Monica Meldrum from Whole Kids has been named 2018 Small Business Champion Entrepreneur at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards.
The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is the only national recognition program for Australian small businesses. The Champion Entrepeur Award recognises Monica as an industry leader from an impressive array of entries from Small businesses in Australia that represents a broad range of industries from all states and territories.
Accepting her award at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held on Saturday 21st April at The Star – Sydney, with over 1,100 guests in attendance, Meldrum was overjoyed by the recognition of her huge achievements as a passionate, determined and purpose driven entrepreneur.
During her acceptance speech Monica perfectly summed up why Whole Kids is a brand with a difference and paving the way for change in the food industry and wider business community as a business with a conscience.
“I’m so proud of everything we have achieved to date. 12 years ago, I convinced my husband to throw everything we had into this little business called Whole Kids” said Monica Meldrum, Whole Kids Founder and CEO. “since then we’ve provided over 35 million healthier choices to parents and kids. We’ve gone up against some of the biggest food brands in the world and we’ve launched programs to promote social equity for children”.
The program aims to recognise outstanding Australian small businesses and encourage high standards of excellence in small business practice. “The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is a way to recognise the efforts of small business people whose efforts contribute to the prosperity and vitality of communities across Australia”, said Steve Loe, Managing Director of Precedent Productions and founder of the awards.
From taking on the food giants to win their first major contract with Qantas 10 years ago, to being named as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women Of Influence, Monica still has her sights firmly set on her goal to provide 50 million healthier choices to parents by 2020. With the support of her family, staff and customers, Whole Kids continue to fulfil their core purpose to create happier, healthier lives for kids.