Led by two passionate and authentic founders, Hien Nguyen and Ben Germain, who are genuinely energised by their quest to improve customers lives, Happy Way is a force to be reckoned with. To add to their accolades, they’ve been announced as the 2018 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year.

It is an incredible achievement for the duo, who discovered a gap in the market while Hien Nguyen was working as a personal trainer. With most protein powders designed for men, his female clients were constantly seeking suitable products for women.

After months of market research, they finally had a breakthrough and created Happy Way protein powder, which is 100 per cent certified organic and suitable for women of all ages.

The hard work has paid off for the committed pair.

“We will take full advantage of this amazing opportunity. We will use the resources we’ve been given to help us drive our business to the next level,” said Ben Germain.

The judges were impressed with Happy Way’s sophisticated understanding of marketing, social media and their keen approach to continual learning and growing their business. It was particularly impressive to see the company embrace technology to reach a global customer base.

After three years in business, Happy Way now sells their products to 64 countries, with over 10 per cent of their revenue coming from countries outside of Australia.

Happy Way is not the only stand-out story from the 2018 Telstra South Australian Business Awards.

At the State Awards dinner held at Adelaide Oval last night, I was delighted to celebrate with many of our country’s top entrepreneurs who are enthusiastically making an impact on their local – and global communities.

The other high-performing businesses, recognised as category winners of the 2018 Telstra South Australian Business Awards, are:

  • 2018 Telstra South Australian Small & Succeeding Award winner – Kid Sense Child Development: Occupational therapy and speech pathology services provider to children with disabilities and developmental challenges.
  • 2018 Telstra South Australian Medium & Making Waves Award winner – PowerHealth: Global healthcare software partner, offering products to optimise efficiency and productivity in hospitals and other healthcare organisations.
  • 2018 Telstra South Australian Social Change Maker Award winner – ProActiv People Solutions: Providing a holistic approach to the provision of injury management services.

Happy Way also took home the 2018 Telstra South Australian Emerging & Energised Award.

The Telstra Business Awards are an exclusive platform to help businesses thrive in the future, by providing recognition, trusted advice and by opening their doors to an exclusive network.

The program recognises the best in business across four categories: Emerging and Energised, Small and Succeeding, Medium and Making Waves, and Social Change Maker.

All 2018 South Australian winners will join other state and territory category winners at the national 2018 Telstra Australian Business Awards in Melbourne on Thursday, 20 September 2018.

Find further information about the Telstra Business Awards winners here.