Telstra Business Award Winners

The Telstra Business Awards have celebrated excellence in business for more than a quarter of a century. Our showcase includes some of the incredible success stories and business ideas that have emerged over the past 25 years.

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Six steps to spectacular speeches

Public speaking is commonly quoted as one of the world’s most common fears, but it's a skill business leaders must master to be influential at networking events, workshops and ...

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The tips, tricks and non-negotiables of winning speeches

Business leaders give great speeches, and the 2017 Telstra Business Women's Awards finalists are no exception thanks to the tips, tricks and non-negotiables they are taught dur...

Violet Roumeliotis, 2017 Telstra  Australian Business Woman of the Year Award.
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Refugee advocate is named 2017 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year

Violet Roumeliotis, Chief Executive Officer of not-for-profit Settlement Services International Limited (SSI), is the 2017 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, announced at the national gala dinner. Using her strong business acumen and experience in leadership roles within major not-for-profits for more than 30 years, Ms Roumeliotis gives...

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Six steps to spectacular speeches

Public speaking is commonly quoted as one of the world’s most common fears, but it's a skill business leaders must master to be influential at networking events, workshops and ...

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The tips, tricks and non-negotiables of winning speeches

Business leaders give great speeches, and the 2017 Telstra Business Women's Awards finalists are no exception thanks to the tips, tricks and non-negotiables they are taught dur...

Elise Apolloni with her 2017 Telstra  Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year Award.
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Wanniassa pharmacist is named 2017 Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year

Elise Apolloni from Capital Chemist Wanniassa cleaned up at the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Women’s Awards, winning three Awards, including 2017 Telstra ...

Belinda Tumbers with her 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Woman of the Year Award.
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Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards a feast for breakfast boss

Belinda Tumbers from Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd was has been named the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Woman of the Year, after also taking home the Corporate and Private Award...

ennifer Franceschi with her 2017 Telstra  Western Australian  Business Woman of the Year Award.
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Avocado pioneer named 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year

Jennifer Franceschi, from Fresh Produce Alliance in Manjimup, has been named the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year, after also taking home the Corporat...

Karinda Gill with her 2017 Telstra Northern Terriroty Business Woman of the Year Award.
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Property entrepreneur takes top prize at 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business Women’s Awards

Darwin-based Karinda Gill from Abode New Homes has been named the 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year, after also taking home the Entrepreneur Award. As ...

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MyBudget founder named 2017 Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year

Tammy Barton, founder and director of MyBudget, has been named the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year, after also receiving the Entrepreneur Award. Mrs Ba...

Toni Moate and her team with her 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year award.
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Marine research leader named 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year

Toni Moate from the CSIRO was named 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year, after also receiving the Public Sector and Academia Award. Ms Moate, who joined the CS...

Michelle Gallaher with her Telstra Victorian Business Woman Entrepreneur Award
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STEMM entrepreneur named 2017 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year

Melbourne-based Michelle Gallaher from The Social Science has been named the 2017 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year, after also receiving the Entrepreneur Award. Hav...

Bernadette Eriksen at the podium of the 2017 Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
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Taste of success for Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the year

Bernadette Eriksen, CEO & Founder of Flavour Creations, is the 2017 Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year. Ms Eriksen started Flavour Creations more than 20 years ago t...

Image shows Dr Troye Wallett and Dr Sebastian Rees of GenWise Health at the 2017 Telstra National Business Awards.
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How GenWise Health runs a successful national business via mobile

Dr Sebastian Rees and Dr Troye Wallett of GenWise Health are transforming how aged care General Practices are run in Australia. Discover why they were recently crowned Telstra’...

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Winning secrets from women in business

In our new e-book, four exceptional and award-winning women in business share their stories and their advice for getting ahead in today’s changing business landscape. When writ...

GenWise co-founders, Dr Sebastian Rees and Dr Troye Wallett.
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Innovative online GP platform named 25th Telstra Australian Business of the Year

GenWise Health, a micro business using technology to improve how general practitioners provide aged care, is the 2017 Telstra Australian Business of the Year. GenWise Health,...

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Rise and shine: Winning advice from 2016 Telstra Business Awards alumni

As the 2017 finalists prepare their acceptance speeches in the hope they might win at Australia’s biggest business Awards program, a few of 2016’s winners reflect on their achi...

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How winning businesses are using tech

Every year, the Telstra Business Awards celebrates small businesses that choose to innovative, to be curious, to be agile. This year’s entrants are no different, with many blen...

