5 November 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council and program partners are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 Mount Alexander Business Awards, and invite the community to come along and celebrate our local businesses at a gala event on Thursday 5 December.

An independent judging panel has selected 23 finalists from more than 69 entries, following nearly 340 nominations from the community.

Congratulations go to the finalists across eight award categories.

Manufacturing, Construction and Trade – Edifice Constructions, Fred’s Tiny Houses and Oakwood Smallgoods

Agribusiness – Gung Hoe Growers and Pryor’s Paddock

Retail and Hospitality – Maldon Getaways, Mt Alexander Timber & Hardware and The Little Red Apple

Tourism and Events – Konjo Mama, Theatre Royal Castlemaine and Tread Harcourt

Micro Business – Jac the Hitcher, Mother Lover and The Good Life Careers

Professional Services – Grainger Legal, Smith & Maltby Accountants and We Push Buttons

Creative Industries –  Cascade Art, Jac the Hitcher and Storyland Creative

Health and Wellbeing – Over the Moon Dance Studio, Pearl Skin & Beauty and Real Strength

The winner of each category will be in the running for the coveted Business of the Year Award and $2,000 prize money.  There will also be an award for best practice in accessibility.

In addition to running a successful business, the judges were impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation of local businesses.

“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 Rebecca Pedretti, Coordinator Economic Development, Hepburn Shire Council.

The winners in each category will be announced at the gala event on Thursday 5 December at the Castlemaine Town Hall.  The event will acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of local businesses and entrepreneurs.  John Fleming from the Strange Weird Little Guys will host the evening.

Tickets are $40. Drinks and dinner will be provided. Purchase your tickets prior to the event. Book tickets.

The awards are run by Mount Alexander Shire Council in partnership with the Midland Express/Castlemaine Mail and are proudly supported by Business Mount Alexander, Good Earth Garden Supplies, Maldon Inc., Maldon & District Community Bank®, Small Business Victoria and Workspace Australia.