Life with Paint has been awarded Banyule digiDECL’s 2015 ‘Women in Business Award’ which recognises the innovative business model and achievements of a female owned and managed start-up business in the Banyule region.
The award was open to all female business owners in the early stages of their business, and out of a number of highly credentialed applicants, digiDECL identified an innovative and motivated business owner in the winner, Jessica Clark.
Her business, Life with Paint, runs social painting nights in pubs across Melbourne.
The Women in Business Award highlights Banyule digiDECL’s commitment to support local women in business and help them succeed beyond the initial critical growth period. CEO David Williamson says, “We feel we can add a lot of value to the winning business, not only during the mentoring appointments, but with access to a professional working space, networks, and the digital training currently offered.”
As for Jessica’s winning application, “We loved the community-minded aspect of her business and her enthusiasm for growth.”
Jessica will receive three months of free membership at the coworking space situated at The Mall in Heidelberg West, as well as sixteen hours of mentoring with experienced small business mentors, and access to business training and information sessions.
Jessica explains, “The award appealed for its opportunity to receive business mentoring and to cowork with like-minded people in my community. The coworking space is a nest of creativity, comfort, and support.”
With the support of Australia Post, digiDECL has been providing locals with professional coworking space since late 2014. It is ideal for start-up businesses, freelancers, microbusinesses, and other professionals who would otherwise work from home.
“To have the support and recognition of my peers is wonderful,” Jessica adds.
The runner-up is Nikki Clark, who runs the boutique personal training studio Cinch, in Macleod. Her placing in the Women in Business Awards was due to the vivacity of her submission and her dynamic approach to business. For Nikki, the appeal of the award was the networking potential with other professionals, and she intends to use her three months of free membership for regular focus days in the company of others.
Banyule digiDECL will run the Women in Business Award again in 2016.