Business Excellence Awards Finalist – Dearly Plaques & Memorials

How exciting to be nominated as a Finalist in the local Federation Business School Business Excellence Awards – Innovation category.

Dearly Plaques & Memorials started nearly three years ago – it was as idea as I walked through our local Ballarat Cemetery with the dog and the kids tearing around the roads on their bikes and skateboards. We saw many green plastic stakes with handwritten letters, a marker placed until the permanent memorial was put into place. These would fade, deteriorate and become illegible – not something a visiting relative or friend would admire as a fitting memorial for the interim time.

We now provide these interim memorials around Australia and into New Zealand. Made from aluminium and engraved, they will not fade, they will last a lifetime, and they are available in most cases for the funeral.

We are very proud of our business, have struggled as all small new businesses do, faced design and production hurdles, logistics and all the challenging things a small business can face, but we have celebrated and laughed and learnt along the way as well.

We are a Finalist in our prestigious local awards – from walking through the local cemetery, seeing an idea to now processing orders online and delivering nation wide for families and their loved ones, for cemeteries and at home memorials.

You can have an interim memorial at the Ballarat and Buninyong Cemeteries now – the idea has come full circle, ordering is through the cemetery.

Thank you to the local businesses that have assisted me along the way, without your guidance and expert advice this would still would be just an idea. Wayne at Ballarat Powder Coating, Kirrily and Greg at Ballarat Pressings, Craig and Eileen at Ballarat Trophies and Gifts and the many individuals that have listened and supported along the way.

I wish the other Finalists in the Innovation category congratulations and all the best for the upcoming Gala Awards night; PipePro Drilling and Ballarat Community Health.