Young Campbelltown entrepreneur Serena Ryan started her own business three years ago so she would have the time to train for a marathon.
For 12 years she had the dream of completing the New York marathon.
Fed up with being time poor because she had to travel from Macarthur to Sydney for work, Ms Ryan realised there was only one answer: give up full time work to run her own business from home.
And she was right: late in 2015 Serena Ryan cried tears of joy as she crossed the finish line of the New York marathon.
She then injected the same determination into making her digital marketing company Serena Dot Ryan a success.
In less than three years Serena Dot Ryan has gone from a home based business to employing three staff in dedicated offices with training rooms in Lindesay Street, Campbelltown.
The business has been enjoying massive growth every year, with revenue turnover expected to reach $180,000 this year.
Last week Serena Dot Ryan received another accolade when it was named the winner of the Excellence in Small Business Award category in the 2017 Macarthur Regional Business Awards in the Cube, Campbelltown.
The awards are run every year by the NSW Business Chamber.
Later this year Serena Dot Ryan will represent Macarthur at the State awards in her category of Small Business.
Ms Ryan said she was excited with winning the award.
“I’m in awe of the recognition as a small business owner and I’m looking forward to representing our region at the State Awards in November,’’ Ms Ryan said.
The Excellence in Small Business Award recognises a business with less than 20 full time employees that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve profitable and sustainable growth in the previous 24 months.
Serena Dot Ryan educates businesses to use digital marketing tools to leverage their full potential.
The company is dedicated to enabling business productivity, sustainability and economic growth through keynote speaking, digital marketing coaching and both tailored and group business training workshops.
Club Menangle was named 2017 Macarthur Regional Business of the Year.
Andrew Hayes from Wakeling Automotive took out the 2017 Young Business Executive award category.
NSW Business Chamber chief operating officer, Jane Nicholls congratulated the 2017 winners.
“The 2017 Macarthur Business Awards showcase the diverse array of talent in the region’s business community,’’ Ms Nicholls said.
“This year’s winners should feel incredibly proud to be named as the region’s leading businesses for 2017, and we wish them every success as they continue to represent the Macarthur region at the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards later this year.
For more information about the Macarthur Business Awards, visit http://www.businessannualawards.com.au/Regions/Macarthur