Business wins gold
By DAVID MOASE
VAUGHAN Jones's father used to tell him: "It's not what's said about you that matters, it's who said it".
That's why he was surprised and delighted to be told the business he runs with his wife Julie, Coffs Coast Jet Centre, was a finalist in the Australia Post NSW/ACT Small Business Awards.
The charter aviation business is one of two local enterprises to make the select list of 24 finalists for the awards, which carry a prize pool of $270,000.
Carrying the Coffs Harbour flag with them at Saturday night's presentation in Sydney will be Bonville-based Computer Troubleshooters, the Coffs Coast Small Business of the Year.
"Australia Post is a long-established, traditional company that gives service and has gone through some really tough times in the last 10 years with electronic changes but they have come out looking pretty good," Vaughan said.
Coffs Coast Jet Centre is a finalist in the Your Choice category, which allowed people to nominate their favourite business.
Computer Troubleshooters, run by Wilson and Suzanne McOrist, is in the final three of the Import and Export category.
The computer service business started seven years ago and now has 350 franchises in 17 countries and continues to expand rapidly.