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Lord mayor’s commendation sweet for any local business

13 May 2013

Lord mayor’s commendation sweet for any local business Image

Do you feel like your business has become a special part of Melbourne, even in just a small way? This could be your chance to make it official, with nominations for the Lord Mayor’s commendations open until the end of May.

Suzie Wharton has run her Chocoholics tours from in and around Southbank since 1995. In 2010 she was awarded a Lord Mayor’s commendation and said it’s fantastic recognition for her humble business, especially because the city held such a special place in her heart.

“I just love Melbourne. Southbank is such a special part of that too, it’s a great place to do business.” Ms Wharton said.

“Receiving the award was just lovely. As a smaller company, when someone puts your name up in lights like that, it’s a really nice feeling, and justification for all the hard work too!”

The Lord Mayor commendation program rewards City of Melbourne businesses for loyalty and longevity.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the awards were an important recognition for the hard work of small business within the city, and highlighted its importance.

“There are over 12,600 small businesses in the City of Melbourne, employing around 75,000.” Cr Doyle said.

“Our city’s entrepreneurs have adapted and prospered, creating jobs, boosting the economy and playing a vital role in making Melbourne the world’s most livable city,” he added.

“Melburnian’s respect and support the hard work and contribution of small business. These commendations recognise the achievements of small business proprietors.”

If you’d like to nominate for a Lord Mayor’s Commendation you can do so by visiting the website

www.melbourne.vic.gov.au. Nominations close on May 31, with a ceremony to hand out the awards on October 7.

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