Cowra businesses finalists for the 2018 Western NSW Regional Business Awards

The 2018 Western NSW Business Awards finalists have been announced and Cowra has its highest ever representation.

“I am incredibly happy with the efforts of my members, they have worked extremely hard to get to where they are right now, and the Cowra Business Chamber supports them 110%,” Cowra Business Chamber president Jordan Core said after the finalists were announced.

Alicia Ball from the Salon Collective is now in the running for the Western NSW Outstanding Young Entrepreneur title, while Annie Crasti is among the six finalists in the Outstanding Business Leader category.

Cowra Motor Inn and the Salon Collective are among 11 finalists hoping to claim the Excellence in Small Business award and the Cowra Motor Inn is a finalist in the Excellence in Innovation category.

“Alicia, Nicole, Annie and my fantastic committee have excelled themselves this year, they have worked to not only promote their business, but to promote the Cowra business community,” Mr Core said.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday, May 11 at Rydges Bathurst.  The categories Cowra is represented in are:

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur

  • Alicia Ball, The Salon Collective, Cowra
  • Dean Campbell, Dean Campbell Transport, Bathurst
  • Samuel Shooter, SJ Shooter Real Estate, Dubbo
  • Stephanie Hughes, Hughes & Co Lawyers & Conveyancing, Parkes

Outstanding Business Leader

  • Anne Marie Crasti, Verto, Cowra
  • Cally Woodhouse, Yates Baker McLean, Orange
  • David Thompson, McPhersons Parts & Service, Parkes
  • Laurence Storm, HE Silos, Forbes
  • Matthew Irvine, Panorama Road Safety, Bathurst
  • Phillip Young, Slater and Gordon, Dubbo

Excellence in Small Business

  • 123 Tix, Dubbo
  • axxis, Dubbo
  • Bobbies Clothing, Bathurst
  • Cowra Motor Inn, Cowra
  • Forbes Family Dentists, Forbes
  • La Bella Medispa, Parkes
  • Lithgow Fire & Safety, Lithgow
  • Manera Heights Apartments, Dubbo
  • Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital, Orange
  • Stanley Finance, Mudgee 
  • The Salon Collective, Cowra

Excellence in Innovation

  • Cowra Motor Inn, Cowra
  • Mudgee Region Tourism​, Mudgee
  • Tobin No Till, Forbes
  • Western Student Connections, Dubbo

Chamber of the Year

  • Cowra Business Chamber
  • Mudgee Chamber of Commerce
  • Bathurst Business Chamber

Excellence in Business

  • Bathurst RSL Club, Bathurst
  • H E Silos, Forbes
  • K&H Geotechnical Services, Parkes
  • The Westhaven Association, Dubbo

Excellence in Social Enterprise

  • LiveBetter Community Services, Orange
  • Parkes Shire Food Service, Parkes
  • Smok'n Cooking Class, Forbes
  • Western Research Institute, Bathurst

Start Up Superstar

  • Channel 40, Dubbo
  • Dirty Workx, Orange

​Employer of Choice

  • Housing Plus, Orange
  • Morse Group Accountants & Advisors, Bathurst 
  • The Westhaven Association, Dubbo