Women vie for Business Excellence Awards

THE creme de la creme of Gympie's business women will gather at the Gympie Regional Gallery tomorrow night for the Law Essentials Gympie Women in Business Excellence Awards 2013.

Some of the region's most high achieving women have been nominated as finalists this year, including new Gympie Times columnist and the chief editor of stayathomemum.com.au, Jody Allen.

Other finalists include tourism spokeswoman Jan Watt and Gympie Show Society secretary Deb Rowlands in the Service to the Community category, beautician and entrepreneur Leah Forman in Business of the Year, Employer of the Year and Service Excellence, photographer Bambi Wixon in Business of the Year, Julie Williams in Business of the Year and Service Excellence and Karen Bazzan in the Professional/Entrepreneur and Marketing Excellence categories.

Judges of the awards are councillor Rae Gate, solicitor Selena Cartwright and Gympie mayoress Dulcie Dyne.

Awards director Shannon McVey said almost 70 nominations had been received for the fourth annual awards.

"The Law Essentials GWIB Excellence Awards were first launched in 2010 by the Gympie Women in Business Network, to acknowledge women from the Gympie region who are making a positive difference to our community; either in business, in their career or through their commitment to giving back," Ms McVey said.

"Each year we put the spotlight on women whom their peers believe strive for and achieve excellence. These are women who have taken their career, their business or their personal commitment for the community to the next level. Whose passion for what they do is exemplary and shines through as a positive example for others. We celebrate their achievements and acknowledge their contribution to our community. The Gympie Women in Business Network exists to support this important sector of our community and recognises the critical part women play in regional communities in business and beyond."

Finalists are:

Professional/Entrepreneur: Karen Bazzan, Lynn Blake, Kate Roberts, Louisa Corbet, Julie Waters, Gina Drescher, Jody Allen and Lee Austin.

Service to the Community: Deb Rowlands, Jan Watt, Audrey Plate, Michelle Rowe and Wendy Jakeman.

Employee of Excellence: Melissa Pepper, Emily Arnell, Rhiannon Scott, Carolyn Smith and Kristy Bunter.

New Business: Jody Allen, Trena Waugh and Lee Austin.

Young Gun Woman of Excellence: Tegan Jennings, Shawnee Collier, Sharon Jaenke, Katrina Edwards, Kelly Buzza.

Business of the Year: Bambi Wixon, Leah Forman, Gina Drescher and Julie Williams.

Employer of the Year: Leah Forman, Julie Williams, Gina Drescher and Lynn Blake.

Service Excellence: Julie Williams, Gina Drescher, Leah Forman and Carolyn Smith.

Marketing Excellence: Rhiannon Scott, Karen Bazzan and Kylie Walters.

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