Small busi­nesses have big pres­ence

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Business - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ North West small busi­nesses rep­re­sent more than one-third of this year’s nom­i­nees for the 2015 WA Re­gional Small Busi­ness Awards.

Kar­ratha (3), Onslow (3), Port Hed­land (4) or Ku­nunurra (2) busi­nesses ap­pear in all seven cat­e­gories.

The Best Abo­rig­i­nal Busi­ness award will be an all-Pil­bara af­fair be­tween Kar­ratha’s Beauty­li­cious by Chelsea, Port Hed­land’s Bin­birri Con­tract­ing and Bri­jar­cass Se­cu­rity from Onslow.

Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and Industry pres­i­dent Ge­off Her­bert said Chevron’s West Pil­bara Busi­ness Sup­port Pro­gram had been of ben­e­fit to Onslow busi­nesses.

“For us this is an­other recog­ni­tion of how well things are go­ing in Onslow busi­ness-wise,” he said.

“This year was the first time we held awards our­selves, so to get three of our busi­nesses in the State fi­nals is great recog­ni­tion.

“It would be fan­tas­tic to take home at least one of the awards we’re up for.”

Mr Her­bert said there would be ex­tra brag­ging rights on the line for the win­ner of the all-Pil­bara best Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness award.

Beauty­li­cious by Chelsea owner Chelsea Brown said it was good to see so many North West busi­nesses nom­i­nated, given the tough times re­cently.

“Some­times when you run a busi­ness you can feel like you don’t get recog­nised,” she said.

“So to be nom­i­nated is re­ally ex­cit­ing and a bit over­whelm­ing, to be hon­est.

“I’m just happy to be nom­i­nated. Win­ning would be an added bonus.”

Pil­bara Site Pics and Yo-Get-It are the two other nom­i­nees from Kar­ratha.

Bri­Jar­Cass Se­cu­rity will be joined on the night by Onslow Beach Re­sort in the 11-20 em­ployee cat­e­gory and KHB Mobile Me­chan­i­cal in the five to 10-em­ployee cat­e­gory.

Desert God­dess Beauty Clinic and Full Steam A-Hed­land Con­tract­ing will rep­re­sent Port Hed­land. Ku­nunurra’s Kim­ber­ley Air Tours and Kim­ber­ley­land Hol­i­day park round out the 12 North West en­trants.

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