National winner

National category winners

2011 Telstra Australian
Micro Business Award

Darwin Day Surgery

When you have surgery at Darwin Day Surgery, the nurse to patient ratio is 1-to-1 not 1-to-10, as with most other facilities.

Darwin Day Surgery

A lack of nurses and theatre time at Darwin Private Hospital prompted registered nurses Joanne Kovac and Maureen Schaffer to form a partnership with resident plastic surgeon, Ravi Mahajani, and open Darwin Day Surgery in Fannie Bay in 2007. The surgery carries out procedures under local and intravenous sedation, specialising in the removal of lesions, such as skin cancers, and providing the full gamut of minor plastic and hand procedures. Joanne admits it was daunting self-funding such a complex, compliance-heavy business, and neither she nor Maureen drew wages in the first few months. However, as the surgery established contracts with all private health funds and government service providers, its services grew rapidly to more than 500 procedures a year. This has helped reduce waiting lists for elective surgery in the Northern Territory. The business is now opening a new facility with two theatres, expanding operating hours and the variety of procedures it performs.

When you have surgery at Darwin Day Surgery, the nurse to patient ratio is 1-to-1 not 1-to-10, as with most other facilities.
Joanne Kovac, Director

Darwin Day Surgery
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2011 Telstra Australian
Small Business Award

Flash Fotos

We operated two photographic road show vans that were on the road for a combined total of 364 days in 2010 while visiting 45 locations.

Flash Fotos

Melanie Schwartze and two partners established Top Shots Glamour Photography in 2005 but two years later rising debt led to discussions about closing. Melanie bravely decided to take over the business as sole shareholder and, from the ashes, Flash Fotos was born, offering clients glamour photography services that would make them look like models. Melanie invested in her professional development with a photography business coach and refined the marketing and pricing plans for the Sunshine Coast photography studio. The business really turned the corner when Melanie established full-time photographic road shows in five states and territories. Flash Fotos has serviced more than 10,000 customers, has 18 full-time equivalent staff and posted net profit growth of about 35 per cent in the past two years. In 2010, Flash Fotos later opened new premises in Maroochydore’s retail precinct. Further expansion and success has followed this year with the addition of a third road show servicing Western Australia.

We operated two photographic road show vans that were on the road for a combined total of 364 days in 2010 while visiting 45 locations.
Melanie Schwartze, Director

Flash Fotos
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2011 Telstra Australian
Innovation Award

Colmax Glass Pty Ltd

Colmax Glass Pty Ltd

Colmax Glass was established in 2005 by engineer Peter Harkins and his wife Collette, to crush, clean and grade recycled glass more efficiently than any other plant. Based in Maroota, north west of Sydney, the company processes waste from glass recyclers to produce up to 100,000 tonnes of clean-graded glass each year for use in bottles, fibreglass insulation batts, water filtration and other everyday products. Colmax is the only processor in Australia taking completely unrefined glass waste that would normally end up in landfill and turning it into the highest-value resource possible with minimal wastage. In five years, the company has built four plants in four states, grown from five full-time staff to 32 and increased annual turn-over 10 fold. Collette says Colmax’s technical innovations have been refined by building its own plants, visiting glass operations in Europe and the United States and seeking potential customers who could use glass as a substitute for another raw material.

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2011 Telstra Australian
Medium Business Award

Janison

A key lesson has been the value of innovation. You must be prepared to be brave and to innovate to achieve success.

Janison

Coffs Harbour software development firm Janison helps teach more than one million people around the world. Established in 1998 by Wayne and Jacquie Houlden, Janison develops, produces and hosts online learning systems, portals and assessments. The business began catering to TAFE colleges and small registered training organisations with its self-developed Janison Learning System, one of the first online learning tools in Australia. Janison now supports the e-learning needs of 100 local and international clients and has seen consistent annual revenue growth of 20 per cent. It has developed remotely-synchronised learning servers for ships and battle units in the New Zealand Defence Forces, supports an online global leadership academy for Deloitte, and has completed an e-learning rollout for vocational and technical education in Vietnam. Janison’s rapidly growing hosting network includes servers in Sydney, Dallas, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City, all supported from the Coffs Harbour office.

A key lesson has been the value of innovation. You must be prepared to be brave and to innovate to achieve success.
Wayne Houlden, CEO

Janison
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State winners

2011 Telstra
Victorian Business of the Year

easyweddings.com.au

We are a pivotal part of one of the most memorable and important days in our customers’ lives; and that's truly amazing and incredibly gratifying.

easyweddings.com.au

Katrina and Matt Butterworth like to think they’ve been invited to more than 400,000 weddings. That’s how many nuptials the couple have had a hand in organising, a decade after the launch of their one-stop, online wedding directory. Finding it hard to plan their own wedding and with online directories still emerging, the couple spotted an opportunity and Matt set off to learn web development. Their wedding plans soon turned into the launch of Easy Weddings, now Australia’s number one online wedding directory featuring 3,500 wedding suppliers and a team of 19 employees. Attracting more than 220,000 unique visitors to the site each month, Katrina and Matt believe they maintain the top spot in their industry by investing in technology such as a review system for suppliers and an iPhone app. The business connects with prospective brides through the website, online forums and Facebook, often before many even consider saying “I do”.

We are a pivotal part of one of the most memorable and important days in our customers’ lives; and that's truly amazing and incredibly gratifying.
Katrina Butterworth, Owner

easyweddings.com.au
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2011 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Business of the Year

Luton Properties

We have learnt that we need to grow steadily and to make sure that we don’t lose sight of our original company values and vision, maintaining integrity and ensuring proactive regular contact with our clients.

Luton Properties

The story of real estate agency Luton Properties has been one of continued growth since it began in Manuka in 1999. From one office with five staff, it now has 80 staff offering residential sales and property management services in seven offices across each of Canberra’s established town centres. Director Richard Luton said he plans to expand into an eighth centre and then to open a regional office in NSW. Operating in a market of intense competition dominated by national chains and up against almost 200 licensed ACT real estate agents, Luton Properties deliberately adopted a market penetration strategy of opening local offices. Richard said Luton Properties’ success is based on an ethical approach, innovation and outstanding customer service. It also emphasises a client-for-life philosophy and invests heavily in staff development, placing high importance on internal company communications and being early adopters of the latest technologies.

