Let’s reward our best local businesses

Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon today called on the Geelong and Surf Coast community to get behind inspiring local businesses by nominating them now for the 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards.

For 23 years the national award program has recognised the best in Australian small and medium business, helping them reach new levels of success.

“Our local businesses, and the incredible people who run them, are central to the strength of our local economy and it’s important for us to celebrate them and continue to encourage their growth,” Mr Katos said.

“It takes an incredible amount of sacrifice and tenacity to run a business and nominating is a wonderful way to recognise the inspiring entrepreneurs behind our local success stories.”

Mr Katos said nominating a business will give them the opportunity to be recognised among Australia’s best small and medium businesses.  “I encourage everyone to nominate our brilliant local businesses and show the rest of the state/territory the excellent operations we have here in Geelong and Surf Coast region.”

Every business that enters the Awards also receives a free individual 70-page Business Health Check report that evaluates their business performance and provides a platform to review business strategy and plan for future growth.

Anyone can nominate a brilliant business they admire now at www.telstrabusinessawards.com, with entries opening from 9 February until 30 March 2015.

Local Victorian businesses that have been successful in the Telstra Australian Business Awards in recent years include MYOB, Safetech from Moe, South Melbourne-based BikeExchange.com.au, Blackmore Wagyu from Alexandra, Compumedics in Abbotsford, and Ferntree Gully’s APS innovations.

State and territory winners will be named at gala events later this year. National awards including the prestigious title of Telstra Australian Business of the Year will be announced in Sydney on 20 August 2015. Winners will share in more than $800,000 in cash and business products, which is split among the state, territory and national winners.

To nominate or enter the Awards, go to www.telstrabusinessawards.com or call the Telstra Australian Business Awards on 1800AWARDS for further information.