Five women-run Canberra businesses you need to know


Who runs the small business world? Girls.

There’s no denying that Canberra is home to many great small businesses all trying to make a positive impact, but did you know that more and more women are entering the innovation ecosystem to share their groundbreaking ideas?

Fresh from joining the Canberra Innovation Network’s first SME Business Accelerator program (aka the ultimate guide to changing the way you think about your business and taking it up a notch), here are five by women run canberra companies you need to know about.

You can thank us later.

Adele Haussmann – Her Smile

Helping Women Overcome Their Self-Esteem Anxiety Adele Haussmann started Her Smile to help women build their confidence so they can take on the world.

By educating women about exercise, food, beauty and style so they can have a healthy relationship with themselves, Her Smile offers everything from the ultimate salon experience at their boutique location to re-energized retreats, personal training sessions and even a cloakroom -analysis.

Winner of the 2021 Altitude Business Awards, Adele has made tackling personal goals easier and more accessible by eliminating stress, anxiety, tension and feelings of inadequacy. Did someone say “your one stop wellness shop”?

Wendy Lees – Glass and Metal

Based in Braidwood (making her an honorary Canberran), Wendy Lees has a passion – and talent – ​​for making jewelry by hand using scrap metals and Murano glass. With the ethos of upcycling copper, brass, silver and glass to create collections with soul, Vetro e Metallo is known for its low carbon footprint and strict adherence to sustainability and Australian handcraft.

Swan Ricco – LIFA LAB

Collagen cookie anyone? On a mission to help and educate people to achieve a healthy lifestyle through all-natural organic ingredients, LIFA LAB was launched in 2019 by Swan Ricco.

Handmade for those who prefer natural alternatives, her plant-based super blends are scientifically formulated to combine exotic spices and herbs to keep you feeling your best on your health journey. And her vegan collagen cookies promise stronger hair, skin and nails. nom.

Angela Smith – Blackwattle Alpaca yarn and fibers

Another honorary Canberran, Angela Smith, and her husband Mathew started Blackwattle Yarn after falling in love with alpacas – and who can blame them!? Angela processes and sells the herd’s fibers and uses her artistic skills to dye the yarn by hand to create beautiful, colorful products. Beautiful and functional, you can see why the business has blossomed.

Renee Beerworth – Spinach Ventures

Renee Beerworth launched Spinach Ventures in 2015 and has a vision of a world where companies bring people together and create a sense of belonging for everyone in their workplace, no matter who or where they are.

The goal of Spinach Ventures is to cultivate a work culture where people thrive, businesses thrive and communities thrive. It is the brilliance of the workplace that comes to light.

Would you like to know more about CBRIN’s SME Business Accelerator program? Visit to learn how to stay smart, creative and connected with the Canberra community.