For a number of years, LBS has been sponsoring the Young Business Achiever Awards as part of the Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAAs).

The Young Business Achiever Awards identify businesses and leaders in their fields that have made a major contribution to the economy, community and development of employment skills for the next generation in Melbourne’s northern region.

What are the NBAAs?

The NBAAs occur through a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north, including the local government areas of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik and Whittlesea. The awards recognise the business achievements of small and medium-sized enterprises and encourage business excellence, growth and competitiveness. The NBAAs are managed by NORTH Link, a regional partnership of industry, education and government, and partner of La Trobe University

Young Business Achievers Awards

LBS sponsorship of the Young Business Achiever Awards is part of our ongoing commitment to the local community, and local youth in particular. The Awards recognise the achievements of young people (25 years or under) working in local businesses who display an outstanding attitude, endeavour and contribution to their company and fellow employees.

LBS sponsorship of the Young Business Achiever Awards aims to develop and strengthen the links between businesses, the local community and the School. The LBS mission is to improve the education standards of the business leaders of tomorrow, and to up-skill today’s business leaders to help them better navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with business disruption. So we are delighted to partner with NORTH Link in these awards that recognise local business excellence and innovation.

Professor Jane Hamilton (Dean and Head of the La Trobe Business School)

Recipients 2019

The awards are presented during the quarterly NBAA breakfasts, where recipients receive a certificate and small prize in recognition of their achievement. There have been two NBAA breakfasts in 2019 with four Young Business Achiever Awards recipients: Shima Rahmatizadeh, Ellie Dunstan, Ella Brothers and Sharnie Robinson. The awards were presented by Dr Mark Cloney, Professor of Practice in Economics at La Trobe Business School.

Shima Rahmatizadeh received her award for establishing EngJunior. Shima has just completed a PhD in Engineering, with a focus on geographical information systems. Shima worked and studied mostly with men, and her dream has been to encourage more women into engineering and science. So she established her own initiative, EngJunior, which brings engineering and science into the classroom and aftercare, showing primary age children how much fun engineering can be. Shima introduces practical activities where children learn and apply the concepts of engineering. It’s enjoyable, educational and a great way to encourage more girls into the career that Shima is so passionate about.

Young Business Achiever Awards: Shima Rahmatizadeh
Shima Rahmatizadeh

Ellie Dunstan received the award for her company Dress Hire AU, founded in 2015. The company supplies Australian women with an affordable alternative to wearing a new outfit for each event. Dress Hire AU services women Australia wide via a delivery service and was one of the first Australian dress hire businesses to automate through a website and booking app. Shoppers can also visit the Eltham warehouse to try on and walk away with a valuable garment at a fraction of the price.

Young Business Achiever Awards: Ellie Dunstan
Ellie Dunstan

Ella Brothers received her award for her outstanding work as Dispatch Officer at Combo, a provider of business IT solutions. Ella has great quality customer service skills, with a focus on the professional technical services that Combo delivers and ensures that customers get the right tech on their doorstep at the right time.

Young Business Achiever Awards: Ella Brothers
Ella Brothers

Sharnie Robinson received her award for her longstanding contribution to Ferguson Plarre, a family owned and operated bakery business. Sharnie’s first job, at the age of 15, was with Ferguson Plarre and she worked her way up from washing dishes to managing the shop in Mernda during Year 12. From there she managed the shop for two years before she became a business partner and opened her own store. Within 18 months of opening, the store won an award for excellence in retail and Sharnie was nominated for the Telstra Small Businesswoman of the Year award.

Young Business Achiever Awards: Sharnie Robinson
Sharnie Robinson

LBS congratulates all these young business achievers on their awards!