Telstra Business Awards - 25 years of celebrating 'that' business
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Telstra Business Awards - 25 years of celebrating 'that' business

To celebrate 25 years of the Telstra Business Awards, we made 25 cakes - each representing one of the winning businesses from 1992 to 2016. Congratulations to all of the busin...

Family-friendly general practice takes top spot at Telstra Queensland Business of the Year Awards
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Family-friendly general practice takes top spot at Telstra Queensland Business of the Year Awards

Putting the patient first was just the right medicine for a family-friendly general practice, Family Doctors Plus, to be awarded the 2017 Telstra Queensland Business of the Yea...

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Charity with a big heart wins top honour at Telstra Tasmanian Business Awards

A charity committed to combatting cases of social injustice in Australia has been named the 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year. Announced at the 25th annual Telstra Ta...

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Building innovator takes top spot at the 2017 Telstra ACT Business Awards

An innovative exterior design business which is bucking the trends and leading the pack across the commercial building industry is the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory...

MS charity takes top award at Telstra NSW Business Awards
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MS charity takes top award at Telstra NSW Business Awards

A charity at the forefront of international research into one of the world’s most debilitating illnesses has been named the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business of the Year. A...

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Innovative aged-care online clinic announced as winner of 2017 Telstra SA Business Awards

Online clinic platform, GenWise Health, is the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year. Announced last night in Adelaide at the 25th annual Telstra South Australian...

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Distillery takes top spot at the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Awards

Home of the Limeburners whisky, Great Southern Distilling Company is the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business of the Year. Announced at the 25th annual Telstra WA Busines...

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Lab coats and hard hats are a winning combination in the 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business Awards

A geotechnical testing and sampling company, HiQA Geotechnical, is the 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business of the Year. Announced at the 25th annual Telstra Northern Ter...

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What business are you really in?

Define what you do by the product you sell or the technology that supports your business model and you may miss the genuine opportunities to become a successful, even award-win...

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How to start a business on $100

“I started my online skincare empire with just $100!” It sounds like a clickbait headline, but it’s not. It’s the true story of Nourished Life founder Irene Falcone. Like many...

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Telstra Business Award Winners: Where are they now?

The Telstra Business Awards are seen as the pinnacle of small business recognition in Australia, and after 25 years of the Awards program, it’s easy to see why. Back in 1992, D...

Sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather, Spell & The Gypsy Collective, TBWA winners
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Should you ever put the brakes on business growth?

Smarter talks to 2016 Telstra Australian Business of the Year winner bohemian fashion brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective about business growth. Sometimes pressing ‘pause’ on ...

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Then and now: 25 years of the Telstra Business Awards

This year marks 25 years of the iconic Telstra Business Awards. So to commemorate the occasion, Smarter caught up with two previous Award winners from 1993 and 2016 to compare ...

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Why the future of business is small

Business commentator Robert Gottliebsen is a big fan of “small”, and in today’s disruptive environment, he sees small businesses as having advantages over their bigger competit...

25 years of the Telstra Business Awards: celebrating the best in business
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25 years of the Telstra Business Awards: celebrating the best in business

As the Telstra Business Awards celebrates its 25th anniversary, we take a look at the journey and what it takes to land a coveted gong. The evolution of Australia’s small busin...

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Stylishly solo: running a business with no physical staff

“I realised that if you want to do something well it’s okay to get help and that doesn’t mean having an office and staff.” Nikki Parkinson is a full-time blogger, social media ...

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La Belle Peau: Finding the beauty in numbers

Kim Tran and her husband and mentor, Quan Le, know that while you can use numbers to show results, true business success comes from the quality of your relationships, they tell...

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Edible Blooms: using tech to grow

Edible Blooms’ Kelly Jamieson uses smart technology to solve day-to-day logistics so she can do more of what she loves. The evolution of e-commerce has helped business boom – o...

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Introducing the Telstra Business Awards Winners

"Smaller businesses definitely have the edge when it comes to embracing the new. Business innovation also benefits the wider community – so it’s little wonder the buzz about it...

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Furst Electrical: Making business simple

This Melbourne start-up is grabbing attention (and profits!) by helping robots to pick and pack online purchases, and craft-beer makers to remotely monitor their brews. Machine...

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Southern Cotton

Riverina cotton farmers are doing it for themselves. By investing in an innovative paddock-to-bale processing system, they have increased cotton yields and farm incomes. In 201...

