Redlands women named finalists in Ausmumpreneur awards

FINALIST: Leisa Papa of Little Kids Business is up for the retail business and e-commerce awards.

FINALIST: Leisa Papa of Little Kids Business is up for the retail business and e-commerce awards.

A BABYWEARING educator, oral health therapist and women's health advocate are among the Redlands mums named as finalists for national business awards.

The Ausmumpreneur Awards celebrate and recognize Australian mums in business in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation.

The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

Among the finalists is Victoria Point local Brooke Maree, who is up for awards in the Making a Difference (Business) and Queensland Business Excellence categories.

Ms Maree's business, Brooke Maree Babywearing, provides babywearing education and consultations for parents across Brisbane. She also educates student doulas.

"It started as a desire to have a passion and income that was meshed with my life and love for my children and it's continued to stay that way", she said.

Stephanie Roper of Thornlands dental practice Toothfairy and Co is up for the coveted Ausmumpreneur of the Year Award

Ms Roper said working as an oral health therapist had been a life-long commitment.

"It has been a vision of mine since I was a young girl to help others and change dentistry for the better," she said.

"The impact of good dental health reaches far beyond the four walls of the dental practice. It stays with our young patients for life."

Redland Bay's Brylee Langley - who is a finalist in the category of Big Idea: Changing the World - is the founder of Leveler, a learn-to-read platform.

Ms Langley said Leveler began out of the pain and frustration of watching her dyslexic son endure years of frustration because he couldn't read.

"I realised that to teach him, I had to come up with a completely new method of learning to read and that's what I did," she said.

Also among the finalists is Endometriosis Queensland president Jessica Taylor, who is a finalist in the Making a Difference and Women Will Change the World categories.

Ms Taylor works to raise awareness of endometriosis and educate young girls about the condition. It comes after she was recognised as a finalist in the Seven News Young Achiever Awards earlier this year.

IN THE RUNNING: 2 Bent Rods founder Samantha Beckmann is up for the business excellence award.

IN THE RUNNING: 2 Bent Rods founder Samantha Beckmann is up for the business excellence award.

Also in the running is Samantha Beckmann, who is up for the Queensland Business Excellence award.

Ms Beckmann founded 2 Bent Rods, which teaches young people around the Redlands to fish.

2 Bent Rods was named Australia's Best Kids School Holiday Activity in June at the national What's On 4 Kids Awards.

Ms Beckmann is also the south-east Queensland co-ordinator of Lids 4 Kids, which turns plastic bottle tops into prosthetic hands for children.

Capalaba's Leisa Papa of Little Kids Business was also recognised for her e-commerce marketplace, a one-stop shop for children's gifts.

Ausmumpreneur winners will be presented with their awards at a gala in Melbourne on September 6.