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… And Thank You to the Nelson Chamber of Commerce for a fantastic evening.

With the 31st Pine Industries Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards done and dusted, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who made it happen. Thank you! The last few months were a whirlwind of activity and preparation, and we are so honoured to have been highly recommended in the Small Business category.

We may not have won, but we sure felt dashing!

We weren’t sure what to expect, as this was our first year entering Keetrax into the Business Awards. But after months of preparation, all efforts paid off. The 2019 Pine Industries Business Awards didn’t just offer us the opportunity to build lasting connections to our community. It also got us to dig deep and identify how and why we do the things we do, and clarified our belief that what matters most isn’t just delighting our clients, but delighting our clients’ clients. And when we took a deep dive into our own systems and processes, we found areas of growth and improvement, resulting in a total redesign of our pricing model and a conversion to a point system that’s been wildly popular, and offers our clients full cost transparency right from the get-go.

We can’t think of a better way to review our company on a holistic level, identify what makes Keetrax unique, and discover why our staff and clients love working with us.

The 2019 Categories, Winners, and Entrants:

We’d like to send a shout-out to all the businesses that entered. These entrepreneurs are all heading towards great things, and we’re lucky to have rubbed shoulders with them at the 2019 awards ceremony. Well done, all!

Drumroll Please… 

Here are the 2019 winners and contestants, with a brief description of each category. Visit the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce for a full description of each award, including judging criteria.

Nelson Pine Industries Supreme Business Award Winner: New Zealand King Salmon

All contestants are automatically entered into this award, which honours one overall business for outstanding performance across all areas. Congratulations, New Zealand King Salmon!

Nelson Weekly/Waimea Weekly Emerging Business Award Winner: Lumiere

The Emerging Business award recognises a business that has started trading within the last two years, with less emphasis on finances. We entered Keetrax into this category, and our illustrious running mates included:

NZME Small Business Award Winner: Abel Tasman Eco Tours

Keetrax received a high recommendation in this category, an award honouring a business with an annual turnover of less than $1 million. Other participants included:

Mediaworks Medium Business Award Winner: Whenua Iti Outdoors

Awarded to a business with an annual turnover of between $1 million and $3.5 million. Great job to:

​NMIT Large Business Award Winner: New Zealand King Salmon

An award honouring a business with an annual turnover of over $3.5 million. A round of applause to:

​Datacom Clever Business Award Winner: FuturEcology

Awarded to a business with an excellent business story. Great work to:

New Zealand King Salmon Community Impact Business Award Winner: Hearing Nelson

An award recognising a programme, project, campaign, or business that plays a positive role and inspires the Nelson Tasman community. Keep your eye on these great contenders:

Nelson Forests Business Person of the Year Award Winner: Birgit Neumann 

This award goes to an outstanding business person in the Nelson Tasman region, who inspires the business community through their great work.

Wakatu Incorporation Young Business Person of the Year Award Winner: Ben Coman

Similar to the previous award, this award recognises a business person in the Nelson Tasman region who inspires the business community. Contestants in this category are 35 years of age or younger.

The 2020 Pine Industries Business Awards are now less than a year away… We’ll see you there!

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