Caloundra small business woman wins building industry recognition

Caloundra-based business woman Alyssa Pepper has been awarded the prestigious 2018 HIA Business Development Professional – Small Business (part of the Women in Building and Construction Awards) for her exceptional work as Business Owner of Hotondo Homes Sunshine Coast.  

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has congratulated Mrs Pepper on her dedication to rebuilding the Hotondo Homes franchise in Caloundra and for being an inspiration to young women in the building and construction industry.  

“Alyssa has worked incredibly hard over the past two and a half years to make her business what it is today, and that hard work has been acknowledged through the HIA Recognition of Women in Building & Construction Awards,” Mr McArdle said. 

Mrs Pepper said winning this year’s award was humbling, but meeting so many other notable women in the industry was an honour in and of itself. 

“To be a finalist was a shock but to win it – I don’t think I’ve ever been so speechless in my life. At the awards ceremony you meet all these incredible women in the industry, and you think ‘there is no chance I could win’, so it really is an honour,” Mrs Pepper said. 

“These awards encourage women to get out there and gives them the confidence to be in a male-dominated industry. As a female builder I don’t encounter many female trade workers day to day so it would be great to see more women in this industry on the Coast.

“For young women thinking about a career in building and construction; if you love it, just do it.
 I love building, I love seeing homes created for clients and seeing their dreams come true and that makes work exciting.”

“While she is supported by a big national brand, Alyssa is a local, independent builder who lives right here in Caloundra with her family. It is great to see our own people set up shop in Caloundra and work hard to help the local economy prosper,” Mr McArdle said. 

“This is yet another example of the strong work ethic we see behind many of Caloundra’s small businesses, but I hope Alyssa’s success also encourages young women to enter this and other trade industries, and make a mark on them.”