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Small business heroes battle it out for top spot

Published: Tue 9 Sep 2008 03:24 PM
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Heroes in small business battle it out for top spot
The finalists in the inaugural 2008 The David Awards: heroes in small business have been named.
The David Awards recognise the unsung heroes in home and small businesses throughout New Zealand, whose tenacity, courage and ingenuity place them firmly at the forefront of entrepreneurship in this country.
Just as David, an ordinary, unassuming young man, used shrewdness and a simple slingshot to conquer the giant Goliath, so these entrepreneurial Davids often punch well above their weight.
The David Awards seek to honour these heroes in small business. For more information see www.thedavidawards.co.nz.
While Home Business New Zealand (www.homebizbuzz.co.nz) is the driving force behind, and a key stakeholder in The David Awards, the Awards themselves are a separate initiative, relevant to but not specific to home based businesses.
With around 90 entries, Home Business New Zealand MD and organizer of the Awards, Heather Douglas, says, “The judges felt there was a strong field of entries in every category. Several finalists feature in more than one category too, showing they are well-rounded and credible. We are delighted with both the quality and the enthusiastic response from the sector in our first year and look forward to making this a highly regarded annual event and an opportunity for the myriad small businesses which make up the backbone of the New Zealand economy to gain the recognition they deserve.”
Category winners and a Supreme Award will be announced during a live webcast on the HomebizBuzz web site on the 8th of October, during National Home Business Week. A podcast of the event will be available for download for an extended period after the actual ceremony.
The David Awards finalists for 2008 are:
Most outstanding fledgling business
A business which is under two years young, smart, quirky, or just very professionally set up.
Chez Nous
Earth Angel
Maruki Books
Rental Results
Telephos
Most outstanding transitional business
A promising business between 18 months and 5 years old, which has a proven track record and some or all of the plans/people/systems/processes in place to make a well-above-average future a reality.
Auckland Auto Clinic
E Source
TCB Ski & Board
Totally Organised
Most outstanding triumph over adversity
A business which has succeeded in spite of challenges beyond the usual.
Auckland Auto Clinic
Baby Baby
Maskworx
Most outstanding lifestyle business
A business which epitomises the ability to integrate business and lifestyle, with the owner(s) to take advantage of its flexibility to fit income generation around spending time on family or leisure activities or other pursuits.
Canvart
Backload Moving Company
Tailored Travel
TCB Ski & Board
Most innovative or quirkiest business
Not necessarily the same thing, this is a business which either demonstrates a new or clever way of going about things, or is quirky from the ground up while incorporating great business principles.
Backload Moving Company
E Source
Maskworx
Maruki Books
Totally Organised
Wrangler
Most inspired use of technology
A business which leverages technology in many guises to enhance efficiency, mobility and keep overheads to a minimum.
Assistant.co.nz
Backload Moving Company
E Source
Most inspired use of marketing
A business which punches above its weight in terms of getting the word out, achieving profile and attracting business.
Rental Results
Wall Treats
Wrangler
Most socially responsible business
A business which gives back to its community, e.g. local, regional or industry sector, in ways, shapes or forms which benefit the community significantly.
Auckland Auto Clinic
Mums the Word
Pure
Silverstone Jewellery
ENDS

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