Great Southern Business Awards - Applications Open!

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The opportunity to showcase Great Southern Businesses has never been easier. 

President of the ACCI David Steytler stated “The Chamber recognises this region has many businesses worthy of recognition.” 

“Many of them don’t always think of themselves as award winning but we encourage people to showcase what great innovation, product, value adding and service we have here in the Great Southern. A win for any business is a win for the region.” he said. 

This year the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Great Southern Business Awards is making it easy for applicants. A new web-page, a simple form, some great mentors and a local business leader who will show exactly how his business went from local to global. And how he used awards to help him get there. 

Stephen Tjamu Birkbeck Chairman will be at the Albany Chamber of Commerce at 5:30pm on 24 July to share how he spearheaded regional innovation and a culture of excellence in regional Australia and won multiple major awards for business excellence. 

Stephen was the first Australian to export cosmetics to France and penetrate the French luxury perfume sector, winning a variety of company and individual awards. Becoming WA’s Australia’s Inaugural Inductee into the WA Hall of Fame in 2005. He was Ernst and Young’s 2004 WA Entrepreneur of the Year – Life Sciences. In retirement in 2011 was nominated (French Government) and celebrated an Australian Export Hero by the Australian Institute of Exports. 

“To win the Great Southern Business Award is a real opportunity for a business to launch themselves further nationally and internationally.” says Stephen. 

“This year the Chamber has aligned their criteria to other awards in Australia and internationally” says CEO Benita Cattalini. 

“We want to make it as easy as possible for our busy business owners to go from local recognition to global.”

People can contact the Chamber with any questions. 9845 7888. 
Kahlia Ericson (ACCI) – 0427 447 711 
David Steytler – 0409 889 211 
Steve Birkbeck – raintree@westnet.com.au 
Benita Cattalini - 0428 566 855 

Nicola Edwards