Milsons Point local business I.T. Lady has been named a finalist in the 2023 Australian Women's Small Business Awards

From thousands of entrants from across the nation, Milsons Point local business owner Louise Ridlen has been named a finalist in the 2023 Australian Women's Small Business Champion Awards - a prestigious and comprehensive programme that celebrates the growing number of Australia's most inspiring and influential women in small business.

Lauded for excellence in the Information Technology category of the Awards, I.T. Lady is now in the running to take a top gong at the second annual Australian Women's Small Business Champion Awards National Presentation Evening Gala Event, to be held on Saturday 23 September2023.

With a mounting reputation as the 'Logies' of small business, the red-carpet event will be hosted by accomplished journalist and popular broadcaster, Deborah Knight, at the newly-built Western Sydney Conference Centre at Penrith in NSW.

The only national awards programme of its kind created specifically 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 - the Australian Women's Small Business Champion Awards is arguably among the most diverse in terms of the breadth of represented industries and sectors.

From Information Technology to disability support, butchers and bakers, environmental, manufacturing, marketing services and more, the 2023 programme features more than 60 industry categories and four individual award categories - Young Small Business Champion Woman Entrepreneur(aged 30 and younger), Small Business Champion Woman Entrepreneur (aged over30), Australian Small Business Champion Influential Woman and Australian Small Business Champion Icon.

"The success of female-led small businesses in this country is absolutely on the rise, especially during the past decade and even during the current challenging economic climate,"says Steve Loe, Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions,which coordinates the Australian Women's Small Business Champion Awards.

"Since our inception more than 40years ago, Precedent Productions continues to present a multitude of state and national award programmes, so we're generally in-tune with the country's best performing business operators.

"We simply could not look past the spiking number of female small business trailblazers and so deemed it only appropriate to have a standalone awards programme that showcases and honours their achievements.

"The quantity and quality of entrants in the 2023 Australian Women's Small Business Champion Awards is truly remarkable and so the ultimate selection of this year's finalists has by no means been an easy feat.