Winners announced at awards to showcase multicultural enterprises in the north

23 August 2016

Congratulations from us at the Brotherhood of St Laurence to the winners of the inaugural Northern Multicultural Small Business Awards.

The winners of the inaugural awards.
The winners of the inaugural awards. From left:
Most Promising New Business Award Winner Mazen Hajjar, Hawkers Beer
Business Excellence Award Winner George Nicolopoulos, Motorsport Distributor Group
Multicultural Impact Award Winner Walter Stragan, Stragans Accountants & Business Advisors

The awards are a partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the City of Whittlesea and Small Chilli Marketing, and were held as part of the Small Business Festival Victoria. They celebrate the contributions of multicultural small business owners including those from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in Melbourne’s north. 

Hutch Hussein, Brotherhood Senior Manager, Refugees, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Hutch Hussein, Brotherhood Senior Manager, Refugees, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Brotherhood Senior Manager, Refugees, Immigration and Multiculturalism Hutch Hussein says the inaugural awards have been a great success.

Lehenda Ukranian Dance Company in a final pose
Lehenda Ukranian Dance Company gave a vibrant and energetic performance

‘Through these awards, we aim to actively support cultural diversity, encourage business excellence and innovation and promote social cohesiveness and community harmony. They are a great way to  showcase the contribution our multicultural communities make to our society and economy.’

‘We are delighted that there has been such a great response from the whole community in Melbourne’s north,’ she says.

More than 100 people attended a wonderful awards ceremony last week, at the City of Whittlesea in South Morang.

Saba Alemayoh, owner of Saba’s Ethiopian Restaurant speaks at the event
Saba Alemayoh, owner of Saba’s Ethiopian Restaurant, shared her expertise in a panel discussion on the key ingredients in running a successful small business and how to overcome challenges.

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