Our businesses have been recognised and awarded for their achievements during these tough times in the Leeton Business Chamber's Pivotal Awards.
Pandemic restrictions prevent the Leeton Business Chamber from hosting the traditional glittering night of celebrations.
The Pivotal Awards recognise the mammoth effort that business owners have put in to overcome challenges created by the global pandemic.
The winners were Hungry Fox Co (Business Adaptability), Leeton Soldiers Club (Business Focus During Down Time and Exceptional Communication), LCCD chairwoman Kim Doss (Outstanding Leadership in Uncertain Times) and Toll Priority's Marco Pantano (Best Customer Service Representative).
"We feel the efforts from our local business community needed to be recognised and congratulated," Leeton Business Chamber president Wayne Bond said.
Mr Bond said with fantastic support from sponsors, the chamber was able to launch virtual business awards.
While only consisting of five awards open all Leeton businesses, they recognise adaptability, the focus during downtime, communication, leadership and customer service.
"The awards each showcase how businesses have overcome different challenges faced during COVID-19 pandemic," Mr Bond said.
Nominations were held over two-weeks in July and the community was encouraged to nominate a deserving local business for one or all categories.
With almost 100 nominations flooding in to nominate the local business they thought did an outstanding job in these conditions. Many local businesses receiving multiple nominations.
These nomination surveys by the Leeton community were sent to external judges in Wagga Wagga, Yass and Cowra Business Chamber for a final review.
The feedback from the judges is testament to the work done by local businesses which were the 21 finalists.
"It was very tough to pick a winner - all of them could've been worthy winners," remarked one judge.
The awards presentation recognised the finalists and winners across the Leeton Business Chamber's social media pages on Thursday.
"Congratulations for all the nominees, finalists and of course the winners," Mr Bond said.
"You not only stood out to your community but also to our external judges that were extremely impressed with your business acumen during this uncertain time."
Rise and Shine Fitness, Lillypilly Wines, Stir Espresso, The Hungry Fox Co, Studio 9 Fitness
Winner: The Hungry Fox Co.
Business Focus During Down Time
La Fresco Caffe, Leeton Soldiers Club, Indulgence for Hair, Lillypilly Wines
Winner: Leeton Soldiers Club
Leeton Soldiers Club, Watkins Funeral Directors, Sauce Communications, Rise and Shine Fitness
Winner: Leeton Soldiers Club
Outstanding Leadership in Uncertain times
Kim Doss - Chairwoman (LCCD) Leeton Community Op Shop, Brady Smith, Leeton Community Op Shop, Liane Gawn- Sauce Communications, Susan Higgins - Australian Unity Leeton, Warren Weir - Studio 9 Fitness
Winner: Kim Doss - Chairwoman (LCCD) Leeton Community Op Shop
Best Customer Service Representative
Marco Pantano - Toll Priority, Renee Sharman - Leeton Newsagency, Tarnya Meagher - Leeton Community Op Shop
Winner: Marco Pantano - Toll Priority