And the finalists for this year’s Ethnic Business Awards are…

We are pleased to announce the top twelve finalists for this year’s special 25th Anniversary Ethnic Business Awards who will each compete in their category for the title of Champion of Champions

Drawn from a select list of past winners and finalists, these finalists reflect some of Australia’s most remarkable business stories. They demonstrate how Australia’s diversity is driving business success, innovation and opportunity in the community. According to Awards founder, Mr Joseph Assaf, “[t]hey represent some of the very best examples of new Australians, and First Australians, starting with an idea and turning them into an iconic Australian business”.

The unparalleled caliber of candidates made the judges’ task harder than ever this year. With only a very small margin of difference between the candidates, the judges consider all of them as ‘Champions’. In narrowing down this year’s finalists, the judges took into account not only business success, but also innovation, hardship endured, obstacles overcome, creation of jobs and contribution to Australian communities.

The top twelve finalists for 2013 in each award category are:

Past winners

1.     Nad’s (Aust)
Sue Ismiel, Syria (NSW)
Prior year(s)/category: 1999 (Small Business)

2.     ABC Tissue Products
Henry Kei Shing Ngai, China (NSW)
Prior year(s)/category: 2004 (Large Business)

3.     Schiavello VIC Pty Ltd
Tony Schiavello, Italy (VIC)
Prior year(s)/category: 1990 (Manufacturing)

4.     The Sunrise Ethnic Newspaper
David Giang, Vietnam (NSW)
Prior year(s)/category: 1993 (Ethnic Media)

Past finalists

5.     Cerrone Jewellers Pty Ltd
Nicola Cerrone, Italy (NSW)
Prior year(s)/category: 1993 (Manufacturing) and 2000 (Medium – Large Business)

 6.     Jun Pacific Corporation Pty Ltd
Seijiro Funayama, Japan (NSW)
Prior year(s)/category: 2011 (Medium – Large Business)

7.     Nicheliving Pty Ltd
Paul Bitdorf, Poland (WA)
Prior year(s)/category: 2009 (Medium – Large Business)

8.     Romeos Retail Group
Antonio Romeo, Italy (SA)
Prior year(s)/category: 2004 and 2009 (Medium – Large Business)

Past winners and finalists – Indigenous in Business

9.     Bradley Seafood
Yvonne Louise Bradley (NT)
Prior year: 2012 (Winner)

10.  Carey Mining Pty Ltd
Daniel Tucker (WA)
Prior year: 2010 (Winner)

11.  Complete Workwear Services Pty Ltd
Robert Stewart (VIC)
Prior year: 2011 (Winner)

12.  Pindari WA
David Pidek (WA)
Prior year: 2012 (Finalist)