Even though he considers himself an ‘Aussie’, Complete Office Supplies founder Dominique Lyone said he has always been proud of his heritage as an immigrant to Australia from Egypt.
“Landing on the shores of Australia with barely one dollar in my pocket, I’ve worked long and hard to build COS over the last four decades into a successful Australian company that is proud to be the productivity partner to thousands of Australian businesses,” he said.
In recognition of his achievements, COS was recently named a finalist in the 2014 Ethnic Business Awards, which applaud the achievements of people who often started with very little, but have worked hard to make a major contribution in their new home.
Now in their 26th year and sponsored by NAB, the Ethnic Business Awards are Australia’s longest-running business award program, this year attracting more than 600 nominations.
Fleeing Egypt after the Six Day War, Dom Lyone and his family arrived in Fremantle in 1968 with literally one dollar in cash.
Dom's father gave him the confidence that they “could still make it” and carrying this determination, he later sold his second hand car for $2000 to finance his future business plans.
From these funds, he started in 1976 as one part of a two-man band, selling office supplies door-to-door.
Today COS employs more than 330 full-time staff and is Australia's largest locally-owned contract office supplies company.