between 21 and two years so I have spent two decades dressing children and dreaming of unisex clothing that worked across all genders.
“I love that I bring together my professional skill set and experience as a mother of a large family into my own business.”
The AusMumpreneur Awards are a national competition aiming to support Australian mums in business, challenge stereotypes and raise awareness about the contributions made by women with young children.
Winners to be announced September 15.