Entries open for national business awards

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Photo caption: A large number of small businesses were recognised at the 2023 iteration of the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. ​

Entries have officially opened for the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards – celebrating the achievements of small businesses owners across the country.

Specifically highlighting the best of Australia’s small businesses in the retail, services and manufacturing industries, 2024 marks the 26th consecutive year of the awards, which typically feature a large number of Victoria-based winners from regional and rural areas.

Featuring more than 100 categories as well as spotlight categories including Business of the Decade, Small Business Young Entrepreneur, Small Business Entrepreneur and the 2024 Growth Award, with online entry to the awards free and open until February 15, 2024.

Awards founder Steve Loe said small businesses were the backbone of the national economy and was privileged to help shine a deserved spotlight on small business champions.

“From high inflation and exceptional increases in operating expenses, to challenges associated with staff hire, productivity and the overall current high cost of living, there’s no disputing that Australian small businesses are currently doing it very tough,” he said.

“The millions of Australian small business operators ought to be honoured now more than ever before, not just for their economic contribution but also for their invaluable support of community-based initiatives and worthwhile causes that couldn’t overwise be supported so significantly.”

Small businesses provide employment for 5.1 million Australians, and continue to play an important role in rural and regional communities despite an ongoing challenging economic environment – particularly during the past year.

“Even after more than two decades of presenting the Australian Small Business Champion Awards, I am still in absolute awe of the resilience and remarkable triumphs of our nation’s small business operators. It is truly a privilege to help shine a deserved spotlight on these small business champions,” Mr Loe said.

Finalists of the 2024 program will be announced in March and winners of the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards will be revealed via two National Presentation Evening Gala events in Sydney on April 12 and 13, 2024.

For more information and to submit an entry form, visit businesschampions.com.au.