The Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Award Gala Dinner is one of the most eagerly anticipated business events on the Ballarat business calendar. Held in August each year, as part of B31 Ballarat Business Festival, the Gala Dinner is the culmination of months of excitement and expectation during which businesses have gone through the nomination, application and judging process.
The awards are an opportunity for businesses to review, recognise and celebrate their successes.
Whether or not you become a finalist the process will definitely be of benefit as you take a fresh look at how your business is operating now and gain new insight into existing and potential opportunities for growth and development.
Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves or another, all nominees will be mailed an application booklet and additional information. Application information sessions and one on one mentoring sessions are arranged by Commerce Ballarat throughout the process. After applications close, a judging panel, consisting of experienced independent business representatives drawn from diverse backgrounds, are surveyed on conflicts of interest, divided into pairs and assigned their category/ies. The judges then assess all written applications in the category/ies they had been assigned, and determine the category finalists.
The judges will conduct site visits of the finalists in each category, the winners will be announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner at the end of August.
2019 Key Dates:
Tuesday 16 April - Applications Open
Wednesday 1 May - Application Information Session
Thursday 2 May - Eat Drink West Award Application Information Session
Tuesday 7 May - Application Information Session
Wednesday 15 May - Application Information Session
Tuesday 4 June - Early Bird Applications Close
Tuesday 11 June - Applications Close
Tuesday 23 July - Finalist Event
Thursday 29 August - Gala Presentation Dinner
2019 Judging Panel
Michael Duffin - ITSM Asia Delivery Lead, Microsoft
Joe Agius - Manager, State Business Development, VicSuper
Jannine Bennett - Executive Officer, Highlands LLEN
Andrew Bradley - Manager-Strategic Projects and Supply Chains, Industry Capability Network
Sheree Collins - Team Leader – Workplace Solutions, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Rob Croucher - GROW Project Manager, Highlands LLEN
Dr Diane Gibney – Director, Ballarat Family Vets & Senior Associate, Eureka Veterinary Hospital
Dianne Gow – Owner, Harlequin Designs
Jason Hargreaves - Director, PPT
Garry Holding - Industry Adviser , Industry Capability Network
Kay Jackson - Director, Simplex Insurance Solutions
Rod Kilborn - Director, Industrial World Ballarat Bearings
Gerald Meagher - Managing Director, Eclipse Ford
Peter Murphy - Director, Preston Rowe Paterson Ballarat
Andrew Rowan - Owner, Andrew Rowan Wealth Management
Caius Ryan - Business/Project Manager
Janelle Ryan - Director of Stakeholder Relations, Runway