We have learnt that we need to grow steadily and to make sure that we don’t lose sight of our original company values and vision, maintaining integrity and ensuring proactive regular contact with our clients.
Richard Luton, Director

Luton Properties
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2011 Telstra
Queensland Business of the Year

Stream Group Aust Pty Ltd

Stream Group's goal is that our brand is associated with quality and service. For a homeowner, making an insurance claim can be a stressful situation and therefore needs to be as painless as possible.

Stream Group Aust Pty Ltd

Stream Group was established in 2007 and provides assessing and repairs management services to insurance companies across Australia and New Zealand. Founder and director, Don McKenzie, said claims managed by Stream Group have risen from 2,000 in 2008 to 15,000 in 2010. Last year’s activity was matched in the first three months of 2011 due to recent natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand. Staff numbers have increased from 122 to 145 since the beginning of the year. Stream developed a new IT platform to improve the claims management processes by managing costs without sacrificing service to the insured. The system allows accredited suppliers to tender and manage claims remotely, reducing the time it takes to authorise and complete repairs. In 2008, the company’s efforts were recognised when it received the Australia and New Zealand Institute for Insurance and Finance Innovation of the Year Award.

Stream Group's goal is that our brand is associated with quality and service. For a homeowner, making an insurance claim can be a stressful situation and therefore needs to be as painless as possible.
Don McKenzie, Director

Stream Group Aust Pty Ltd
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2011 Telstra
Northern Territory Business of the Year

Abode New Homes Pty Ltd

We’re the only residential builder in Darwin using on-site technology, which provides a series of quality assurance checklists and prompts, from the point of deposit through to construction.

Abode New Homes Pty Ltd

Justin and Karinda Gill established Abode New Homes in 2007 having previously owned a building company and a project home franchise. Feeling limited by a franchise but realising the benefits of systemised processes, the Gills started their own business to create environmentally sustainable project homes, suited to the Top End’s climate. Abode New Homes offers 26 designs, adaptable to client needs, plus house and land packages, finance and management of construction, from soil testing through to colour consultation. The Palmerston company capitalised on a growth opportunity last year when the Territory Government ran ballots for house and land packages under $420,000 in the suburb of Bellamack. Abode designed a range to meet the criteria and was chosen as the builder for the majority of packages. The Home First range has continued as a growth niche for the business, which built 53 homes last financial year, doubling its first year constructions.

We’re the only residential builder in Darwin using on-site technology, which provides a series of quality assurance checklists and prompts, from the point of deposit through to construction.
Justin Gill, Owner

Abode New Homes Pty Ltd
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2011 Telstra
South Australian Business of the Year

Beerenberg Farm

We believe customers like to buy from real people, which is why we take the personal approach and have a photo of our family on each jar of Beerenberg produce.

Beerenberg Farm

Starting with a batch of strawberry jam in the 1970s, family-owned Beerenberg Farm has diversified and grown into an international brand with 54 employees, and products in supermarkets, aircraft and five-star hotels. The Hahndorf business still grows strawberries and sells from the farm, but has spent the past 25 years building a gourmet range of retail and hospitality sector-sized jams and condiments, including chutneys, sauces and dressings, which are exported to 25 countries. Managing Director Anthony Paech says Beerenberg Farm pioneered portion serves for its products in the mid 1980s, enabling it to secure its first hotel contract. Since then, the company has been tailoring products to customer requirements and market trends, introducing state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to meet increased demand. Over the last five years, Beerenberg has increased turnover by one third and expanded the range from 42 to 60 products through regular and personal conversations with distributors and end-consumers.

We believe customers like to buy from real people, which is why we take the personal approach and have a photo of our family on each jar of Beerenberg produce.
Anthony Paech, Managing Director

Beerenberg Farm
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2011 Telstra
Tasmanian Business of the Year

Plants Management Australia Pty Ltd

Plants Management Australia guides plant breeders by taking plants from concept to consumer.

Plants Management Australia Pty Ltd

Plants Management Australia (PMA) is a horticultural licensing and marketing company that acts as a domestic and global agent for independent plant breeders. PMA manages the introduction of new varieties of top selling perennials, ornamental trees, shrubs and Australian natives in the competitive horticultural industry. Director and co-owner Chris Sargent said their portfolio of plant varieties has increased from 30 to 250 with about 150 in market and the remainder in commercial trials. PMA works with 160 Australian growers, compared with only two in 2001, and has 30 partner agents around the globe. Chris said PMA, located at Dodges Ferry east of Hobart, specialises in maximising the financial rewards of a new variety and ensuring a royalty stream for the plant breeder. Each plant requires trialling, assessment, intellectual property protection, establishing grower networks, marketing and ongoing development and management.

Plants Management Australia guides plant breeders by taking plants from concept to consumer.
Chris Sargent, Director

Plants Management Australia Pty Ltd
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State category winners

2011 Telstra
Victorian Micro Business Award

The Wall Sticker Company

We’ve always thought of our business as part of a community, needing interaction with other businesses and individuals for success.

The Wall Sticker Company

Friends Fiona Gathercole and Jenny Menz came up with a clever way to transform blank walls five years ago and the idea has well and truly stuck. Melbourne’s The Wall Sticker Company produces removable, PVC and BPA free wall stickers for homes and businesses, offering 160 designs and customised stickers through an online store and more than 90 national and international stockists. Automation of many processes, including more than 80 per cent of the manufacturing, has helped Fiona and Jenny keep up with ever-growing demand without sacrificing creativity and their passion for nurturing new talent. The company releases a new wall sticker design each month, showcases guest designers to promote emerging artists and invites design students at Melbourne’s RMIT University to submit ideas. Customer interaction is equally important. Feedback is sought on each purchase and free samples are offered for word-of-mouth promotion, one of the top three ways The Wall Sticker Company has grown its sales 20-fold in five years.

We’ve always thought of our business as part of a community, needing interaction with other businesses and individuals for success.
Jenny Menz, Co-owner

The Wall Sticker Company
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2011 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Micro Business Award

Learning Options

As a small business we compete against national training organisations and through strong industry networks and partnerships, provide quality outcomes for our students.

