Winners Are Grinners

Photo: Igor Okanovic

The cheer roared around the room when it was announced that Shannon Pizza had taken out the big prize at the inaugural ANZ Geelong Small Business Awards. It was a big win for a local small family business, who do what so many local small family businesses do by putting in the long hours and delivering great service, and it was as popular as a House Special on a Saturday night.

In the second major category of the night, photographer and champion of body positivity, Stevie van der Chys, was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year.

Organised by Geelong Women in Business with support from sponsors including ANZ, the Australia Post Small Business Hive and Cotton On, the GSBA sent a big shout out to local micro to small businesses, with the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts, as well as let their hair down and have fun.

Geelong’s boys from The Block, Andy & Ben, presented the People’s Choice Awards and at the end of the evening 21 businesses were celebrated for their contribution to community, innovation and collaboration.

“Geelong is a region that is bursting at the seams with small business culture, which was evident in the large number of nominations and votes we received, as well as the ceremony being a sell-out event,” said ANZ GSBA 2017 Program Director, Samantha Krajina.

One last feel good touch of the night was a charity raffle raising $1,100 for TLC for Kids, a children’s charity dedicated to giving practical and emotional support to sick kids and their families. The funds will help drive the establishment of a TLC for Kids auxiliary in Geelong, with every dollar raised going straight to local kids.

See below these photos by Igor Okanovic for the full list of winners.

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THE ANZ GEELONG SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 - WINNERS

GEELONG SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017: Shannon Pizza

GEELONGPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017: Stevie Van Der Chys

EMERGING BUSINESS AWARD 2017: Time IV Change


RISING STAR AWARD 2017: Blush Bar

ECO-FRIENDLY AWARD 2017: Time IV Change

COMMUNITY & MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD 2017: Outside the Box Education

SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER AWARD 2017: What To Do Geelong

COLLABORATION KING AWARD 2017: Geelong Creatives


MOST RECOGNIZABLE BRAND AWARD 2017: Plan it Roxie

CREATIVE BRANDING AWARD 2017: Love Ludie

INNOVATION – SERVICE AWARD 2017: Ministry of Spin

INNOVATION – PRODUCT AWARD 2017: Adelia Fine Foods

INNOVATION – IDEA AWARD 2017: Better Mobile Photos

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017 FOOD & BEVERAGE: The Backyard Café

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017 HEALTH & FITNESS: The Loft Dance & Yoga Studio

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017 CREATIVE: Enterprise Monkey


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: Mirrors PR & Events

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017 - BEAUTY: Berdi

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017 – EVENTS: Geelong Hummer Limousines


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017 – RETAIL: Shortlist Shop


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017 – COMMUNITY: Geelong Creatives

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