Winners of the Port Stephens Examiner's 2019 Annual Business Awards

The Port Stephens business community turned out in style to the Examiner's 2019 Annual Business Awards in Shoal Bay on Wednesday night.

Demonstrating how supportive small businesses in Port Stephens are of each other, there was wild cheers and applause throughout the night as the 40 award winners were revealed at Shoal Bay Country Club.

Nursing recruitment agency Nurses Now from Raymond Terrace won the health and medical gong early in the night and was later announced to be the Overall Business of the Year, which business owner and manager Laurinda Pericleous said was "amazing".

"I am very proud to say we've been so warmly received in your community. As of [October 15] we have been living and working in Port Stephens as of six months," she said on stage after claiming the gold award.

"We can't thank you enough for the support you have shown Nurses Now, from your local hospitals, aged care sites, from Port Stephens people themselves. We've been able to employ a staggering 153 local nurses.

"We're all about being local. We feel very privileged to be in your community. We've built a home in your community. You people are awesome. Thank you."

Two Port Stephens businesses claimed dual awards this year. Totally Workwear Port Stephens, based in Salamander Bay, won the men's and women's fashion or footwear awards while Century 21 Curtis and Blair from Medowie won both real estate awards, for sales and property management.

Two Bobs Bakery in Nelson Bay won the new business (first year) award.

Speaking before the start of the awards presentation, Port Stephens Ryan Palmer congratulated all the finalists and highlighted the ways in which the council supports small businesses and how much of an impact they have in the community and on the economy.

"Your role in our local community can not be underestimate You serve our community, you create employment opportunities for our locals and you make our towns vibrant places to live and busy," Cr Palmer said.

"We have 4700 small businesses in Port Stephens that adds nearly $4.8 billion to our economy each year."

Addressing the 450 guests at the awards on Wednesday night, Port Stephens Examiner editor Anna Wolf spoke about the process in which finalists and winners are determined.

She said 7000 individual votes were counted and more than 400 businesses entered into this year's event.

"This evening is about showing recognition to those who contribute not just to the local economy, but to our community," she said.

"It is a night to reflect on the achievements of businesses in the area and celebrate the outstanding service, dedication and commitment delivered each and every day.

"Just being a finalist is a testament to your hard work and service in the community."

The winners of the 2019 Annual Business Awards

1. Accommodation

Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach

2. Accountant

DJ Cooper Accounting - Raymond Terrace

3. Animal Services

Bark n Purr Pets - Nelson Bay

4. Automotive Services

Tanilba Bay Tyres & Mechanical

5. Bakery

Saxby's Bakery Cafe - Salt Ash

6. Beauty Therapy

Barley Sugar Day Spa & Beauty - Salamander Bay

7. Boating, Fishing or Camping

Let's Go Adventures- Nelson Bay

8. Building, Construction and Renovation

East Coast Timber Floors & More - Taylors Beach

9. Butcher

Guy's Choice Cuts - Nelson Bay

10. Cafe

Central Beans Cafe - Williamtown

11. Children's Services

Angel Tots Early Learning Center - Salamander Bay

12. Club

Nelson Bay Golf Club

13. Dance Studio

Complete Performing Arts and Classical Coaching - Taylors Beach

14. Fashion or Footwear-Ladies

Totally Workwear Port Stephens

15. Fashion or Footwear Mens

Totally Workwear Port Stephens

16.Financial Services

Greater Bank Raymond Terrace

17. Fitness

Tomaree Aquatic Centre - Salamander Bay

18. Florist/Nursery

Salamander Village Florist

19. Fresh Produce or Markets

Fat Wren Farm - Fullerton Cove

20. Furniture/Home Décor

Chalk and Willow - One Mile

21. Gift Store

Lilly Hill - Salamander Bay

22. Hair Salon

Forever Hair & Beauty - Medowie

23. Health and Medical

Nurses Now - Raymond Terrace

24. Hotel or Bottle Shop

Spinning Wheel Hotel - Raymond Terrace

25. Jeweller

Terrace Showcase Jewellers - Raymond Terrace

26. Learning, Training or Recruitment

Joblink Plus - Salamander Bay

27. Legal Service

Sawers & Levonpera - Raymond Terrace

28. New Business (1st Year)

Two Bobs Bakery - Nelson Bay

29. Newsagency

Shoal Bay Newsagency

30. Pharmacy

Lemon Tree Passage Pharmacy

31. Real Estate - Sales

Century 21 Curtis and Blair - Medowie

32. Real Estate - Property Management

Century 21 Curtis and Blair - Medowie

33. Restaurant Australian Cuisine

Amanda Douglass Catering Service - Corlette

34. Restaurant - International Cuisine

Mod Thai - Port Stephens

35. Shopping Complex

MarketPlace Raymond Terrace

36. Specialised Services

The Food War Inc - Raymond Terrace

37. Takeaway Food

The Oyster Shack - Tanilba Bay

38. Technology Industry

Excel IT - Nelson Bay

39. Tourist Attraction

Feet First Dive - Nelson Bay

40. Overall Business Of The Year

Nurses Now - Raymond Terrace