A NOT-for-profit primary and mental health services provider has won the Stirling Business Association’s inaugural Community Hero Award.
Judges selected Black Swan Health ahead of other finalists Edmund Rice Centre and Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre.
In her acceptance speech, chief executive Terina Grace highlighted one aspect of the group’s work.
“Many of you may be employing young people,” she said.
“And young people do find it more difficult than the rest of us to retain employment.
“A young person with a mental illness probably has about a 10th or 15th of the chance of retaining employment because there are real challenges.
“We run a free program called YAppEE and that assists young people with mental illness to keep employed even in those times when the illness makes it more challenging.
“So if someone in your workforce that you’d like to keep employing does have some challenges, our service is free.
“We provide extended hours phone counselling and also a smartphone innovative application…and it makes a difference.”
The association’s Innovation award went to The Shortlister
The Shortlister founder Kerri Duff-Borthen said she started the business two years ago because she wanted to “change the way recruitment was done in an industry I thought had lost its way”.
“I felt for small business with completely non-sustainable recruitment fees,” she said.
“And I wanted to develop something to help small business.”
Stirling Business Association president Steve Wholer said the process of entering the awards made businesses re-evaluate their business.
“The award entry questions your vision and makes you think about the future not just for the next few months but for the next few years,” he said.
“It gives you a chance to analyse your strength and weaknesses and leads to greater recognition in the market.”
Stirling Business Association Small Business Awards
New business: Precise Way
Micro business: Talent Co
Small business of the year (five or more staff): Rule Technology
Employer of the year: Ultimo Constructions
Customer service: Whitworth Automotive Polishing
Community Hero: Black Swan Health
Innovation: The Shortlister
SBA member business of the year: Creative Possibility
Stirling business of the year: Ultimo Constructions.