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Victoria’s best businesses vying for prestigious awards

BOTH traditional businesses from Victoria’s food production and manufacturing sectors and new wave digital entrepreneurs are represented among the 21 finalists in the 2013 Telstra Victorian Business Awards.

The business success of the finalists is marked by their innovation with Gippsland’s Longwarry Food Park, which exports milk products to 30 countries, and Clayton-based Commercial Food Machinery, a manufacturer and distributor of catering equipment for the hospitality industry, both underpinning their growth by process and product advancements.

Another finalist is Blamey Saunders hears, an East Melbourne tele-health business established by hearing science pioneers Professor Peter Blamey and audiologist Dr Elaine Saunders whose unique IHearYou® technology provides online support, remote monitoring and adjustment of its customers’ hearing aid settings. Since 2011, the business has sold thousands of its hearing aids to people with mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Other online Melbourne businesses among the finalists include party supply and styling business The Little Big Company, fundraising social network mycause, health insurance business and braaap, an Australian ‘superlite’ motorcycle designer that has a growing online retail presence supporting its concept stores in Frankston and Tasmania.

Carter Digital, a Fitzroy website and applications developer whose focus on the user’s experience in consuming content has been recognised at the Creativity International Awards, and Skybridge, a Tullamarine-based satellite broadband and TV service provider that has completed more than 100,000 installations under the Digital Television Switchover program, are also among the finalists.

Will Irving, Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Ambassador for the Telstra Australian Business Awards, said the range and experience of Victorian businesses vying for this year’s awards was a positive sign for the growth of the local economy.

Mr Irving said: “The calibre of Victorian finalists in this year’s awards is outstanding and goes to show why small and medium businesses are the backbone of Australia.

“It is so important that we recognise the businesses that support our local communities and celebrate the significant contribution they make by creating jobs, driving innovation and bringing their expertise and innovations to customers - locally and all over the world.”

The finalists for the 2013 Telstra Victorian Business Awards are:

Start-Up Award

The Little Big Company East Brunswick
The Pets Hotel Port Melbourne Abbotsford

Micro-Business Award

Cheeselinks Pty Ltd Little River
mycause Caulfield
Belly Art Caulfield North
Great Ocean Road Surf Tours Torquay
EdgRESEARCH Pty Ltd Hawthorn

Small Business Award

Carter Digital Fitzroy
Blamey Saunders hears East Melbourne
RIHAC Maidstone
braaap Frankston
Financial Design for Life Docklands
Lantern Ghost Tours Melbourne

Medium Business Award

Commercial Food Machinery Clayton
Planet Innovation Pty Ltd Kew
Boundary Bend Olives Pty Ltd Lara
Skybridge Tullamarine
Connective Melbourne

Regional Award

Cheeselinks Pty Ltd Little River
Boundary Bend Olives Pty Ltd Lara
Longwarry Food Park Longwarry
Great Ocean Road Surf Tours Torquay

Winners of the 2013 Telstra Victorian Business Awards will be announced in Melbourne at Crown Melbourne, Southbank, on Tuesday 2 July.

They will share in more than $500,000 in cash grants and business products, which is split among state, territory and national winners, and proceed to the national awards in Sydney on 22 August, 2013.

Tickets to the even can be purchased by visiting or calling 1800AWARDS between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday.
Media contact:
Jonathan Rose 0418 101 454
Reference: 121/2013

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