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ENTRY GUIDELINES

Eligibility

Whether you are a sole trader or large business, have one employee or 100, you are eligible to enter up to two categories in the 2018 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards. (Note: BGT Jobs + Training - Young Business Person of the Year may be entered in addition to the two traditional categories).

These awards cater to businesses located within Ballarat and the surrounding district, with the exception of the Paddock to Plate Business Award, which is open to all businesses in the Grampians RDA area.

How to Enter (all categories except BGT Jobs + Training - Young Business Person of the Year)
You can download a MS Word fillable application form by clicking on the links below. Simply download/save the document to your computer, answer the questions, print your completed application, sign and deliver! Please note: emailed applications will not be accepted.
  1. Complete the entry form at the back of this booklet. Detach, copy and attach to the front of both copies of your application (see No.4).
  2. Address each of the questions in the general questionnaire.
  3. Address each of the category-specific questions – for example, the Trade Business Award.
  4. Complete your application on A4-sized paper, printed on one side only. Final applications should not exceed 11 pages:
    - Entry form (one page)
    - Business summary (one page)
    - General and category-specific questions (five pages)
    - Supplementary material (four pages)
  5. Staple the entry form to the top left-hand corner. (Do not bind your application or place it in a presentation folder).
  6. Provide supplementary material. For instance, publicity in the media, customer testimonials, acknowledgement from community groups. Limit this to four pages (in addition to the five pages of your application).
  7. Provide two copies of your application with a signed entry form attached to each.
  8. Ensure the font in your application is either Times New Roman or Arial; minimum font size 10.
  9. Post or deliver your entry to:
    Commerce Ballarat
    “Business Awards Application”
    27 Doveton St Nth
    Ballarat VIC 3350

N.B: Retain a copy of your entry for future reference as all entries will be destroyed after judging.

Download Sample Application (note: 2018 application will vary)

Special “Early Bird” Competition!

Submit your application by 5pm Tuesday 5 June 2018 for your chance to win a $1500 advertising package donated by The Courier.

Mentoring Sessions

Limited numbers of one-hour one-on-one mentoring sessions will be offered as an opportunity to receive feedback on your completed application prior to its submission.

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

It is interesting to note that 95% of the 2017 finalists had either attended an application workshop, participated in a one-on-one mentoring session or had entered previously.

Questions

For further information or assistance with your application, phone Commerce Ballarat on 5333 3233.

Fillable Application Forms

To download a fillable Microsoft Word application form document click on the text or image tile relating to the category you wish to apply, this will open a new tab, follow the instrustions to save this file to your computer to allow for editing (if this does not occur please check your pop-up blocker settings). Ensure you read all information provided on the first two pages.

Please note: Emailed applications will not be accepted. 

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Regional Development Australia – Grampians
Paddock to Plate Business Award

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Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
Professional Service Business Award

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Power FM
Small Business Award

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Stockland Wendouree
Retail Business Award

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Central Highlands Water
Trade Business Award

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Ballarat Technology Park
Innovation Award

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CGU Insurance
Not for Profit Business Award

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City of Ballarat
Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs Business Award

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Federation Business School
Creative Industries Business Award

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The Courier
New and Emerging Business Award

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Visit Ballarat
Events and Attractions Business Award

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Commerce Ballarat
Manufacturing Award

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Harwood Andrews
Franchise/Buying Group Business Award

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MatchWorks
Health and Wellbeing Business Award

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The WIN Network
Customer Service Award

 

How to Enter BGT Jobs + Training - Young Business Person of the Year Award

Open to all business people born after 1978, who have built or been a driving force behind a thriving Ballarat business. They will be innovative, strategic and community minded.
 
IMG1. Submit a letter of introduction and comprehensive CV listing all aspects of your career to date including community involvement.
 
2. Staple the entry form to the top left-hand corner. (Do not bind your application or place in a presentation folder).
 
3.Provide three copies of your application with a signed entry form attached to each.
 
4.Post or deliver your entry to:
Commerce Ballarat
“Business Awards Application”
27 Doveton St Nth
Ballarat VIC 3350
 
5.Judges will choose three finalists to be announced July 24.
 
6. Interviews will be arranged for finalists between July 25 and August 8.

N.B: Retain a copy of your entry for future reference as all entries will be destroyed after judging.