Engine room of economy to be recognised at business awards
THE Fraser Coast Chronicle is proud to launch the 2013 Sprake Real Estate Fraser Coast Business Awards.
The awards unite the Fraser Coast business community and focuses solely on local businesses, local achievements and local people across the Fraser Coast.
The awards culminate in a gala dinner on Thursday, July 11, at Maryborough's Brolga Theatre featuring a three-course dinner which includes local entertainment and the awards ceremony.
Fraser Coast Chronicle general manager Darren Bosley encouraged businesses to celebrate and be proud of their achievements.
"We are proud to continue our association with this prestigious awards night that recognises the engine room of our local economy," Mr Bosley said.
"I'd like to thank Sprake Real Estate and all our sponsors for supporting the awards in which they have clearly shown their support for local businesses.
"We would also like to thank our mayor, Gerard O'Connell, who will be master of ceremonies.
"The uniting of the region is never more evident than these awards."
Nomination forms will be published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle, Hervey Bay Observer and Maryborough Herald as well as the Fraser Coast Chronicle website.
Mr Bosley encouraged readers to nominate their favourite businesses.
Nominated businesses can accept their nomination and submit an entry for judging at no cost.
An expert panel of judges garnered from respected local business leaders, chambers of commerce and governing bodies will select winners based on set criteria.
In all, more than 110,000 newspapers will carry the business awards message weekly, in addition to our popular website www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au which reaches over 90,000 unique browsers per month.
Each of the four Chambers of Commerce in our region - Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Burrum Districts and Tiaro - will also select a special commendation award and there will be a Business of the Year award for the entire night.
A complete list of all nominees will be published to congratulate all involved.
- Customer Service Award
This nomination is open to any business or person that is successfully providing exceptional customer service. Nominations often come from happy customers who feel they have received exceptional service, good client follow up and courtesy from a business.
- Micro Business 5 or Less employees
The Micro Business of the year award is open to any business with a staff level of less than (5) five employees in the Fraser Coast Region. To be a successful business nominated in this category you must demonstrate a successful trading business, and have a favourable public image and possibly fill a niche market.
- Primary Industry Award of the Year
This award is predominantly for businesses in the primary industry sector and should recognize those businesses that excel in their particular field.
- Young Business Person of the Year Award
The award is for an individual aged under 35 who has made an outstanding contribution to a business or the business community in the last twelve months. They can be a business owner or in a junior, middle or senior management position. Their business activities should be seen to bring benefits to the Fraser Coast Community.
- Retailer of the Year Award
This award is for the retailer who has demonstrated outstanding marketing and customer service.
- Trades Business of the Year
This award is for the trade's people of the district as well as the businesses that service them.
- Hospitality Award
This award reflects excellence in customer service and marketing of Pubs, Clubs, Restaurants and Cafes.
- Education Provider of the Year
This award is a direct reflection of excellence in education. It will highlight the education provider that has excelled in all areas of providing quality education and training.
- New Business -Open Less than 12months
This award recognizes a new business that has commenced in the last 12 months that provides services and or products to a niche market for the Fraser Coast community.
- Professional Services Award
The award is for a business that has excelled in providing professional services i.e accountancy, legal services, financial planning etc. There is no stipulation on the number of employees.
- Tourism Award
This nomination is open to any business or organisation that is providing exceptional services within the Tourism industry in the Fraser Coast Region (Fraser Coast Regional Council boundaries). A business will also be considered for this award if it attracts tourists whether through one off events or any other activity that promotes the retention and/or attraction of tourists.