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.

The Gala Dinner was held on August 30th and was a wonderful night of recognition, fun and festivity.

The Process

Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves or another (now closed), 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. See the 2018 Finalists here...

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. View all the winnes here...

Celebrating 30 years Magazine 

In 2018 we produced the inaugural Ballarat Business Excellence Awards Magazine to celebrate the 30th anniversary, it features stories and interviews about some of the businesses that have been involved throughout the years. You can view the magazine online here or pick up a hard copy from our office (27 Doveton St Nth). 



Thank you to our 2018 Judging Panel

Judging Chair

Michael Duffin - ITSM Asia Delivery Lead, Microsoft


Dianne Gow - Owner, Harlequin Designs

Jason Hargreaves - Director, PPT

Caius Ryan - Business/Project Manager

Rod Kilborn - Director, Industrial World Ballarat Bearings

Andrew Rowan - Owner, Andrew Rowan Wealth Management

Dr Dianne Gibney - Director, Ballarat Family Vets 

Gerald Meagher - Managing Director, Eclipse Ford

Jannine Bennett - Executive Officer, Highlands LLEN

Andrew Bradley - Manager-Strategic Projects and Supply Chains, Industry Capability Network 

Joe Agius - Business Development Lead - Employer, VicSuper

Peter Ford - Director, Peter Ford Catering

Melanie Robertson - Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Ballarat

Ray Davies - Manager Economic Development and Tourism, Pyrenees Shire Council

Kay Jackson - Director, Simplex Insurance Solutions

Keith Bartlett - Director, C.E. Bartlett Pty Ltd

Simon Coghlan - Proprietor, Provincial Hotel Ballarat 

Marelyn Reed - Director, Omni Healthcare

Dennis Foley - Consultant, Cooke & Foley

Panel - Young Business Person of the Year

Micheal Duffin - ITSM Asia Delivery Lead, Microsoft

Jessie Harman - Director, Harman and Associated Pty Ltd

Anthony Schinck - Regional Director - Grampians, Regional Developement Victoria


2018 Winners

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