Last week I had the opportunity of attending the Outback Queensland Tourism Association’s Business Awards in Roma. It was a great night and one I shared with a few of Central Highlands’ great tourism businesses based out of Carnarvon. We all agreed the networking alone was worth the event. However, after chatting with those who won and those who did not, it was also clear the benefits of going through the business award process were definitely worth the effort.

As the season winds down, it is a great opportunity, especially in January once the festive season has passed, for business owners to take a step back and have a critical look at their own operations.

Obviously during the busy times, it is hard to break the habit of working in your business rather than on your business. But use the quieter times to really have a look at what is working well and where improvements can be made. If you are one who finds it difficult to motivate yourself, you could find it in the 2019 Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards. This biennial event offers a well-proven assessment process that can deliver rewards to businesses, regardless of whether or not they win an actual trophy.

By submitting an entry, businesses will get valuable assistance and guidance from the CHDC Business Facilitator Vicki Leeson, and CHDC Regional Skills Development Officer Brad Stallard. Tourism-related businesses can also contact me for any assistance.

The Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner will be held on 21 September next year. Claim that date in your calendar now! Networking with the best businesses in the region is always a beneficial exercise. Keep a look out for the ways to get involved in the Awards as they are finalised over the coming months.

If you have any questions about the Awards, please contact me or come to see me at the Visitor Information Centre in Emerald.

For more information or a catch-up, contact Paul Thompson E: pthompson@chdc.com.au or T: (07) 4982 4386.

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