About the Awards


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 Month, 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.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Gala Dinner (August 30) and enjoy a wonderful night of recognition, fun and festivity.

The Process

Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves or another (nominations open March 22), all nominees will be mailed an application booklet and additional information. Application information workshops 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 Dinner at the end of August.

2018 Key Dates

Launch Party - Nominations Open: Thursday 22 March 
Nominations Close: Thursday 19 April 5pm
Applications Open: Tuesday 24 April 
Early bird Applications Close: Tuesday 5 June 5pm
Applications Close: Tuesday 12 June 5pm 
Finalist Event: Tuesday 24 July 10am
Gala Dinner: Thursday 30 August 


2017 Finalists

2018 Sponsors

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