Pictured above right: WBN presenter with local award winning business owner Catherine Watkins, Emu Essence.
18 finalists attended the evening from the communities of Beverley, York, Quairading, Cunderdin, Kukerin, Dumbleyung, Narembeen, Hyden, Narrogin and Merredin.
Six independent judges who are successful entrepreneurs in their own right judged the entries. Judges were very impressed by the finalists and their innovation.
Kukerin business Emu Essence won the Home Based category, sponsored by Hon Mia Davies MLA. Emu Essence has over 1200 emus on their property and Catherine and Jeff produce a range of emu products which has helped diversified their farm business.
Owner, Catherine Watkins attended the awards night and thanked the WBN for organising the event, making mention that the success of the business is to ‘work hard, laugh hard and enjoy the journey!”.
The awards are generously sponsored by the Small Business Development Corporation, Commonwealth Bank, the Hon Darren West, Hon Mia Davies, Heartlands WA and the Chittering Chamber of Commerce.