After 16 years, the Ethnic Business Awards decided to visit an old friend. Melbourne had been a host city for the Awards many times in the past.
This year, the 28th Annual Ethnic Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom of the stunning Pullman on the Park Hotel in Melbourne, Victoria.
Melbourne being the renowned vibrant hub for multiculturalism and diversity, what better place to host the longest running business awards program that celebrates and recognizes the contribution of migrant and Indigenous business owners to our great land.
Over 500 nominations came from every corner of the country this year, representing over 41 countries of origin including Australia for our Indigenous business people. The calibre of the nominations every year become greater, stronger, bolder and makes the job of our esteemed judges all the more difficult.
The awards founder and Chairman , Mr Joseph Assaf AM said “Tonight we’ve had the privilege of celebrating the cultural, social and economic contributions made to this country of ours by hundreds of inspiring people – people who have for so many different reasons chosen to make Australia their home.
“Whether they’ve come here as skilled workers, business migrants, or refugees – as two of our winners this year; whether they’re fleeing war or oppression or have come as sponsored migrants, or simply to be reunited with family; they all – each and every one of them in their unique ways – have made a difference.
“Likewise, those recognized in our Indigenous Business category have often had to struggle against enormous hardships and challenges to achieve their marvelous success,” Mr Assaf said.
The Hon. Julie Bishop MP , representing the Prime Minister validly stated that “Indeed Australia has been built on immigration. Since the Second World War over seven and a half million people have migrated to Australia. In fact about half of all Australians have one parent born overseas, about a quarter of all Australians were themselves born overseas… We have welcomed people, embraced people, integrated people into our communities from every corner of the earth. We are a land of freedom. We are committed to the rule of law and democratic institutions, and the rights of individuals. We are a land of opportunity. People with an entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to work hard can find success in Australia and build a better life for their families.”
Guests included The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, representing The Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Burke MP, Manager of Opposition Business, along with several Parliamentary colleagues. Several members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps also attended along with many luminaries from all fields of business, media, and the community including Mr Sui Long Liu and Mr Michael Sun, heading the Guangzhou Government Aerotropolis Development Delegation, who flew in from China especially for the Awards.
Senator the Hon, Concetta Fierravanti Wells MP announced the Winner of the Indigenous in Business Category, Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja MP announced the Winner of the Small Business Category and Craig Swinburne from the NAB ( our major and founding Partner ) announced the Medium to Large Business Category.
You can read more about the winners here.