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Glass House Small Business Awards

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As we say farewell to Small Business Week for another year, I am so proud of how the Glass House community got behind this state wide event.

It all started with my Small Business Awards on Monday night (16 May) which recognised around 50 small business operators and their staff for their contribution to the community.

For the rest of the week I am happy to say I travelled to many towns in Glass House and caught up with quite a few winners and nominees from the night.  This included dropping in to see Vicki from Beerwah Hair and Beauty and getting a haircut while I was out and about.

I also did a spot of ‘Check-out-chicking’ at the Glasshouse Mountains IGA which is an experience I will never forget.  Luckily Jodie Pember who won Gold in the employee category was on hand to show me the ropes – and make sure I didn’t over charge anyone!

Make sure you check out all of the details on my Homepage for the full list of winners and shortlisted nominees at this very special event.


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22 February 2016

Any tight knit community knows that supporting small business is the only way we can ensure positive economic growth and increased employment opportunities which is why Andrew Powell, Member for Glass House, has announced the first ever Glass House Small Business Awards.

These awards, to be held during Queensland Small Business Week in May, will have a strong focus on boosting the profile of the many small businesses that operate within the Glass House electorate boundaries.

“In Glass House we are fortunate to have over 20 unique townships and each one of these has a varying amount of small family owned businesses that survive solely on the support of their local community.

“We don’t have any big retail complexes so our small businesses have to be diverse in their offerings and conscious of how to compete in tough economic times and against Coast and Brisbane based enterprises.  They have to deliver top customer service and be willing to change with the times and desires of their community.

“Because I understand how tough they do it, I have created these awards as a way to publicly recognise their service and give them some much needed promotion.  These awards will highlight what they are doing best and will remind our larger community that shopping local will stimulate economic growth and local employment opportunities.

The 2016 Glass House Small Business Awards open for nominations on Monday 22 February.  Nomination forms are available online at or you can call Mr Powell’s office on 5435 2013 to request one.

“A Gala Awards dinner will be held during Queensland Small Business Week from 16 to 22 May where all nominated businesses will be profiled and celebrated for their efforts in our region.  A winner will be chosen from the six main business districts of which includes Caboolture, Woodford, Glasshouse, Maleny, Montville and Palmwoods and then an overall winner will also be chosen.

“I know that each of you would have at least one experience where you have shopped locally and received excellent customer service so why not seize the opportunity to publicly thank and recognise this small business or staff member and submit a nomination,” Mr Powell concluded.


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