Jellina White is our top business woman of the year

GYMPIE Business Woman of the Year Jellina White was watching her son play football in Mackay yesterday, and says finding the time for those sorts of things with her family has been one of the biggest challenges of being a woman in business.

Ms White's Bank of Queensland branch in Mary St this week took out the Business of the Year award and Ms White the Top Gun Woman of Excellence award at the Gympie Women in Business awards.

Ms White said she felt humbled by her win, particularly in light of the calibre of her fellow nominees and the challenging times many businesses were experiencing.

Ms White grew up in Gympie and began her banking career in 1987, when the Gympie branch first opened in its same location in Mary St. For 22 years following that she worked in a number of other BOQ branches in a range of positions, spending five years as a regional manager before converting the BOQ Gympie branch into an owner managed branch.

Returning to her home town and being able to do what she is passionate about, as well as the advantage of controlling her own destiny was a dream come true.

In this time as with all businesses, Jellina has had to work on the balance of working in the business and on the business.

"I am very lucky to be supported by a wonderful team of staff. Their knowledge and exceptional customer service is second to none," she says.

Does she have any tips to offer women going in to business?

"Number one is sit down and work on a business plan: how you are going to start, what you are going to target, your cash flow.

"Number two is believe in yourself, and number three is know you are going to have to work hard."

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