It was a starry night in the city on Saturday with business people coming together to celebrate at the Goulburn Business Excellence Awards amidst cheers and applause.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner (Regional) Gary Worboys emceed; and mayor Bob Kirk and Chamber of Commerce president Mark Bradbury presented the awards.
The gala evening on June 22 was hosted at the Goulburn Race Club, and attendees were keen to see who took the titles in the 10 award categories this year.
The Collective - BDCU Alliance Bank won awards in two categories, including Excellence in Innovation and Excellence in Social Enterprise.
"We try to give back to the community," said Michael Storm from the BDCU Alliance Bank.
Young Entrepreneur: Dr Chinton Trivedi, Goulburn Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice.
"I want to thank everyone for the award on Chinton's behalf, who is currently attending a conference in Melbourne," said Hema Joshi from Goulburn Family and Cosmetic Dental.
Finalists: Kelly Boydell (Lilac Early Learning); and Siobhan Dennehy (Industry Dance Co.)
Excellence in Innovation: The Collective, BDCU Alliance Bank.
"We are a small enterprise business and try to give back to the community," Michael Storm said.
Excellence in Small Business (under 20 staff): Industry Dance Co.
"Siobhan Dennehy is humbled to be able to share her passion in the Goulburn community," said dance instructor Bonnie Marks, accepting the award on her behalf.
Finalists: JSF Interiors; Lee & Thomas; and Goulburn Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice.
Excellence in Business (over 20 staff): Hume Conservatorium.
"We had around 300 students a decade ago which has increased to 1300 now," said director Paul Scott-Williams. "That makes us think that we are doing something right and delivering quality music education. Our youngest enrolled student is a year old while older students are in their 90s in the choir program."
Finalist: Reynolds Street Community Pre-School.
Employer of Choice: Jigsaw Tax and Advisory.
"I have been coming to Goulburn every week for the past 11 years," said Joanne McCauley. "I feel like a big part of Goulburn community now."
Finalists: Hume Conservatorium; and Studio 4 Signs and Designs.
Excellence in Social Enterprise: The Collective - BDCU Alliance Bank.
"We can't do what we do without the support of the community," Jenna Rudkin said.
Finalists: The Creative Commune & Night Series Markets; and Goulburn Workers Club.
Business Leader: Daimon Poole, McDonald's Goulburn.
"I want to thank everyone for this award and look forward to working with you all in the future," Daimon Poole said.
Finalists: Joanne McCauley (Jigsaw Tax and Advisory); and Rosey Stronach (Goulburn Post).
Start-Up Superstar: Jigsaw Plan Management.
"It's been a privilege to work with people with disabilities in the local community and I have met some beautiful people," said Kay Rudd.
Finalists: The Creative Commune & Night Series Markets; and Dream Admin Services.
Excellence in Customer Service: ACR Asbestos Consultants.
"It's a team effort," said Ben Williams. "My wife and I run the business together. She works just as hard if not harder than myself."
Finalists: Best Western Plus; and Cappo's Garage.
Apprentice/Trainee of the Year: Michael Benett, JDY Electrical.
"Michael goes above and beyond everyday and gives his 100 percent in everything," said Stacey Yeadon after accepting the award on his behalf.
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