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LisaTHE Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN) will launch its 2014 Hall of Fame recognising the achievements of 17 female entrepreneurs from industries as diverse as food, finance, motorbikes, education and wine.

Among the group is Lisa McGuigan Wines founder and winemaker Lisa McGuigan (pictured).

Each year the ABN Hall of Fame honours and celebrates Australian female business owners who have been exemplary in their industries, are trailblazers and demonstrate inspiring and aspiring business journeys.

“The ABN Hall of Fame recognises the notable achievements of Australia’s stand out female business owners,” ABN chief executive officer Suzi Dafnis said.

“Across the board, female entrepreneurs don’t receive as much recognition as their corporate counterparts, not to mention their male peers.

“The women in our Hall of Fame this year were chosen because of their remarkable success and because they are all excellent role models to other aspiring female business owners.”

Of the two million people in Australia who own or operate a business, 33 per cent are women aged between 35 and 44, according to research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

But Dafnis said the lower numbers don’t reflect the impact these businesses have on the country’s wealth.

“Sadly, we just don’t see public recognition of their success,” she added.

“The ABN Hall of Fame has been running since 1998 and we never fail to find more than enough women to celebrate.

“It’s an important program to ensure these successful women are given a stage and honoured for their contribution to the economy and the business community.”

The 2014 ABN Hall of Fame inductees include:

  • Maggie Beer, Maggie Beer Products
  • Liz Davenport, Liz Davenport
  • Dr Catriona Wallace, Fifth Quadrant
  • Kristina Karlsson,  kikki.K
  • Tammy May, MyBudget
  • Barbara Etter, BEtter Consulting
  • Lisa McGuigan, Lisa McGuigan Wines
  • Saskia Havekes, Grandiflora
  • Chandra Clements, One Legacy
  • Helen Summers, Helen Summers Optometrist
  • Eve Mahlab, Australian Women Donors Network
  • Carol Schwartz, Trawalla Foundation
  • Sam Sheppard, The Buildmore Group
  • Viv White, Big Picture Education
  • Sonja Cameron, Cameron’s Nursery
  • Robbie Sefton, Sefton & Associates
  • Christine Kris Macauley of Robbo’s Motorcycles

Each woman’s business history and top five strategies for success are available to inspire both women and men via a free downloadable Keepsake Booklet at www.abn.org.au/halloffame.