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Maroondah BizWeek 2017 – Women in Business Photographic Exhibition

14 July 2017

Women in business

Sixty-four per cent of new businesses in Maroondah have been started by women and this exhibition tells the story of 19 of them.

They are strong, determined and successful, and each of them has an interesting story to tell – why they started in business and what their goals are for the future.

This photo exhibition is part of Council’s Maroondah BizWeek – a week of business events, workshops and free mentoring clinics from 7-11 August.

Helen Parker, founder of The Babes Project, is one of the many inspiring business women striving to make her mark, and making a difference to the lives of others along the way.

The Babes Project is changing the way Australians approach crisis pregnancy by supporting women in the perinatal period (immediately before and after birth).

Confronted with her own experience of crisis pregnancy, and finding there was little support available, inspired the beginning of the organisation in 2009.

“I just needed someone to tell me that I could be a parent and then show me how to do it,” Helen explains.

“By addressing the challenges and allowing space for women to create a future for themselves and their children, we have seen women thrive in their early parenting, leading to positive outcomes for their family.

“I believe motherhood is an adventure. There will be mountains and valleys, but the journey can be amazing.”

Mel Cook is another woman helping people change their lives for the better.

The owner of Imanifit.com and working as a body and lifestyle transformation specialist, Mel is empowering people with lifestyle and habit changes via her business’ online transform program.

“When I was 24 I left an amazing job to start up my own business in fitness. Back then I had a vision of helping people take control of their life because I saw so many people living in fear,” says Mel.

“I knew nothing about business. It just seemed like the right thing to do. Looking back now I can see that settling for nothing other than my dream is a non-negotiable.

“My aim is to create a mastermind for heart-led entrepreneurs to give them a place to connect, feel inspired, empowered and coached to achieve some big goals.”

Maroondah Councillor Kylie Spears, who attended the exhibition launch, said it was extremely encouraging to see such an entrepreneurial spirit amongst women of all ages and at various stages in their lives.

“Maroondah has many inspiring business women who are leading the way for others to follow,” Cr Spears said.

“I would encourage both men and women to go along to the Women in Business Photographic Exhibition. There are many women in business from a diverse range of working backgrounds who are achieving great things and who have demonstrated courageous and successful leadership,” she said.

“These women are driving our region’s economic growth and continue to excel in their fields. We admire them for their dedication and resolve, and we encourage them to continue to strive achieve even greater things,” Cr Spears said.

For more information, call the BizHub team on 9298 4320 or visit the BizHub website.

See the exhibition

The Maroondah BizWeek Women in Business Photographic Exhibition is on display at Eastland Shopping Centre opposite MRP, near Rebel and JB HiFi). It will move to the Realm Activity Space, 179 Maroondah Highway from Monday 7 until Friday 11 August.

You can also see the photos and read the profiles on the BizHub website.



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