Learning Options

With Australia’s emphasis on skills development, Canberra-based Learning Options is a registered training organisation experiencing rapid growth. It offers more than 40 nationally accredited qualifications to local industry, employers and individuals in government, management, business administration, leadership and project management. Established by Karen Nicholas in 2002, Learning Options awards qualifications to up to 200 students a year. Many students have not been in classrooms for years, according to Karen who was honoured in 2010 by receiving an ACT training excellence award. Learning Options’ growth in the past two years has been underpinned by its participation in the joint Commonwealth-ACT Productivity Places Program – it was awarded 14 per cent share in a recent funding round for the industry skills development program. Starting as a home-based business, Learning Options is now located in Manuka where it has concentrated on embedding online learning technologies into its training strategies.

As a small business we compete against national training organisations and through strong industry networks and partnerships, provide quality outcomes for our students.
Karen Nicholas, Director

Learning Options
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2011 Telstra
New South Wales Micro Business Award

Motivate You Fitness & Personal Training

We are passionately committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and changing people's lives, so they look and feel their best.

Motivate You Fitness & Personal Training

While working in the not-for-profit sector, Ariel Gonzalez was saddened by the number of people with disabilities who were overweight and leading unhealthy lifestyles. In 2007, he set up Motivate You Fitness and Personal Training in south-west Sydney to include special needs exercise programs for the disability sector. He also ran one-on-one sessions and boot camps for the wider community. Ariel has grown the business by adding value for clients beyond a few hours of exercise each week, including tailored programs and sales of supplements, apparel and equipment. Motivate You supports clients with lifestyle advice and encourages boot-camp clients to mentor each other between sessions. Ariel believes he has succeeded by applying the principles of personal fitness – overcoming failure, operating outside of one’s comfort zone, discipline and determination – to his business. Motivate You now has five employees and operates in north-west Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter region, with plans to expand interstate.

We are passionately committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and changing people's lives, so they look and feel their best.
Ariel Gonzalez, Managing Director

Motivate You Fitness & Personal Training
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2011 Telstra
Queensland Micro Business Award

JADE Corporate & Community Development

Our logo is an elephant which can represent knowledge, strength of character and positive energy – values that have made us successful.

JADE Corporate & Community Development

Since 2003, JADE Corporate and Community Development has delivered training and organisational and career development services. Corporate clients include Queensland Rail, CSR Ethanol, CSR Sugar and the Valley Retirement Centre. Their career development expertise has been supplied to the likes of Bradken, P&H Mine Pro and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. JADE is also active and respected in the community – for the past seven years it has run the Mackay & District Careers Market Expo and in 2010 it organised its inaugural Human Resources Conference in Mackay. CEO Julie Agnew said JADE has maintained revenue during recent floods, the global financial crisis and political unrest through innovation and service excellence. It won a Federal Government grant to provide succession planning for businesses throughout regional Queensland and is contracted to the state government as mentors for small business.

Our logo is an elephant which can represent knowledge, strength of character and positive energy – values that have made us successful.
Julie Agnew, CEO

JADE Corporate & Community Development
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2011 Telstra
Northern Territory Innovation Award

Darwin Day Surgery

When you have surgery at Darwin Day Surgery, the nurse to patient ratio is 1-to-1 not 1-to-10, as with most other facilities.

Darwin Day Surgery

A lack of nurses and theatre time at Darwin Private Hospital prompted registered nurses Joanne Kovac and Maureen Schaffer to form a partnership with resident plastic surgeon, Ravi Mahajani, and open Darwin Day Surgery in Fannie Bay in 2007. The surgery carries out procedures under local and intravenous sedation, specialising in the removal of lesions, such as skin cancers, and providing the full gamut of minor plastic and hand procedures. Joanne admits it was daunting self-funding such a complex, compliance-heavy business, and neither she nor Maureen drew wages in the first few months. However, as the surgery established contracts with all private health funds and government service providers, its services grew rapidly to more than 500 procedures a year. This has helped reduce waiting lists for elective surgery in the Northern Territory. The business is now opening a new facility with two theatres, expanding operating hours and the variety of procedures it performs.

When you have surgery at Darwin Day Surgery, the nurse to patient ratio is 1-to-1 not 1-to-10, as with most other facilities.
Joanne Kovac, Director

Darwin Day Surgery
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2011 Telstra
South Australian Micro Business Award

Brazcom Imports

We want to bring the latest fashion and technologies to all Australians.

Brazcom Imports

Brazcom Imports supplies Biocosmetic clothing that is designed to look good and do good. The clothing incorporates science and technology to deliver cosmetic benefits, such as body sculpting. Brazcom Imports was founded in 2008 by Lucimar and Tim Nielsen five years after they had visited Lucimar’s home country, Brazil, and discovered fashionable, high-quality clothing with cosmetic benefits. Lucimar had to learn English before she had the confidence to go store-to-store in Adelaide with a handful of items, while Tim, then a PhD student, delivered orders from a borrowed van. The business secured 100 Australian retail clients in its first year, and continued to grow turnover by 25 per cent last financial year. The Edwardstown business distributes three lines of cosmetic apparel, the biggest seller being Scala BioPromise shapewear, designed with heat-emitting micro-fibre to help women lose cellulite and reduce measurements. The business also sells online and over the telephone direct to consumers.

We want to bring the latest fashion and technologies to all Australians.
Lucimar Nielsen, Director

Brazcom Imports
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2011 Telstra
Tasmanian Small Business Award

Tas Petroleum

The company became known for being contactable 24/7 and customers were satisfied with being able to speak to the person that made the decisions and could give honest and direct answers.

Tas Petroleum

Tas Petroleum was established by Grant Thurlow in 2005 to take on the major petroleum suppliers. The independent fuel wholesaler purchased one rigid fuel tanker and employed one driver to transport petrol and diesel throughout Tasmania. Soon a second driver was required and in 2007 the Tas Petroleum office moved out of home when business premises were purchased in Invermay. As Tas Petroleum’s respect within the industry grew, in 2008 it was appointed state distributor for Mobil lubricants and two years later it became the Tasmanian hired carrier for Shell. Tas Petroleum now has 16 employees, 11 trucks and is looking for property in Devonport and Hobart from which to distribute lubricant products. Director Margaret Thurlow said timely and reliable service along with a competitive price was key to gaining customers and providing customer satisfaction has driven Tas Petroleum’s success.

