TRACY Keeley, a woman with a passion for transforming cafes and showing their full potential, topped the Canberra women in business awards last week.
She was one of 43 finalists from nine categories awarded for the courage and determination it takes to thrive and succeed in business.
Ms Keeley, who transformed Pollen Cafe at the Australian National Botanical Gardens and Bookplate in the National Library of Australia, says: "Some people like stumbling across a home in need of a make over. For me, it's a restaurant. Specifically, restaurants and cafes in a prime location where their potential hasn't been realised."
Canberra women in business winners:
Public Sector Award: Carrie Leeson
Public Sector Award commendation: Juliet Moody
Innovation Award: Christina DeLay
Advisory Mentor of the Year: Jennifer Wittwer
Leadership Award: Tracy Keeley
Micro Business of the Year: Annette Braagaard
Small Business of the Year: Christine Marr
Young Businesswoman of the Year: Kym Degenhart
Business Women of the Year:Tracy Keeley
Business Women of the Year commendation: Suzette Bailey
Women in Business Champion of the Year: Nina Gbor
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