PORT Macquarie-Hastings businesses have earned a swathe of honours at the 2021 Business NSW Mid North Coast Business Awards.
The awards, hosted by Business NSW, were presented in an online ceremony on October 8.
The Excellence in Micro Business award went to DPH Handyman and Yard Maintenance of Wauchope.
Stacey Morgan and her crew earned a top gong with the Excellence in Small Business award going to Port Macquarie Performing Arts.
After being devastated during the March floods, Whalebone Wharf in Port Macquarie came back to win the Excellence in Business award.
Outstanding Young Business Leader went to Guy Terkelsen from Hastings Physio and Health, Port Macquarie while the Outstanding Local Chamber honour went to Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce.
Based in North Boambee Valley, TacMed Australia took out the coveted 2021 Mid North Coast Business of the Year Award.
"Friday night's awards took time to celebrate the success of hard-working Mid North Coast Businesses. A well-deserved spotlight was shone on 88 finalists who have shown how their resilience, perseverance and sheer hard work have seen them through the very difficult year we have just had," Business NSW Regional Manager Kellon Beard said.
"The 2021 Mid North Coast Business Awards recognise growth, entrepreneurship, and celebrates business success and resilience.
"We received 110 applications for 13 different categories with 88 finalists.
"These awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the ingenuity, strength, and resilience of Mid North Coast NSW businesses." Mr. Beard said.
"The last few years have been incredibly tough as businesses have been impacted by drought, bushfires, floods, and now COVID.
"When we launched these Awards earlier in the year, we did not expect we would be dealing with the current lockdown restrictions.
"But like our business members, we too pivoted and delivered a gala event virtually with as much glitz and glamour, as we could but one that was safe for all our community."
With the support of Primary Regional Sponsor NRMA and Category Sponsors Coastline, Cassegrain's, MBC, and Hastings Co-op we were able to put on a showcase of our businesses.
With the support of Akubra, Cassegrain Wines, Hastings Co-op, and Meltique Beef, we were able to provide a very interactive night, with lots of giveaways.
Winners of the 2021 Mid North Coast Business Awards, will go on to represent the Mid North Coast region at the NSW Business Awards to be held in Sydney in November.
2021 Mid North Coast Business Awards Winners
Excellence in Sustainability: Costa Exchange Pty Ltd, Corindi
Employer of Choice Award: Hoys Allied Health + Wellness, Sawtell
Excellence in Innovation: TacMed Australia, North Boambee Valley
Outstanding Start Up: Dual winners - Furhill Pet Boarding, East Kempsey and Tiona Holiday Park, Tiona
Excellence in Micro Business: DPH Handyman and Yard Maintenance, Wauchope
Excellence in Small Business: Port Macquarie Performing Arts, Port Macquarie
Excellence in Business: Whalebone Wharf, Port Macquarie
Outstanding Young Business Leader: Guy Terkelsen from Hastings Physio and Health, Port Macquarie
Outstanding Business Leader: Donna Carrier, Bent on Food/Bent on Life, Wingham.
Outstanding Employee: Darren Long - Key Employment, Coffs Harbour
Outstanding Community Organisation: The Community Transport Company, Toormina
Outstanding Local Chamber: Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce, Port Macquarie
Business of the Year: TacMed Australia, North Boambee Valley