The company became known for being contactable 24/7 and customers were satisfied with being able to speak to the person that made the decisions and could give honest and direct answers.
Margaret Thurlow, Director

Tas Petroleum
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2011 Telstra
Victorian Small Business Award

easyweddings.com.au

We are a pivotal part of one of the most memorable and important days in our customers’ lives; and that's truly amazing and incredibly gratifying.

easyweddings.com.au

Katrina and Matt Butterworth like to think they’ve been invited to more than 400,000 weddings. That’s how many nuptials the couple have had a hand in organising, a decade after the launch of their one-stop, online wedding directory. Finding it hard to plan their own wedding and with online directories still emerging, the couple spotted an opportunity and Matt set off to learn web development. Their wedding plans soon turned into the launch of Easy Weddings, now Australia’s number one online wedding directory featuring 3,500 wedding suppliers and a team of 19 employees. Attracting more than 220,000 unique visitors to the site each month, Katrina and Matt believe they maintain the top spot in their industry by investing in technology such as a review system for suppliers and an iPhone app. The business connects with prospective brides through the website, online forums and Facebook, often before many even consider saying “I do”.

We are a pivotal part of one of the most memorable and important days in our customers’ lives; and that's truly amazing and incredibly gratifying.
Katrina Butterworth, Owner

easyweddings.com.au
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
New South Wales Small Business Award

Ecoline Pty Ltd

Our unique and sustainable nature experience delivers the ultimate wow factor and is perfectly adapted to Australian people and environment.

Ecoline Pty Ltd

High-wire expert Frederic Galimard and business partner Sandrine Gaymard see trees as an opportunity for adventure. The pair launched Ecoline in 1998 to design and build unique, tree-based activity structures before deciding to open an entire adventure park. It took five years to plan the facility, find the right location and negotiate with the NSW Government to sign over crown land for commercial use. In 2008 Ecoline opened its first TreeTop Adventure Park in Ourimbah State Forest on the Central Coast. Visitors explore the forest on flying foxes and suspension bridges, while children as young as three can experience the tree canopy safely on an innovative pulley system called Ecotrack. A second park opened in Newcastle in 2009 and a third is underway near Melbourne. Now with seven employees and more casual staff, Ecoline markets to corporates, schools and families and is looking to patent and market its unique Ecotrack design globally.

Our unique and sustainable nature experience delivers the ultimate wow factor and is perfectly adapted to Australian people and environment.
Sandrine Gaymard, Founder and Business Development Manager

Ecoline Pty Ltd
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2011 Telstra
Queensland Regional Business Award

Flash Fotos

We operated two photographic road show vans that were on the road for a combined total of 364 days in 2010 while visiting 45 locations.

Flash Fotos

Melanie Schwartze and two partners established Top Shots Glamour Photography in 2005 but two years later rising debt led to discussions about closing. Melanie bravely decided to take over the business as sole shareholder and, from the ashes, Flash Fotos was born, offering clients glamour photography services that would make them look like models. Melanie invested in her professional development with a photography business coach and refined the marketing and pricing plans for the Sunshine Coast photography studio. The business really turned the corner when Melanie established full-time photographic road shows in five states and territories. Flash Fotos has serviced more than 10,000 customers, has 18 full-time equivalent staff and posted net profit growth of about 35 per cent in the past two years. In 2010, Flash Fotos later opened new premises in Maroochydore’s retail precinct. Further expansion and success has followed this year with the addition of a third road show servicing Western Australia.

We operated two photographic road show vans that were on the road for a combined total of 364 days in 2010 while visiting 45 locations.
Melanie Schwartze, Director

Flash Fotos
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2011 Telstra
Northern Territory Small Business Award

Abode New Homes Pty Ltd

We’re the only residential builder in Darwin using on-site technology, which provides a series of quality assurance checklists and prompts, from the point of deposit through to construction.

Abode New Homes Pty Ltd

Justin and Karinda Gill established Abode New Homes in 2007 having previously owned a building company and a project home franchise. Feeling limited by a franchise but realising the benefits of systemised processes, the Gills started their own business to create environmentally sustainable project homes, suited to the Top End’s climate. Abode New Homes offers 26 designs, adaptable to client needs, plus house and land packages, finance and management of construction, from soil testing through to colour consultation. The Palmerston company capitalised on a growth opportunity last year when the Territory Government ran ballots for house and land packages under $420,000 in the suburb of Bellamack. Abode designed a range to meet the criteria and was chosen as the builder for the majority of packages. The Home First range has continued as a growth niche for the business, which built 53 homes last financial year, doubling its first year constructions.

We’re the only residential builder in Darwin using on-site technology, which provides a series of quality assurance checklists and prompts, from the point of deposit through to construction.
Justin Gill, Owner

Abode New Homes Pty Ltd
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2011 Telstra
South Australian Small Business Award

Health and Life

We look for challenges that emerge from changes in the health care environment and provide well-tested ideas and tools to overcome them.

Health and Life

A work-related car accident in 1985 and a long recovery prompted accountant David Dahm to start a consultancy to empower health carers to become better finance managers and patient advocates. Health and Life advises on all financial aspects of practice management for hospital, medical, dental, allied health and elite sports professionals and encourages them, in turn, to become advocates for financial literacy in the community. With 11 employees, the Adelaide business has more than doubled revenue over the past three years through the continual development of software tools so clients can better manage the fiscal health of their practices. In addition to taxation, financial and succession planning advice, Health and Life provides monthly monitoring for clients and produces a number of industry kits and reports, including The Good, Bad and Ugly Report, which helps healthcare providers better manage finite resources. David also speaks publicly and runs regular webinars, sharing his insights on running sustainable and socially responsible health practices.

We look for challenges that emerge from changes in the health care environment and provide well-tested ideas and tools to overcome them.
David Dahm, CEO

Health and Life
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2011 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Small Business Award

Interaction Consulting Group

We introduced post-course testing that allows the client to see the knowledge gained by the participants and therefore their return on investment.

