Greek Australian mothers named finalists in prestigious entrepreneur awards for 2021

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Eight Greek mothers across Australia have been named finalists in the AusMumpreneur Awards for 2021.

The Awards, presented by The Women’s Business School, celebrate and recognise 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 recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

Here’s the eight Greek Australian mothers who fit in that category:

NSW / ACT:

1. Maria Dalamaras, Rio Consulting Group:

Maria Dalamaras has been recognised in the category ‘B2B Service Business’ for Rio Consulting Group.

Maria is a mum, travel addict and lover of wine, delving deep into the world of digital marketing. She has a psychology background and a natural desire to help people.

This passion for people and everything social media led her to climb out of the corporate space in 2018 to chase her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

Rio Consulting Group was born and it specialises in all things Digital Marketing. Their most commonly sought services are: social media management, content creation, copy writing, LinkedIn profile management, graphic design and website consulting.

2. Cassandra Kalpaxis, Kalpaxis Legal:

Cassandra Kalpaxis has been named a finalist in a number of categories including: ‘Business Excellence,’ ‘Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year,’ ‘Women’s Champion’ and ‘Service Business.’ These are all related to her business Kalpaxis Legal.

Cassandra is a mother who understands all that comes with being a parent and trying to navigate the overwhelming and anxious period that is separation.

Cassandra’s passion for family law has been recognised through the accolades she has received from her recent achievements, including the publication of her book “Dignified Divorce.”

3. Viria Charitos, MEBEME:

Viria Charitos has been recognised as a finalist in the ‘Retail Business’ category for MEBEME.

In late 2017, Viria realised her eldest daughter’s skin and body odour was changing so she decided to do some research on what skincare and deodorant was good for her.

As a qualified beauty therapist, Viria had a good idea of what she liked and what she wanted to keep off her child’s skin. Although there were some good products out there, she couldn’t find anything tailored to tween skin that ticked all the boxes.

The Greek Australian launched MEBEME – skin products that are natural and gentle enough to use on children’s skin, yet effective.

4. Cathy Dimarchos, Solutions2you:

Cathy Dimarchos has been named a finalist in the ‘Women Will Change The World’ category of the AusMumpreneur Awards for Solutions2you.

Cathy is a guide, a coach, a consultant and a motivational voice, delivering a blueprint of business toolkits and solutions to leaders from every imaginable background.

With 35 years experience in the finance industry (and around 50% of that time working in small business), Cathy has alot of knowledge about how people think, act and react.

She uses this skill to perfect a combination of people, business and situational skills.

VIC / TAS:

5. Mary Maksemos, Maksemos Group:

Mary Maksemos has been named a finalist in a number of categories including: ‘AusMumpreneur of the Year,’ ‘Business Excellence,’ ‘Creative Entrepreneur,’ ‘Service Business’ and ‘Business Pivot,’ for Maksemos Group.

Mary is an Industrial Designer and the leading authority in kitchen design in Australia.

Her extensive design advice is drawn from over 20 years of experience in kitchens and she promises to create a unique kitchen space for your renovation.

QLD / NT:

6. Toni Lontis, Toni Lontis Enterprises:

Toni Lontis has been recognised in the ‘Disabled Business Excellence,’ ‘Global Brand’ and ‘Overcoming the Odds’ categories for Tony Lontis Enterprises.

After 35 years in nursing, Toni published a book about what it takes to heal from dysfunction and trauma to create a heart-centered impact and help heal others. An audiobook production was later released and Radio Toni was born.

From these humble beginnings grew a love of interviewing businesses and people, about life, business and the universe. Toni now has multiple live streaming TV/radio shows and a series of co-hosted business shows on different platforms, based in the US and broadcasting to the world.

7. Sophia Arthur Pallas, Sophia Pallas:

Sophia Arthur Pallas has been named a finalist in the ‘Digital Service Business’ and ‘Overcoming the Odds’ categories for her business Sophia Pallas.

Sophia describes herself as a wellness copywriter and launch strategist who helps you “connect deeply with your soul gifts to write copy that feels great, makes more money, and truly serves your clients.”

With over 15 years of experience writing about stuff from murder trials to creating facts sheets, she ensures her copy is personal and vibrant. She’s also worked on real-life launches for some of Australia’s biggest brands and health organisations.

WA / SA:

8. Aphrodite Bouari, Sweet But Psycho Pty Ltd:

Aphrodite Bouari has been recognised in the categories ‘Creative Entrepreneur’ and ‘Regional Business’ for Sweet But Psycho Pty Ltd.

Aphrodite is the owner of Karratha’s only dessert bar, which creates quirky cocktails and authentic Greek and Middle Eastern sweets.

The winners of the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at an online event in September. For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit www.ausmumpreneur.com.

* Please note the above list includes the names of those who are recognised as Greek. If you know someone else, please email us at greek@foreignlanguage.com.au.

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