We are celebrating hardworking mums in small business. We know how tricky it can be juggling being a good parent while also giving as much as you want towards your small business.
Here’s also to all the hardworking single mothers, our male and female partners, family members, colleagues and friends who back us up when the going gets tough in small biz. We love having all of you as part of our small business community.
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1. Happy Feet Fiesta, Melbourne, Victoria
Happy Feet Fiesta was created after three Latin American mums struggled to find places where they could take their babies and also get the chance to dance. There was nowhere for these women to go to enjoy music, dancing and spending time with their babies. So Karoll, Andrea and Pepix created Happy Feet Fiesta to provide fun ‘babywearing’ dance classes for mums, dads, carers and anyone who enjoys the beauty of dance to join in the fun!
2. Baby Sleep Guide, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Baby Sleep Guide was founded by Jessie Stott, an internationally recognised Baby Sleep consultant specialising in maternity and child sleep consulting. Jessie’s development of the Baby Sleep Guide app was nominated for the 2016 AusMumpreneur Awards. As a mum of two, Jessie is very passionate about how sleep affects a child and the mother’s wellbeing. Jessie works closely with families with the aim of helping parents to establish a strong connection with their parenting intuition.
3. Focussed, Montmorency, Victoria
Carlyn Cordi established Focussed to enable her to balance single motherhood and career. After assisting another company to help set-up their small business she realised there was a need to give small business owners business support. She also saw a need for providing a project management resource without the commitment, costs and legal requirements of having a full-time employee. The clever idea was to create her own small business which helped other small businesses. To give you back the time you need to stay focussed on what is important and to allow you to focus on what you love to do.
4. Helpful Hands, Baldivis, Western Australia
Kelly Lowndes started Helpful Hands in February 2013 as a single mum of three boys. Helpful Hands originally began as a concierge service. One day a client asked Kelly to install her child’s car seat into her vehicle. So, Kelly checked with her insurance company to see if she was covered and was informed that she couldn’t install one without Accreditation. After huge amounts of research, Kelly discovered that there weren’t enough educational services around for parents on the subject. She wanted to offer parents the chance to receive car seat education in the privacy of their own homes.
5. Service Experts, Melbourne, Victoria
Service Experts (formerly known as PlumberAssist) was founded by husband and wife Darryl and Tanya Simon in 2002. Darryl completed his plumbing apprenticeship in 2001 and knew he wanted to run his own business. In 2002, the same month their first born arrived, their ‘Man and a Van’ plumbing business was open for business. Service Experts provides home owners a one-stop solution for their plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling needs. They say that working together while raising their three children has certainly had its fair share of challenges, successes, fun and frustrations. Welcome to small business life!
6. me&my, Wellington Point, Queensland
me&my was founded by Sara Freeman, a Brisbane mum of two. Sara says she always dreamed of owning her own small business and most importantly, being her own boss. After living overseas for a while she returned home to Brisbane and began her hair care journey began. After working for major multi-national hair care brands for 13 years, Sara wanted to create a business that personalised the industry. She has created an ethical small business to do her bit to create a more sustainable future.
7. Red Baron Alse, Yarrawonga, Victoria
Red Baron ALSE was founded by RAAF veteran Greg and wife Karen Bayne in 2000. Greg has more than 19 years experience with the Royal Australian Air Force and utilised his unique skills to create a small business. Red Baron ALSE specialises in upholstering furniture and refurbishing aircraft cabin interiors and flight helmets. However, Greg discovered there was an increasing need for Aircraft Life Support Services on a larger scale. Karen has been supporting Greg since the birth of Red Baron ALSE. Her experience lies in business administration and business systems expertise so ensures that best practices are always in place.
8. Support Legal, Tindal, Northern Territory
Support Legal founder Deborah Vella started her small business in early 2017. Deborah had a vision to help working parents and support them in a business environment. She believed that for many working parents who travel, to work in a traditional law firm isn’t entirely practical. Through her small business, she is able to combine her passion for legal practice and support her family. She practises property and commercial law in the Northern Territory and Queensland providing legal services remotely and in person.
9. Schatzi’s Cafe/Restaurant, Woodend, Victoria
Schatzi’s is a small family business founded by Rose Gorlitz and her husband Frank in 2004. Schatzi’s is an Austrian word translated as ‘sweetheart’ or ‘darling’. It is a café restaurant and caterer located in Woodend in the heart of the Macedon Ranges. Since it’s launch, Schatzi’s is known for it’s friendly staff and mouth-watering dishes. The husband and wife duo have a shared passion for family, food and people. Guests are welcomed with a unique dining experience. Schatzi’s has grown to include event catering and a new range of bottled signature sauces and biscuits.
10. Chelsea Anne Photography, Bass Coast
Chelsea Anne Photography was created by a artist and self taught photographer. Chelsea Anne’s work involves a passion for three things: emotions, Pocahontas and lingerie. Growing up, Chelsea’s home was constantly filled with life drawings which have grown to shape her love of the ‘natural form’. This is clearly illustrated throughout her work. When she’s not behind the camera, Chelsea spends her time building LEGO, jumping on the trampoline and being a ‘super hero’ to her young sons.
11. Did you know?
- Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in the United States.
- Founder of the Mother’s Day holiday, Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and created a campaign to make ‘Mother’s Day’ a recognised holiday in 1905.
- In majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
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