Twelve local businesses have been announced as finalists for the New England North West Business Awards on Thursday, October 24.
Sarah Edmonds from Face 2 Face Beauty Salon is a finalist for Outstanding Young Employee, and Rianna Feenstra, who picked up the major gong at this year's Armidale Regional Business Awards, is in the running for Outstanding Young Entrepreneur with her business, Altitude Farm.
Nicole Brown from Face 2 Face Beauty Salon, is a finalist for Outstanding Business Leader, giving that business two finalist placings at the regional awards.
The other finalists include Daily Ritual (Excellence in Micro Business), En Pointe Health (Excellence in Small Business), BEST Employment (Excellence in Business), and New England Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (Excellence in Social Enterprise).
The New England Collective is in the running for the Start Up Superstar award, and Meralli Solar is a finalist for Excellence in Innovation.
The four other local finalists are City Centre Motor Inn (Excellence in Sustainability), HealthWISE New England North West (Outstanding Employer of Choice), Forsyths (Outstanding Employer of Choice) and Three Beef Creek (Excellence in Export).
Held in Tamworth, the awards will run in conjunction with a breakfast with Australian wheelchair basketball and tennis champion, radio host and motivational speaker, Dylan Alcott.
NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager Joe Townsend said the NENW Business Awards recognised excellence in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation, business growth and employment practices across a number of diverse areas of business.
"The statewide awards program is a result of the strong relationships we are forging between the NSW Business Chamber and local chambers across the state.
"These awards provide an exceptional opportunity to celebrate excellence in the local business community and showcase their success at a local, regional and state level."
Judging by the caliber of finalists this year, Mr Townsend said some amazing local businesses will be recognised whose accomplishments contribute to the local and regional community.
"Winners from the Regional Business Awards will proceed to the State Business Awards on November 22, 2019."