Interaction Consulting Group

Interaction Consulting Group is a management consulting firm specialising in training, facilitation and coaching services. Growing from a home office in 1994 to a company with 12 permanent staff, Interaction helps organisations to build the capacity of their people and their business. It offers team building, development programs, individual coaching, business planning and strategic advice to 36 client organisations. Managing Director Lesley Richards said Interaction’s success is due to the tailored approach it offers clients and the significant senior public sector experience and knowledge of its consultants. When a change of government in Canberra affected spending on learning and development activities, Interaction branched out to seek clients in state and local governments. Interaction’s milestone achievements include winning contracts with whole-of-government panels in the Australian Public Service and the ACT, SA and Queensland governments. Interaction is managing its growth incrementally and recruiting more consultants in mid 2011.

We introduced post-course testing that allows the client to see the knowledge gained by the participants and therefore their return on investment.
Lesley Richards, Managing Director

Interaction Consulting Group
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2011 Telstra
Northern Territory Innovation Award

Darwin Day Surgery

When you have surgery at Darwin Day Surgery, the nurse to patient ratio is 1-to-1 not 1-to-10, as with most other facilities.

Darwin Day Surgery

A lack of nurses and theatre time at Darwin Private Hospital prompted registered nurses Joanne Kovac and Maureen Schaffer to form a partnership with resident plastic surgeon, Ravi Mahajani, and open Darwin Day Surgery in Fannie Bay in 2007. The surgery carries out procedures under local and intravenous sedation, specialising in the removal of lesions, such as skin cancers, and providing the full gamut of minor plastic and hand procedures. Joanne admits it was daunting self-funding such a complex, compliance-heavy business, and neither she nor Maureen drew wages in the first few months. However, as the surgery established contracts with all private health funds and government service providers, its services grew rapidly to more than 500 procedures a year. This has helped reduce waiting lists for elective surgery in the Northern Territory. The business is now opening a new facility with two theatres, expanding operating hours and the variety of procedures it performs.

When you have surgery at Darwin Day Surgery, the nurse to patient ratio is 1-to-1 not 1-to-10, as with most other facilities.
Joanne Kovac, Director

Darwin Day Surgery
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2011 Telstra
Victorian Innovation Award

BikeExchange.com.au

We consolidate thousands of listings from retailers and private sellers nationwide to make finding and buying effortless and instant.

BikeExchange.com.au

Jason Wyatt and Sam Salter decided to start their online business four years ago when they found out bicycles were outselling cars. Launched with a basic classifieds function, BikeExchange.com.au is now the third most visited sports shopping web site in Australia, consolidating more than 43,000 bicycles and accessories for private and commercial sale. One of the first niche consolidators to give consumers the chance to “buy now”, BikeExchange.com.au gives 400 cycling retailers a powerful and low-cost online shopfront to present to 440,000 visitors each month. Jason estimates retailers need to sell just one extra bicycle a month to earn a return on their investment. Private sellers benefit from an easy content management system that helps them quickly create their own informative advertisements, with up to four images and a video, while an in-house-developed search engine ensures users find what they want as quickly as possible.

We consolidate thousands of listings from retailers and private sellers nationwide to make finding and buying effortless and instant.
Jason Wyatt, CEO

BikeExchange.com.au
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2011 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Innovation Award

Lucy Media

We researched other proprietary and open source content management systems such as Wikimedia and Wordpress before commencing with the development of our own solution.

Lucy Media

Lucy Media has succeeded in harnessing the skills and knowledge of its user base to contribute content to its entertainment-based websites. The business, founded by Managing Director Alexander Mair in 2006, developed a web based content management system that integrates social editorial and social networking platforms with a statistical database. This low-cost system for syndicating and sharing media-rich content supports open access and allows interaction and collaboration between editors, contributors and readers. Alexander said this paved the way for another key innovation - creating a motivating, merit-based system that grants points for user contributions and awards extra publishing privileges and status. The Fyshwick based business, a 2010 ACT Export Award winner, was among the first to introduce galleries of user uploaded photographs, resulting in a threefold increase in hits to its websites. Lucy Media continues to benefit from its custom built content management system, which it developed to achieve the flexibility and sophistication required for its business.

We researched other proprietary and open source content management systems such as Wikimedia and Wordpress before commencing with the development of our own solution.
Alexander Mair, Managing Director

Lucy Media
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2011 Telstra
New South Wales Innovation Award

Colmax Glass Pty Ltd

Colmax Glass Pty Ltd

Colmax Glass was established in 2005 by engineer Peter Harkins and his wife Collette, to crush, clean and grade recycled glass more efficiently than any other plant. Based in Maroota, north west of Sydney, the company processes waste from glass recyclers to produce up to 100,000 tonnes of clean-graded glass each year for use in bottles, fibreglass insulation batts, water filtration and other everyday products. Colmax is the only processor in Australia taking completely unrefined glass waste that would normally end up in landfill and turning it into the highest-value resource possible with minimal wastage. In five years, the company has built four plants in four states, grown from five full-time staff to 32 and increased annual turn-over 10 fold. Collette says Colmax’s technical innovations have been refined by building its own plants, visiting glass operations in Europe and the United States and seeking potential customers who could use glass as a substitute for another raw material.

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2011 Telstra
Queensland Innovation Award

Zehnder Gluten Free

Our company is driven by innovation and a desire to constantly better what we do, improving both products and operations.

Zehnder Gluten Free

Zehnder Gluten Free, a processor of gluten free baked foods based at Maleny, eliminated some processing steps and developed new techniques in its bread production. The family owned business led by Swiss-born Josef Zehnder plans to supplement its existing range by releasing more than 60 new gluten free products. Josef said that coeliacs - people with gluten intolerance - are willing to try new products and 80 to 90 per cent are usually converted to Zehnder’s superior products. The business plans to have a continuous release of a new product every four weeks. Zehnder Gluten Free, which is opening a factory in Switzerland in 2011 to supply European markets, is applying new European baking technology in its processing. This rapid cooling baking process will deliver products with less weight loss and longer shelf life, at reduced energy cost with a shortening of the baking time by five to 20 per cent.

Our company is driven by innovation and a desire to constantly better what we do, improving both products and operations.
Josef Zehnder, Director

Zehnder Gluten Free
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
South Australian Innovation Award

SCF Group

Innovation comes from teamwork and understanding customer needs. Weekly project meetings allow all employees nationally to get an update on product developments, discuss progress on major projects and table new product ideas.

