With the September 30 deadline for entries to the 2014 My Business Awards fast approaching, here we catch up with My Business Award winner Tina Tower of Begin Bright, who explains what you and your business will gain from entering this year's My Business Awards.
Sydney-based mother of two Tina Tower started the earliest incarnation of her early childhood tutoring and education business eight years ago while completing her Primary Teaching degree at university years, and after graduation uni she had no intention of leaving small business ownership.
“There’s something about the freedom and the empowerment that business provides that I can’t get enough of,” Tower (pictured right at the 2012 My Business Awards with Ben Fewtrell from ActionCOACH) enthuses. “It’s allowed me to be able to continue working while studying at uni and then having two children with the flexibility and adaptability of a business.”
Using the franchising model, Tower has achieved rapid business growth and now has a handful of franchises proving the virtues of her business model in Begin Bright franchises throughout Sydney. At the 2012 ActionCOACH My Business Award and still a few years shy of 30, Tower’s successes were recognised with her being awarded the inaugural GIO Award for Women In Business, which she duly followed up at the end of the night by being crowned with the ActionCOACH Overall Award for Business Excellence.
“It’s incredibly exciting – I have entered a lot of awards and been named a finalist in around 23 categories and had never won,” Tower said following her dual My Business Award wins. “I was starting to think that I was the only one that thought I had this amazing company! The recognition for all of the hard work we’ve put in and the growth that we’ve had is just beautiful. It’s also great publicity.”
Tower encourages all ambitious SME business owners to enter the 2014 My Business Awards and stresses that there’s plenty that you and your business can get out of the entry process, even if you don’t end up winning an award.
“Putting together an awards submission is a very reflective process and one that I quite enjoy,” she explains. “I read a lot of business publications and always read about the companies and individuals that win awards and try and enter those same programs. I’m incredibly excited that it’s now Begin Bright! It’s opened a lot more opportunities for us and we’ve received a lot of publicity and invitations to events. Fantastic!”
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