BALLARAT woman Paula Heenan resolved to build a business based on her passion for the performing arts after being made redundant from one of four part-time jobs.
Opening in 1995 with 22 students and three teachers, the Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts has grown into a studio with more than 600 students and 31 teachers.
Announced as a finalist in the business owner category of the 2013 Telstra Business Women Awards, Ms Heenan said her success had come with challenges.
Success came down to the commitment to having the best possible teachers, she said.
“You can’t package or explain what happens at the BMCA – it builds confidence, provides a happy space for kids in need, develops real skills and maximises potential in each and every student,” she said.
The performing arts have been part of Ms Heenan’s life since, as a child, she watched her father play in orchestras.
The Telstra Business Women Awards reward the achievements of women Australia-wide.
Victorian winners will be announced on October 15 at a ceremony in Melbourne.