FROM Tammy’s kitchen table, to a national success story.

South Australian finance expert Tammy Barton has been named the 2017 Telstra Business Woman of the Year. The Telstra Business Women’s Awards play a vital role in raising the profile and celebrating outstanding business women across Australia and Asia.

Founder and Director of MyBudget Tammy Barton launched her financial services firm in 1999 from her kitchen table, ultimately prevailed in the top award to be named the 2017 Telstra Business Woman of the Year at an event at Adelaide Oval.

In the process, the 39-year-old became the first two-time winner of the top award, having first tasted success in 2007.

Tammy is one of Australia’s most influential business women and female entrepreneurs. She is a respected authority who is regularly quoted in the media as a personal finance expert and influential entrepreneur.

“By building the business around the values of caring, making a difference and promoting financial responsibility, I’ve grown an organisation of like-minded people united by MyBudget’s cause,” she said.

Barton first appeared on the BRW Rich List in 2013 with personal wealth estimated at more than $20 million. Since then things have only got better.

MyBudget has 12 offices, a staff of 250, currently 20,000 clients on the books and 65,000 since the business started. Offshore expansion is next. “One of our goals is to open in at least two other countries in the next five years, more likely in the UK, and the US,” she says.

“Mrs Barton is disrupting the financial services sector, by focusing on making a difference to people’s lives, rather than selling products,” awards ambassador Joe Pollard said.

“Her goal has always been first and foremost to eliminate financial stress in the community. MyBudget is a company solving real problems for real people.”

All four category winners qualified for the top award. Mrs Barton took out the entrepreneurial award, while Zoos SA boss Elaine Bensted was successful in the For Purpose and Social Enterprise category.
The other winners were Professor Leah Bromfield, co-director of UniSA’s Australian Centre for Child Protection, and SILK Laser Clinics’ HR manager Elly Griffin.

All South Australian winners progress to the national finals on November 21. Last year’s South Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Suntrix co-founder Jenny Paradiso, won the national entrepreneur award in 2016.

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