Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any other queries, please don't hesitate to contact Commerce Ballarat on 5333 3233.
Download Sample Application (note: 2019 application may vary)
Do I have to be a member of Commerce Ballarat to nominate/enter?
No, definitely not.
Why should I enter?
You will find the process of completing the application is beneficial for you, your staff and your business and if you are to become a finalist or winner the exposure is priceless.
Do I have to be a member of Commerce Ballarat to be a finalist or winner?
No, definitely not.
Does my business have to be located in the Ballarat region to enter?
Yes, the awards are open to all businesses that are based and operating in the Ballarat region, excluding the Eat Drink West Business Award, entries in this category are extended to all businesses in the RDA Grampians region, which includes the LGAs of Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Moorabool, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack.
When will I receive acceptance of my nomination?
A letter and application booklet will be forwarded to all nominees after April 11.
I have been nominated in 5 categories; how many can I enter?
You, may enter two categories. (Note: BGT Jobs + Training Young Business Person of the Year Award may be entered in addition to the two traditional categories)
I have been nominated in one category; can I enter more?
Yes you may enter up to two categories. (Note: BGT Jobs + Training Young Business Person of the Year Award may be entered in addition to the two traditional categories)
What if the categories I have been nominated in are not suitable for my business?
You may choose to enter 2 appropriate categories of your choice whether or not you were nominated in it. (Note: BGT Jobs + Training Young Business Person of the Year Award may be entered in addition to the two traditional categories)
Do I have to complete the general questions to enter Young Business Person of the Year Award?
No. Entry guidelines are different for this category, please refer to the application booklet section 'How to enter the BGT Jobs + Training Young Business Person of the year Award'
Who makes up the judging panel?
Our judging panel consists of a selection of independent business people. Commerce Ballarat staff or Board members do not participate in the judging process.
Should I attend a workshop prior to completing my entry?
Yes, you will find our workshops very informative.
How many pages are allowed per application? (Note: This is not relevant to BGT Jobs + Training Young Business Person of the Year Award please refer to application booklet)
1 page - Signed Entry Form
1 page - Business Summary
5 pages - General and category-specific questions
4 pages - Supplementary Material
Total 11 Pages
Should I bind my application?
No, definitely not. (Presentation will not be judged)
Will you receive feedback on your application? (Note: all categories except BGT Jobs + Training Young Business Person of the Year Award)
You will receive a scoresheet that will benchmark you against the other applicants in your category and the finalists.
Can I have contact with the judges as an applicant?
No, not unless you become a finalist. Our judges dedicate many voluntary hours to this process and with the quantity of applications it is not possible for them to give personal feedback.