Fil-Aus businesswoman Yona Signo of Kaya Services has been named as a finalist for the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards in the Multicultural Business Excellence category. Having won Bronze in this category of the last year's competition, Yona of the Hills District, welcomes the opportunity to once again shine amongst this year's candidates. She joins two other Fil-Aus businesswomen who are also finalists in the competition. These are Fideliz Cruz and Tina Ranoso Bangel.
Yona's Filipino heritage comes from her father who is from Misamis Occidental, Mindanao and her mother who hails from Makati, Metro Manila. She is the younger of two children, with an older brother. Her husband Patrick is also of Filipino heritage but he was born in Australia.
The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognise Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.
Kaya Services is a global organisation that provides businesses with resources to improve efficiency, increase profit and achieve business goals through the power of outsourcing.
Yona, Founder and Managing Director, of the firm, is responsible for employing a highly skilled and remote workforce that helps businesses in Australia and beyond. This enables her clients to move away from maintenance efforts, instead focusing on growth objectives tied to revenue and expansion. She is backed by a team who operate on the notion of doing good for others, ensuring the highest level of service and accountability that resonates with her client base today. Those who have had the privilege of working with her, know and understand that she lives with integrity, she attracts clients and employ people who believes in what she believes, and she strives daily to make a local and global impact, also demonstrating strength in cultural diversity. She can be contacted at +61 435 354 488, https://kaya.services/ and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yona is delighted to be named as a finalist and is proud of her achievements, particularly becoming a Best-Selling Author with a Best-Selling Business Book, ‘Back Yourself’. And was named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Filipino Women on LinkedIn’ and received Bronze for an AusMumpreneur Award in 2020 for ‘Multicultural Business Excellence’. She is also proud of being able to empower her clients, team members and communities with wholistic practices through the skills she’s attained after completing wellbeing and mindset related certifications in the past year.
"I joined again in 2021 because firstly, I was nominated once again and I want to show my appreciation and gratitude to who nominated me. I am hoping to inspire and empower other mums who are in a similar situation as me and to really put a spotlight that there is strength in cultural diversity - I am so proud that my business allows me to do that each and every day."
What is the best part of being a 'MumPreneur'?
"The best part of being a mumpreneur is the flexibility to be the mum of my beautiful children, Sydney 4yo and Santiago 2yo, and also build a business that makes an impact on communities both locally and globally, helping business owners in Australia and beyond as well as virtual assistants in the Philippines."
On the flip side, what are the challenges of being 'MumPreneur'?
"The challenges of being a mumpreneur is not sticking to a strict timeframe and I may find myself working till very late after the kids have gone to sleep."
Yona gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise:
"Set your goals and objectives to keep you focused on priorities. If you need help, then put your hand up. Needing help is not a sign of weakness, it is actually a sign of your strength. Be resourceful, there are many free resources and paid services that will help you learn and grow, be efficient and have work-life harmony. "