On Wednesday July 25th, the Kilimanjaro team attended the 2012 NSW Telstra Business Awards Gala Dinner. Nominated as finalists, this was our night to shine and be recognised for our business efforts. Let me assure you, this was no easy feat.
Being nominated for the Business Awards is one thing, but going through with the entry form is an entirely different game. Having only been at Kilimanjaro for a few months, entering the Telstra Business Awards was one of the first big tasks I had to accomplish as the Marketing Assistant. Part of this job was convincing Ronnie to take hours out of his time to sit with me and go through the rigorous entry process.
Slowly but surely we managed to complete the 50-odd page document that would secure our entry. Although a challenging experience it really gave me, as a newcomer, the chance to properly understand Kilimanjaro’s values and mission. Put simply, I learned “how we do things here”.
It wasn’t long before Ronnie received the call informing us that Kilimanjaro had been shortlisted for a site visit by two judges. What followed was weeks of preparation as we organised our documentation, spruced up the office and informed our team, the Kilimanjaro tribe, of our status.
Fast-forward a few weeks. The judges visited 3 weeks ago, and we’re still yet to hear anything.
Then one quiet Friday morning, I hear Kilimanjaro’s bell ringing with victory as Ronnie informs us that we had made it as finalists. This was a huge achievement for the entire team, and validated all of the effort which Ronnie and his management team had put into creating Kilimanjaro Consulting. This was testament to our dedicated sherpas and the product we implement, MYOB EXO.
After a busy few months and the end of a financial year, July rolled around and it was time for us to attend the NSW Gala Dinner. Prior to that, Ronnie and I attended a Business Workshop held by Telstra for all 24 of NSW’s finalists. It was an amazing opportunity to meet the other finalists, learn about their businesses and understand why they had chosen to enter the awards. It was clear that each of the finalists was driven by passion, dedication and a true belief in their business goals. It was an inspiring evening in the lead up to the event the following night.
Come Wednesday, the Kilimanjaro office was abuzz with excitement in preparation for the big night. Seventeen of our team members attended the awards, three of whom had flown in from Brisbane and Melbourne. As stated by Anne Fulwood at the Business Workshop the evening before, the Gala Dinner was an opportunity to celebrate our business success. The judging had already been done- this night was purely to acknowledge our fantastic achievements.
The winner of the Commonwealth Bank Medium Business Award was Vietnamese restaurant Red Lantern, established by Luke Nguyen in Surry Hills and Darlinghurst. In the end, it didn’t matter that we weren’t the winners of our category. Although it would have been the cherry on top, we were content to be finalists sharing the spotlight with other fantastic NSW businesses. Plus, now that we’ve made it this far the first time round, there’s no stopping us next year.