Finalists for 2017 business awards announced

Interview with VR Builders for Mount Alexander Business Awards

Frances Macdonald from Regional Development Victoria interviews the team at VR Builders as part of the judging process.

1 August 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council and program partners are pleased to announce the finalists for the Mount Alexander Business Awards.

An independent judging panel has selected 16 finalists from more than 50 entries, following 340 nominations from the community.

Congratulations go to the finalists across six award categories.

Manufacturing, construction and trade – Maine Plumbing, Kowelec Electrical and VR Builders

Agribusiness – The Food Garden, Gung Hoe Growers and Oxley Feed Mills

Retail, hospitality and tourism – Akemi Beauty Lounge, The Bike Vault and Yoga Harmony

Micro business – The Good Life Careers, Tori’s Pooch Parlour and Yoga Harmony

Professional services – Akemi Beauty Lounge, Healing Well and We Push Buttons

Creative/cultural – Castlemaine Floristry, The Growing Abundance Project and Theatre Royal

In addition to running a successful business, the judges were impressed by the finalists’ entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and contribution to community.

“I found each business unique and inspiring in its own way. It was a privilege to be part of the judging, and on their journey for a snapshot in time,” said Frances Macdonald, Senior Investment and Trade Officer, Regional Development Victoria.

The winners will be announced at a gala event at the Castlemaine Town Hall (note venue change) starting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 16 August.

Broadcaster and journalist Tracee Hutchison will MC the evening and Margo Spalding, re-known for establishing the successful Jimmy Possum Furniture, will be guest speaker.

Tickets are $35. Drinks and canapes will be provided. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Book tickets.

The Mount Alexander Business Awards are run by Council in partnership with Maldon & District Community Bank® and The Midland Express/Castlemaine Mail.

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