TWO local mums have been nominated for the National AusMumpreneur Awards for their outstanding effort and achievements as mothers and entrepreneurs.
Susan Burke of Susan Burke Interactive Lessons Design and Lynsey Nichols of Gilbert The Garbage Truck Needs Your Help have been nominated for the 2014 AusMumpreneur Awards.
The awards celebrate and recognise mothers achieving outstanding success in areas such as business, product development, services and innovation in businesses from Australia and New Zealand.
The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.
Lynsey Nichols is a mother of three and she and her husband, Trevor, are both passionate about the need to teach children the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.
Mr Nichols is a local garbage truck driver and the couple were inspired to write and illustrate a children's book which then got transformed into an interactive show for preschool and school students.
Susan Burke is a mother of two and a primary school teacher who wanted improve education on a larger scale.
Whilst she felt that she was making a difference as a teacher, she wanted to extend that further and met Ms Nichols at one of her school performances.
Ms Nichols wanted to bring her characters to life and so Ms Burke created Interactive White Board (IWB) activities to include in the show. These activities were offered to schools as additional learning experiences with the book.
Ms Nichols loved the interactive resources and she encouraged Ms Burke to create her own IWB lessons, which resulted in Susan Burke Interactive Lessons Design.
Ms Burke explained the benefits of balancing business and motherhood.
"Sometimes as a teacher, I felt that other people's children were getting the best of me. I wanted to spend more time with my own children, whilst still being able to pursue a career in education. My children provide me with inspiration every day. They trial the lessons I create."
Being a successful business woman whilst raising a family can sometimes be challenging and Ms Nichols explained that women shouldn't be hesitant to follow their dreams.
"Dream big. Go out on a limb and take risks. Try not to be hampered by the dollar sign. Profit can be measured in what you achieve, not just by how much money your business is making. If our message about recycling impacts on just one child during each show we do, I feel I'm making a difference and achieving success."
Finalists will be selected by a public vote at www.ausmumpreneur.com.
Voting begins at midday on Friday, August 1, so don't forget to vote for these inspiring local women.