GURU: NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM, is the keynote speaker at The Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards this year.
GURU: NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM, is the keynote speaker at The Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards this year. Contributed

Business guru to share wisdom at awards night

A SPECIAL guest, Robyn Hobbs, will be the keynote speaker at this year's The Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards dinner and impart some of her wisdom and experience as the NSW Small Business Commissioner.

Ms Hobbs' job is to support small businesses in NSW by giving them the tools and advice they need and speaking up within government about the issues small businesses face.

"I know small businesses are vital to our economy and because I've also run several of them I know exactly what it takes, and how stressful and isolating it can be," she wrote on http://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au. Ms Hobbs has spent her career in a number of different sectors including the arts, business, community services, social welfare, media and government.

She has worked in senior roles for the State Chamber of Commerce, Sydney Opera House, the City of Sydney and the City of Parramatta. In 1983 she founded Carols in the Domain.

She took up her place as NSW Small Business Commissioner in February 2014. Ms Hobbs received an Order of Australia Medal in 2009. Other honours and awards include Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellowship (2007) and Rotary Woman of Inspiration (2011). NORTEC Employment and Training is sponsoring the keynote speaker. Winners of the sixteen awards including the prestigious Business of the Year and the popular People's Choice awards will be announced at the presentation dinner on August 15.

Tickets are now on sale at http://www.valleyexcellence.org.au but are strictly limited to 250 tickets and must be purchased by this Friday, August 7.

Further entertainment on the night will be delivered by the Ford Brothers music duo, Maclean High School drama group.



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