A family who fled war-torn Lebanon to create a new life in Australia has taken out one of the top prizes at the prestigious Ethnic Business Awards.
Joseph Kairouz and his brother worked in the meat industry to support their 10 other siblings..
Now Cedar Meats Australia, based in Brooklyn, Victoria, employs more than 400 people, exporting to the US, EU and China.
It won the Medium to Large Business award at a glittering ceremony in the Adelaide Hilton on 6th November.
In its 27th year, the Ethnic Business Awards is a celebration of multicultural endeavour.
As Founder and Chairman so eloquently put on the evening; “ just as diversity and adversity breed opportunity and success breeds success, so this great country gives birth to global role models…. Citizens, that make not only Australia proud, but nations all over the world. It is for this very reason that the good management of our diversity, of our minorities, is so important because it guarantees us a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious future.”
Inspired by the struggles of his grandfather, an Aboriginal World War 1 veteran, Derek Flucker won the Indigenous in Business award for RBY Project Pty. Ltd.
Derek created his own business model to reduce the dependence on welfare in local communities, becoming the biggest Indigenous business in Queensland’s resource sector, employing more than a hundred people and tripling turnover in one year.
Another Queenslander, Takeshi Takada, took out the Small Business award for his company, Alt.Vfx, in Fortitude Valley.
After arriving from Japan at the age of 12 with no English, Takeshi went to a school for migrants before graduating from Brisbane Boys Grammar.
He’s now the most awarded Executive Producer in Australia, more than doubling Alt.Vfx’s turnover since last year.
Each winner takes home a hand crafted crystal trophy, a $10,000 cheque from the National Australia Bank and all finalists enjoyed luxury accommodation, travel and transfers.
SBS One: Saturday 14th November 15:30 to 17:30
NITV: Saturday 21st November 19:30 -21:30
Aurora Community Channel (Channel 183 on Foxtel):
Saturday 14th November 20.30 – 22:30
Sunday 15th November 12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 15th November 19:30 – 21:30
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