Gold Coast, Tuesday August 25, 2009 – Local business and non-profit trailblazers located in the southern Gold Coast region will be celebrated and winners announced when the Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce holds their annual Business Awards breakfast on September 3, 2009 from 7 am at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Currumbin.

An exceptionally high standard of entries were lodged for the Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business Awards, with judges determining that this years awards will be one of the most hotly contested yet.

Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce 2009 Award Finalists include:
· Under 25 Business Achiever Award
Melina North - Bendigo Bank Tugun
Bianca Habermann – The Smith Family Gold Coast
· Business Achiever Award: Non Profit/Community Organisation
Gecko Regen
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Swell Sculpture Festival
Currumbin RSL Club

· Business Achiever Award: Product or Service Innovation
Currumbin RSL Club - D'alliance
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - Eco Certification
Wilson National - White Label finance program
Swell Sculpture Festival - Recognition as a leading Gold Coast event

· Special Achievement Award: Business or Individual
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - Green Guardian Program
Philip Oliver – Professional’s Palm Beach Elanora
Margie Gardiner – SignARama West Burleigh - Service to the community

· Business Achiever Award: 5 Employees or Less
Coastal Hair Currumbin Beach
Tugun Village Florist
CCC Realty - Tallebudgerra
Super Surf Camps
Status Technology Systems - Palm Beach
Sanctuary Hair, Face, Body - Tugun

· Business Achiever Award: 6-30 Employees
Gecko Regen
Wilson National Currumbin
Signarama Burleigh
Professionals Palm Beach Elanora
Coldwell Banker Palm Beach
Mermaids Restaurant Burleigh
Pizza Capers Palm Beach

· Business Achiever Award: 30-plus Employees
Currumbin RSL Club
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

· Business Achiever Award: Home-based Business
Petrie’s Cottage of Natural Therapies – Currumbin
Monster Baby Clothing – Palm Beach
Soul Arch Media – Palm Beach
Suzie The Makeup and Hair Artist


Previous winners of the Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce awards include local standouts Professionals Palm Beach/Elanora and Wilson National, but the majority of entrants are fresh faces for 2009.
The Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce President, Darren Mackintosh, said that this was a great indication of the sheer volume of exceptional businesses located on the southern Gold Coast. “The Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce holds an annual awards ceremony to identify and publicly reward innovative businesses and non profit organisations within the southern Gold Coast region that usually receive no formal recognition for their dedication and service to the local community. The fact that we have so many fresh faces nominated for awards this year means that the area is rich with talented and promising businesses that will lead the Gold Coast into the future,” he said.
The outcome of the awards will be determined by a panel of judges that include local business leaders and local MP Jann Stuckey. Winners will be announced at the gala breakfast awards ceremony to be held at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on September 3, 2009, from 7 am. Tickets are $25 Members, $35 Non Members. All welcome, bookings are essential.
The Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business Awards are proudly supported by leading local Gold Coast businesses and groups including Currumbin RSL, Coldwell Banker Palm Beach, Inology, Bayview Enterprises, and special awards partner Connecting Southern Gold Coast.

Businesses thinking of attending the awards are encouraged to act quickly; bookings are expected to fill quickly. Bookings can be made online at www.creektocreekchamber.org.au or by calling Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce Secretary on 0415310193.

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