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– busi­ness own­er­ship is ‘hard yakka’. You in­vest all that phys­i­cal and emo­tional en­ergy to build your lit­tle em­pire, over­com­ing a whole bunch of hur­dles on the way – yet, at the end of the day, what thanks or recog­ni­tion do you re­ceive?

Now you can put your­self up for some much de­served recog­ni­tion. En­tries for the 2017 David Awards are open un­til July 31st, and the or­gan­iser, Heather Dou­glas of is look­ing for those or­di­nary, ev­ery­day, Kiwi small busi­ness own­ers who are not afraid of tak­ing on some ad­ver­sity, those ‘Go­liaths’ of the com­mer­cial world, and forg­ing suc­cess for them­selves on their own terms.

“We’re look­ing for those or­di­nary peo­ple who have a great idea and the sheer grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to turn it into an ex­tra­or­di­nary busi­ness.”

One busi­ness owner who knows all about over­com­ing ad­ver­sity in busi­ness is last year’s supreme win­ner Rachel Klaver, owner of Iden­tity Mar­ket­ing & Con­sult­ing.

“Like any busi­ness owner, even when things are go­ing well, there is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­liver to both your team and your clients,” she says. “To cel­e­brate that hard work and know that oth­ers have seen your suc­cess is just the best feel­ing.”

This is the tenth year that The David Awards are be­ing run, and Dou­glas says it's re­ward­ing to see how some of the past win­ners and fi­nal­ists have evolved.

“It's also ex­cit­ing to have Diane Hur­ford, whose busi­ness Brolly Sheets won the Most Out­stand­ing Tran­si­tional Busi­ness Cat­e­gory in 2010, join our panel of judges.

“Diane is truly walk­ing the talk, jug­gling the de­mands of a grow­ing fam­ily while, at the same time, run­ning a com­pany which is still grow­ing mar­ket share and is now ex­port­ing and ex­pand­ing into ad­di­tional mar­kets.”

Other pre­vi­ous fi­nal­ists, win­ners and supreme win­ners have also gone on to make their mark, in­clud­ing com­pa­nies like GroutPro (part of the Pro Group), Sachie's Kitchen, and Pure SEO.

“Oth­ers are re­mark­able for hav­ing stayed the dis­tance, grow­ing neat lit­tle busi­nesses around their pas­sion while prov­ing they are in it for the long haul,” says Dou­glas. “Some ex­am­ples are The Real Dog Equip­ment Com­pany, Cosy Toes, Leather­wise, Breast­mates, and too many oth­ers to men­tion.”

En­ter­ing the David Awards is a piece of cake, as the whole process is con­ducted on­line.

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