Ladies who lead

Style Mag­a­zine chats with the Women in Busi­ness Awards winners.

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At Gip’s Res­tau­rant re­cently a large crowd gath­ered to salute the women in our com­mu­nity who are in­spir­ing others, achiev­ing great suc­cesses in their cho­sen field and pi­o­neer­ing a way for women who will come af­ter them.

The an­nual Women in Busi­ness Awards fielded stiff com­pe­ti­tion for this year’s five win­ning cat­e­gories, with judges ex­press­ing the dif­fi­culty of mak­ing a de­ci­sion with so many de­serv­ing can­di­dates.

Style sat down with the five award win­ner to dis­cuss what keep them mo­ti­vated, and what ad­vice they would give to other women.

Read our in depth in­ter­views with Alea­cia Olm, Ris­ing Star Award Re­cip­i­ent, as well as over­all 2016 Women in Busi­ness Awards win­ner Melissa Tay­lor (pages 28, 29).

Here Style chats with award re­cip­i­ents Mad­dies Burton, Vic­to­ria Har­ris and Beau Min­nett.

1) The busi­ness world can be tough. Es­pe­cially if you are carv­ing your own way. What keeps you go­ing through the hard times?

Mad­die Burton, re­tailer and owner of Mad­die’s Gift Gallery, Stan­thorpe. Com­mu­nity Ded­i­ca­tion Award win­ner

You have to be­lieve in what you are do­ing. One has to con­stantly keep try­ing new things. Use free so­cial me­dia as much as pos­si­ble. Al­ways of­fer good cus­tomer ser­vice and value your staff. If you have fam­ily and friends let them sup­port you. Main­tain a sense of hu­mour.

Vic­to­ria Har­ris, Year 12 stu­dent at Clifton State High School. Em­pow­er­ing Young Women’s Award win­ner

I have an ex­tremely strong sup­port net­work so I am very lucky. When I am go­ing through tough times, I know that I can al­ways rely on them, but, as an in­di­vid­ual, I know that hard work and tough times are of­ten what leads to suc­cess, so I never re­ally worry about rough spots be­cause I know that at some point it will pass.

You need to do your own re­search. Start small and build a strong foun­da­tion. – Mad­die Burton, re­tailer

Beau Min­nett, owner/di­rec­tor of Minx Con­tem­po­rary Hair Bou­tique. As­pir­ing Young Busi­ness Women’s Award win­ner

My gen­uine love for my in­dus­try and my clients. My job is fun, cre­ative and so re­ward­ing. I'm so lucky to be able to be in such a pos­i­tive and fun place each day. I en­joy be­ing able to nur­ture and help grow the next gen­er­a­tion of hair­dressers and I hope I can pass on all I have learnt and in­spire them to strive for ev­ery­thing they want within life and their ca­reers.

2) Many women read Style Mag­a­zine ev­ery month…what would you say to our read­ers who want to start their own busi­ness, or cre­ate a busi­ness ca­reer but may be a lit­tle in­tim­i­dated by the thought?

Mad­die:

If you feel pas­sion­ate about start­ing a busi­ness and you are will­ing to put in the hard work, why not try.

You need a good ac­coun­tant and banker that looks out for you and gives the right ad­vice. You need to do your own re­search. Start small and build a strong foun­da­tion. Stick to a bud­get. No-one has the crys­tal ball, some of us learn as we go along.

Vic­to­ria:

I would say to never be afraid. Ev­ery sin­gle one of you is bold, brave and beau­ti­ful; never worry about fail­ing, for if you be­lieve in your­self suc­cess will come. You can achieve any­thing if you work hard, stay fo­cused and never give up. Find your pas­sion, set your goals, fo­cus on the steps and com­mit to the jour­ney.

Beau:

Be pre­pared. Be pre­pared for the ups and the downs and be ready to give 100% to what you de­cide to do. If you love what you do and you gen­uinely be­lieve you can re­ally make a go of it, why not? You'll be very proud you did. Re­search your mar­ket and know your brand and what you rep­re­sent. Be sure to al­ways sur­round your­self with peo­ple who be­lieve in you.

3) What have you learnt about your­self on this jour­ney?

Mad­die:

My hus­band and I pur­chased an es­tab­lished gift­ware store 20 years ago be­cause our cat­tle prop­erty was in drought and in­ter­est rates were 23 per cent.

It was a do or lose ev­ery­thing if we did not di­ver­sify. I have learnt to adapt to change and be more flex­i­ble. I never stop learn­ing and grow­ing as a per­son. I can do more than I ever ex­pected. You can’t dwell on your mis­for­tunes be­cause ev­ery­one de­serves to be happy, and I am be­cause of my chil­dren, fam­ily, friends, busi­ness, and the com­mu­nity I live in.

Vic­to­ria:

I have learnt that some­times com­pli­ments and praise are dif­fi­cult to ac­cept be­cause usu­ally you just work hard do­ing what needs to be done or be­cause you have a pas­sion for some­thing not be­cause you want the recog­ni­tion. How­ever, I have learnt that some­times you should say "Thank you", ac­cept praise and let others join you in cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess.

Beau:

Suc­cess is mea­sured dif­fer­ently by ev­ery­one, find what you be­lieve to be suc­cess and hap­pi­ness and keep that as your fo­cus. – Beau Min­nett, salon owner

I be­lieve that be­ing in small busi­ness re­quires great de­ter­mi­na­tion and drive. These are a vital traits that I have worked on and con­tin­ued to de­velop and in turn have achieved all I had hoped to in busi­ness and more. I'm still ex­cited by what I do ev­ery day and I con­tinue to learn new skills within my in­dus­try and con­tinue to gain knowl­edge on run­ning a small busi­ness. Suc­cess is mea­sured dif­fer­ently by ev­ery­one, find what you be­lieve to be suc­cess and hap­pi­ness and keep that as your fo­cus.

PHOTO: JOHN PRYKE

Downs Women in Busi­ness Awards winners Beau Min­nett, Vic­to­ria Har­ris, Melissa Tay­lor, Mad­die Burton and Alea­cia Olm.

PHOTO: CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP, VIC­TO­RIA HAR­RIS, MAD­DIE BURTON AND BEAU MIN­NETT.

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