The Inverell Chamber of Commerce and Industry is excited to host the 19th Inverell Business Awards sponsored by Best Employment.
The awards have had a three-year break and are back bigger than ever. With over 180 nominations from over 90 businesses, it has been pleasing to see such interest and enthusiasm in celebrating the Inverell business community.
Each category has strong nominations and all businesses are covered from sole traders to large employers, trade-based business, retail, hospitality and professional services and new and long established businesses.
The nomination process this year has been simplified, which allowed the wider community to get involved and put forward their favourite businesses to be part of the awards. This resulted is a significant number of businesses being nominated, including businesses that may not have previously been involved in the awards process.
Sixteen judges have worked hard over the past month to visit businesses and undertake the judging process. It's been an extremely difficult process and they have invested a lot of time to make sure they complete this role with integrity and transparency. The committee can not thank the judges enough for volunteering their time.
The awards night will see the Inverell Sports Council awards announced as well. It is a great opportunity to join with this organisation to recognise the importance of sport in our community.
There will be 14 awards presented, including Overall Best Inverell Business and the Outstanding Achievement Award, which gives recognition to a business, organisation or event that has made significant contribution to the whole community.
Our guest speaker this year is of an International calibre. Sebastian Terry is the author of 100 Things and has two internationally released feature documentaries on his own story. Sebastian will share his story, and will no doubt inspire us to reflect and challenge ourselves to reach our future goals and make a difference in our community.
The role of the chamber is to support local businesses, providing opportunities to grow and develop to ensure long term viability and success. The local economy has been significantly impacted by the drought, changes in the retail space and overall difficult trading conditions, however our community is doing better then most.
We are fortunate to have significant infrastructure projects over the past few years that has boosted our local economy. We have had a strong focus on promoting our business community through our innovative, Choose Inverell campaign. We are working hard to ensure that we promote the Inverell business community and advocate on their behalf on a local, regional, state and federal level.
We take the opportunity this weekend to celebrate our business community. Events like this don't occur without substantial sponsorship and commitment. We thank our major sponsor Best Employment. Penny and the BEST team continue to invest in our community on all levels and we are extremely appreciative of their continued support.
Our media partners for this event have been outstanding. To The Inverell Times, NBN Television and 2NZ/Gem FM, thank you for promoting this event and supporting our chamber initiatives. To our category sponsors Arlington Gasweld, Inverell RSM Club, Danthonia Designs, Inverell District Family Services, BOSS Engineering, Bindaree Beef, Inverell Shire Council and McLean Care, thank you for continuing to sponsor these awards, your support is very much appreciated.
To our Executive and Promotions committee, thank you for your support and work in ensuring this event is a success. Our voluntary committee and go above and beyond to ensure the future success of the chamber.
To Anthony Michael, thank you for your support in organising these awards and assisting with the sale of the tickets, your continued commitment to the chamber is invaluable. To the Inverell business community, thank you for taking the time out to be part of these awards and support the chamber. We are here for you. We look forward to celebrating individual and the collective future success of our business community for a long time to come.
To the wider community I challenge you to find a better town than ours. Take the time to acknowledge our wonderful business community and always Choose Inverell.