Lake Mac Business Awards to shine light on top performers

Published on 05 May 2021

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A July awards ceremony is set to shine a light on the best of the best businesses in Lake Macquarie.

The Lake Mac Business Awards will recognise some of the top employers and employees across 13,500 business in the City.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said that while other parts of the Hunter often drew the headlines, economic activity generated by the Lake Macquarie economy was worth $21 billion annually.

“Lake Mac businesses are the hidden powerhouses of the Hunter Region,” Cr Fraser said.

“Combined, they drive almost 20 per cent of the Hunter’s total economy, which is an extraordinary figure.

“Almost every day, on average, a new business opens its doors somewhere in Lake Macquarie, and we want to do everything we can to attract and support them, and celebrate their achievements.”

This year’s awards include 13 categories, including Excellence in Business, Outstanding Business Leader and Excellence in Innovation and Adaptability.

“The awards are open to all businesses in Lake Macquarie – from micro-businesses run from home to major enterprises employing hundreds of workers,” Cr Fraser said.

“We want to acknowledge their hard work, particularly following on from COVID-19’s challenges, and promote and foster growth of our business community.”

Nominations are now open for the awards, which are proudly sponsored by Dantia, multiple Lake Mac Business Awards winner KENT Conveyancing and the Newcastle Herald.

KENT Conveyancing founder Michelle Kent said Lake Macquarie was a “supportive and loyal” community in which to operate a business.

“I am extremely grateful to have had the support of the Lake Macquarie community over the past 14 years of business,” she said.

Ms Kent urged people to get involved in the awards.

“The awards preparation and submission process was an excellent opportunity to reflect on business operations, celebrate success and identify areas for future development,” she said.

“Winning a Lake Mac Business Award is priceless feedback and praise, which is very much recognised by regional networks. It provided leverage into many other business opportunities, enhanced positive team culture, growth and expansion.

People can nominate their own business or other local enterprises worthy of recognition.

An awards ceremony will be held on Friday 23 July at Belmont 16s. Category winners will progress to the regional Hunter Business Awards, and winners there will compete at the State Business Awards later this year.

Nominations for the Lake Mac Business Awards close on Sunday 6 June.

Go to for more information and to complete an online nomination form.