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Minister To Address Business Owners

Small Business Minister To Address Business Owners And Their Coaches

The Minister for Small Business, Lianne Dalziel, is to be guest speaker at the gala dinner for the 2006 Action International Business Awards being held in Rotorua on Friday (October 27).

Ms Dalziel will address more than 125 small to medium-size business owners who, though representing a broad spectrum of New Zealand commerce and industry, share a determination to overcome the odds in business. Some are contenders for the evening's top awards - each has shown outstanding achievement through business coaching and personal hard work in the past year, under the direction of an Action International specialist coach.

Ranging from beautician to a drainage contractor, the 22 companies are in the running for seven separate awards and the overall, coveted "Action International Business of the Year" title.

Entrepreneurial business coaching organisation, Action International Business Coaching, introduced the awards three years ago to honour its coaches' top achievers - those who have had the courage to recognise and remedy their business's shortcomings or to significantly improve the way they operate their businesses by taking positive action. Most are small to medium businesses: the kind that make up more than 80 per cent of New Zealand's enterprises and which contribute substantially to the country's economy.


The seven Action International Business Awards categories for 2006 are:

Most Innovative Business Performance, sponsored by Action International; Best Team Development, sponsored by Martin Jimmink – 'The Firm' Builder; Best Marketing Performance, sponsored by Holloway Advertising; Best Financial performance, sponsored by S H Lock; Out of the Blocks, sponsored by Action International; Middle Distance, sponsored by Crombie Lockwood; Business Person of the year sponsored by Gilligan Rowe and Associates.

The overall winner, selected from the seven category winners, will be honoured with the 2006 Action International Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Gilligan Rowe and Associates.

On the judging panel for this year's awards are Barry Dow (a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a board member of a various private companies); Ross Turner (a founding shareholder and director of the Apple Computer distribution franchise in New Zealand, and director of Pinnacle Recruitment) and Phil Richards – the winner of the inaugural Action International Business Awards "Entrepreneur of the Year" and "Business of the Year" titles.

The 2006 awards will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 27th October at the Grand Tiara hotel in Rotorua. The ceremony will be a major highlight of Action International's two-day annual conference.

Another of the conference's main features is a special client day on the Friday for which more than 60 of Action's clients from around New Zealand have registered. Several business owners who are coached by Action International coaches will share their success stories with the audience – these guest speakers include business owners Catherine Stone of central Auckland's The Face Place Medspa, and Tony Smith of Francis Travel Marketing based in Takapuna, Auckland.

As a member of the media, we ask that you contact Parag Khedekar, Action International Marketing Co-ordinator, for your complimentary ticket to the client day and/or the gala dinner and awards ceremony on the Friday evening.

THE 2006 ACTION INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS CONTENDERS (IN AREA GROUPING FROM NORTH TO SOUTH) ARE: Specialised Stainless Fabrications Ltd , Kumeu Bob or Lynsey Leech 09 412 5905 Airform Wall Insulation Ltd, Whenuapai David and Karen Rees 09 378 0910 Dustin Design Architectural Consultants, Hobsonville Ross & Susan Dustin 09 416 1610 Francis Travel Marketing, North Shore, Auckland Tony Smith 09 489 1363 Spaceworks Commercial Interior Design Ltd, Grafton Jane Eyles-Bennett 09 3589101 Exception Interiors Ltd, CBD, Auckland Gayle Buchanan 09 309 5845 Toni & Guy, Grey Lynn, Auckland Bronwyn Illingworth 09 300 4254 The Face Place Med Spa, CBD, Auckland Catherine Stone 09 358 5860 Margaret Muir Design, Ellerslie, Auckland Catherine Newton 09 525 3000 Legal Personnel, CBD, Auckland Judith Eller 09 359 9244 Arrow Plumbing, Manukau City Kevin Ward 09 263 2102 Claybrook Enterprises Ltd, Pukekohe Malcolm Wolfgram 09 238 6840 Bowman Bulk Freight Ltd, Beachlands Kerry Bowman 09 5366833 Brown Drainage, Ngaruawhahia Michael Draper 07 824 7718 Bell Booth Ltd, Hamilton Donna Pfefferle 07 849 3809 Imagine Building Design, New Plymouth Tony & Shelley Biesiek 06 769 9599 Charthouse, Tauranga Richard Mathews 07 578 3001 Total Span, Wanganui Mike Paul 06 347 9842 The NZ House Inspection Company, Paremata Gary Koornneef 04 233 1751 Industrial Metal Ltd, Lower Hutt Glenn Scoble 04 566 9652 Sassy Traders Ltd, Nelson Anita Walker 03 547 5478 Academy of Combat, Christchurch Geoff Aitken 03 349 7095



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