A quartet of talented Albany businesswomen have secured nominations for a national award recognising Australia’s brightest mums in business. After getting the nod from their peers earlier this month, the local business leaders are now on their way to being named as finalists in the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards. Nominee Mel Homewood, director at Alkaline Cafe, said although the awards ceremony was still months away, she already felt like a winner. “This has been a massive journey for me, trying to be a mum, wife, business owner, a mum to my staff and the best person I can be for my customers,” she said. “It has been a real challenge, but I love the challenge.” Emily Smith was nominated for her successful mindset coaching business, Be Think Do Coaching. Ms Smith helps women feel empowered and achieve their goals — something she says can only be done with courage. “I still have failures on a regular basis, but now I celebrate them,” she said. “I’ve got big goals for what I want to achieve in the world, not just in Albany or in Australia.” Ms Smith said her two daughters were her inspiration. “Definitely one of the motivators for what I do is showing my girls that they can achieve whatever they want to achieve, they can do what they love to do and that they can make what they love to do into their career,” she said. Mother of two Natasha Wilson was nominated for her successful IT management and cybersecurity business, Concept Tech. “Everyone uses technology nowadays and it’s becoming more and more prevalent to actually be secure because a lot of people don’t really understand the risks,” she said. “To be nominated by a fellow mumpreneur or someone who feels like you are outstanding at what you do is just an honour and a compliment.” Megan King’s passion for photography and a decade of hard work has seen her create the Click Collective, a branding agency providing a “one-stop shop” to help businesses grow their image. Ms King said it felt great to find a community of mums with a drive to achieve their business dreams. “I think there are a lot of women in business that are doing really well and they are getting the confidence to stand up and push forward,” she said. “I think a great entrepreneur is someone that doesn’t give up, someone who is willing to take risks and willing to fail.” This year’s awards ceremony will be held in each State, with the four friends set to represent Albany at the WA awards in Margaret River in October.