Inside Small Business has launched the Top 50 Small Business Leaders Report, powered by eWAY, that is free to download.
Selected by Inside Small Business and our panel of small business experts, the annual Top 50 Report celebrates the diversity and entrepreneurship of Australia’s small-business owners. The Report is launching nationwide with our partner Servcorp – come and join us to hear our business leaders’ stories and enjoy canapes and drinks. Registration is free. The events take place in Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth over the next two weeks.
Sponsored by eWAY, the publication also features a foreword by Victorian Mininister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Hon Philip Dalidakis MLC, and insights into starting and growing a small business from Ramzey Choker, founder of The Grounds of Alexandria.
The report features bios and headshots for every small business leader as well as key achievements.
When the judges sat down last year to determine which individuals should be recognised this year — no easy feat — we began by setting some criteria.
To be eligible, individuals must be the founders and/or owners of a small enterprise of between one and approximately 20 employees, whose business has notched up significant achievements or made a real difference to the community in which they operate.
There was no limit on the type of business, they run, however. From people who grow and make things to those who sell them – both instore and online. From operators in the hospitality and agriculture industries, through marketing and social-media gurus, to tech innovators, and those making a difference through education and social enterprise, our business leaders demonstrate the diversity and limitless opportunity of the small business sector
Due to the subjective nature of the judging criteria, we have chosen to list the Top 50 alphabetically by surname, as opposed to a numbered ranking system.
Our judges are:
We are celebrating the launch of the report with a series of events around Australia, sponsored by Servcorp – we welcome you to register to join us at these events, the details of which can be found here.
Top 50 Small Business Leaders
Chris Adamko and Nigel Robinson, Cabinet Makers Choice
Paul Arnost, FinalCall
Joshua Baker, Whistle and Flute
Scott Boocock, Hegs Australia
Meg Coffey, #SMPerth
Natasha Davis, Trees for Life
Les Delaforce, Covocate
Frank Farrugia, Same Love Photography
Chelsea Ford, Females in Food
Shivani Gopal, The Remarkable Woman
Vince Hansimikali, Nick Nicolaou and Andrew Proestos, Golights
Edward Hartley, Bluethumb
Lisa Hawkins, Life Balance Essentials
Stacey Head, She Wear
Megan Hughes, Wandiful Produce
Nick Hutchinson, Fleurieu Milk Company
Nadine Ingram, Flour and Stone
Sally Irwin, The Freedom Hub
Juliette Jones, CSJ leMoNaiD
Tom Joyner, The ICEA Foundation
Rhondalynn Korolak, Businest
Masaaki Koyama, Maasaki’s
Bill Lark, Lark Distillery
Vinson Leow, ASAP Technologies
Kris Lloyd, Woodside Cheese Wrights
Michelle Loch, Leading Humans
Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, Orange Sky Laundry
Dean Merlo, James Wilkinson, Merlo Coffee
Daniel Millham, Koala Mattresses
Zanyar Mohammad, Zuse Digital
Sarah Morrissey, Little Rockers Radio
Jodie Neilson, New Farm Confectionery
Chris and Liz O’Brien, Dreamedia
Robert Pascoe, The Farmer’s Place
Jurgen Van Pletsen, Crowdfunding Blueprint
Aaron Pye, Hot Apple Distribution Australia
Oliver Du Rieu, La Mule
Michael Rosenbaum, Spacer
Paul Ryan, 57 Films
Jesse Schiller, Kooshoo
Kaj Lofgren, The School of Life
Corinne Smith and Amara Jarratt, The Rabbit Hole
Asha Stabback, Bubdesk
Freeda Thong, Ecopads
Phil Tran, Dealztap
Rob Watson, Mungalli Creek Dairy
Sam Webb and Casey Lyons, Livin
Amanda Westphal, Prize Pig
Karen Williams, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation