Cowell woman Jade Kuhn has won two Stevie International Business Awards for her startup company ThermoBrush.
The local entrepreneur and mother has won Gold for Startup of the Year and Entrepreneur of the year.
They are the latest in a long list of national and international awards Mrs Kuhn has picked up since first inventing the ThermoBrush, a specialised cleaner for Thermomix appliances.
The product is now sold locally and internationally, through distributors in South Africa and Denmark.
Mrs Kuhn has spent the past year balancing the complex task of working from home while raising young children.
She said it had advantages, with her husband working fly-in fly-out in Western Australia.
“Working from home is great because you have the opportunity to spend more family time,” she said.
However working without the structure and separation of an office has its challenges.
“You find that you’re always working, but you’re always distracted,” she said.
Mrs Kuhn said she would try to work during school hours and focus on her children when they came home as much as possible.
ThermoBrush is a completely online company, which has allowed Mrs Kuhn to operate from Cowell.
She said starting an online business could be a great way of supplementing income in small towns where drought affected local bricks and mortar businesses.
“It’s so beneficial for a small community where there isn’t a lot of jobs,” she said.
The Kuhn family is set for new adventures over the next year or more, after selling their house and packing up for a nine week sales trip in Europe.
At the same time, Mrs Kuhn is setting up an online marketing business, and has recently launched a new storage product alongside the ThermoBrush.