About the Awards

The Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards are the most eagerly anticipated business event on the Ballarat business calendar. Held in August each year, as part of B31 Ballarat Business Month, the Gala Awards Presentation Night 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 their business and recognise and celebrate their successes.

Nominations for 2017 have now closed, if you were nominated you can undertake the application process. Whether or not this process results in you becoming a finalist it 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.

Then, join your fellow business colleagues for a wonderful night of recognition, fun and festivity at the Gala Awards Presentation Night (August 24).

The Process

All nominees were mailed an application booklet and further information. Application information workshops and one on one mentoring  sessions are organised by Commerce Ballarat throughout the application 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 Awards Presentation Night at the end of August at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates 2017

- May 3: Applications Open 9am 
- May 9: Application Workshop, Quest Ballarat (10am-11am) 
- May 10: Application Workshop, Stockland Wendouree (5.30pm-6.30pm) 
- May 17: Application Workshop, Quest Ballarat (5.45pm-6.45pm) 
- May 23: Application Workshop, Quest Ballarat (2pm-3pm)
- June 1, 2, 8 & 9: Mentoring Sessions (numbers limited)

Registrations for your chosen workshop are essential. To book a place in a workshop and/or mentoring session, email rsvp@commerceballarat.com.au or phone 5333 3233.

- June 7: Earlybird Applications Close 5pm 
- June 14: Applications Close 5pm 
- July 25: Finalist Event 
- August 24: Gala Awards Night

2017 Judging Panel

Chair:

   
Damian Butler
 
Director
 
Butler Chartered Accountants
 

Judges:

   
Dianne Gow Owner Harlequin Designs
Jason Hargreaves Director PPT
John Hayes Education Manager Fed Uni TAFE
Andrew Bradley Manager-Strategic Projects and Supply Chains Industry Capability Network 
Kay Jackson Director Simplex Insurance Solutions
Sally Capp Victorian Executive Director Property Council of Australia
Joe Agius Business Development Lead - Employer VicSuper
Rod Kilborn Director Industrial World Ballarat Bearings
Gerald Meagher Managing Director Eclipse Ford
Peter Ford Director Peter Ford Catering
Michael Duffin APAC Delivery Lead - Premier Mission Critical Microsoft
Matthew Vallance Business Development and Marketing Manager McCallum Disability Services Inc.
Neil Short Business Banking Manager Bendigo Bank
Wes McKnight Managing Director McKnights Electrical Contracting Group
Jannine Bennett Executive Officer Highlands LLEN
Garry Holding Manager- Munash Organics Munash Natural Fertilisers
Keith Bartlett Director C.E. Bartlett Pty Ltd
Marelyn Reed Director Omni Healthcare

 

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