Sonya Moulang managed to hold in her tears on stage at the Campbelltown Local Business Awards last night.
But that all changed the moment she saw her dad crying with pride.
The Bar Centrale owner said she was "still in shock" after being named the business person of the year.
"I just couldn't believe it, there were 13 other finalists who are such great people, I know most of them very well," Ms Moulang said.
"They all deserved to win.
"I was so proud that I made it through my speech without crying but when I got back to my table and saw my dad in tears I just started bawling.
"I think the whole of Campbelltown could hear our screams."
Ms Moulang said it was a great honour to be named the business person of the year.
She loves catching up with community members at her Queen Street cafe and thinks it is the eatery's community-minded focus that saw her take home the award.
"We love helping the community and being involved with different charities and organisations," she said.
"Helping people makes us feel good.
"I know I've worked my butt off to get to this position, so I'm very proud."
Bar Centrale has been involved in a host of community endeavours in recent months, including taking part in a white ribbon crochet challenge, providing meals for the homeless, encouraging customers to pay for a homeless person's coffee or meal and more.
Ms Moulang said she was grateful to her customers and peers for their nominations and votes this year.
"Thank you so very much for your support," she said.
"I couldn't do it without you - I can't thank you enough.
"To all the other nominees - you deserved it just as much as me, you should have all been on that stage."