The Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach was the stage for the 2019 NEIS Awards Dinner and the NEIS Development Forum held on 26th and 27th of August. Managers, trainers, mentors and administrative staff from Australia’s NEIS providers gathered with colleagues and representatives from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business to catch up, share perspectives, experiences and plans for the development of the NEIS program into the future.

The room was buzzing for the NEIS Awards Dinner, MC’d by NNA Executive Officer, the ever-affable Reg Eustace. The outstanding successes of small businesses established with assistance from the NEIS program were recognised and celebrated. The NNA Board was thrilled to welcome Senator Hollie Hughes, representing The Hon Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, to speak and to present the awards.

Congratulations to the winners, selected from over 40 nominations received from NNA members. You can read the winner’s nomination summaries and finalist information in our recent post.

The BEST NEW BUSINESS award was won by Gina Wilks from Achieving Solutions. The nominating NNA Member was Hunter Region Business Hub. We’re looking forward to sharing Gina’s story very soon. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

The BizCover NEIS-CHANGE award was won by Maddie and Tom Ross from Beacon Dog Training. The nominating NNA Member was Sarina Russo. We’re thrilled to be sharing Maddie and Tom’s story soon. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

L to R: Senator Hollie Hughes, Brad Miller from sponsor BizCover, Maddie Ross and Tom Ross.

The TIM CREMEAN UNSUNG HERO award was won by Tony Phillips from Box Hill Institute.

Tony Phillips from Box Hill Institute and Senator Hollie Hughes.