Eight female entrepreneurs from across Australia have been announced as finalists of the inaugural PACK & SEND Small Business Logistics Grant, taking them one step closer to the chance to turbo-charge the growth of their business with the help of Australia’s leading parcel courier and freight reseller.
The front-runners beat out over 130 entries from small businesses across the nation for the title, and represent a diverse range of industries spanning health and wellbeing, fashion, artisan goods, products and designs, and community services.
2017 marks the first year for the Small Business Logistics Grant, which was established by PACK & SEND to recognise the important role of the small business sector in the Australian market.
The winning small business will receive a prize pack that includes $10,000 worth of parcel and freight services from PACK & SEND, a three-month business mentorship with Hannah Staples, co-founder of Peppermint Grove Australia, and parcel courier and freighting advice from a PACK & SEND account manager for a year.
Awarding Australian small business excellence
Michael Paul, PACK & SEND founder and CEO, said: “Our finalists are incredible examples of the enterprising spirit and high-calibre talent that exists within the small business community in Australia.
“We are thrilled to recognise the leadership of our small business entrepreneurs, with an impressive group of female leaders dominating the field this year. We are excited by our finalists list which represent a diverse range of industries, and demonstrate a commitment to their communities through local involvement and influence.
“Over recent years, we have seen huge demand from small businesses partnering with PACK & SEND, and the Small Business Logistics Grant is our opportunity to show our ongoing commitment to the sector.
“We understand the challenges small business owners face; the PACK & SEND Small Business Logistics Grant allows one lucky small business to put their logistics needs in our hands, and instead invest that time and effort on growing their business, both domestically and internationally.”
Who are the finalists?
The finalists of the PACK & SEND Small Business Logistics Grant are:
- Fleurieu Gifts – South Australia
- Good360 Australia – New South Wales
- Tuesday Vintage – New South Wales
- BasiK Organics – Victoria
- Print & Party – Queensland
- Minouche – New South Wales
- Twincredible by Flat Out Mum – Victoria
- Little Wooden Toybox – Western Australia
Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, including Hannah Staples, co-founder of Peppermint Grove Australia; Kellie Rakich and Alexandra Lyons, co-founders of Ankalia Textiles; Michael Paul, CEO of PACK & SEND; and David Scicluna, PACK & SEND Franchisee of the Year 2016.
The winner of the PACK & SEND Small Business Logistics Grant will be announced at a cocktail awards evening held at the QT Sydney on Thursday 23 March 2017.