SCF Group

Established in 1991, SCF Group supplies containers to the Australian transport and logistics industry. The Adelaide business manages assets worth more than $70 million and is made up of four divisions: Rail Containers, Tank Containers, Simply Containers and Container Rooms. In March 2010, SCF Group launched a lightweight 40 foot polymer side-door transport container. The creation was a world-first for the industry weighing just 28 kilograms in comparison with 140 kilograms in steel and resulted in fuel savings and reduced operating costs. Prototypes of 48 foot polymer side-door transport containers for domestic rail use are currently being trialled by clients and have attracted interest from some of Australia’s biggest logistics companies. The business also introduced an online GPS tracking system for customers after successful trials. SCF Group is the only Australian transport company that supplies the complete range of container services, including design, relocation, pooling, shipping, repairs, maintenance and technical advice.

Innovation comes from teamwork and understanding customer needs. Weekly project meetings allow all employees nationally to get an update on product developments, discuss progress on major projects and table new product ideas.
Noon McNamara, General Manager Strategy

SCF Group
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Tasmanian Innovation Award

Plants Management Australia Pty Ltd

Plants Management Australia guides plant breeders by taking plants from concept to consumer.

Plants Management Australia Pty Ltd

Plants Management Australia (PMA) is a horticultural licensing and marketing company that acts as a domestic and global agent for independent plant breeders. PMA manages the introduction of new varieties of top selling perennials, ornamental trees, shrubs and Australian natives in the competitive horticultural industry. Director and co-owner Chris Sargent said their portfolio of plant varieties has increased from 30 to 250 with about 150 in market and the remainder in commercial trials. PMA works with 160 Australian growers, compared with only two in 2001, and has 30 partner agents around the globe. Chris said PMA, located at Dodges Ferry east of Hobart, specialises in maximising the financial rewards of a new variety and ensuring a royalty stream for the plant breeder. Each plant requires trialling, assessment, intellectual property protection, establishing grower networks, marketing and ongoing development and management.

Plants Management Australia guides plant breeders by taking plants from concept to consumer.
Chris Sargent, Director

Plants Management Australia Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Northern Territory Medium Business Award

Area9 IT Solutions

We continue to be progressive in our thought leadership for our customers.

Area9 IT Solutions

Area9 IT Solutions delivers tailored services, solutions and support to ensure customers are getting the best possible value from their information technology (IT) environments. The company started in 2007 as the result of a management buyout of a Northern Territory technology company that was shutting its doors and leaving town. Managers David Metcalfe, Chris Coleman, Mary McAlpine and Johnny Politis wanted to stay, so they bought the Winnellie business, made offers to existing staff and convinced sufficient customers to give them a go. Area9 provides clients with IT services such as infrastructure design, procurement, implementation, management and problem solving. Revenue has increased five-fold since 2008 and staff numbers have shot from 13 to 46. Growth has been partly driven by the business tapping into cloud computing and the appointment of an additional new director, Simon Watt. Clients can rely on Area9’s high-performance data centre on a pay-as-you go basis.

We continue to be progressive in our thought leadership for our customers.
Chris Coleman, Director

Area9 IT Solutions
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Tasmanian Social Responsibility Award

Tasmanian Wing Chun Academy Ulverstone

Our connections with the community, schools and welfare providers create a positive perception of our Academy and this maximises enrolment and referral business.

Tasmanian Wing Chun Academy Ulverstone

Stuart and Tracey Clayton believe social responsibility goes hand in hand with the teaching of martial arts and speak to clients and schools about self-defence being part of the solution to anti-social and violent behaviour. Training for at-risk high school students in two local community programs is provided from the gymnasium at the Clayton’s Tasmanian Wing Chun Academy in West Ulverstone. Stuart also participates in a boys mentoring program at Reece and Penguin High Schools. The martial arts school raises funds for Ronald McDonald House’s Camp Quality and offers its services to the Central Coast Council’s Trial A Sport school holiday program. The Academy accepts Year 11 job placement students, opens its gym to a local junior basketball team and its multi-purpose room to a “Get Active” program. Stuart said it is important to give back to the community because the Academy could not exist without local support, adding that connections made generate positive word-of-mouth advertising.

Our connections with the community, schools and welfare providers create a positive perception of our Academy and this maximises enrolment and referral business.
Stuart Clayton, Owner

Tasmanian Wing Chun Academy Ulverstone
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Social Responsibility Award

PCA People Pty Ltd

We understand that we are in the business of people and relationships and that our success comes from a focus on people both outside our business and within it.

PCA People Pty Ltd

When Allison Guy-Ritchie became director of her father’s company in 2007, she wanted to continue his goal of encouraging a sense of community spirit. She also wanted to demonstrate a commitment to her workforce and invest in their health and wellbeing. . PCA People, a boutique recruitment company, is now environmentally accredited through the GreenBizCheck environmental program – one of the first companies in Australia to gain this accreditation. Emissions are offset through GreenFleet which plants a variety of native trees in forests in an effort to reduce salinity and soil erosion and provide essential habitat for native wildlife. PCA People has implemented a staff wellness program which includes a monthly health and wellbeing activity that is determined in consultation with employees and management. The business also provides annual sponsorship and support to not-for-profit organisations and events such as Circus Quirkis, Mix 106.3 Special Children's Christmas Party, CareFlight Magic Mania and the Fred Hollows Foundation.

We understand that we are in the business of people and relationships and that our success comes from a focus on people both outside our business and within it.
Allison Guy-Ritchie, Director

PCA People Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Queensland Social Responsibility Award

Samies Girl Seafoods

The inspiration for my Save Our Sea Turtles initiative is a belief that as we take from the sea we need to give back.

Samies Girl Seafoods

In 2005 fishmonger Kristina Georges established Samies Girl Seafoods, buying a business formerly owned by her family that had gone into receivership. Kristina’s passion in turning the business around was reflected by public goodwill and the recovery of this Brisbane supplier of fresh and frozen seafood. In 2009 Samies Girl Seafoods won the environment award at the Queensland Seafood Awards for its ‘Save Our Sea Turtles’ program. Kristina, whose business employs 11 full-time equivalent staff, is a strong advocate of sustainability in the seafood industry. Samies Girl promotes the protection and tagging of Moreton Bay turtles by raising funds from selling environmental cooler bags. The Save Our Sea Turtles initiative has been introduced into 667 Queensland Primary Schools with an education kit and Kristina’s book “Angels Do Swim.” Samies Girl proudly promotes the fish names program by selling fish labelled with name and origin so that customers can see the business sources non-endangered seafood.