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How Nexba Beverages is revolutionising iced tea

How a Sydney lad’s Mexican beach epiphany became the coolest drink around.

Executive Risk Solutions: Emergency management - when danger is your business
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Executive Risk Solutions: Emergency management - when danger is your business

A reliable mobile network can help Executive Risk Solutions save lives. Scott Houston, a former Australian special forces (SAS) soldier with experience in Afghanistan, started ...

2015 Telstra Australian Business Women's Awards
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2015 Telstra Australian Business Women's Awards

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards have capped off their 21st year by honouring a trailblazing member of the Royal Australian Navy. In a glittering ceremony hosted by broadcas...

Telstra Business Of The Year Winner Executive Risk Solutions
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ERS takes out Aussie business top award

On the night of nights for Aussie small businesses, it was a Western Australian business that took out the coveted 2015 Telstra Australian Business of the Year Award. In mid-Au...

Rebecca Owens
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Rebecca Owens: The road to Mizzle

Rebecca Owens – 2014 Tasmanian Telstra Young Business Woman Award winner – gained the necessary skills to open her small business, babywear wholesaler Mizzle, from her time as ...

Kate Weiss, Table Of Plenty
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Turning tough times into success

The need for flexibility and creativity in her life as a young mother inspired Kate Weiss to lead a wellbeing business that also gave something back to society. For Kate Weiss,...

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Are women better bosses?

Is it true that women have the qualities to make better bosses? Absolutely they do, and strong evidence is growing worldwide to support this claim, writes Deborah Tarrant. Stud...

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Eleni's winning drive

The winner of Smarter's Toyota competition loves empowering aussie women with lessons in car care and safer motoring. Brought to you by Toyota  “The relationship with your car ...

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Tina Tower, Begin Bright

Franchising your successful business can provide many rewards and help to create a great work-life balance as Tiffany Loh discovers. Tina Tower starts each day with the same ro...

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Life's a Lark

For Telstra Business Award Winner, Lark Distillery, passion has bred success. Since winning the award last year, the business has grown to 24 staff, and Bill Lark has been dubb...

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What was your path to success? 5 inspirational businesses reveal their moment of truth

Inspiration takes many forms, but for entrepreneurs it can be defining. In The Inspirational Journey video series, five very different small businesses from all corners of Aust...

Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2014 Anne Cross UnitingCare Queensland
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Meet the winners of the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Womens Awards

CEO of UnitingCare Queensland and former frontline social worker, Anne Cross, has taken out the prestigious award - the second year in a row that a Queensland woman has won. An...

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How to turn adversity into opportunity

History is littered with successful individuals who came from backgrounds of hardship. Adversity comes in many guises, but one common thread is that we should all search out a ...

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Bruny Island calling. Why Nick Haddow wouldn't make cheese anywhere in the world but here

Inspired by Europe’s artisanal cheese making tradition, Nick Haddow found business success in Tasmania’s Bruny Island. For one delicious decade, Nick Haddow’s footsteps dotted ...

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How family traditions bring home the bacon at Barossa Fine Foods

With a history spanning four generations of smallgoods production, Barossa Fine Foods flies the flag for family business success. As a teenager, Franz Knoll, managing director ...

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500,000 global orders can't be wrong. How 365cups brewed a booming app business

Friends Simone Eyles and Mariusz Stankiewicz’ big idea for a food ordering app has seen their Wagga Wagga business 365cups enter the US market and win a major retail contract. ...

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How a commitment to rural healthcare motivates TeleMed to bring nuclear medicine to WA's isolated communities

TeleMed proves high-tech healthcare services can be available to all, even communities in Australia’s most remote pockets. In small business there are many reasons to break fre...

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Telstra Business of the Year 2014: Redarc

Two decades after buying a struggling electronics company, Anthony Kittel now runs one of the country’s most innovative manufacturing plants. But, as he tells Mark Chipperfield...

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Telstra Regional Business of the Year 2014: Stone and Wood Brewing Company

Three workmates left the security of their corporate jobs to put their creativity into launching a craft beer. It’s about 11am in the tearoom at the Stone & Wood Brewing Compan...

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Telstra Small Business of the Year 2014: Lark Distillery

Bill and Lyn Lark moved to Hobart 40 years ago and were granted the first distillation licence in 153 years! Bill and Lyn Lark met in a Sydney judo class when they were just 17...

