For Wagga breast cancer survivor and entrepreneur Jill Tucker – helping other women has always been her sole focus.
Having started her venture more than eight years ago, Ms Tucker is now being rewarded for her hard work as a top 10 finalist for the Regional Online Heroes Award.
Ms Tucker launched Erilan Mastectomy Collection, a physical and online store fitting and supplying prosthesis, lingerie and clothing for women who have undergone breast surgery, to reach women in the area after experiencing her own battle.
With a good support person and a positive attitude, Ms Tucker said anything is possible.
“I’m a 61-year-old woman who grew up in the non-technological age and wasn’t overly computer savvy,” she said.
“It is doable – don’t be afraid – you can’t let anything be a barrier.”
Ms Tucker said it had been a big learning curve to watch the internet break down geographical borders.
“I find when I send something to remote areas it’s very rewarding,” she said.
“If I was a woman in an area like that I would be thinking about what to do, it’s about building those relationships.”
Ms Tucker told The Daily Advertiser she already felt as if she has won after being named as a finalist.
“The more people who know about me the more I can help other women,” she said.
“It authenticates you and makes you think yes, I am capable of this.”
The Rock’s Jo Palmer is also among the finalists, for Pointer Remote Role, an online matchmaking platform helping employees find the best person to fill a vacant role, regardless of location.
The platform aims to assist small businesses or individuals to find contractors to complete small jobs or contracts, rather than having to recruit full-time staff.
A winner will be announced on December 4.