FOUR Silver Rhino awards, a wedding and a baby girl were all part of the exciting weekend in which two Dubbo sisters were honoured for the achievements of their new business.
Kim Scott and Heidi Nichols transformed their teenage experience with acne into The Skin Corrective Centre that was recognised in four different categories at the recent Rhino Outstanding Business Awards.
A heavily pregnant Mrs Nichols made it through the awards night on Friday, October 19, which was also her due date.
Mrs Nichols also attended a staff member's wedding the next day before she welcomed her first child, daughter Taylor Kruse Nichols, with husband Tim on the Sunday.
"I guess the adrenalin on the night of the awards was the best way to hold off going into labour although I did have a bit of a plan in the back of my mind as to how to quickly get to the hospital if I did go into labour on the night," she said.
Mrs Nichols credited a team effort in the winning of the awards.
"We were absolutely shocked and honoured to win one [Rhino] award let alone four," she said.
Seizing their opportunity on stage the sisters asked Dubbo City Council to approve a development application to expand their business.
"Kim and I, along with Geolyse and Brad Acheson have been working so hard on the new Skin Corrective Centre development plan for over a year now out at Blueridge Business Park and it is finally all in council," she said.
"We just hope that we are able to proceed with our plans in order to offer Dubbo a wonderful facility."
The plans propose a large multiple treatment room that would be triple the size of the current premises in a modern setting with more available car parking.
"The new Skin Corrective Centre's long-term goal is to offer a larger more interactive space for skincare education, advanced skin analysis diagnostics, the latest in ingredient, skincare and machinery technology including Laser systems and Intense Pulsed Light," Mrs Nichols said.
"Hopefully in the future the addition of an on-site dermatologist, skin cancer checks, maybe a vascular specialist and definitely more frequent visits from our cosmetic physicians."
An interest in skincare developed in Kim Scott and Heidi Nichols due to their struggles with teen acne which led to the sisters training to become qualified aestheticians through a private Sydney institute.
"As teenagers Kim and I experienced and suffered for a long time with extremely severe acne, from this horrendous experience with limited access to information or education and professional advice in Dubbo, initiated our interest in the anatomy and physiology of the skin," Ms Nichols said.
The sisters spent the next nine years developing their professional careers in skincare education before beginning the business.
The Skin Corrective Centre was opened on May 18, 2009.
"Kim and I envisaged an educational, professional, premium skin care centre," Ms Nichols said.
"We both felt that there was a grey area between doctors, beauty therapists and dermatologists in Dubbo, where our business could successfully fill a defined gap."