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JOHN Emrick from Mulgowie Farms was the winner of the Business Person of the Year, accepting the award from Tony Axford.
JOHN Emrick from Mulgowie Farms was the winner of the Business Person of the Year, accepting the award from Tony Axford.

WHILE it has been one of the most challenging years for businesses, last Saturday night businesses in the Star’s readership put that all behind them.

The Somerset region hosted the third Star Regional Business Apprenticeship and Training Awards, as a full room at the Lowood High School hall looked back on what was a great year.

The room was sparkling as Sofie Formica, a presenter on channel Seven’s The Great Outdoors, was the host of the evening.

With stiff competition, John Emrick (Mulgowie Farms) beat out Leanne White (Woolworths Plainland), John Hyslop (Supa IGA Gatton), Bob Porter (Porters Plainland Hotel) and Keith Jackwitz (Vege Fresh Gatton) to be named the Business Person of the Year.

Gavin Bunnett from Gav’s Glass was named the Young Business Person of the Year while the Brisbane Valley Multicultural Association won the Community Award.

Award winners

Apprentice of the Year - Trent Chassain (Porters Plainland Hotel)

Trainee of the Year 2009 - Todd Dreverman (Kilcoy Pastoral Co)

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year - Lauren Sippel (Porters Plainland Hotel)

Junior Employee of the Year - Nicole Chandler (Kilcoy Pastoral Co) and Kate Shaw (N&J Realty)

Home-Based Business of the Year - Branell Homestead Bed and Breakfast

Small Business of the Year - Kelli's Daisy Designs

Medium Business of the Year - Coast to Country Chiropractic

Large Business of the Year - Blue Care Lockyer Community Care Centre

Readers Choice Award - Natural Alternative

Somerset Regional Council Mayoral Award - Patti Jaenke (Brisbane Valley Ostrich and Fish Farm)

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayoral Award - Derek Schulz (Derrel Farms)

June Harm Environmental Memorial Award - Pauline and Norbert Von Ruetzen

Regional Environmental Award (business) - Long Grass Systems

Regional Environmental Award (community) - Forestcare of Australia's Unique Native Animals

Regional Environmental Award (education) -Gatton State School Environmental Committee

Community Award - Brisbane Valley Multicultural Association

Young Business Person of the Year - Gavin Bunnett (Gavs Glass)

Business Person of the Year - John Emrick (Mulgowie Farms)


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