Harden girl, Georgie Leonow, owner of Elizabeth Ann Florist in Cootamundra, has plenty to celebrate after being named as the 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Cootamundra Business Awards on Saturday night.
Ms Leonow only purchased the business on February 4 this year, but has a long history with it.
"I did my Year 10 work experience at 'Elizabeth Ann' and just fell in love with it." Ms Leonow said.
"When the opportunity came up to purchase the shop from the Jenkins family, who operated it for 43 years, I jumped at it; it was my dream."
Ms Leonow says she has no idea who nominated her for the Young Entrepreneur Award, but she is very grateful to that person.
"I was unable to attend the Award dinner, but Mum went in my place." Ms Leonow said.
"When she sent me a pic with the award to say I had won, I was in shock! Thank you so much to everyone in Cootamundra, Harden and Temora, who have supported me with my business."
Ms Leonow was unable to attend the dinner for a very special reason; her other to celebrate. Ms Leonow became engaged to her partner and lifelong best friend Stephen Minney from Harden on the same weekend.
The staff at the Harden Express would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Minney and Ms Leonow on their engagement and Ms Leonow on the recognition she has received from the Cootamundra business community on her fantastic work ethic.