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Anyone can enter the Awards!

Family businesses, bloggers, sole traders, companies, non-profits, and individuals. Leaders, ground breakers, disruptors, passionate, purpose led and individuals focused on a bigger mission that inspires others. Our aim is to honour local people for their achievements.  Nominate and enter yourself or nominate someone you know.

 

Individual businesses have sponsored this year's categories. An independent judging panel will adjudicate the awards each year. Select a category and enter below. If you nominate a fabulous person you know, our team will contact them to advise of their nomination and invite them to enter. You can enter as many categories as applies to you.


Join us in cheering on the creative, hard-working, innovative individuals in our communities.

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Business Category

Business Categories

Solo Trailblazer Award

Recognising Micro-Business Innovators

This category celebrates remarkable sole-operator businesses that are blazing a trail all on their own. If you're driving your business forward single-handedly, this award is your chance to shine.

Criteria:

We are looking to recognize sole operator businesses that are developing their business/concept all on their own. These business owners have no permanent or part-time employees, however, may utilize online contractors.

Who should enter this award?

This category is for a sole trader, Someone who works alone in their business, a micro-business who works with contractors or entirely on their own. Ideal for bloggers, consultants, copywriters, therapists, and home-based businesses.

Sponsored by Susan Templeman MP

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Summit Seeker Award

This category is for the best small business of the year with
up to 5 years trading.

Criteria:

If you've overcome challenges and achieved remarkable milestones early in your journey, this is your platform to shine as a true summit seeker.

Who should enter this award?

Ideal for retailers, online businesses, professional services, practitioners, creative industries, media industries, arts, technology, designers, therapists, home-based businesses.

If your business is under or at 5 years of trading at the time of entering.

Sponsored by Australian Tapping Institute

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Business Excellence Award

Acknowledging Remarkable Growth and Transformation

If your small business, social enterprise, or not-for-profit organization has shown remarkable growth, transformation, or renewal over the past two years, this award is for you.

Who should enter this award?

Ideal for retailers, online businesses, professional services, practitioners, creative industries, media industries, arts, technology, designers, therapists, home-based businesses.

On My Way Award

Best New Start Up Business

This category is best new business or start-up. A new business that has been operating under two years (as of January 2024)

Who should enter this award?

This category is for any new business that commenced trading from 2022. Ideal for: Retailers, leisure and tourism businesses, foodies, online businesses, professional services, practitioners, creative industries, construction, media industries, arts, technology, designers, therapists, home-based businesses.

Sponsored by Affordable Web Solutions

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Dynamic Duo Award

Celebrating Longstanding Business Partnerships

Criteria:

This pair/group have been through highs and lows together, and are building a business from the ground up. They have put everything on the line for what they believe in and have been challenged and tested in their small business experience.

Who should enter this award?

This award is dedicated to couples or partnerships within small businesses who have journeyed together for 3+ years as of 2024.

If you've stood the test of time as a dynamic duo in business, this is your recognition.

Sponsored by HerSmile

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Innovative Homegrown Award

Commending Creative, Local Creators

Celebrate the inventors, creatives who have crafted exceptional services or products right here in Australia. This award spotlights the innovative spirit of locally nurtured ideas.

Criteria:

This category looks for originality, innovation, design, creativity or need. The most important criteria is it was created in Australia. Manufactured here would be ideal but not essential for this category. This award can be for a business or individual, for a project, product or anything that has been created in Australia.

Who should enter this award?

Retailers, designers, producers, artists, makers, creatives. Anyone who is making a contribution with creativity or products that fulfil a gap or need in the market.

Inclusivity & Impact Award

Recognizing Transformative Community Contributors

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge ability and promote the visibility of what people with disability are achieving. This award is for entrepreneurs who have a disability, or a business that champions inclusion for disability and works toward inclusion of all people in their career and creative pursuits.

Criteria:

This award honors remarkable individuals or organizations driving positive change. Whether it's bridging gaps, providing opportunities, or transforming society, environment, or careers, this accolade celebrates your excellence in ability and inclusion.

Who should enter this award?

This category award is open to:  entrepreneurs who have a disability, OR an outstanding individual with a disability in their workplace. Also open to organisations who are working in partnership with community or within their organisation to include disadvantaged or minorities, close gaps or deliver opportunities for meaningful transformation in our society, environment and community for visibility and acceptance.

Sponsored by Autistic Gem

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Excellence in Professional Service Award

Highlighting Mastery in Expertise

This award is tailored for businesses that trade in time and expertise within specific areas or genres. We're seeking businesses that can showcase their exceptional skill and excellence in their chosen field.

Criteria:​

We are looking for businesses who can demonstrate excellence. It may be increase of growth, innovation, expansion, originality, customer service, teamwork, leadership, social enterprising activities.

Who should enter this award?

Professional services, organisations, consultants, any service based organisation across any sector who is maintaining excellence.

Leadership Categories
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Leadership & Community Categories

Community Connector Award

Championing Networking and Collaboration

Recognizing those who embrace openness, generosity, and abundant networking, fostering connections that enrich the entire community.

Criteria:

An individual in the community, or within a business or profession who embraces the value of networking, collaboration, and relationship building with an 'abundance mentality' - Plenty for all.

Who should enter this award?

Professionals, individuals, small business operators, team members.  organisation members, consultants, any individuals.

Pioneering Achievement Award

For groundbreakers in their industry

Recognizing individuals with 10+ years of dedicated industry service. As mentors and champions, they've made an indelible mark on their field and deserve recognition for their profound contributions.

Criteria:

A minimum of 10 years in an industry or profession, it can be across different organisations with a particular industry. We are looking for contributors to change and being part of an evolving profession or industry.

Who should enter this award?

Professionals, individuals, small business operators, team members.  organisation members, consultants, any individuals.

Sponsored by Elizabeth Elenor - The Intuitive Warrior

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Purpose Driven Award

Driving Positive Change

Recognizing individuals shaping industries, businesses, or causes, while balancing profit, people, and purpose.

Criteria:

We are looking to recognise a person challenging the status quo and making exciting changes in their industry, business or for their cause, while finding a balance between profit, people and purpose. A visionary and creating a force for positive change.

Who should enter this award?

Professionals,  Entrepreneurs,  small business operators, social enterprises & charities, any individuals.

Emerging Leader Award

Inspiring Action, Guiding Change

Acknowledging individuals who lead by action and inspire others in business, community, or projects. This recognition validates their commitment and encourages further growth

Criteria:

An individual in a leading role or within a team who demonstrates leadership qualities. Often someone to watch, is developing their skills and is making an impact and you are excited about the future and what you or your nominee might achieve.

Who should enter this award?

Professionals,  entrepreneurs,  small business operators, social enterprises & charities, any team members or individuals. 

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