Recognising the spirit of enterprise at the Yass Valley Business Awards

LOCAL LEADERS: YASS VALLEY BUSINESS CHAMBER

Forget trying to get a knighthood, there’s a new, greater honour to aim for: a Yass Valley Business Award.

Tonight at Yazzbar we held our first Business Awards ceremony, and it certainly won’t be our last. It has been a wonderful community exercise.

Many locals got involved by nominating businesses and we had strong competition from across the Yass Valley for the five categories.

Experienced, expert people from amongst us were the judges, and five worthy winners have been crowned. Congratulations!

Young Entrepreneur

Recognising an inspirational person aged 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business.

The 2017 award for Yass Valley Young Entrepreneur goes to Jessica Robertson of Bello Beauty.

Yass Valley Young Entrepreneur 2017, Jessica Robertson of Bello Beauty (pictured in a tunic from TJs Embroidery here in Yass). Photo: Bello Beauty Facebook page.

Yass Valley Young Entrepreneur 2017, Jessica Robertson of Bello Beauty (pictured in a tunic from TJs Embroidery here in Yass). Photo: Bello Beauty Facebook page.

Employer of Choice

Recognising organisations that put in place strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for their employees.

The 2017 Yass Valley Business Chamber award for Employer of Choice goes to Yass Valley Property.

Sophie Curlewis and Loren Blundell of Yass Valley Property with members of 'Circle of Friends' and donated hampers for area families in hardship. Photo: Toby Vue

Sophie Curlewis and Loren Blundell of Yass Valley Property with members of 'Circle of Friends' and donated hampers for area families in hardship. Photo: Toby Vue

Excellence in Small Business

Recognising enterprises of fewer than 20 staff that have used specific strategies and processes to achieve sustainable growth in the previous 24 months.

The 2017 Yass Valley Business Chamber award for Excellence in Small Business goes to Yass Valley Tyre Service.

The 2017 Yass Valley Business Chamber award for Excellence in Small Business goes to Yass Valley Tyre Service. Photo: Yass Valley Tyre Service Facebook page

The 2017 Yass Valley Business Chamber award for Excellence in Small Business goes to Yass Valley Tyre Service. Photo: Yass Valley Tyre Service Facebook page

Excellence in Social Enterprise

Recognising businesses that further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way.

The 2017 Yass Valley Business Chamber award for Excellence in Social Enterprise goes to Six8 Coffee Roasters.

Daniel and Toni Neuhaus from Six8 Coffee Roasters pictured with children Esther, Annabelle and Joshua in 2015. Photo: supplied

Daniel and Toni Neuhaus from Six8 Coffee Roasters pictured with children Esther, Annabelle and Joshua in 2015. Photo: supplied

Business Leader

Recognising those with outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas while providing inspiration to a new, upcoming generation.

The 2017 Yass Valley Business Chamber award for Business Leader goes to Adam Bantock of Clementine.

'Sydney Weekender' TV host Mike Whitney (right) meets with Adam Bantock of Clementine to film a short feature in 2016. Photo: Jessica Cole

'Sydney Weekender' TV host Mike Whitney (right) meets with Adam Bantock of Clementine to film a short feature in 2016. Photo: Jessica Cole

I also want to congratulate anyone and everyone who has created a business in the Yass Valley.

Being in business can be tough: long hours and not always great pay, especially in the early days of a business.

But for those who stick at it, business is not just satisfying for the individuals involved, but necessary and positive for the community.

Businesses create jobs in the community. And the more profitable a business is, the more and better paying jobs that can be offered.

And profitable businesses and their staff pay a lot of the taxes that allow Australia to provide the public services and social safety net that make us a great society.

So, hats off to our businesses!

And a big thank you to the members and committee of the Yass Valley Business Chamber for creating such a positive vibe in our community and for being willing to “collaborate to invigorate”.

  • Michael Pilbrow is the president of the Yass Valley Business Chamber, a business support organisation for the region through networking, advocacy and practical support.
  • To find out more about Yass Valley Business Chamber initiatives and membership, go to yassbusiness.com.au
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