Tuesday 27th August 2019 was an amazing night of celebrating the success of local business’s on the Central Coast.
We spent the night with amazing people at a gala event for the Local Business Awards at Mingara,after the awards not having been on the Coast for around 12 years.
It was an absolute privilege to have been apart of this night and we enjoyed it so much as a team.We had may laughs,wines and had so much fun cheering on all of the fellow winners and finalists.
Hearing the success stories of personal achievements of individuals and teams was so good. Each and every finalist and winner on the night deserved to be there and wore their heart on their sleeve representing special business’s which make up our local community.
Custom Wholesale Designs was very lucky to have been selected as a finalist in the ‘Specialised Business’ category. What an honor this was to be recognised for our hard work and customer service skills that we pride ourselves on.
To top it off, Owner and Founder, Mel, was nominated for and selected as a finalist, in the Business Person Of The Year Category.
Skip forward quiet a few wines,laughter and winners later…
Unfortunately we did not win in our business category- A huge congratulations to Blueberry Events,Empire Bay who did though,very well deserved and we wish you all the luck in the world.
To our absolute joy, Mel was named winner of Business Person Of The Year Central Coast 2019!!!
Mel was given praise for her ability to create a local,national and NZ wide business from the ground up starting out as a ‘one lady show’ in her double garage to build Custom Wholesale Designs to what it is today. She was commended on providing superior product and customer service. She was the winner!
We are all so proud and are still very much on a high,trying to find our feet. We are sure Mel will be buzzing for quiet some time,and so deserving she is!
Here are some Q&A’s with Mel for some insight to what this means to her:
How did you feel when you heard your name being called?
I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was enjoying my desert while watching the slideshow of all of the contenders. I knew there were so many fabulous peoples name being called out and myself being chosen honestly felt like a one in a million chance. To be totally honest, i thought i had no hope!
What was your initial thought when you did hear your name?
I swore haha. I put my head in my hands and swore under my breath. The whole room felt as though it went silent (although it was far from it).My head was spinning and i just went into auto pilot and got up to make my way to the stage. On my way down there,we were seated right up the back of course, as all as i could do was wipe my tears as i was so overwhelmed that he had said MY name.
Why do you think you won?
I dont know! I am just me, a mum, a wife and a person trying my darn best to make a living while helping others to do that also (my staff). I was honest in everything i said in my submission. I simply told my story.
Do you come from a business minded family?
No..not at all. I come from a lower class upbringing in Western Sydney and i was raised by a single mum (an awesome single mum!).
I had no one in my life to guide me through anything to do with business. I am a smart person and with my little knowledge i had, i researched my heart out…the rest,well, i winged!
You must be so proud right now?
I am so proud. Words will never explain how appreciative i am. I honestly have worked so had to get where i am. I have sacrificed so much time with my children and family. But i wouldn’t change a thing. I love my staff, my customers and my work.
Have you changed as a person being a business woman?
I probably have. But I guess only in the sense of holding such a high regard of responsibility though. I have defiantley not changed within myself. I strongly believe i hold no ego and i am no better then the person next to me. In life we should be able to come together as a community.I am just me..plain old me!
You are 36 years old, im sure this accolade will stay with you forever?
I will forever be grateful and humble to have had this experience. It sure is something i will never forget. Seeing my team and families faces and the love and support i received from my loved ones and customers..how can i ever forget that.
In closing, Mel also added
“Thank You, Thank You! I have no other words to add to this.
Thank You for supporting me, following my journey and being my reason for success.”
Custom Wholesale Designs thanks you for the continued support- we love you all xx
All images courtesy of EventPix