Awards

 

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2016 Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame

HerBusiness

We would like to proudly announce, that Laurie was introduced into the 2016 Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame!

For the past 18 years, HerBusiness (formerly The Australian Businesswomen’s Network) has recognised and profiled Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs through the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame. Over that time, over 200 women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame – some quiet achievers; others high profile leaders of industry; some emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners; others the champions of the community sector. And each one an inspiration to women in business everywhere!

“The Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame recognises prominent Australian female business owners that have achieved notable success in their field and inspire others. These women demonstrate exemplary entrepreneurship and provide shining examples for their peers and other women considering starting their own business,” – Suzi Dafnis.

To read more on Laurie follow the link below.

www.herbusiness.com/profile/laurie-mcdonald


 

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2013 WINNER Micro-Business Award

Telstra Business Awards

WINNER! WINNER! WINNER!  If at first you don’t succeed ….

Micro Business Award, Canberra Furnished Accommodation

We are delighted to have won this award.  It was no easy accomplishment, the awards process takes around 50 hours to complete and as you will see below we were Finalists for 3 years running before we succeeded.

During that time we have used the Awards process to grow and improve Canberra Furnished Accommodation.  We are delighted to be a winner amongst this prestigious calibre of Australian business’.

The judges commended our business for the financial risk the owner, Laurie McDonald, took to begin the business back in 2003 and also for the growth and business systems in place.


From the Telstra Business Awards Website:

‘As the business grew and developed I realised I had hit upon the perfect formula to support and help us grow our property portfolio.’ Laurie McDonald, Director

To generate an income while on maternity leave, Laurie McDonald used $5000 from her credit card to refurbish an investment property and offer short stay accommodation. Such was demand, she was able to re-invest profits and now boasts a portfolio of 50 budget, executive and luxury properties in central Canberra locations. Laurie’s formula for success is based on providing modern residential apartments, custom designed with quality furniture and equipment so guests feel they are in their own private home for rates less than hotel accommodation. Guests include business people on work contracts, people relocating to the capital, those in between buying and selling their own properties, or baby-boomers and families on holidays. Future growth will be driven by a new venture into providing furniture and equipment packages to property investors and managing properties for other investors. Laurie is also developing a DIY rental management kit based on her model to sell to property investors.

Further Information

Telstra Media Release

Acceptance speech footage


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 2013 Finalist Business of the Year

NAIDOC Awards Committee

The annual NAIDOC Awards recognise the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond, or to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field.


2013 Finalist Innovation Excellence

ACTSmart Sustainable Business Awards

Awarded to a business or office that has implemented an innovative idea or creative process to support it’s recycling program.  We were nominated for this award when the auditor from the ACTSmart program visited our office to assess us for next years accreditation.  The judges were very impressed with our vegetable garden at our Zirconia building for guests to use and our composting program.

Link to more Information on ACTSmart Business Accreditation


 

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2012 Finalist Micro-Business Award,  Telstra Business Awards

We were thrilled to again be a finalist in these prestigious awards.  In the photo above is our owner Laurie McDonald and her son Connor, accepting the Finalists Certificate from Karen Nicholas of Learning Options.  We will be back to have one more try next year.


 

Photo of Laurie McDonald accepting the Finalists Certificate at the Telstra 2011 ACT Business Awards

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2011 Finalist Micro-Business Award,  Telstra Business Awards

 The Telstra Business Awards celebrate the aspirations and successes of Australia’s myriad small-to-medium businesses. Now entering its 20th year, the Telstra Business Awards is Australia’s pre-eminent business awards program, comprising a series of State and Territory finals and culminating in a national final which aims to catapult entrants to even greater success.

Over two decades, the Telstra Business Awards has uncovered a vast number of great success stories. Every year, we look forward to discovering more of these successes, which might otherwise remain unsung and anonymous.

Further information on the Telstra Business Awards can be found here www.telstrabusinessawards.com


 

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2010 Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Finalist
Telstra Business Women’s Awards

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards has become an integral part of the Australian business calendar, celebrating the achievements of some truly remarkable women.  Past winners include some of Australia’s most talented business leaders, whose career paths and individual achievements continue to inspire business people around the country.

Further information on this award, and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards can be found here www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com.au


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2010 Business Growth Finalist
Canberra Business Point Awards

The 2010 Canberra BusinessPoint Gala Awards is an event to recognise and reward the significant achievements of small and medium business in the ACT and region.

Further information on this award, and the Canberra BusinessPoint Awards generally can be found here www.canberrabusinesspoint.com.au

 


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2010 Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Finalist
Telstra Business Women’s Awards

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards has become an integral part of the Australian business calendar, celebrating the achievements of some truly remarkable women.  Past winners include some of Australia’s most talented business leaders, whose career paths and individual achievements continue to inspire business people around the country.

Further information on this award, and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards can be found here www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com.au


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2009 ACT Business Woman of the Year
Chamber Of Women In Business

This award is for the business woman who demonstrates leadership, tenacity, compassion, encouragement, pursuit of excellence and is a role model for other business women, eg by implementing new initiatives in the workplace, providing employment opportunities, being visionary.

Further information on this award, and The Chamber of Women in Business can be found here www.cwb.org.au


Watch Laurie McDonald’s television interview when she won this award by
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