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Local Business Woman Named as a Finalist for National Awards

By 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards
Posted: 11 Aug 2020
Jo Pennington Munchas Cafe
Jo Pennington of Munchas Café & Catering has been named as a finalist for the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards in the AusMumpreneur of the Year, Food & Beverage and People’s Choice Customer Service categories.

The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognize Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

Jo is a passionate, enthusiastic, and caring Business Owner and Mum who owns and operates Munchas Café & Catering with her husband Mike.  Jo absolutely loves being a Mum to 8year old Beau and 5year old Bella.

Treating her work family with respect and kindness is of the highest importance to Jo who understands that a team that is appreciated will shine in the workplace creating harmony and positivity.

Munchas operates seven days per week and is located right on Shelly Beach on the Central Coast of NSW.  You will often find Jo pumping out the coffees or chatting to customers.   Behind the scenes she spends many hours working on the business completing rosters, accounts, business planning etc. 

Munchas has become a location where customers meet and become lifelong friends, and nothing makes Jo happier than being able to provide a haven such as this especially during these times.

Jo is delighted to be named as a finalist and is proud of her achievements, particularly Munchas Café being announced Outstanding Café in the Local Business Awards in 2019 and finalists again in 2020. 

Also forming a relationship with Little Big Dairy (a sustainable, family operated dairy in Dubbo) in August 2019, which was the best business decision she made all year.  Despite the product being more expensive, the taste is incredible, and Munchas are directly supporting Aussie farmers who are just as passionate about business as they are. 

There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Jo explains, “I love being a positive role model to my children.  I believe it is important to treat each member of our work family as equal; to guide, mentor and motivate.  Much the same as the way I try to raise Beau and Bella”.

It can be challenging to be a successful businesswoman whilst raising a family and Jo gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise. "I’ve learnt over the years and even more so recently, how crucial it is to put yourself as a priority and to work on yourself.  You can’t fill from an empty cup and when you are running a business and raising a family you need to ensure your heart is full before you can spread that joy to others."

The winners of the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at an online event in September.

 
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