CWB Announces Canberra’s Business Woman of the Year

Jazz 20 August 2010

The ACT Chamber of Women in Business presented an award to ‘Business Woman of the Year’ Claire Connelly at the 4th Annual Dinner and Awards Night on Tuesday 17th August.

CWB President Laurie McDonald says “It was a great night and a privilege to acknowledge women who have made outstanding contributions to the local economy and business community.”

The main award ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ is for the business woman who demonstrated leadership, tenacity, compassion, encouragement, pursuit of excellence and is a role model for other business women.

WINNER: Claire Connelly from Papercut –

Claire started Papercut in 2007 and since then has increased her clients, profit and team – all by an astounding 200%. Claire’s business philosophy is to focus on the triple bottom line that for her includes not only profit, but also an emphasis on environmental and social outcomes.

Claire is an inspiring businesswoman with an impressive commitment to the local community and the environment.

Other awards and winners include:

‘Best New Business’ – for the new business showing excellence in growth, both financially and with the number of clients and demonstrating innovative ideas in marketing.
WINNER: Maria Selleck – Maria Selleck Properties –

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dianne Nockels – Forever Living

‘Outstanding Community Spirit’ – for the business that cares for the community, enhancing the social, economic, commercial and environmental prosperity of the region.
WINNER: Fiona Allardyce – HamperArt –

The Chamber of Women in Business is a not for profit incorporated association supporting women in business in the Canberra region. Formed in 1992, the Chamber of Women in Business is an organisation formed to provide support and development opportunities for businesswomen in the Canberra region. Developing business skills such as financial management, business management, marketing and technology in an environment tailored to the needs of women, the Chamber fosters the confidence to establish and grow successful businesses.

To find out more about the CWB and the awards go to the CWB Website at or phone the office on 6282 6255.

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