I couldn’t believe it when the email came through saying I’d been nominated for the 2016 St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Awards. Then one of my stall holders Jade at Little Bonnie Dot confirmed that she had nominated me. So of course then came the panic of “Oh my gosh how does this work? What do I do now?”
So I went on their website and filled out a really simple questionnaire about myself and about Mama + Me (those word counts were tough) then I selected categories. Each nominee has to select a People’s Choice Category and a Judged Category. I chose Service Business as my People’s Choice and Emerging AusMumpreneur as my judged category.
Then I went through and read a few of the other entries. Holy smokes there are some super talented aussie mamas out there repping the girl power! I am so honored to be nominated as one of them. You can read my entry below.
I am also super excited to announce that one of our stall holders from our April market is nominated for the handmade business award, none other than Rach Harvey from Brave and Fearless. Go Rach!
Voting closes soon so if you like what I’m all about, I’d be over the moon if you could vote for me ‘Baylee Wood – Mama + Me’ under the Service Businesses category. Click the image below to vote now. Just by voting you’ll also go into the draw to win a 3 hour family sailing pass for 2 adults and 2 children with Melbourne Sailing Adventures valued at $250!
If I get enough votes to become a finalist I will be flying down to Melbourne to attend the 2016 AusMumpreneur Awards and Conference, where I will have the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most incredibly inspiring mumpreneurs in Australia. I promise to blog about every single step so you can come on my journey with me and learn everything I do. I hope you’ll join me.
My Ausmumpreneur Entry
1. I am a wife, a mother of two boys and the creator of Mama + Me. Community is at the core of Mama + Me. My main goal is to create a space that supports mums in their journeys as parents and as budding entrepreneurs.
Mama + Me also hosts four markets a year to showcase the talent and dedication of our local mumpreneurs. Hundreds of families come out to enjoy a family focused market and to shop the incredible range of products that are all ethically made by local families.
2. I had a few failed attempts at starting my own business, I felt alone and unsupported. So I started meeting other mumpreneurs and saw their potential. I wanted to support them, to raise them up and show our community the importance of shopping from these amazing local women.
3. I love being able to show my kids the power in loving what you do. My work lights me up and gives me purpose. It makes me a better mum and teaches my kids that work doesn’t have to be back breaking, it can be fun and inspiring too.
4. I think as a parent there is a lot of pressure to have consistency, especially in a financial sense. However being a entrepreneur can mean you don’t pay yourself for a year or more in the start up phase. This has been a huge challenge for our family trying to see the big picture and believe that all our sacrifice will pay off one day. It has been a real lesson in patience and I thank my lucky stars that I have a husband and two sons who have an incredible amount patience, trust and belief in me.
5. My biggest achievements in the last year are definitely seeing my kids having a blast at our market and my fellow mumpreneurs making great sales. It is also amazing seeing the numbers increase on our online communities as well as our stall holders and patrons at each market. Our last event saw over 760 patrons, over 80 stall holders plus nationally recognized musical acts and entertainers as well as international sponsors. I just swell with pride to think that that many people can not only see my vision for Mama + Me but believe in it enough to jump on board.
6. To any budding mumpreneur I highly recommend surrounding yourself with a tribe of other like minded mumpreneurs, who have faced serious failure and serious success and are still content with the simple things in life. Create goals based on the life you want to live, not the money, success, fame or fortune, because bigger isn’t always better. Speak to your tribe weekly, check in with their goals and tell them yours. It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable while also getting support when things fall apart. Also remember to be patient and kind to yourself. No mum guilt allowed.
7. I think I should win because the core of my business is also “celebrating outstanding mums in business”. I live and breathe it, every day. I give mumpreneurs the opportunity to shine. The Mama + Me community is all about encouraging others to support mumpreneurs not only emotionally but supporting their businesses by buying their products or using their services. My business is a platform for all mumpreneurs to promote themselves and their businesses. It is also a platform for charities to raise funds and awareness (eg. The Australian Breastfeeding Association, Animal Welfare League, plus many other community organizations).