NIGHT OF NIGHTS: MC Des Harvey speaks to the large dinner crowd at the 2010 Clarence Valley Business Excellence awards.
NIGHT OF NIGHTS: MC Des Harvey speaks to the large dinner crowd at the 2010 Clarence Valley Business Excellence awards. Adam Hourigan

Excellence in gala awards

WITH little more than a week until 12 awards are presented to local businesses, the final pieces are being put in place for The Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards Presentation Dinner on September 21.

Local band Clocks and Dice will entertain attendees, the MC is briefed and tickets are selling fast.

One of the most important jobs is to decide the winners.

Ten judges volunteered their time to review applications and arrange appointments with the entrants. Teams of two judges were allocated a category to visit each business and discuss the details of the application. Questions were standardised as was the score sheet to keep the marking as consistent as possible.

Adam Gordon, committee member and judging coordinator, received some feedback from the judges.

"The judges learnt so much about many excellent businesses in the Clarence Valley and were impressed with the passion the owners had for their businesses. Most entrants had systems and marketing in place to better their business and were able to demonstrate actual results," he said.

"Many entrants commented to the judges that they had learnt so much about their business as they had an opportunity to step back and have a good look at it."

The judges are impressed, the entrants are happy and all are looking forward to celebrating together.

Tickets for the presentation dinner are on sale until September 13 from all CHESS Employment offices - 149 Prince St, Grafton, 32 Coldstream St, Yamba and 20 River St, Maclean. A courtesy bus will be provided from Grafton and Maclean. Go to www.valleyexcellence.org.au.

Sponsors of the 2013 Awards are The Daily Examiner, Mareeba Aged Care, CHESS Employment, Clarence Valley Council, Yamba District Chamber of Commerce, Maclean Chamber of Commerce, North Coast TAFE, Nortec Employment and Training, 2GF, 104.7 and TLC 100.3FM.



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