Ombudsman backs outstanding women in small business

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has proudly shown her support for this year’s Outstanding Western Sydney Women Awards to be hosted on 15 October 2019, with a stellar line-up of finalists announced.

“Each and every one of the award finalists are exceptional women,” Carnell said. “They’re community leaders, entrepreneurs and tradies – and they deserve this recognition for the brilliant work they do.”

She added, “My office is honoured to get behind the awards and the efforts of Western Sydney Women, which aims to help women in the region advance their businesses and career paths and provide a network of support for each other.”

The ASBFEO’s Small Business Counts report shows that 35 per cent of Australian small businesses are female-led. That has been rising steadily since the 1990s but it also noted that more can be done to support women in business.

“Research tell us that the most successful start-ups are created by those who have a network or mentors for support. That’s why organisations such as Western Sydney Women are so important in creating a critical mass of female entrepreneurial role models,” Carnell said.

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