Australians are being encouraged to nominate successful small and medium enterprises for the Telstra Australian Business Awards. Urging people to nominate businesses engaged in other sectors, including manufacturing and construction.
In an announcement on their website Will Irving, Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Telstra Australian Business Awards Ambassador, said nominating businesses early would give them ample time to prepare their entry and will increase their chances to succeed.
“Over the past 21 years, these national awards have celebrated the best of Australia’s small and medium businesses. One of the reasons why they are so respected is the rigour of the entry and judging processes, so the earlier businesses are nominated and start their entries the better,” Irving said.
Last year’s winner of the Telstra Australian Business of the Year Jason Wyatt, CEO of e-commerce business BikeExchange.com.au, also called for the submission of nominations and entries.
“Our advice is to enter but to give this process the time it justly deserves. Don’t do it on the fly. Get your head around the questions, start thinking through your answers and make sure you send a cracking submission,” Wyatt said.
According to Wyatt, the program gives the businesses a ‘rare opportunity’ to examine their health in all aspects. It also gives them a chance to be exposed to the professionalism of the country’s highly coveted business awards program, meet like-minded operators who could offer new opportunities and of course, win an award that carries a prestigious name.
Nominations can be made at www.telstrabusinessawards.com or by calling 1800AWARDS. Entries for the 2013 Awards can be submitted from 11 February until 4 April 2013.
The five Awards categories are for start-up, micro, small, medium and regional businesses.
Businesses that enter the program will receive a free individual 70-page Business Health Check report, based on international benchmarking standards.
“We offer all entrants the opportunity to evaluate their business performance against core business indicators which is an excellent tool for helping businesses grow their knowledge today in preparation for tomorrow.”
For finalists and winners, the Awards bring accolades, public exposure, a share of $500,000 in cash and business products and the privilege of joining an exclusive national business alumni.