Less than four years after his business launch, Rhyley Hunter says it was worth the risk.
The city’s recently named entrepreneur of the year encouraged other residents, with skills, a dream and motivation, to jump on board Wagga’s growing small business train.
Following a win at the Golden Crow Awards in June, Mr Hunter learned he had been shortlisted for the regional limelight.
The 31-year-old will join a list Wagga businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, employees and industry leaders at this year’s Murray-Riverina Regional Business Awards, held at Wagga Rules Club on Friday, September 7.
Mr Hunter said starting a small business on his own had been a daunting when he first set out, but he was glad he took the chance.
It is the reason Mr Hunter said he would urge other aspiring business owners to “have a good go at it”.
He said the personal growth had been equally as valuable as the business development across three-and-a-half years.
“It can be a scary thing … you’re putting your own money on the line,” Mr Hunter said. “But it forces you to make mistakes and you learn from that pretty quickly.”
One of the NSW Business Chamber’s managers Andrew Cottrill praised the optimism, vibrancy and opportunity of the region’s the market place ahead of the Murray-Riverina awards celebrations and gala dinner.
Winners, announced on the evening, will then represent the region at the a state level.
In a statemented this month, NSW Business Chamber chief Stephen Cartwright said:
“These awards provide an exceptional opportunity to celebrate excellence in the local business community and showcase their success at a local, regional and state level”.