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A NA­TION­WIDE push to sup­port women in busi­ness has started right from here in Stan­thorpe.

Busi­ness owner and young en­tre­pre­neur Jes­sica Jan­nenga has cre­ated a so­cial me­dia plat­form for women across the coun­try.

Ms Jan­nenga, 27, said it’s an av­enue for fe­male busi­ness own­ers to col­lab­o­rate and help each other through un­prece­dented times.

“Be­ing a busi­ness owner means you put your heart and soul into a con­cept to make it work,” she said.

“Re­gard­less of the suc­cess prior to this virus, some of us – par­tic­u­larly the ser­vice in­dus­try, have been forced to close for some time.”

The ‘Pur­chas­ing from Women Sup­port­ing Women Aus­tralia’ page has only just launched but is cre­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est al­ready.

In lit­tle more than a week the page has at­tracted more than 1000 mem­bers.

“The Face­book plat­form is for Aus­tralian busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly those in Stan­thorpe, to show­case their tal­ents and busi­nesses to help small busi­nesses sur­vive dur­ing the COVID-19 eco­nomic cri­sis.”

Ms Jan­nenga left school when she was 16.

She started her first busi­ness with her mother and sis­ter at 18 years old.

Since launch­ing lo­cal gift and cloth­ing store Gra­cious Giv­ing at 18 years old, she has es­tab­lished Jess’s Beauty Room, PRO Mas­ter­classes and brand-new prod­uct re­tail/e-com­merce brand – Jluxi Lashes.

She is ded­i­cated to putting Stan­thorpe busi­nesses on the map.

“Pur­chas­ing from Women Sup­port­ing Women Aus­tralia of­fers a new way for Stan­thorpe busi­nesses to pro­mote their prod­ucts and ser­vices while gain­ing the sup­port of the wider com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The group of­fers busi­ness sup­port and net­work­ing to learn, en­gage and in­spire small busi­nesses to push through the dif­fi­cult times we are cur­rently fac­ing.

“It’s been a dif­fi­cult few months for busi­ness own­ers to con­tinue pay­ing their bills with no clien­tele.

“The group I cre­ated will hope­fully en­cour­age oth­ers to pur­chase from small busi­nesses who have also been fac­ing dif­fi­culty; raise aware­ness that small busi­ness does ex­ist and en­cour­age and in­spire busi­ness own­ers to keep push­ing through this dif­fi­cult time and re­build.”

– For more in­for­ma­tion on how to sup­port or join the group, visit Face­book.

Pic­ture: Con­tributed

BEST IN THE BUSI­NESS: Jes­sica Jan­nenga.

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