Triple treat at small business 'Oscars'

IT'S official, Coffs Coast businesses are among the best in the State.

The Coffs Coast cleaned up at last week's 2008 Small Business Champion Awards for NSW and the ACT, with three local businesses taking out the Wholesale, Fashion and Tourism categories.

Quickly becoming recognised as the 'Oscars' of the small business sector, these awards are among the most prestigious in the small business scene, being the only national program of its kind to recognise achievements in small business.

Vertigo Blue, Woolgoolga, was honoured to be the Fashion champions, and the Pet Porpoise Pool beat out the competition in the Tourism category.

Tutti Frutti Wholesale made their mark as the State's champion wholesaler and proprietors Chris and Christine Gibbins couldn't believe their success.

“It's pretty exciting but it was a bit of a surprise.

“We certainly didn't expect to win,” Mrs Gibbins said.

She contributed their success to hard work and being a family business.

“I don't really know what the judges were looking for, but we'd like to think it's because we're a family business.”

All three businesses are now automatically put through to the national awards, to be held at Star City in Sydney on November 1.

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