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MEDIA RELEASE - Business and Tourism Awards finalists announced

12 July 2019

The countdown is on to announce the Glenelg Shire 2019 Business of the Year with twenty businesses in the running to claim the coveted title.

The finalists for the 2019 Business and Tourism Awards have officially been announced, with two nominees vying for an award in each category.

The awards include 10 business and tourism categories and two individual categories. All business finalists are with a chance to secure the overall title of 2019 Business of the Year.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the interest in the nomination process had been “fantastic”.

“This year we received more than 60 nominations to acknowledge the achievements of our business and tourism sector across the Glenelg Shire, more than a 30 per cent increase on nominations in 2017,” she said.

“It was also particularly pleasing this year to see so many community members taking the opportunity to nominate a local business or supplier of choice, highlighting just how passionate our community is in supporting and celebrating local businesses.

“The countdown is now on to our Gala Awards night, with only three weeks left until our award winners will be announced. Tickets are selling fast, so I advise interested businesses and individuals to secure their tickets as soon as possible.

“With a night of premier entertainment locked in, it will be a not to be missed event.”

Finalists will be interviewed by independent judges from Small Business Mentoring Services (SBMS), who will determine a winner. All finalists will receive a free one-on-one mentoring session with SBMS to seek guidance on any aspect of their business to assist with future growth and planning.

The winners of each category and the top prize of 2019 Business of the Year will be announced at the Gala Awards night on Friday 2 August at the Portland Golf Club.

Tickets for the Gala are available online through Eventbrite at $60 per person, and all members of the community are welcome to join in the celebration. Tickets include entertainment, a three course meal from 2017 Business of the Year Clock by the Bay, and drinks throughout the evening.

The event will feature award-winning comedic magician Dom Chambers, local acting success Jackson Tozer, Triple J rising star Nancie Schipper and popular musician Jason Bull.

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