Koori Curriculum based in Wyoming NSW has won the Education Services category of the 2023 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards.
Announced winner of the prestigious accolade at the Awards’ National Presentation Evening Gala held at Western Sydney Conference Centre on 23 September 2023, Koori Curriculum is an Aboriginal Early Childhood consultancy that supports early childhood educators to grow their cultural confidence and capacity.
Founded by Ms Jessica Staines – a Wiradjuri woman and early childhood teacher with more than 15 years’ experience – Koori Curriculum advocates for an embedding of Aboriginal perspectives in teaching programs to help communities form meaningful, long-term relationships with their local Aboriginal community.
In the lead-up to the ninth-annual Indigenous Business Month (October), Staines has been presented with a customised statuette trophy and certificate, and gained kudos as a nationally-recognised industry leader.
This year marks the second consecutive year of the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards – a prestigious and comprehensive program that celebrates the growing number of Australia’s most inspiring and influential women in small business.
Mr Steve Loe, Awards founder and managing director of Precedent Productions, which coordinates the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards, said there’s no doubting the rising success of female-led small businesses from all corners of the country.
“Just as the Matildas shone during this year’s World Cup, attracting the nation’s admiration and highlighting the positive contribution of women in sport, the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards program has been specifically created to shine a spotlight on the rising economic and social contributions of women in small business – spanning all capital cities as well as rural, regional and suburban towns,” he said.
“Precedent Productions has been running the Australian Small Business Champion Awards since 1999 so we’re generally in-tune with the country’s best performing business operators. We created this standalone female-focussed awards program because frankly, it’s high time for greater recognition of Australia’s female business trailblazers who still face unique challenges with incredible grit and positively-infectious entrepreneurial spirit.”
The Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards received thousands of entries this year and honoured the achievements of a total of 65 category winners from a broad cross section of industries.
Additionally, four individual category winners were recognised at the red-carpet event, which was hosted by accomplished journalist and popular broadcaster, Ms Deborah Knight.
The 2023 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards is sponsored by Nine Plus, CUB, NOVA Employment, Castaway Forecasting, Xcllusive Business Sales and Big Clean.
For more information – including a full list of 2023 winners – visit womensbusinesschampions.com.au.