Starting up a business isn't easy, especially if COVID-19 and bushfires put a spanner in the works.
That's exactly what real estate agency Agent 2.0 had to deal with.
In fact, their terrific work during the tough times earned them the Outstanding Start Up award at the Goulburn Business Awards night on Saturday, October 9.
Agent 2.0 owner Chris and Julie Rigney were both stoked with the achievement, but Mr Rigney gave all the credit to his wife Julie who is the other co-owner.
"To get this award through the pandemic and the bushfires was amazing, but I think this award is all courtesy of my wife," Mr Rigney said.
"She does all the social media stuff in the background, all the design and comes up with the ideas."
Along with the certificate, the Rigneys received a $2000 business grant from the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce and a technical knock out package from the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre which involves getting support and guidance from advisors.
"We're unsure about what we'll do with the money yet, but we'll probably get some sign writing on one of our cars," Mr Rigney said.
"As with the mentorship, I think it'll be good to get a little bit of fine tuning on some of our social media space and digital outreach space in case there are parts we're not getting right at the moment."
After Mr Rigney started in the real estate industry in 2012, he had loved the idea of owning a real estate business in the future.
He talked about it since day dot and his dream came to fruition in 2019.
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