Copacabana local Ms Annette Francis has received a bronze medal in the 2015 St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur sustainability category for her organic cotton babywear brand, Gaia Organic Cotton.
Ms Francis received her bronze award by naming sponsor St George Bank’s Head of SME, Mr Stuart Zalunardo for her dedication to environmentally and socially conscious babywear.
Ms Francis said she was thrilled to place in her category and was a proud AusMumpreneur.
“I started my business 15 years ago and have happily worked behind the scenes to provide parents with beautiful eco-friendly clothing options for their babies, and being a part of these awards has given me an opportunity to reflect on my journey as a business woman, designer and mother.”
Her success has provided a renewed drive to grow Gaia Organic Cotton as a brand and continuing to produce a sustainable eco-friendly product.
This is the sixth year the AusMumpreneur Awards have run, with the business mum community growing as mothers look at opportunities to become small business owners.
Aus Mumprenuer Network owners Ms Peace Mitchell and Ms Katy Garner said the awards show the passion of women who want to fulfil their entrepreneurial dream as well as be great mums.
“The number of women starting small businesses has tripled in the last 12 months,” Ms Mitchell said. “Of the 668,570 women operating business in Australia currently, a total of 47 per cent are mums with children at home.”
Sep 16, 2015
Meagan Morrison, Gaia