And The Winners Are...

And The Winners Are...

- Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter - The Winners Are…

Fantastic night last week at the Dubbo RSL for the Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards. Great effort by Megan Dixon and her entire team that put on a top show.

A massive thanks to our sponsors too - the awards would not be possible without their support and we wouldn’t be able to recognise the excellence in business around Dubbo.

The Dubbo Chamber AGM is coming up soon on December 9th. In the next few weeks you will be able to nominate to election to the Board for 2015. As a first year Board member I have found it very interesting and worthwhile doing - all going well I should be back for another year. If your interested - seek out and talk to one of the current Board members about what’s involved and nominate yourself. It’s your Chamber and the decisions are made by those that turn up.

Follow the Dubbo Chamber Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for the latest news about the Chamber and business in Dubbo.

EMS Group and Geoffrey Holland Take Out Major 2014 Rhino Awards

The Gold Rhino for Dubbo’s best local business for 2014 has been awarded to EMS Group and Geoffrey Holland has been added to the Jean Emile Serisier Roll of Honour.

In a glamorous presentation evening at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, 21 Silver Rhino category winners were announced in the Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Outstanding Business Awards.

Chamber President, Andrew Toole said there was a wide range of winners in the awards, with EMS Group taking home the Employer of Choice award and Apprentice of the Year, while its founding director, Tom Cavanagh was highly commended in the Young Entrepreneur category. With a focus on labour hire and sales and service of new and used heavy machinery, EMS Group has grown rapidly over the past five years.

"EMS Group is a business that has kept an eye on growth opportunities in the mining, construction, earthmoving and agriculture industries and modelled itself on supporting those industries,” Mr Toole said.

“Starting out as two blokes with a ute and a few grand ideas, this business has grown to be the epitome of what tonight’s Fast Forward theme reflects – it has looked to the future and grown to meet a demand,” Mr Toole said.

“This is a business that proves that Dubbo is a remarkable location – we are well positioned to service a range of industries and to do so on the national and international stage.”

Former Secretary Manager of the Dubbo RSL Club, Geoffrey Holland is this year’s addition to the Jean Emile Serisier Roll of Honour, which recognises the contributions of Dubbo’s most respected business leaders.

Over nearly 16 years leading the club, Mr Holland was credited with changing the perception of the club business in Dubbo and gaining the RSL the Gold Rhino Award in 2012.

“Geoffrey Holland was the driving force behind Dubbo RSL Club’s transition from a “beer and pokies joint to a respected local business and one of the most successful clubs in regional NSW,” Mr Toole said.

Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards - Winners & Highly Commended (HC)

Category (Sponsor) Rhino Winners & HC
Apprentice of the Year Ryan Rooke (EMS Group) - Rhino
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre Anthony Williams (Kitchens and Renovations Concepts) - HC
Best New Business (Baby Rhino) Dubbo Landscaping - Rhino
WIN Television Fitness Focus Dubbo - HC
Business Leader (Age 36+) Michael Adams (Golden West Holden) - Rhino
Dubbo Chamber Jenny Beange (Western NSW Medical Local) - HC
Employee of the Year Georgia Hardin (Century 21 Golden West) - Rhino
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre .
Employer of Choice EMS Group - Rhino
Western College Dubbo RSL Memorial Club - HC
Excellence in Business Ethics Trike Adventures - Rhino
Dubbo Chamber .
Excellence in Customer Service Trike Adventures - Rhino
Inland Petroleum Western Xpress Printing - HC
Excellence in Hospitality Thar Indian Cuisine - Rhino
Midwest Foods -
Excellence in Innovation Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre - Rhino
Viatek Kitchen and Renovation Concepts - HC
Excellence in Presentation and Marketing Imajenit Commercial Photography - Rhino
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club Kustom Kitchens & Joinery - HC
Excellence in Products and/or Service The Westhaven Association - Rhino
Travel Beyond Group Western Plains Security & Locksmiths - HC
Excellence in Small Business (<20 full time) Western Xpress Printing - Rhino
Crowe Horwath Orana Early Childhood Intervention - HC
Excellence in Export Maverick Biosciences - Rhino
Dubbo Chamber -
Excellence in Sustainability Dubbo RSL Memorial Club -Rhino
Transforce Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre - HC
Excellence in Work Health and Safety Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre - Rhino
NSW Workcover Dubbo RSL Memorial Club - HC
Trainee of the Year Johanne Hobday (ESP Accounting) - Rhino
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre .
Young Business Executive (Age 18–35) Tom Larkin (Crowe Horwath) - Rhino
Dubbo City Council Lee Bayliss (Kitchen and Renovation Concepts) - HC
Young Entrepreneur (Age 18–35) Abraham Damen (Kitchen and Renovation Concepts) - Rhino
Dubbo City Council Tom Cavanagh (EMS Group) - HC
Dubbo’s Favourite Tradie Ian Grattan (GPS plumbing) - Rhino
Mailbox Shopper .
Service with a Smile Ian Grattan (GPS plumbing) - Rhino
Daily Liberal .
People’s Choice Award Fitness Focus Dubbo - Rhino
2DU/Zoo FM .
Jean Emile Serisier Award Geoffrey Holland
Gold Rhino Award EMS Group

