WHAT began as a small business run from the bedroom of a Dubbo home is now a thriving agency employing a team of 15 staff, working from an office in the CBD.
Samuel Shooter started S.J Shooter Real Estate in 2015.
"In 2016 we moved into a small CBD office, and I joined the team," managing director Laura Shooter said.
S.J Shooter was voted most popular in the people's choice category at the annual Rhino awards, which honour the city's most outstanding businesses.
Ms Shooter said success was due to the way the team served its clients and the community.
"We have a clear vision and values that the team have fully taken on board, and live by every day," Ms Shooter said.
"Our clients and people contacting our office are usually at pivotal moments in their lives, and all of us understand the significance of this.
"Our team was very excited when we got the news of our nomination in this category, and really got behind it and made it easy for people to vote for us."
It all comes back to the way our team serves our clients and the community- Managing director Laura Shooter
Ms Shooter said the agency's 3D virtual tours made it easy for people looking to buy property in Dubbo.
"You can view all our sale properties, and most of our rental properties, in full immersive detail at any time of the day or night," Ms Shooter said.
"Our team love helping people in their property journey. There's a lot happening in the property market, and we'd love to have the chance to talk people through what this means for them."
A Dubbo-based ticketing company took out the city's top business award at this year's Rhino awards.
123 Tix founder and director Terry Wilcher said the win was the "icing on the cake".
123 Tix provides turn-key ticketing solutions to the event industry from design, distribution, sales and event logistics.
"Our solution is highly scalable, from small private events to large-scale festivals," Mr Wilcher said.
"We have our own proprietary ticketing system which is constantly evolving and being updated to best practice standards from across the world.
"Our intuitive, simple-to-navigate website, scanning and kiosk applications provide exceptional experiences for organisers and ticket consumers.
"We provide an end-to-end solution from online and on-site tickets sales, complete on-site solutions to marketing and organisation." The idea behind 123 Tix dates to 2014, from an idea that was seeded by a school musical, Mr Wilcher said.
"The need for ticketing was part of a letter that came home and the search for a solution began one night, after investigating the options and not finding something suitable, whether being locally-based or a provider that was regionally owned or operated gave me that light bulb idea something was missing and an opportunity was there to create."
At the awards night, Mr Wilcher said the 123 Tix team viewed the pandemic as a positive rather than a negative.
"Yes, financially we took a massive hit, along with everybody else in the events industry, but we decided there were either two paths to take," Mr Wilcher said.
"One was to be a victim of COVID. One was to beat COVID, regardless of whether we actually caught the virus itself, and come out on the other side of the virus, bigger and better.
"We decided we wanted to come out bigger and better than the virus, and take on the giants even more, which we have successfully done in many cases."
PASSIONATE tutors who customise lessons to their students' interests, has helped earn My Tutor founder Emma Gersbach the Airlink Airlines Award for Outstanding Young Business Leader.
The award recognises someone 35 or under who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas.
My Tutor founder and director Emma Gersbach said she was honoured to receive the award.
She established the business five years ago, in 2017.
My Tutor mainly caters for school-aged children from kindergarten to year 12.
It provides individualised subject-specific tutoring and homework programs.
Learning programs offered to students include building blocks (two to five years), small group and individual lessons for school students and individual lessons for adults (e.g. TAFE and university). "We also run craft-based school holiday programs," Ms Gersbach said.
"Our passionate tutors who have the freedom to customise lessons to their students' interests, maximise content knowledge, nurture weaknesses and grow confidence make the business a success. There is no set program, no start here and finish there as every student learns differently.
"We believe strongly in using practical learning activities such as games and challenges to ensure students are enjoying their learning and are excited to return."