LESS than five months after winning state and national Telstra Business Awards, Kristen McPhail is expanding her childcare business and has seven times the number of Facebook likes.
The Pachamama director, who co-founded the Lesmurdie business with Andrew White, won the 2018 Small and Succeeding awards at the state and national events.
Pachamama operates two services across three buildings and this week will expand the second centre so the business can cater for 150 children.
Ms McPhail said winning the state and national awards helped the community recognise Pachamama’s qualities and the extension was nearly at capacity even before it opened.
“Winning the state and national awards gave us a lot of exposure,” she said.
“We got an enormous about of attention from people wanting to learn more about our business.”
Ms McPhail said the extensive application process was also a good experience.
“It was thorough in its analysis of our business and made us understand it from a different perspective and the things we needed to concentrate on,” she said.
Nominations for the 2019 27th Telstra Business Awards are open until March 7.
Ms McPhail said business owners should self-nominate for the awards.
“If it’s something you believe you would qualify for, I encourage people to nominate themselves,” she said.