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Telstra Start-Up Business of the Year 2014: Country Wellness Pharmacy

Moving to Australia from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Boon Wai Lim settled in Darwin − where a flight home is just four and a half hours. Boon Lim is a pharmacist who has long wanted...

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Telstra Business Awards: Trends for 2014-2015

Telstra has been recognising Australian businesses since 1992 with the Business Awards program. This year showcased a strong field of entrepreneurs and innovators, Smarter prof...

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Telstra Micro-Business of the Year 2014: Urban Escape

Craig Withers overcame a serious injury to open his village feel, custom-designed salon. Multi-award winning hairdresser Craig Withers is one of those amazingly enthusiastic pe...

Diane Costa, Director Of Marketing Mechanics
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What I've learned: Diane Costa, Director of Marketing Mechanics

Diane started her marketing and advertising agency in 2001 working from the kitchen table. She now has 11 employees and Marketing Mechanics was the 2013 NSW Telstra Business Aw...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards ACT Winners

Community-minded pharmacist named Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year. Samantha Kourtis, Managing Partner at Capital Chemist Charnwood, also won the...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NSW winners

On October 24 in Sydney a woman at the pinnacle of Australia’s property industry was named the 2014 Telstra New South Wales Business Woman of the Year. Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, CEO...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Award VIC winners

A biomedical researcher whose personal loss spurred her on to develop new cancer treatments was named tonight as the 2014 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year. Dr Trace...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards TAS winners

The highest-ranked woman in the 114-year history of Tasmania Police was named the 2014 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year. Assistant commissioner Donna Adams, who als...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards SA winners

A woman driving reform programs and cultural change across State Government agencies was named the 2014 Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year. Erma Ranieri, commi...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards WA winners

A woman championing workplace flexibility, Leadership and female retention in the construction and mining industry has been named the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Business W...

2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NT winners
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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NT winners

The Territory’s newly-appointed auditor general, and the first woman to hold the role, has been named as the 2014 Telstra Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year. The win...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards ACT finalists announced

A disability activist, event management specialist and dance instructor are among the finalists in this year's Awards.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NSW finalists announced

Women from a range of industry sectors, from career development to agronomy, have been named finalists in this year’s New South Wales Awards. Among the Business Owner Award fin...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards VIC finalists announced

An agricultural scientist, the co-founder of a social enterprise and the owner of an urban planning business are among the finalists. Among the finalists vying for the Business...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards QLD winners

The CEO of a not-for-profit organisation striving to improve services for Queensland’s most vulnerable people has been named as the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Woman of th...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards TAS finalists announced

A fashion designer, a telecommunications construction company, and a Royal Australian Navy officer are among the finalists. In the running for the Business Owner Award is Dixie...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards SA finalists announced

A heart disease prevention awareness campaigner, a founder of English language school, and a wine exporter are among the finalists in the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Busine...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards WA finalists announced

A global shipping strategist, an education innovator, and a director of a cattle and cropping farm are among the finalists for the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Business Wome...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NT finalists announced

A pioneer in the growth of sustainable design, the head of Mission Australia’s community services delivery and a PR company manager are among the finalists for the 2014 Telstra...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards QLD finalists announced

Queensland women making a difference in fields ranging from health, to IT services, and flight training, have been named as finalists for the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business W...

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How two chai lovers built an award winning business from home

Here's how since launching in 2005, Bondi Chai has become one of the most awarded chai brands in Australia. Co-owners of Bondi Chai, Martin Buggy and Melissa Edyvean run the wh...

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Catching up with the 1993 Telstra Business Award winner

Dr Barry McCleary has made his own path in the world, and since winning the Telstra Business Award in 1993 he's been a very successful entrepreneur. Read on to hear how he keep...

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How Stuart Daniels built a successful trailer company by fixing one problem

From unemployment to: business owner, an annual turnover of seven million, and double 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards for QLD Regional Business and QLD Medium Business.

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Telstra celebrates 20 years of women in business

To celebrate the 20th year of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, a panel of five influential and innovative women shared their experiences and reflections. The recently relea...

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5 tips for business success from McAsh Oysters

The world is his oyster and it can be yours, too. Here, our Issue 12 cover star, Ewan of McAsh Oysters and Ulladulla Oyster Bar, tells us about his biggest investments and why ...

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Aussie innovation: McAsh Oysters

Next-gen oyster farmers are revolutionising the industry with high tech production and - as Stuart Ridley discovers - a passion for the good life.