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'Empowering and celebrating': Coast awards honour 'women achieving amazing things'

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On August 4, SCBWN, together with its valued sponsors, finalists and guests attended the 23rd annual awards night recognising and celebrating the achievements of 26 remarkable business women on the Sunshine Coast.

This year, the prestigious Outstanding Business Woman of the Year was awarded to Kate Ogg from Oggy E-Scooters.

Other major winners across five categories included Dr Tanya Bell, Bronte Cresswell, Kellie Simkin, Susan Toft and Paula Gowland.

SCBWN president Min Swan congratulated all nominees, finalists and winners  and said it was an honour to celebrate with everyone in person.

“SCBWN is all about empowering and celebrating women who are achieving amazing things,” Ms Swan said.

“When you look at the finalists and winners this year it’s very clear here on the Sunshine Coast, we are surrounded by inspiring industry leaders.

“I have personally witnessed story upon story of life-changing moments these awards have delivered and the long-lasting friendships and business connections that have formed through the process, building my absolute love and respect for these awards.”

This year, the awards attracted 205 nominations, with 55 submissions then narrowed down to 26 finalists. These finalists then faced two separate panels of judges, who examined written submissions and conducted face-to-face interviews.

As Outstanding Business Woman of the Year, Ms Ogg also received a $15,000 media package thanks to Sunshine Coast News, Southern Cross Austereo, 92.7 MixFM and 91.9 SeaFM.

The glamorous gala is highly regarded on the Sunshine Coast business and social calendar and year on year has attracted a room of 300 successful business leaders, dignitaries, and sponsors.

As a proud media partner, Sunshine Coast News congratulates all the winners and their outstanding achievements.

Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network 2022 award recipients

  • Professional Business Woman of the Year – Dr Tanya Bell, Youturn Youth Support
  • Young Business Woman of the Year – Bronte Cresswell, Dash of Milk Agency / Dash Academy
  • Micro/Small Business Woman of the Year – Kellie Simkin, Sundaise Group
  • Corporate Business Woman of the Year – Susan Toft, The Laundry Lady
  • Sustainable Business Woman of the Year – Paula Gowland, Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery

Outstanding Business Woman of the Year – Kate Ogg, Oggy E-Scooters


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