Wellington-based coffee shop Jespresso has earned a finalist nomination in the Western NSW Regional Business Awards.
The coffee shop, which sits on Lee Street adjoined to the Mallee Hen's Nest, was nominated in the category for Excellence in Micro-business, alongside entrants from Cowra, Dubbo and Mudgee.
The 2019 awards ceremony will represent the seventh year that Western NSW Business awards have been held, with twelve categories celebrating business excellence across the Orana, Central West and Far West regions.
"These awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the strength of Western NSW businesses, " said NSW Western Business Chamber Regional Manager Vicki Seccombe.
"It's been a tough year for many businesses due to the ongoing drought, so it will be great to celebrate and highlight the excellence of our local business community."
Jespresso's owner Jess Gough was delighted to hear of her nomination.
"It's nice to be recognised for all the hard work that's been put in," Ms Gough said.
"Not just by myself, but by all my staff as well."
"Some days owning a small business you feel like giving up but the positives out weight the negatives," Ms Gough said.
Ms Gough was recently profiled by the Central Western Daily as a working mum and says the additional challenge has made the nomination all the more rewarding.
"I believe becoming a finalist this time round is more meaningful because I've managed to keep growing the business along with raising Audrey this past year."