The inspiration for my Save Our Sea Turtles initiative is a belief that as we take from the sea we need to give back.
Kristina Georges, Managing Director

Samies Girl Seafoods
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Victorian Medium Business Award

PRESHAFOOD LTD

Once someone tries our product we receive an overwhelmingly positive response to its taste and flavour.

PRESHAFOOD LTD

PRESHAFOOD makes the only 100 per cent Australian fruit juice that is preserved using cold high-pressure processing (HPP). HPP is cold pasteurisation at extremely high levels of pressure, which kills bacteria for long shelf-life but preserves far more taste and nutrition than traditional pasteurisation. PRESHAFOOD was founded in 2006, three years after HPP technology became commercially available. Foresight and significant capital investment have paid off with the Derrimut-based company now producing 12 specialty juices – including Apple Passionfruit, Apple Pomegranate and Blood Orange – and seven flavours of coulis for supermarkets, restaurants and airlines. The quality of the juice has been recognised with international awards; including the World’s Best Juice at global trade fair Drinktec in 2009, where PRESHAFOOD beat out products by Pepsi and Coca-Cola. CEO Alastair McLachlan believes taste is the best promotion, so the company invests in sampling at supermarkets, outdoor events and food shows to win over new customers.

Once someone tries our product we receive an overwhelmingly positive response to its taste and flavour.
Alastair McLachlan, CEO

PRESHAFOOD LTD
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Medium Business Award

Luton Properties

We have learnt that we need to grow steadily and to make sure that we don’t lose sight of our original company values and vision, maintaining integrity and ensuring proactive regular contact with our clients.

Luton Properties

The story of real estate agency Luton Properties has been one of continued growth since it began in Manuka in 1999. From one office with five staff, it now has 80 staff offering residential sales and property management services in seven offices across each of Canberra’s established town centres. Director Richard Luton said he plans to expand into an eighth centre and then to open a regional office in NSW. Operating in a market of intense competition dominated by national chains and up against almost 200 licensed ACT real estate agents, Luton Properties deliberately adopted a market penetration strategy of opening local offices. Richard said Luton Properties’ success is based on an ethical approach, innovation and outstanding customer service. It also emphasises a client-for-life philosophy and invests heavily in staff development, placing high importance on internal company communications and being early adopters of the latest technologies.

We have learnt that we need to grow steadily and to make sure that we don’t lose sight of our original company values and vision, maintaining integrity and ensuring proactive regular contact with our clients.
Richard Luton, Director

Luton Properties
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
New South Wales Medium Business Award

Janison

A key lesson has been the value of innovation. You must be prepared to be brave and to innovate to achieve success.

Janison

Coffs Harbour software development firm Janison helps teach more than one million people around the world. Established in 1998 by Wayne and Jacquie Houlden, Janison develops, produces and hosts online learning systems, portals and assessments. The business began catering to TAFE colleges and small registered training organisations with its self-developed Janison Learning System, one of the first online learning tools in Australia. Janison now supports the e-learning needs of 100 local and international clients and has seen consistent annual revenue growth of 20 per cent. It has developed remotely-synchronised learning servers for ships and battle units in the New Zealand Defence Forces, supports an online global leadership academy for Deloitte, and has completed an e-learning rollout for vocational and technical education in Vietnam. Janison’s rapidly growing hosting network includes servers in Sydney, Dallas, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City, all supported from the Coffs Harbour office.

A key lesson has been the value of innovation. You must be prepared to be brave and to innovate to achieve success.
Wayne Houlden, CEO

Janison
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Queensland Medium Business Award

Stream Group Aust Pty Ltd

Stream Group's goal is that our brand is associated with quality and service. For a homeowner, making an insurance claim can be a stressful situation and therefore needs to be as painless as possible.

Stream Group Aust Pty Ltd

Stream Group was established in 2007 and provides assessing and repairs management services to insurance companies across Australia and New Zealand. Founder and director, Don McKenzie, said claims managed by Stream Group have risen from 2,000 in 2008 to 15,000 in 2010. Last year’s activity was matched in the first three months of 2011 due to recent natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand. Staff numbers have increased from 122 to 145 since the beginning of the year. Stream developed a new IT platform to improve the claims management processes by managing costs without sacrificing service to the insured. The system allows accredited suppliers to tender and manage claims remotely, reducing the time it takes to authorise and complete repairs. In 2008, the company’s efforts were recognised when it received the Australia and New Zealand Institute for Insurance and Finance Innovation of the Year Award.

Stream Group's goal is that our brand is associated with quality and service. For a homeowner, making an insurance claim can be a stressful situation and therefore needs to be as painless as possible.
Don McKenzie, Director

Stream Group Aust Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Northern Territory Medium Business Award

Area9 IT Solutions

We continue to be progressive in our thought leadership for our customers.

Area9 IT Solutions

Area9 IT Solutions delivers tailored services, solutions and support to ensure customers are getting the best possible value from their information technology (IT) environments. The company started in 2007 as the result of a management buyout of a Northern Territory technology company that was shutting its doors and leaving town. Managers David Metcalfe, Chris Coleman, Mary McAlpine and Johnny Politis wanted to stay, so they bought the Winnellie business, made offers to existing staff and convinced sufficient customers to give them a go. Area9 provides clients with IT services such as infrastructure design, procurement, implementation, management and problem solving. Revenue has increased five-fold since 2008 and staff numbers have shot from 13 to 46. Growth has been partly driven by the business tapping into cloud computing and the appointment of an additional new director, Simon Watt. Clients can rely on Area9’s high-performance data centre on a pay-as-you go basis.

We continue to be progressive in our thought leadership for our customers.
Chris Coleman, Director

Area9 IT Solutions
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
South Australian Medium Business Award

Beerenberg Farm

We believe customers like to buy from real people, which is why we take the personal approach and have a photo of our family on each jar of Beerenberg produce.

