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Depth of Lake Mac business talent on show


An array of “depth and diversity” is how Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser described the finalists in this year’s Lake Mac Business Excellence Awards.

And, all will be revealed at a gala ceremony at Belmont 16s on Friday 29 July, with most category winners progressing to the Hunter Business Awards later in the year.

Cr Fraser, one of a panel of judges for the Lake Mac event, said almost 100 entries were received after a call for submissions in May.

“It was pleasing to see lots of new applicants this year,” she stated.

“They were almost universally of a very high standard.

“There was actually quite a bit of discussion and debate among the judges to determine finalists in some categories because we had so many fantastic entries.

“So, I’d like to thank everyone who entered, as well as our numerous sponsors.”

Finalists range from an early childhood centre to a volunteer group of local healthcare workers, providing life-saving CPR training to people in the community.


Outstanding Employee

  • Alessandra Brown (Sensational Start OT)
  • Georgia Smith (Weekenda)
  • Jordan Farrelly (A Growing Understanding)

Outstanding Young Business Leader (18-35 years)

  • Alyce Svensk (Sensational Start OT)
  • Cameron Owen (SAPHI)
  • Vivek Jayachandran (Jaegersoft)

Outstanding Business Leader (36 years and over)

  • Lauren Haskins (A Growing Understanding)
  • Michelle Kent (Kent Conveyancing)
  • Scott Robinson (ADW Johnson)

Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality

  • Lake Macquarie Cruises
  • Mischief Kitchen
  • Weekenda Pty Ltd

Employer of Choice

  • A Growing Understanding
  • Lake Group Strata
  • Sensational Start Occupational Therapy

Excellence in Innovation

  • Australia’s Largest Smart Green Infrastructure Project Behavioural Science meets Reality TV to drive Sustainable Housing (The Blue Tribe Co)
  • The Rumpus Room Pelican

Excellence in Sustainability

  • Move to Renewables
  • Swansea Community Cottage Inc

Outstanding Community Organisation

  • Empowered Community Services
  • Hunter Heart Safe
  • Swansea Community Cottage Inc

Outstanding Start-Up

  • Gourmet Coffee Cruiser
  • Jaegersoft
  • Kara Grace Collective – The Organised Family

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

  • Dance4wellbeing
  • Kristy Davis (Pitch Perfect)

Excellence in Micro Business

  • Adventures in Speech Pathology
  • Dream & Believe Entertainment
  • Flowrite Air Conditioning, Electrical and Refrigeration

Excellence in Small Business

  • GDW Engineering
  • Salon Ten
  • Spectrum Comms

Excellence in Large Business

  • A Growing Understanding
  • Air Extreme Air Conditioning
  • Lake Group Strata

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