Still time to enter business awards and register for business expo 18 July 2018 There’s still time to enter the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards and register for the business expo, but don’t dilly-dally. Entries in all categories close on Tuesday 31 July and nominations for the People’s Choice and Service to Business awards will be accepted until Sunday 29 July. Organiser Kate Rigg says the awards are everyone’s business. “The People’s Choice Award, where people can nominate and vote for their favourite business, was so popular last year an extra award has been added to this year’s programme,” says Ms Rigg. The new Service to Business Award recognises those who go above and beyond to support business in general. “We all know someone who volunteers their time to mentor others, organise networking events, or promote local business,” she says. “But they are usually the kind of people who avoid the limelight, so this is a great way for their communities to publicly acknowledge the things they do.” Nominating someone for either of these awards is as easy as describing in fewer than 500 words why the chosen person or business deserves to win. Winners will be chosen by public vote, which opens on Tuesday 7 August. Voting will be via the Awards website and Facebook page, and the top three nominees for each award will receive three tickets each to the Gala Awards Ceremony on September 27 where the winning business will be announced. Ms Rigg says entries in the general award categories are coming in steadily. “Last year the calibre of entries was extremely high, and things are shaping up the same way this year. Unfortunately for the judges, deciding on the winners isn’t likely to be any easier this time round.” Our Mayor Sandra Goudie encourages any of our local business owners who may be sitting on the fence to get involved and have a go. “We have some outstanding businesses in the Coromandel. The Awards night was spectacular last year. and it was really encouraging to see so many great businesses doing great things. I can’t wait to see who comes across the stage this year,” she says. Award categories: Manufacturing and trade Retail Community Tourism and hospitality Pimary and rural Emerging business Professional services Service to business People's choice For more information on the different categories and how to enter go to www.haurakicoromandelbusinessawards.co.nz. More than 40 businesses and agencies have so far registered for this year's Hauraki and Coromandel Business and Careers Expo. The annual expo is being held at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre on 8 August, from 9am to 4pm. Now in its third year, the expo helps match youth with businesses to create pathways for employment. It also offers an opportunity for businesses to showcase what they do to youth and encourage them to stay and work in the region. "Kids get to see and understand businesses in our area, and understand more about careers from a practical point of view - to get an opportunity to do Gateway after school, work experience, or holiday work experience, which is really important for them moving forward, and internships, cadetships and apprenticeships," says co-ordinator Marlene Perry, our Council's Economic Development Officer. Exhibiting at the expo has been valuable for both businesses and those looking for work, she says. "It helps businesses become more youth-friendly and youth become more business-friendly," she says. "It's the relationships the kids have with the businesses locally that means that they're welcome back to work here. If you don't build those relationships, you actually lose your young people and that's what we're trying to do." There will be a jobs board at the expo, along with a human resources section, and areas for entrepreneurs, digital, trades and volunteers that can offer training and skill sets. Students from Thames High School, Coromandel Area School, Mercury Bay Area School, Manaia School, Whangamata Area School, Paeroa College and Hauraki Plains College will attend. Those registered so far include Hauraki PHO, Waikato DHB and Bupa; Workwise, Bachcare, Read Bros, Pak'nSave, Hospice, Salvation Army and Jolly Bikes. Service agencies attending include Thames Rotary, Thames Business Association, Thames Community Centre and the Seagull Centre. There will also be representatives from the arts, building, farming, education and engineering sectors, along with government agencies and emergency services. Spaces are still available for the event. Registrations close on Friday 27 July. Book your space now by calling Marlene Perry on 027 703 0263 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information at www.candothames.org.nz.