Recent New Chamber Members 2014

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

Welcome to them all - please support your fellow members.

Short Notes:

Funding for Council’s Event Support and Development Program now open Applications for funding for $1001 or more are now invited from event organisers seeking assistance from Dubbo City Council via its Event Support and Development Program for events to be held in 2015. Applications close November 7.

NSW Young Achiever Awards
The NSW / ACT Young Achiever Awards highlight and reward the valuable contribution our outstanding youth make towards building stronger local communities and a vibrant state. Nominate an outstanding Young Achiever today between the ages of 12 and 28 in a variety of fields of endeavour! Nominations close December 4th, 2014.

Members Blasts

Energy Management Basics Training

Limited places – book early! This is a practical and interactive course to assist businesses to understand their energy use, use energy more efficiently and to identify funding and support opportunities. Any sized business welcome. Usual eligibility criteria to participate is being wavered for these sessions. Solar for business will also be covered.

Dubbo dates are Thursday & Friday, 13th & 14th of November.

iPad in Business

Leading Edge Computers in Dubbo have another round of training and information sessions coming up with the latest technology from Apple.

iPad in Business - Discover apps such as Vend, Dropbox, Shopify, Hootsuite and have your procedures and manuals right at your fingertips.

All sessions on November 20. Bookings essential.

EMS Group - Tri for Charity Triathlon - Nov 22

The Tri for Charity is an event for teams of 3 to take part in a short triathlon to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation!

Businesses are encouraged to enter mixed teams and bring along family & friends to support them on the day!

EMS are also looking for Dubbo Businesses to donate some prizes.

See the above link for more information or visit their Tri for Charity Facebook Page. For more information for business involvement, contact Kathryn Taylor at EMS: 02 6884 4408

Seed Business Solutions

Staff issues keeping you awake at night?

Can’t keep good staff?

Not sure if your policies provide you with adequate protection?

Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety

We help manage your HR & WHS compliance obligations in structured and stress free way by:

  • Keeping up with changing legislation
  • Reducing your staff turnover
  • Preparing policies and procedures that protect your business (our policies have legal backing).

Not sure if you need help? Until November 30, 2014, Seed Business Solutions is offering a Human Resources audit/review valued at $999 for the special offer of $440.

Call today and book a consultation and report. 02 80061910.

Alison Manning & Mindspan - Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

New service starting November - Circuit-breaker conversations for people in unhappy relationships.

For years Alison Manning has been mediating with separating couples. Too many times, she’s heard people say, “I wish we’d had this sort of conversation years ago - we wouldn’t be here today.”

Alison has teamed up with Orange-based psychologist, Toni Smith, to offer circuit-breaker, decision-making conversations for people in unhappy relationships.

We help people make good decisions and answer the question: Should I Stay or Should I go? Contact Alison Manning 0428 835 304

NSW Business Chamber

Did you know all Dubbo Chamber of Commerce members also get affiliate membership with NSW BC?

Upcoming NSW BC Webinars

Date Webinar
Nov 5 Understanding the Middle East
Nov 26 WorkplaceInfo Webinar on The Human Factor
Dec 2 HRAdvance Webinar on Leaving
Dec 3 WorkplaceInfo Webinar on Leaving
Dec 10 HR - WHS issues Drugs and alcohol policy
NSW BC For more information & webinar registration

For Your Diary - Save The Dates

For more details and events, please see the Dubbo Chamber Business Events Calendar.

Date Dubbo Event
Nov 5 Chamber Breakfast - TBC
Dec 3 Chamber Breakfast - Gold Rhino Award Winner
Dec 9 Dubbo Chamber AGM

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