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Celebrating the Gold Coast's business community

THE 2014 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards will showcase the city’s next generation of successful and ambitious business leaders.

Queensland’s premier business and custom magazine publisher, Business News Publications, will soon invite nominations for its prestigious Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards.

Business owners operating in the Gold Coast region, and aged 40 or under in 2014, will have their chance to be acclaimed as one of the glitter strip’s top young entrepreneurs.

The overall winner will be crowned Gold Coast’s Young Entrepreneur for 2014, and profiled in a cover story in Gold Coast Business News, along with the runner-up and winner of the trailblazer award.

Mobile phone retailer turned property  manager, Ron Bakir, was awarded the 2013 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

His company, HomeCorp Group, enjoyed bumper growth of 34 per cent and reached $106 million in turnover last year.

"From 2007 it was difficult to develop property and sell it, but we found a market and adapted to the trends.

"Believe in what you are going to do and don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it," he says.

Stuart Stratton took out the highly commended award, with his diverse business interests and services.

His companies Con-x-ion and Bsmart Group employ more than 200 staff and achieved $25.6 million in revenue in 2013.

The trailblazer award went to Jason Ganis for his companies, SmartPrint Fleet Management, iFish Finance and Print Security.

Last year's finalists generated more than $240 million in annual revenue combined, making their mark on the local economy.

Nominations will open in July 2014. Please check back here for more details.

The impressive list of previous winners are:

  • Ron Bakir, HomeCorp Group
  • Randall Deer, Ignite Travel Group
  • Kenton Campbell , Zarraffa’s Coffee
  • Paul and Ian Everest, Unit Clothing
  • Stuart Stratton, Con-x-ion and Bsmart Group
  • Jason Ganis, SmartPrint Fleet Management and iFish Finance and Print Security
  • Theodore Vairaktaris , UHK
  • Garrick Bull, G Developments/GM Homes
  • Claes Loberg, Guvera
  • Paul and Ian Everest, Unit Clothing
  • Meyjitte Boughhenout, Absynthe
  • Narelle Chenery, ONEgroup


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