Small business heroes battle it out for top spot

Published: Mon 27 Sep 2010 05:07 PM
Heroes in small business battle it out for top spot
The 2010 finalists in the 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. Just like David taking on Goliath in the Bible, the tenacity, courage and ingenuity of these business owners help them punch well above their weight and place them firmly at the forefront of entrepreneurship in this country.
Organizer of the Awards, Heather Douglas, says, “Typically, small and micro businesses are very diverse and the judges commented on how broad a range of businesses entered the awards this year. It is fantastic to see some really exciting businesses in the spotlight. They have worked hard to achieve success and they deserve the recognition now.”
Category winners and a Supreme Award winner will be announced on the 6th of October. A podcast of the winners will be available for download at from that date.
The David Awards finalists for 2010 are:
Most outstanding fledgling business
A business which is under two years young, smart, quirky, or just very professionally set up.
Nudey Rudey
Most outstanding transitional business
A promising business which has moved beyond the start-up phase and is more than 18 months 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. This Award recognises a business planning for and/or coping with the changes required to take a business through expansion and significant growth.
Brolly Sheets
The Sleep Store
Vendor Sales Support
Most outstanding triumph over adversity
A business which has succeeded in spite of challenges beyond the usual.
Vendor Sales Support
Brookby Herbs
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.
Home Brew West
Brookby Herbs
The Sleep Store
Most innovative business
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.
Smart Box
Wonder Cap
Most inspired use of technology
A business which leverages technology in many guises to enhance efficiency, mobility and keep overheads to a minimum.
Made 4 Baby
Vendor Sales Support
Most inspired use of marketing
A business which punches above its weight in terms of getting the word out, achieving profile and attracting business.
NZ Art Guild
The Sleep Store
Most community-minded 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.
NZ Art Guild

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