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Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Awards 2017

The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce is once again proud to presesnt the Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Awards. In their first year, these awards continued the tradition of recognising and honouring outstanding business achievement in the Greater Dandenong area.

This year, the Chamber will continue to build upon the success of the 2016 program, where we will be hosting four breakfast events and our final awards presentation event in November. Shortlisted businesses and a youth nominee will be highlighted at each breakfast, whcih will also feature a high-profile, business relevant speaker.

We are seeking a cross-section of businesses from the area, each demonstrating a level of success and industry leadership within each of the criteria they are eligible for. The six categories are:

  • Small Business
  • Large Business
  • Retail
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Innovation
  • Employment

The winners from each of these categories will then be considered for the overall Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Award.

2017 Awards Nominees

The Dandenong Market, at 150 years old, is the second oldest and secondlargest of only five municipal markets in Melbourne, and the last example of Melbourne’s traditional working markets. It is home to approximately 200 family owned retail businesses, offering a broad range of meats and produce, plants and flowers, as well as an array of general goods.

The Market is very much the heart and soul of Dandenong. It offers a rich and vibrant shopping experience where people from all walks of live can engage in a shared cultural exchange.

Learn more about the Dandenong Market.

The South East Brewing Company make unapologetic, full-flavoured craft beers and ultra-refreshing ciders. They burst onto the brewing scene with a trophy at Australia’s largest beer competition for their Hopped Out Red. The group started out at home as a contract brewer and cider maker in late 2012 and finally moved into their own state-of-the-art craft brewery in December 2015.

South East also act as a co-working space to up and coming brewers by providing contract brewing services and sharing invaluable productions and marketing advice.

Learn more about the South East Brewing Company.


Uncle’s Smallgoods manufactures artisinal quality meat products, hams, sausages and bacon – smoked in the old fashioned way! This establishment has been part of the Polish community in Dandenong for over 25 years, and the current owners, Bert and Brendan, have injected fresh life into Uncle’s.

The boys attribute their success to keeping things real, honest and smokey, which means they cut down on salt, preservatives and unnecessart food additives, meaning the products are good for you.

Learn more about Uncles’ Smallgoods.


Bombardier Transportation has been in operation in Australia for in excess of 60 years. The company covers the full spectrum of rail solutions from the manufacture of passenger rail vehicles, to the provision of complete rail transportation systems and system integration along with propulsion and control technology. Bombardier boasts a proud history of manufacturing rolling stock for Australia, originally commencing operations in Granville under Commonwealth Engineering (Comeng) and then later moving the manufacturing facility to Dandenong and eventually moving operations under the Bombardier banner.

Learn more about Bombardier


Dandenong Pavilion is a fantastic restaurant located at 55-61 Princess Highway Dandenong. The restaurant consists of a large bar, a main dining area, a fully covered al-fresco dining area and two separate function rooms. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and breakfasts on the weekends. Apart from its wonderful burgers, which have won the Good Food Guide number 1 burger in Melbourne, the restaurant serves a variety cuisines and prides itself on introducing a range of food into the Greater Dandenong area including seared tuna, lamb shoulder and other meat and seafood dishes in a variety of styles.

Learn more about the Dandenong Pavilion.

Genesis Fitness Club Dandenong is an independent, locally owned and franchised fitness club situated on Scott Street in Dandenong. Owner operators in Sean and Samantha Whitaker acquired the business in 2012 after a decision was made to follow their passion and move into a business of their own. Prior to moving into the fitness industry, Sean was employed in the IT industry for over 20 years. The business provides a fully equipped cardio area, machine and free weights, a ladies only gym, functional training zone, box fit zone, a 20 metre indoor heater pool, sauna, group exercise studio, and cycle studio, along with qualified personal trainers.

Learn more about Genesis Fitness Dandenong.

Buildsafe started in 2001, with their primary focus  on being the most respected and sought after height safety provider across many of Australia’s major capital cities. As a company, they place strong emphasis on developing and maintaining solid and reliable relationships with their partners and clients. Today, Buildsafe stands as an innovative leader in the height safety industry. The company motto, ‘Safety Through Innovation’, is directly linked to providing efficient and effective height safety solutions by offering a simple, holistic service that compliments the construction process.

Learn more about Buildsafe.

Jurgen’s Swiss Bread first began in a small bakery in Cheltenham in 1995 and was owned by the Rato and Sousa families. They baked seven days a week, 24 hours per day, and prided themselves on being a market leader within their sector. Their artisan-style, traditional bread products are driven by science, innovation and passion. From the small humble beginnings to being a major baker Australia wide, Jurgens now employs close to 100 staff and services clients such as Goodman Fielder, Nandos, Etihad Stadium and the ALH Group. They have grown to a point where they recently purchased the property next door to handle the growing strategy.

Learn more about Jurgen’s.



Skillinvest is a not for profit Group Training Organisation (GTO) and Registered Training Organising (RTO) with its Metro head office based in Thomas Street Dandenong which offers employment, education and training services across Victoria. The service had its geneses as a one-person organisation in 1986 and now has offices in Ararat, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Donald and Horsham. The core purpose of Skillinvest is to deliver exceptional employment, education and training services, to create opportunities for growth and prosperity for our customers, students, our communities and staff.

Learn more about Skillinvest.

2017 Nominations Now Open!

Nominate for the Chamber Business Awards NOW!

Nominations for the 2017 Chamber Awards are now open, and we are looking for nominees. A group of businesses will be selected by the Executive Committee, and each of these businesses will be presented at one of four breakfast events during the year. All the businesses will come together for the final awards presentation event, where the category awards are presented. The winners of each category will be eligible for the overall Greater Dandneong Chamber Business Award.

If you believe that you have a great business story, and are located in the Greater Dandenong area – then please consider nominating yourself for an award. Alternatively, if you know of an outstanding business in the area – dob them in as a award nominee.

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