Beerenberg Farm

Starting with a batch of strawberry jam in the 1970s, family-owned Beerenberg Farm has diversified and grown into an international brand with 54 employees, and products in supermarkets, aircraft and five-star hotels. The Hahndorf business still grows strawberries and sells from the farm, but has spent the past 25 years building a gourmet range of retail and hospitality sector-sized jams and condiments, including chutneys, sauces and dressings, which are exported to 25 countries. Managing Director Anthony Paech says Beerenberg Farm pioneered portion serves for its products in the mid 1980s, enabling it to secure its first hotel contract. Since then, the company has been tailoring products to customer requirements and market trends, introducing state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to meet increased demand. Over the last five years, Beerenberg has increased turnover by one third and expanded the range from 42 to 60 products through regular and personal conversations with distributors and end-consumers.

We believe customers like to buy from real people, which is why we take the personal approach and have a photo of our family on each jar of Beerenberg produce.
Anthony Paech, Managing Director

Beerenberg Farm
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Tasmanian Regional Business Award

M & J Baker Farms Pty Ltd

We worked hard and today we run a successful business – we learnt that you start small, work together and steadily grow.

M & J Baker Farms Pty Ltd

M & J Baker is a family-based produce growing business that began more than 47 years ago on a farm at Kindred on Tasmania’s North West Coast. It’s grown from a small business with two staff to a successful, award-winning supplier and employer of 18 full time equivalent staff. M & J Baker Farms grows, packs and supplies potatoes, cabbages and cauliflowers to food giant Woolworths for sale in Tasmania and potatoes to four mainland states. It also grows various crops for other clients on its original property and three adjoining farms that have been purchased over the years. Director and owner Max Baker says adding a recipe with a map of Tasmania to its pre-packed potatoes drives customers to buy local produce. The business was nominated on several occasions for Woolworths Produce Supplier of the Year before winning the Award in 2005, an achievement that no other Tasmanian business has matched.

We worked hard and today we run a successful business – we learnt that you start small, work together and steadily grow.
Max Baker, Owner

M & J Baker Farms Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Victorian Regional Business Award

Blackmore Holdings Pty Ltd

Our customers are increasingly socially aware and want to know what they are eating, where it comes from and whether it was produced in a sustainable way.

Blackmore Holdings Pty Ltd

A leading producer of prestigious Wagyu beef, Blackmore Holdings has been practising sustainable farming for more than 20 years, because founder David Blackmore believes if he cares for the environment, it will care for his cattle. Blackmore’s herd of 2,000 fullblood Wagyu is raised in a natural environment at Alexandra, on the fertile flats of the Goulburn River, and is left to gain weight naturally, with no antibiotics, genetically modified foods or growth hormones. Environmental care is exercised by fencing cattle from lagoons and the river to protect native flora and fauna, using bio-dynamic fertilisers and spray irrigating at night, which reduces evaporation and helps cut power costs. David welcomes more educated buyers, chefs and consumers, who are demanding more information about production methods, and happily shares his farming insights through field days. Blackmore Wagyu Beef is sought by some of the world’s most discerning chefs, including Rockpool’s Neil Perry and The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller.

Our customers are increasingly socially aware and want to know what they are eating, where it comes from and whether it was produced in a sustainable way.
David Blackmore, Managing Director

Blackmore Holdings Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Queensland Regional Business Award

Flash Fotos

We operated two photographic road show vans that were on the road for a combined total of 364 days in 2010 while visiting 45 locations.

Flash Fotos

Melanie Schwartze and two partners established Top Shots Glamour Photography in 2005 but two years later rising debt led to discussions about closing. Melanie bravely decided to take over the business as sole shareholder and, from the ashes, Flash Fotos was born, offering clients glamour photography services that would make them look like models. Melanie invested in her professional development with a photography business coach and refined the marketing and pricing plans for the Sunshine Coast photography studio. The business really turned the corner when Melanie established full-time photographic road shows in five states and territories. Flash Fotos has serviced more than 10,000 customers, has 18 full-time equivalent staff and posted net profit growth of about 35 per cent in the past two years. In 2010, Flash Fotos later opened new premises in Maroochydore’s retail precinct. Further expansion and success has followed this year with the addition of a third road show servicing Western Australia.

We operated two photographic road show vans that were on the road for a combined total of 364 days in 2010 while visiting 45 locations.
Melanie Schwartze, Director

Flash Fotos
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
Northern Territory Regional Business Award

Eldorado Motor Inn Golden Chain

It’s very satisfying and encouraging to know the business has improved while having a positive influence on the region's economy, service provision and residents.

Eldorado Motor Inn Golden Chain

The family-operated Eldorado Motor Inn invests in youth training and upskilling in the remote Tennant Creek region to ensure sustainable recruitment for its business, but also to create a motivated and healthy community. With average occupancy rates growing from 36 to 70 per cent in three years in their 76-unit motel, owner Jason Newman and his family have ramped up recruitment and training of apprentices through partnerships with regional training organisations and Rotary International. Eldorado invests in community programs - it’s the sole financial supporter of a horsemanship program for indigenous students, created in conjunction with the remote Elliott Community School to encourage more students to attend and stay in education. The business also supports the Northern Territory’s Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program with accommodation and training venues for program employees, and encourages the motel’s resident contractors to get involved in community programs to integrate and build relationships.

It’s very satisfying and encouraging to know the business has improved while having a positive influence on the region's economy, service provision and residents.
Jason Newman, Owner

Eldorado Motor Inn Golden Chain
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2011 Telstra
South Australian Regional Business Award

Cowell Electric Supply Pty Ltd

We firmly believe a business must contribute to its local community to make it a better place for employees to live, work and play.

Cowell Electric Supply Pty Ltd

Cowell Electric Supply contributes to organisations that are working to enhance the lives of people in regional and remote areas of Australia. Managing Director Sue Chase says the provider of overhead and underground high-voltage powerlines relies on resilient and thriving regional communities to sustain its operations and projects in the mining, defence and land subdivision sectors. Based on Eyre Peninsula, the business provides financial support to sporting and other groups in the communities in which it works. The company is passionate about improving access to quality health care in the outback and donates to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Angel Flight. Sue even pilots her own plane for Angel Flight to transport non-emergency regional patients to population centres for treatment. Cowell Electric Supply also enhances regional access to the arts, sponsoring young Adelaide concert percussionist Nicholas Parnell to perform in remote areas.

We firmly believe a business must contribute to its local community to make it a better place for employees to live, work and play.
Sue Chase, Managing Director

Cowell Electric Supply Pty Ltd
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