Local mums win national AusMumpreneur awards

In the biz: Business Excellence Awards winner Funda Yolal.

In the biz: Business Excellence Awards winner Funda Yolal.

Two St George mums have received recognition for their business ventures in this year’s national St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Awards.

Recognition: Helen Druitt won a Product Innovation award.

Recognition: Helen Druitt won a Product Innovation award.

Bexley mum Funda Yolal runs in-home behaviour and parenting specialist agency Tiny Terrors at Kogarah. 

Innovative: Mrs Druitt's buggy cart design.

Innovative: Mrs Druitt's buggy cart design.

The psychologist and mother of two was the first place winner of the Business Excellence award.

Held in Melbourne this month, the awards were designed to encourage talented mum to follow their career dreams while balancing motherhood.

The awards celebrate and recognise Australian mothers in business who achieve outstanding success in business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation.

Mrs Yolal was described by judges as an outstanding business, inspirational role model and ambassador for mums in business.

“It was so inspirational to be surrounded by other women from all over Australia who were on their business ventures,” Mrs Yolal said.

 “It was great to be recognised and it has given me the confidence to grow and move forward in my industry.” 

Brighton-Le-Sands mum Helen Druitt received the first place award for Product Innovation award for her creation, a buggy cart.

The mother of three designed the cart – a shopping trolley bag that attaches to the back of prams and strollers.

“I have only been in business for about 18 months, and it certainly took me by surprise,” Mrs Druitt said.

“It was an amazing conference where you could hear some amazing and inspirational stories from mums, and was encouraging to know there is a whole network of mums whom have managed to set up a business from home that has allowed them the time to still be there for their family”.

The number of women starting businesses has tripled in the past year.

Of the 668,670 women operating a small business in Australia, 47 per cent are mums with children at home.

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