Grants and awards small business | February 02, 2016

Nominate, celebrate and support our local businesses

Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy today called on the community to celebrate the success of local businesses by nominating them for the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Awards. 

For 24 years the national Awards program has recognised the best of Australia’s entrepreneurial spirit and the courage of small and medium business, helping them reach new levels of success.

“Our businesses, and the incredible people who run them, are central to the strength of our economy. It’s important for us to celebrate them and continue to encourage their growth,” Ms Kealy said.

“It takes an incredible amount of sacrifice and tenacity to run a business, and we see this every day in businesses across the electorate. Nominating is a wonderful way to recognise our local success stories,” she said.

Ms Kealy said nominating a business will give them the opportunity to be recognised among Australia’s best small and medium businesses.

Anyone can nominate a business they admire, with entries open from 3 February until

23 March 2016 across five Award categories: 

  • New Business Award – for businesses operating for one to three years with up to 500 employees
  • Micro Business Award – for businesses with five employees or less
  • Small Business Award – for businesses with more than five employees but less than 50
  • Medium Business Award – for businesses with more than 50 employees but less than 500
  • Charity Award – ACNC registered with DGR status, between one and 500 employees and an annual income of between $250,000 and $10,000,000

The Victorian dinner and Awards will be presented on 19th July 2016. 

To nominate or enter the Awards, go to or call the Telstra

Australian Business Awards on 1800AWARDS for further information.

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