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2017 Telstra Southern Grampians Shire Business Awards

Entries are now open for the 2017 Telstra Southern Grampians Shire Business Awards. The Awards represent an opportunity to benchmark your business, to assess your business processes and to identify what makes your business outstanding.

Awards Timeline & Entry Details

Event Date
Entries Open Monday 6 March 2017
Entries Close Friday 7 April 2017
Judging | Kevin Bennett Monday 15 May - Friday 19 May 2017
Presentation Evening | Hamilton Performing Arts Centre Friday 23 June 2017
Post-Awards Workshop Tuesday 11 July 2017

Entrants must operate and be based within the Southern Grampians Shire boundaries and have been operating over the last 12 months. Businesses are asked to identify their main business activity on the entry form and the judge will determine the finalists and winners in the various categories detailed below.

To enter, businesses are required to complete an entry form available via the link below and return it to the Economic Development & Tourism Unit by email or post, 1 Market Place, Hamilton, Vic, 3300 not later than Friday 7 April 2017.

Peter Johnson
Business Development Officer
1 Market Place
Hamilton Vic 3300
Phone 03 5573 0240

Message from our naming rights sponsor Telstra Australia

"Telstra has been a proud supporter of small businesses and been able to assist with innovative solutions in the growing digital economy in growing their businesses. The awards offer a chance to look at your business and we look forward to celebrating with you all the great things you are doing in the Southern Grampians Shire."

Message from the Mayor | Councillor Mary-Ann Brown

"This will be the 20th year the awards have been held and it is now established as the premier event on the business calendar. The awards are a fantastic way for businesses to receive recognition for their hard work and benchmark themselves against a set of best-practice principles to grow their business. Entering into the awards, gives you an opportunity to reflect on your business and celebrate your business achievements."

Message from the 2016 Business of the Year | genhealth

"Being a part of the 2016 SGSC business awards was invaluable way for us to review our business practices, and challenged us to think about every aspect of our operation, not just the obvious day-to-day business. It pushed us to consider how we could improve our service for the community. We also had amazing access to professional business advice from Kevin Bennett - completely free of charge. The customer feedback and staff cohesion surrounding the award process was overwhelming. The community were able to learn what we do here, and understanding our industry more deeply. We would highly recommend every local business get involved - you have absolutely nothing to lose, and only inspiration and learning to gain!"

We would like to thank and acknowledge the following award sponsors for their support

Sponsor Category Criteria
The Spectator Retail Business Open to all retail operators
Australian Bluegum Plantations |ABP Manufacturing Open to all manufacturing business operators
Western District Employment Access | wdea Service Business Open to those who offer services to the public or business other than retail services
South West TAFE Technology/Innovation Open to all businesses that can demonstrate innovative business practices in the use of technology
Iluka Resources Inclusive Business Open to businesses that offer outstanding physical access and inclusive customer service in addition to offering full, part time or casual employment opportunities to people with a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability
Bendigo Bank Regional Business Open to all businesses that are based outside Hamilton
Hamilton Regional Business Association | HRBA Tourism Business Open to those who offer accommodation, tours, activities and experiences and have a focus on tourist visitors
Crowe Horwath Small/Micro Business Open to businesses that have no more than four effective full time staff including the owner
Ace Radio Community Enterprise Open to businesses that are government funded or community funded and offer programs that demonstrate excellence - government funded agencies must demonstrate excellence beyond their core business
Southern Grampians Adult Education | SGAE Employee of the Year Open to employees, apprentices and trainees who demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and commitment to the workplace
Iluka Resources Inclusive Employee of the Year Open to employees, apprentices and trainees with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability who demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and commitment to their workplace
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