June 2023 Winners

Emerging and Micro Business

Happy Hounds Dog Walking & Pet Sitting

Happy Hounds is a leading pet care service provider on the Gold Coast, offering walking, sitting, overnight stays, pet taxi, and wedding concierge services for dogs, cats and other domestic animals. Natalie Durack founded Happy Hounds Pet Services in 2012 and it has since served the needs of more than 2000 pet owners and nearly 5000 beloved pets.

Family Business

Marques Flooring

Marques Flooring is a second-generation family business which provides  high-quality wholesale flooring products and accessories to retail, flooring trade, builders and the retail sector. Established in 1986, Marques Flooring is now the most comprehensive flooring business in Australia. The company has an extensive trade store and trade warehouse, an award-winning Showroom & Design Centre and a new distribution warehouse.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Wild Earth

Launched in 2005, Wild Earth is now one of Australia's leading outdoor retailers. Wild Earth employs 90 people, has outlets on the Gold Coast and Brisbane and an online store with more than 400,000 customers on its database. The business stocks 30,000 products from 380 brands including The North Face, Patagonia, Osprey and Garmin.

Construction and Trades

Maco Electrics

Maco Electrics is a Gold Coast-based electrical contracting company. Headquartered in Burleigh Heads, the business now has a team 55 employees and sub-contractors. Maco partners with high-quality construction companies to design, install and manage solutions in all aspects of electrical works.


GCD Exhibitions

GCD is a family-owned company that specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of custom exhibition displays and company fitouts. GCD’s clients range from small businesses to large, multinational companies such as Swisse, Cadburys’, and Canon. In the past year GCD has been involved with the Big Bash, NSW Fashion Week and the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.

Professions and Services

Koste Chartered Quantity Surveyors

Koste Chartered Quantity Surveyors is a leading provider of tax depreciation and asset services in Australia. The company was established in 2014 by CEO Mark Kilroy and now employs 10 people. Koste has developed its proprietary software solution, Kapal, which enables property companies to produce accurate and compliant tax depreciation schedules.

Health and Wellbeing


MyAssista provides non-medical in-home support to those who need help. The company’s clients include the elderly, NDIS participants and others. Services provided include domestic care and household tasks, travel and transport, daily personal activities, personal training and housing. The company, which now employs 33 people, also helps people to navigate through the NDIS approval process.

IT and Digital Business

Clarity IT For Business

Clarity IT For Business is a provider of managed information technology services for small to medium-sized businesses. Established in 2018 by founders Brodon Hirst and Drew Pollock, Clarity specialises in helping professional service firms with their IT needs. In the past 12 months, the company has scaled up to support clients nationally and has developed a broad specialisation in cloud, cybersecurity and digital transformation.

Education, Training and Employment

YTB Plumbing

YTB Plumbing is a one-stop-shop solution for any civil plumbing connection requirements on the Gold Coast. One of only a few companies specialising in council infrastructure, YTB delivers new civil water, sewer, and stormwater connections, working alongside organisations like Gold Coast Water, Gold Coast City Council, local builders, and engineers.

Mayor's Innovation GC

GeSS Education

GeSS Education is a family-owned business that provides 54 educational programs to over 350 domestic and international students, as well a further 400 students overseas. Established in 2012 by the Russell family, the Southport-based business now offers courses in the emerging fields of cybersecurity and e-sports management.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Joy & Joy

Joy & Joy is quickly becoming one of the top catering companies on the Gold Coast. Established 10 years ago by chef Angela Barany, the business now employs 32 people. Joy & Joy‘s corporate clients include Pacific Fair, Bentley, Land Rover, Porsche, Princess Yachts and KPMG. Joy & Joy now offers small bespoke cooking workshops and personal tuition for select clients.

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