KELLIE Bebendorf, co-owner of Rocksalt Café, has seen her small business blossom after two-and-a-half years of hard work.
Now she has even more reason to smile.
Rocksalt was recently presented with a Westpac Wide Bay Burnett Central Coast Business Excellence Award.
The popular café in Gladstone’s CBD was nominated by Westpac Gladstone branch manager Lance Harding.
Ms Bebendorf, who co-owns Rocksalt with her brother Jason Faint, said the pair had put a lot of planning into making their business a success.
“Having a business plan, you’ve always got the basis there,” she said.
“Between Jason and I, it’s just a matter of bouncing things off each other.”
“You’re always trying to reach and get better. It’s not so much changing the plan, but the plan is always open to different routes.”
Mr Harding said the award was recognition of a well-run business, particularly in consistency of service and interaction with customers.
“Their ability to change was a key to their success,” he said. “With more and more people coming to town, businesses needed to change.
“They were on the hop, but they managed to keep up with the play.”
Ms Bebendorf said Gladstone was a great place for small business at the moment.
“There is not even a word to describe what is going on in this town at the moment.
“It’s just unbelievable.
“We are at full capacity most nights and we are sometimes booked out two or three days in advance.”