Curtin University alumna and business manager of Maxx Engineering, Amanda Healy, has won the Indigenous in Business Award at the national 2014 Ethnic Business Awards held in Brisbane on 9 November.
The Ethnic Business Awards are Australia’s longest running business awards, celebrating diversity and multiculturalism within Australia’s business landscape. The Indigenous in Business category was introduced in 2010.
With a Graduate Certificate of Small Business Growth Management from Curtin University, Amanda owes her success to taking the chance of starting up her own business, Maxx Engineering, which has been running for the past seven years and has grown to be a major company in the field of maintenance engineering and welding disciplines.
Maxx Engineering is owned, managed and operated in Western Australia and committed to providing a professional service to its clients and some of WA’s largest construction companies. The business provides site maintenance and repair services to heavy earth moving equipment, fixed plant repair and shut downs, structural steel work, general construction and boiler making services.
As the owner and business manager of a company that is in a traditionally male-orientated field, Amanda says she is proud to be an Indigenous woman working in an industry dominated by men.
“It is very humbling to win such an award – the stories from all the finalists were amazing,” she says.
Amanda says her business will keep doing what it does best: fabrication.
“It will be business as usual for us, with a little bit of growth,” she says.