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The SA Woman Awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of women-led businesses in South Australia. They not only give the winning businesses and finalists well-deserved recognition, but also a platform and opportunity to showcase their business and success.

Every year, we have more & more to cheer about!

While the inaugural event was held in November 2018 at the Duke of Brunswick, bringing together 60 women in business, this year we celebrated at the Adelaide Convention Centre with over 300 women and men cheering on the achievements of women in business.

From start-ups to employees to major businesses, our award categories recognise women who are excelling at all different stages in their business  & career journey.

The SA Woman Awards are inclusive and diverse in their recognition.

We are here to celebrate women doing amazing things in all industries, businesses sizes and locations.  Women of all backgrounds, family status, colour, cultures and experience.

The Awards are designed to shine a light on the incredible talent and diversity South Australian women in business embody.

Rise Up Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Kelly Hody Mkt Etc

For a woman who has had a year of growth in their business.

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Emerging Woman in Business Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Pottering Around

For a woman with a business under 12 months old who has shown strength, courage and a determination to excel.

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First Nations Woman in Business Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Bully’s Meats

For an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman who has had a year of growth in their business (for both new or established businesses).

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Quiet Achiever Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Angela Pickett Copywriter

For a woman who has done phenomenal things consistently in business, but rarely toots her own horn.

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Regional Woman in Business Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Your Estate Lawyer

For a regional woman in business who has created a thriving business and is an advocate for her community.

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The Heart Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Warida Wholistic Wellness

For a business that has at it’s heart the needs of their local community (eg. Social enterprise/not for profit/community organisation).

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Young Woman in Business Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: The Carers Place

For a woman under 30 (as at 1 July 2021) who has started her own business and shown personal growth, tenacity, determination and an entrepreneurial spirit.

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The Disabled Woman in Business Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: The Growing Space

For a disabled woman in business who has created a growing business and contributes to the positive conversation about disabled people at work (through deliberate campaigns or simply by leading through example).

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The Backbone Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Bully’s Meats

For a woman in business who is the backbone of the family business or place of employment. Recognising the valuable contributions of women – even if they aren’t the listed business owner, because without them the business would not run nor operate as smoothly.

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The Mum in Business Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: ActivOT

For a woman who is juggling motherhood and business and shown great growth in their business in the last 12 months.

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The Innovator Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Webb Software

For a woman who has created a business that shows innovation in an existing industry or new concept.

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The Leadership Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Wine Angels Australia

For a woman who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, overcome challenges, shown determination and exemplified team spirit – in a business or organisation.

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The Allrounder Award

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: SA Woman Australia

For a woman who has excelled in a number of areas and shown persistance and dedication to their role and has overcome hurdles.

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Community Award (Members Only)

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: SA Woman Australia

To recognise the contribution of a SA Woman members to the community in line with the SA Woman values and mission.

We are incredibly grateful for the businesses who have put their support  behind South Australian women in business by being a sponsor for the SA Woman Awards. They allow us to create an event that truly celebrates and showcases the talented women in business across South Australia.

To find out more about becoming a sponsor, please email us HERE.

In addition to all our Category Sponsors listed above, we are lucky to also have the following businesses a part of the SA Woman Awards. 

MAJOR SPONSORS

– We have been honoured to celebrate the achievements of women in business in South Australia since our first Awards night in 2018. Now in its third year, we cannot wait to showcase our next generation of award winners!

Rise Up Award

2020: Megan Potter, Megan Potter Cosmetics
2019: Bree May, Food According to Bree
2018: Shanti Wilby, From the Wild

New Woman on the Block Award

2020: Genevieve Hodge, Spire – Youth Coaching & Leadership
2019: Megan Hodge, Your Wealthy Life
2018: Kristy Robertshaw, Charlie & Jack

Regional Star Award

2020: Julie Trenaman, JT Elements – Unleash your business potential
2019: Natasha English McCulloch, Hip Hop Bounce
2018: Alex Morgan, Move Pilates Studio

Quiet Achiever Award

2020: Jo McDonald, Move Through Life Dance Studio
2019: Naomi Husain, Kanti Yoga
2018: Janine Boyd, Little Picassos

