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Time to laud our North Coast business champions

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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper


Media Contact: Nikki Voss - 0408 070 056


15 February 2016


Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has called for Telstra Australian Business Awards nominations to celebrate and support North Coast business.

For 24 years the national Awards program has recognised the entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and courage of small and medium business, helping them reach new levels of success.

“We have some great local businesses on the Mid and North Coast and I am a huge supporter of the Shop Local campaign. These accolades are a chance to recognise the best small and medium size businesses in Australia,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Small business is the backbone of our region and the strength of our local economy. It’s important for us to celebrate them and continue to encourage their growth.

“I have been part of a family business and so I know it takes an incredible amount of sacrifice and drive to run a business - nominating is a great way to recognise these local success stories,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

The North Coast boasts three previous winners and finalists including:

• Wicked Berries - 2013 NSW Micro-Business Award; • Coffs Harbour Heath Club - 2012 finalist NSW Start-Up Award ; • Janison - 2011 - Telstra NSW Business of the Year.

“Every business that enters the Awards also gets a free individual 70-page Business Health Check report that evaluates their business performance and provides a platform to review business strategy and plan for future growth,’’ Mr Hartsuyker said.

Entries are open until 23 March 2016 across five Award categories:

• New Business Award - for businesses operating for one to three years with up to 500


• Micro Business Award - for businesses with five employees or less

• Small Business Award - for businesses with more than five employees but less than


• Medium Business Award - for businesses with more than 50 employees but less than


• Charity Award - ACNC registered with DGR status, between one and 500 employees

and an annual income of between $250,000 and $10,000,000

The New South Wales dinner and Awards will be presented on 29th July 2016.

To nominate a North Coast business or you want to enter your local business in the Awards, go to or call the Telstra Australian Business Awards on 1800AWARDS for further information.

Mr Hartsuyker: Nikki Voss 0408 070 056