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Sachie’s Kitchen Takes Small Business Award

Sachie’s Kitchen Cooks Up A Storm To Take Out Supreme Small Business Award

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When Sachie Nomura started sushi-making classes from her home, she found the demand so strong she soon had to venture out and create a custom facility – in the middle of the worst recession in modern times – to appease the appetite for Asian cooking classes. With the support of her husband Nick Siu, Sachi, a Japanese immigrant who has lived in New Zealand for the past 14 years, has developed a successful business teaching Kiwis to cook a variety of Asian dishes, offering team-building events, encouraging healthy eating, fostering cultural understanding and sustainability and contributing back to the local community.

Sachie’s Kitchen is the Supreme Winner of The David Awards 2012: heroes in small business, as well as the winner of the BNI Most Inspired Marketing Business category and finalist in the Bizbuzz Most Community-Minded Business category.

Organiser of the awards, Heather Douglas, says, “The David Awards recognise the unsung heroes in home and small businesses throughout New Zealand, the “Davids” whose tenacity, courage and ingenuity place them firmly at the forefront of entrepreneurship in this country.”

The judges of this year’s event were impressed with the quality of entries and the enthusiasm of the entrants, as well as the diversity of the businesses which entered.

Winners take home a variety of prizes, including a tailor-made $800 package of services from Compass Communications and a 16-week virtual business coaching course with marketing guru Tom Poland.

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Category winners and finalists are as follows:
The Compass Communications Most outstanding fledgling business
A start-up business which is under two years young, smart, quirky, or just very professionally set up.
Winner:
Wash Bar

Finalists:
Leatherwise
Most outstanding transitional business
A promising business which has moved beyond the start-up phase and is more than 18 months old, which has a proven track record and some or all of the plans/people/systems/processes in place to make a well-above-average future a reality. This Award seeks to recognise a business planning for and/or coping with the changes required to take a business through expansion and significant growth.
Winner:
Bio Brew

Finalists:
Create IP
Pod Consulting

Most outstanding triumph over adversity
A business which has succeeded in spite of challenges beyond the usual.
Winner:
Create IP

Finalists:
Communicate IT
Leatherwise

Most outstanding lifestyle business
A business which epitomises the ability to integrate business and lifestyle, with the owner(s) to take advantage of its flexibility to fit income generation around spending time on family or leisure activities or other pursuits.
Winner:
The Real Dog Equipment Company

Finalists:
Nourish Magazine
The NZBusiness Most innovative business
This is a business which either demonstrates a new or clever way of going about things, or is quirky from the ground up while incorporating great business principles.
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Winner:
No winner this year

Finalists:
Bio Brew
The Real Dog Equipment Company

Most inspired use of technology
A business which leverages technology in many guises to enhance efficiency, mobility and keep overheads to a minimum.
Winner:
Communicate IT

Finalists:
Food Savvy Kids
The BNI Most inspired use of marketing
A business which punches above its weight in terms of getting the word out, achieving profile and attracting business.
Winner:
Sachie's Kitchen
Finalists:
Leatherwise
The Bizbuzz Most community-minded business
A business which gives back to its community, e.g. local, regional or industry sector, in ways, shapes or forms which benefit the community significantly. This Award is intended to highlight a business where the community involvement is not what the business is about, but part of how it goes about doing whatever its core business is.
Winner:
Bookwormz NZ

Finalists:
Nourish Magazine
Sachie's Kitchen

SUPREME WINNER:
SACHIE'S KITCHEN

A full list of winners and finalists including links to their web sites can be found at http://www.thedavidawards.co.nz/2012winners.

Judges’ comments (which you are welcome to publish) and visuals of the winning businesses and more about The David Awards can be found in the webcast of the event at facebook.com/thedavidawards.

ENDS

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