Women urged to nominate for Business Women’s Awards

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 8th May 2013

The founder of Australian cereal manufacturer Carman’s Fine Foods, Carolyn Cresswell, is urging Australian women in the food industry to enter the 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Ms Creswell, who was named 2012 Telstra Business Woman of the Year, said winning the award in 2012 increased brand awareness for Carman’s Fine Foods, but that the entry process itself was also rewarding.

“The entry process is very professional and detailed and it makes sure you do not leave a stone unturned. It is a chance to take a breath and remember all the incredible things that have happened along your journey to date. Our career is a journey and not just a destination – we need to remember that and celebrate the journey we are on,” Ms Creswell said.

Carman’s Fine Foods has enjoyed double digit growth since the Company’s first year turnover of $36,000, and now runs a multi-million dollar business, expanding her customer base from Melbourne and now exporting to more than 30 countries.

The awards, which have been operating since 1995, are designed to help Australian business women raise their profile by gaining public recognition for the business success.

“The awards provide an opportunity for Australian business women to meet and share ideas with their peers, connect with women outside their sector, and build new networks,” said Kate McKenzie, Group Managing Director of Telstra Innovation, Products and Marketing, and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador.

“The awards highlight the importance of women harnessing and sharing knowledge through mentoring – a survey of awards alumni in 2012 found three-quarters were mentoring other women,” Ms McKenzie said.

The awards are open to business owners, women in the private and corporate sector and the government and community sectors. Other awards recognise business innovation and young business women.

Nominations for the state and territory awards can be made at www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com. Entries for the 2013 Awards are now open and can be submitted until Tuesday 25 June 2013.

Carolyn Cresswell wins Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2012