2014 My Business Awards night: First VIPs announced

With the 2014 My Business Awards just around the corner, My Business is proud to announce Australian Small Business Commissioner Mark Brennan and SumoSalad Co-Founder and former My Business Award winner Luke Baylis as VIPs to attend the event.

With the 2014 My Business Awards just around the corner, My Business is proud to announce Australian Small Business Commissioner Mark Brennan and SumoSalad Co-Founder and former My Business Award winner Luke Baylis as the first VIPs who will attend the 2014 My Business Awards at Doltone House Hyde Park on Tuesday November 11.

My Business readers should need no introduction to Mark Brennan, who as well as being Australia’s inaugural Small Business Commissioner, is a regular columnist for My Business and a vocal supporter of this publication.

Brennan (pictured, right, at the 2013 My Business Awards with Overall winner Professor Peter Blamey of Blamey Saunders hears) commenced in his newly created role as the Australian Small Business Commissioner in January 2013, and has a strong track record of achievement in the small business sector, having previously served for seven years as the inaugural Victorian Small Business Commissioner (VSBC), the first such position in any jurisdiction in Australia. The VSBC model implemented by Mark is widely regarded as best practice and he has been consulted by those states which have subsequently introduced their own small business commissioners.

Brennan has been writing exclusive columns for My Business since May 2013, which he uses to provide updates on the latest small business advocacy efforts of his office.

In 2003 with then business partner James Miller, Luke Baylis (pictured below) started healthy fast food franchise business SumoSalad, challenging the fast food industry by offering a healthy alternative in food courts and shopping centres. In the space of just over a decade, the SumoSalad brand has grown from a solitary store in Sydney’s CBD to oer 100 stores Australia-wide and 11 stores in international markets in New Zealand, Singapore, Dubai and Brazil, with a new store to open in Los Angeles later this year.

After experiencing first-hand larger than life, super-sized portions of fast food while living in New York City in their early 20s, Baylis and Miller returned to Australia with the burning desire to buck the notion that all fast food was unhealthy. So they founded SumoSalad and introduced massive, sumo-sized servings of healthy fast food into the fast food market. For their efforts, they were recognised as My Business Award winners.

“The best business decision I made was to start SumoSalad,” Baylis told My Business last year. “We knew the idea was something special and I’m really proud to see the business grow the way it has. We’re lucky with SumoSalad because it is a brand that enables creativity. We’re constantly looking for new ways to express creativity.”

My Business is proud to announce Australian Small Business Commissioner Mark Brennan and SumoSalad Co-Founder Luke Baylis as VIP guests at the 2014 My Business Awards. 

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