Every year the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) awards a ‘Small Business Champion’ at their National Small Business Summit to recognise and acknowledge small business influencers who are making a genuine difference to their industry.
Who was the Small Business Champion this year?
This year’s winner Jo Palmer is the Founder of Pointer Remote, a platform connecting businesses with talented professionals in regional, rural and extreme remote situations. Alexi Boyd, CEO of COSBOA, said that this is an individual who is worthy of this prestigious award.
“It is with great appreciation that COSBOA announce Jo Palmer as the 2022 Small Business Champion. She truly deserves this award after years of dedication as a rural advocate, mentor and voice for enhancing women’s economic opportunities,” announced Ms Boyd.
“Jo is a passionate businesswoman who saw an untapped pool of talent in rural areas that could be mobilised through remote work. She has worked tirelessly to job-match individuals and businesses and has had a huge impact on building capacity in regional societies.”
What are Jo’s thoughts on her recognition?
Jo Palmer received her award at the COSBOA Summit gala dinner and was thrilled with this recognition for her and her team. “In the company of so many small business community leaders, owners and advocates, I am really honoured to receive this award,” said Ms Palmer.
“In the five years that Pointer Remote has been in operation, it is SMBs who have leveraged remote work to access the skills they need for their organisation to grow. With talent in such short supply, businesses that have adapted to flexibility are finding it easier to attract new team members. We are so appreciative of those companies who have trusted us to help!”