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Kate Owen Gallery has earned a name for itself in the local Rozelle area, and throughout Australia, for its contemporary Indigenous Australian art for modern interiors and for supporting indigenous artists.
The business success has reached such a level that earlier this year they were nominated as a finalist at the Inner West Local Business Awards.
Elizabeth Geyer and the team at Kate Owen Gallery came home the big winners on the night with a $2000 gift to their business; a brand new makeover on their corporate truck.
“Our trusty van is used on a regular basis and is in need of some TLC!” says Geyer, “If a purchased painting is too large to fit in our client’s vehicle, we will pop it into our trusty van and deliver it free of charge”
“Also, if a client is uncertain about which painting to buy, we will bring it out for them to see in their space.”
“We wish to keep a strong visual presence,” Geyer continues “some new and improved decals on the van will help us tremendously.”
Winning this prize now means that the Gallery can increase their exposure in the local area with every delivery, and hopefully continue to grow their business as a result.
Since its inception in 2014 the BizGiver initiative, started by BizCover Business Insurance, has given away over $45,000 in help to Small Businesses. These prizes have included shopfront makeovers, high tech toolkits, copywriting services, advertising packages, laptops and hardware, website development, training courses and even washing machines and dryers.
“We see all these wonderful small businesses like Kate Owen Gallery that give back to the community and do such great things that it inspired us to also give back to our small business community that are big business to us,” explains Michael Gottlieb, co-founder and Managing Director of BizCover.
The Gallery’s key initiative is an artist in residence programme where an indigenous artist from remote communities spends one to three weeks painting in the gallery.
The residency is combined with an exhibition of the artist’s works and has been resoundingly successful in attracting new entrants to indigenous art and in bringing visitors to the Rozelle community.
“We want to honour that Aussie entrepreneurship that so often gets overlooked at the early stages and a grant like this can really be the boost they need to allow their business to take a step up to the next level,” states Gottlieb “we have customers in nearly every type of business across Australia, it’s inspiring to see these truly unique businesses like Kate Owen Gallery reach success.”
A wish will be granted by Bizcover.com.au quarterly in the form of a specific product or service valued at up to $2000. Businesses must have a valid ABN to apply but don’t need to be an existing BizCover customer to enter.
Wishes can be submitted online via www.smallbusinessbuddy.com.au.