CONNECTION Award

2020: Wendy Perry, Switch Start Scale
2019: Carolyn Jeffrey, Women in Business Regional Network
2018: Ayesha Michael, Yellow Cake Creative Roxby Downs

Heart Award 

2020: Melanie Tate, Puddle Jumpers Incorporated
2019: Steph Malan, The Village Co.
2018: Claire Byrt, Love Local Fleurieu

Mum in Business Award

2020: Sam Paior, The Growing Space
2019: Elaine Tang, Melvory Skincare

Backbone Award

2020: Kelly Dawson-Fitzpatrick, Hydro-Jet Solutions Australia
2019: Melina Seltsikas, LS Design Construct

All Rounder Award

2020: Cassandra Day, The Carers Place
2019: Alex Karatassa, Five Four Entertainment & Taking Back Saturday

First Nations Woman in Business Award

2020:Kerry Colbung, Mandanga Enterprises

Innovator Award

2020: Helen Whait, ActivOT

Leadership Award

2020: Heather Croall, Adelaide Fringe

Young woman in business Award

2021: TBA

Member of the Year/COMMUNITY Awards

2020: Sandra Senn, Hashtag Insta Prints
2020: Kelly Hody ~ Kelly Hody Mkt Etc
2020: Shelley Cox ~ Workspace Barossa

2019: Robyn Verrall, Bullys Meats
2018: Katharine Crane, Crane Creative

Who can be nominated?

Any women in business who is located within South Australia. All regions. All industries. All sizes of business. 

The Backbone award is there to recognise women who work within other businesses – eg. employees and family businesses.

what is the awards process?

Step 1: NOMINATE
We are all about celebrating women in business in all industries and regions. Nominations are open until the 31st of August.

Step 2:  APPLICATIONS – OPTIONAL
This step is completely OPTIONAL.

APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN IN EARLY JULY, nominees will be notified at this email address as soon as they open up, so keep an eye out! They will close on September 10th at midnight.

Step 3: JUDGING

Applications will be read (yes we read every single one!!) and judged by our team (and select volunteers). Each category will be shortlisted and finalists chosen. The timeframe to shortlisting is dependent upon number of applications received.

Finalists will be announced on facebook, instagram and our social media channels.

The Judging panel is kept anonymous.

Step 4: PEOPLE’S CHOICE
When finalists are announced, People’s Choice will also open up. These winners are based on number of votes they recieve. Because we want to ensure the love is spread around, applicants can not win both people’s choice AND overall category.

4. CATEGORY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Winners will be celebrated and announced at our Awards Gala Dinner on the 12th of November. Get your fave outfit and your dancing shoes ready! Tickets will be available mid-year.

IS THERE A FEE TO APPLY?

While there is no fee to nominate, there is a fee for the submission of applications, this goes directly towards all the costs associated with running the SAW Awards (admin, software, judging time etc). SA Woman receives no government funding or grants to run the SA Woman Awards. There is NO requirement to complete an application just because someone has been nominated, it is entirely up to them if they want to put themself forward.

For many just the recognition alone gives them some added sparkle. From previous years, about a quarter of nominees then go on to apply.

So to apply nominees can either:

1. Pay a one-off Application Fee of $88 (incl GST). Paid at time of completing their Application. OR
2. Become an SA Woman member (from $99 incl GST) and access all the additional benefits being a member brings. Such as being part of our incredibly supportive community of women in business from all over SA, receive opportunities to showcase your business, be able to load your listing to our directory and access support from our team and your fellow SA Woman members. All members receive ONE application included as part of their membership. You can find out more about SA Woman and how to become a member at www.sawoman.com.au/join.

WHERE IS THE AWARDS NIGHT?

The Awards Night will be held on November 12th at Adelaide Oval. 

Tickets will be available in July.

WHAT DO WINNERS RECEIVE?

Winners receive an award plaque and gift on Awards night and subsequent showcasing of their business accross the SA Woman channels.

Finalists are also detailed in Social Media group posts in the leadup and on the Blog. And become part of the SA Woman Alumnae group.