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Shop to Support Women on Australia Day

How you can support local businesswomen this Australia Day

We’re being urged to shop local this Australia Day week and to help stop of the flow of over $4.2 billion that’s heading to offshore businesses.

The best way you can do this is to buy Australian made products and to support your local companies.

But Femeconomy and Financy want you to go one step further and not only shop local, but support the companies that are founded by brilliant Aussie businesswomen.

Here’s a list of ten wonderful Femeconomy approved companies you can support, and their founders, including links to their sites and what they are all about.

1. Edible Beauty

Founder: Anna Mitsios. The business was created to address the need for toxin-free luxurious botanical skin care that is good enough to eat.

2. Stylerunner

Founder: Julie Stevanja. A stylish new women’s yoga label, designer activewear and limited edition sport shoes from a range of sports brands.

3. Mon Purse

Founder: Lana Hopkins. Allows you to design, customise and monogram your perfect handbag or luxury European leather goods.

4. Edible Blooms

Founders: Sisters, Kelly Jamieson and Abbey Baker. An award winning gift service delivering chocolate bouquets, gift baskets and gift ideas Australia wide.

5. Box for Monkeys

Founder: Sarah Donges. Fun activity boxes for kids, delivered to your home. Shop for one-off boxes or subscribe to receive boxes monthly. Offering a huge range of packs to keep monkeys of different ages happy, educated and screen free.

6. Ryder

Founder: Penny Brown. Women’s fashion that is synonymous with effortless style and every day comfort.

7. Corban & Blair

Founders: Gillian Corban and Amanda Blair. Stylish designer albums, journals, books and photo frames

8. Australian Fashion Labels BNKR

Founders: Melanie and Dean Flintoft. A shopping portal for top brands C/MEO Collective, Finders Keepers, Keepsake, The Fifth Label, and Jaggar shoes.

9. Hardtofind

Founder: Erica Stewart. Quirky, stand-out quality items and gifts that you won’t find anywhere else, celebrating fun, innovative design from the best small creative businesses in Australia and globally.

10. Nourished Life

Founder: Irene Falcone. One-stop shop for toxin-free, all-natural beauty, health and fitness products.

It’s estimated that 60 per cent of Australian businesses shut down in the first three years of opening, according to comparison website finder.com.au which has launched a True Blue sale initiative where many companies are offering discounts today online.

Women founded businesses face greater hurdles in accessing venture capital funding, with less than 10 percent of VC funds going to women lead businesses. A 2013 study conducted by the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) found half of those surveyed required more funding to grow their business. The majority of those women started their business with less than $5000 worth of capital.

This post was originally published by Bianca Hartge-Hazelman for Financy.

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Women make over 85% of purchase decisions. You’re Femeconomy. We want to help you shop brands with female leaders to create gender equality. The power is in your purse.

Femeconomy approved brands have at least 30% of women on the Board of Directors or are 50% female owned. So far over 700 brands meet our criteria. Look for our badge to shop Femeconomy approved brands.

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Posted by Jade Collins - Femeconomy Founder

Mother, wife, daughter, determined dreamer. Lover of books. Background in Human Resources leadership in global organisations.