The 1990 Ethnic Business Awards’ winners were announced at a gala dinner at Melbourne’s Hyatt-On-Collins, with the ceremony again broadcast live by SBS television.

The winners included a cake pastry wholesaler from Austria, a furniture maker from Italy, and a building materials manufacturer from Iraq.

In this year, awards were offered in four categories: the two categories for less/more than five years of established business, the Encouragement Award, and a new award for businesses established under the Business Migration Programme.

The Encouragement Award was presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and was won by Modern European Security Roller Shutters of Sunshine, Victoria. Alex Peppas, the company founder, had migrated from Greece in 1986 to make a new life in Australia.

The new Business Migration Programme award was established as a response to increasing and very welcome government initiatives to promote migrant business. The award was taken home by Dr Karim Obaidi – a building and furnishing material manufacturer, hailing from Iraq and working out of Hoxton Park, New South Wales.

Winners of the Category One and Category Two Awards were as follows:

Ernst Stuhler, a pastry chef of Mount Waverley, Victoria, who had established Stuhler’s Patisserie in 1986 and had quickly developed a turnover in excess of $2.5 million, coming to employ more than 50 full-time and casual staff.

Antonio Schiavello, an office furniture manufacturer and retailer working out of Tullamarine, Victoria, won the Award for a business established for more than five years.

The Schiavello Group of Companies had been founded back in 1966 and, by 1990, had grown to employ 550 people, with a turnover of approximately $70 million. At that time, it operated factories and showrooms in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

In presenting the Awards, National Australia Bank’s Managing Director, Mr N.R. (Nobby) Clark, said:

“Migrants add vigour, diversity and creativity to our economy. Perhaps these qualities are difficult to quantify, but they are real and they are needed, more so now than at any previous time in our history.”