Commerce Ballarat business excellence awards finalists named

High hopes: The finalists in the 27th CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards at the Mining Exchange on Tuesday. The winners will be announced during a gala dinner next month. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

High hopes: The finalists in the 27th CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards at the Mining Exchange on Tuesday. The winners will be announced during a gala dinner next month. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

*Scroll down to see a list of finalists.

LOCAL businesses old and new, high-tech and low-tech, are competing in the 27th CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards, with the finalists announced on Tuesday. 

The categories range from manufacturing to e-commerce, creative industries and emerging business. 

Several companies and organisations are up for more than one award, but Karden Disability Support Foundation is leading the not-for-profit sector, up for training and governance gongs. 

“Valuing people is the key to success, and making sure you have clear culture and values,” Karden chief executive officer Karen McCraw said. 

“We’re in an environment with not a lot of growth, but we’ve got a clear mission and know what we’re doing.” 

Ms McCraw said Karden had expanded 1000 per cent since its foundation eight years ago. 

Commerce Ballarat chairman Andrew Rowan said the success of Ballarat businesses in a sometimes tough economic environment was a testament to their hard work and good ideas. 

“Businesses that take the time to grow and excel will reap the rewards and overcome any wider economic concerns,” he said. 

“We encourage business owners to apply for awards like this because through the application process they can focus on what they do well. It’s like doing a business plan.” 

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on August 28.

THE FINALISTS

Haymes Paint Family Business Award

Ferndale Confectionery

Coronet Breakfast and Lunch Bar

Bohan Cleaning Services

Harwood Andrews Small Business Award

The Athletes Foot Ballarat

Proven Resume Results

Cyclescape

Regional Development Australia – Grampians Staff Training and Development Award

Karden Disability Support

Simplex Insurance

Ballarat Bearings

City of Ballarat Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs Award

The Forge Pizzeria

The Western Hotel

Mitchell Harris Wines

Power FM B2B Business to Ballarat Award

Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments

Sovereign Press

Ballarat Bearings

The Courier New and Emerging Business Award

Rubilicious Wax and Beauty Bar

Rococo Hair Lounge

Le Chic Beauty Lounge

Remingtons Insurance Brokers Creative Industries Award

Michelle Dunn Photography

Miss Mao Mao

The Crafty Squirrel

Ballarat Technology Park – Federation University Australia Innovation Award

Argus Connecting Care

PRD nationwide

Viatek

Central Highlands Water Trade Business Award

LaTrobe Street Mega Meats

Laser Electrical Ballarat

TAGBUILD

CGU Insurance Community and Government Award

Ballarat YMCA

Karden Disability Support

Highlands LLEN

The WIN Network Customer Service Award

Beacon Lighting

Telstra Stores Ballarat and Wendouree

Cyclescape

Ballarat Lodge and Convention Centre Professional Service Award

OAMPS Insurance Brokers

Yellow Brick Road Ballarat

Simplex Insurance

Powercor Australia Manufacturing Award

Sovereign Press

Ferndale Confectionery

Plinius Engineering

Ballarat Regional Tourism Special Events and Attractions Award

Rural Lifestyle Expo

Ballarat Rotary Swap Meet

Ballarat SpringFest

Nova Pharmacy Health and Wellbeing Award

Lake Health Group

Creswick Pharmacy

SafetyLink

Ballarat Business School – Federation University Australia E-Commerce and Online Award

Blossom Connect

Loreto College Ballarat

Fernwood Fitness Ballarat

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