Australian Small Business Champion Awards

The Australian  Small Business Champion Awards is a prestigious and comprehensive awards program that supports and recognises small businesses across Australia.

Offering a unique opportunity to highlight Australia’s most outstanding small businesses, the awards seek to recognise the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community in generating employment for millions of Australians, as well as their contribution to the Australian economy.

The awards are the pinnacle of business success. They recognise the values associated with successful businesses.

What’s involved?

To enter, applicants will need to submit a written submission usually comprised of long-form responses to up to ten questions. There is no word count limits. Responses do not need to be lengthy but should be clear and precise and should include supporting material. Applicants must also include up to five supporting documents such as photographs, newspaper articles, testimonials and promotional material.



Accounting ServicesAccounting firms, bookkeepers, taxation agents.
Agricultural ServicesFarmers, packaging of primary products, support services, farming equipment.
Automotive ServicesMechanics, service centres, panel beaters, petrol stations, tyre fitters, car sales, car detailing, auto electrical, automotive accessories.
Bakery/Cake StoreCake shops, patisseries, bakery shop, wedding cakes, wholesale and retail.
Beauty ServicesBeauty salon, nail/eyelash bars, day spa, laser/cosmetic, spray tans.
Business ServicesBusiness to business services, graphic design, sign writers, printers, business coaching, marketing, publishing, office fitouts.
ButcherButcher wholesale and retail
CafeCafé, coffee shop, coffee bar, casual dining.
Children Educational ServicesSchool readiness, educational programs, tutoring, workshops.
Children’s ServicesChildren’s entertainment, children’s health and sporting.
Dental ServicesDentists, orthodontists, cosmetic dentistry.
Early Childhood ServicesDaycare, long daycare, pre school, early childhood education and learning, OOSH, family daycare.
Educational ServicesTutoring, life coaching, industry training, private institutes, first aid training, workplace learning and development, trade education, driving schools.
Electrical ServicesElectricians residential and commercial
FashionMen’s fashion, women’s fashion, children’s fashion, fashion designers, formal wear, dress hire, boutiques, stylists.
Fast Food/Takeaway StoreHamburger shops, fish & chips, takeaway franchises, sandwich shops, kebab shops, pizza takeaway.
Financial ServicesMortgage broker, lending services
Fitness ServicesGyms, personal trainers, outdoor fitness, health and wellbeing, fitness coach/mentoring.
FloristFlower shops, flower deliveries, wholesale and retail.
Fresh FoodFruit & vegetable shops, butchers, seafood outlets, deli.
HairdressingHairdressers, barbers, stylists, hair bars, mobile hairdressers.
Health Improvement ServicesMassage therapists, chiropractors, optometrists, occupational therapy, psychology, accupuncture, speech therapy.
Home Builder / RenovationsBuilder, granny flats, building renovations / additions.
Home & Garden ImprovementGarden centres, gardeners, garden design, landscapers, furniture shops, furniture design, home interior designer, builders/renovator.
Information TechnologyHardware supply and support, communications, SEO, software development, web/digital design.
Jewellery StoreJewellers, diamond traders, jewellery design.
Legal ServicesConveyancers, lawyers, intellectual property, solicitors and barristers, legal services.
ManufacturingRaw materials are transformed into finished goods – including food, beauty, building products, accessories.
Marketing ServicesMarketing, digital marketing, public relations, branding, social media, graphic design, advertising services, photography, direct mail, corporate video production.
New BusinessBusinesses in the New Business category must be in operation for less than 2 years at the time of Awards closing date.
Performing ArtsDance studio, music schools, acting.
Pet ServicesVets, pet minding, pet walking, pet grooming, animal training, pet accessories, pet cremation.
PharmacyChemist shops, compounding chemists.
Plumbing ServicesPlumbers residential and commercial
Professional Medical ServicesDoctors surgery, nursing services, fertility/maternity, medical specialist.
Professional ServicesArchitects, ISO certification, research, financial services.
Real Estate AgencyReal estate agents.
Recruitment ServicesRecruitment agencies, work placement.
RestaurantFine dining, casual and family restaurants.
ServicesTransport and haulage, excavation, cleaning companies, pest control, sanitation, home services, removalists, pool services.
Sole TraderAny business that is owned and operated by a single person.
Specialised Retail Small BusinessAny retail business that operates as a shop front offering products.
Specialised Small BusinessAny business that specialises in industry services.
Sports and Recreation RetailSports, camping, recreation stores.
TourismHotels, accommodation, tour operators, bed and breakfast, souvenir shops, travel agents.
Trade ServicesPainters, tilers, renderers, building services, carpenters, cabinet makers, waterproofing, arborists.
Transport & LogisticsTransport Companies, Warehousing and Distribution, Shipping Management, Freight Forwarding
Wedding ServicesBridal wear, dress design, wedding planners, wedding mc, venues, wedding car hire.



Entries usually open in November and close in February of the following year. (N.B: The timing has varied in 2020-2022 due to COVID-19. In 2022 the awards are expected to open in March)

Amplify your chance of success!

Need help with your award submission? Why not work with Australia’s leading awards writers, Green Door Co. Eight out of ten will be shortlisted and over half of those will go on to win.

Need help entering awards? Contact us. Want to find out which other awards you can enter this or next year? Check out our list of business awards.