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Meet the 2021 ACT AusMumpreneur Awards Finalists

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Supporting Australian mums in business and challenging the stereotypes, the AusMumpreneur Awards are back for 2021.

Starring 12 nominations for ACT mums, there are over 50 categories in this years awards to celebrate mums in business who are achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation.

Designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family, there have been over 2000 nominations this year to recognise the hard working mums in the Australian community.

According to AusMumpreneur Network co-founder Katy Garner,  the awards are important because they “show the passion of women who want to fulfil their entrepreneurial dreams as well as be great mums.”

“The number of women starting businesses has continued to grow in the last 12 months!” she says. 

“Of the 668,670 women operating a small business in Australia currently, a total of 47 per cent are mums with children at home.  We are thrilled to be the number one community for mumpreneurs and proud to showcase the best and the brightest each year through these awards.”

Debra Parker, Catherine Coles & Jacquelyn Curtis: Parker Coles Curtis 

Nominated as one of the Emerging AusMumpreneurs of the Year, the team from Parker Coles Curtis is focused on combining decades of legal experience with empathy and compassion. 

Emma Laverty: Emma Laverty

Nominated for the Indigenous Business Excellence Award, as a proud Darug woman, Emma Laverty has a deep interest in Aboriginal Contemporary dance, language, and history, inspiring her cultural engagement workshops and performances across ACT schools. 

Olga Imbriano: Bellelis Australia

As the founder of Canberra’s first one stop shop for eco baby products and the Snap & Extend baby bodysuit extender, Olga has been nominated for the Multicultural Business Excellence Award. 

Ally Reynolds: Your Perfect Posture 

Passionate about promoting and maintaining health and wellbeing in the workplace, Ally Reynolds has been recognised as a nominee for the Mumpreneur Health and Wellbeing Business Award.

Carissa Webster: Canberra Event Management and Styling 

Starting the company to transport people to a fantastic experience for every occasion, Carissa Webster has been nominated for the Canberra Creative Entrepreneur Award. 

Gemma Duggan: Dream Catcher Academic Therapy and Consulting 

Dream Catcher Academic Therapy and Consulting offers multi-sensory based tutoring to empower children to see what’s possible. Nominated for the Disabled Business Excellence  Award, Gemma was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, inspiring her to help children break down the barriers placed around them. 

Marina Ivancic: Uncommon Grazer

Home of Canberra’s Brie Cakes, Marina Ivancic has been nominated for Canberra’s Mumpreneur Food and Beverage Award. 

Melissa Neville: Missy’s Magic Styles

 Nominated for the Hair and Beauty Business Award, Missy’s Magic Styles was established in 2012 and is run by Melissa, a mum of three boys.

Natashia Telfer: National Community Care Pty Ltd

With a vision of giving  back to the community by empowering people to access personalised support services of their choice, Natashia Telfer has been nominated for the Health and Wellbeing Business Award. 

Perpetua Kish: Balance Family Law

Practicing law for over a decade, Perpetua Kish advocates for a kinder approach to divorce. Nominated for the Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Award, she is the founder and director of Balance Family Law.

Robyn-Leigh Gordon: What the Mama

Nominated for the One to Watch Award, What the Mama is a marketplace of in-home services, from lactation consultants to home helpers for postnatal mums.

Sarah Hardie: Deserved Luxury 

Sarah Hardie founded Deserved Luxury to inspire generosity, both for yourself and the people you love. Nominated for the Retail Business Award, the brand celebrates  the generosity of friendship and love.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 8 September. To keep the celebration of mums going, the annual Conference and Awards Ceremony will be held in November to  bring together ambitious and talented women from all around Australia, who understand each other’s unique challenges and triumphs in ways that other business owners don’t. 

To find out more information or to learn more about the conference visit

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