The Top Business Awards You Can Enter in 2020

The Top Business Awards You Can Enter in 2020

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Business awards can be a great boost to your business, both in terms of growth and exposure, giving you a huge advantage over your competitors. Award wins give you a chance to get media coverage, network with industry experts, gain much deserved recognition for all of your business efforts, and build your trust and credibility in your market. We also have a comprehensive guide available here for writing your own award winning application.

There are a whole lot of awesome business awards you can apply for in Australia. Here are some of the business awards you can apply for in 2020 (and 2021!) and when entries open:

National Business Awards

Telstra Business Awards (National)

The Telstra Business Awards are one of the most reputable and respected business awards within Australia. They offer entrants, finalists and winners a range of experiences and opportunities that extend far beyond that incredible winning moment. 

Entries usually open in March each year.

Australian Small Business Champion Awards (National)

The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is the pinnacle of business success. They seek to acknowledge the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community as well as the Australian economy. 

Entries usually open in November each year.

The Australian Business Awards (National)

These awards recognise Australia’s business, innovation and technology leaders.

Entries usually open in February or March each year.

B&T 30 under 30 Awards (National)

The 30 Under 30 Awards are widely regarded as the leading showcase for the brightest young talent working across marketing communications. 

Entries usually open at the beginning of the year.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards (National)

For two decades, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards have recognised and celebrated outstanding business women for their remarkable spirit, achievements and leadership. 

Entries usually open in September each year.

The Australian Small Business Awards (National)

Open for submissions all year round, The Australian Small Business Awards aim to give small businesses new opportunities to expand their horizons, gain exposure and join like-minded networks.

Smart50 Awards (National)

The Smart50 awards acknowledge and recognise some of Australia’s fastest growing SMEs and most successful entrepreneurs. You can join their waitlist find out when entries open this year.

Entries usually open in August each year.

Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ Asia Pacific Awards (National)

These awards celebrate technological innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth from Technology Fast 500 companies of all varieties and industries. 

Entries usually open in August or September each year.

My Business Awards (National)

The My Business Awards is the longest-standing business awards program in Australia. It recognises the achievements of Australia’s best business operators. 

Entries usually open in August or September each year.

Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business (International)

The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organisations they run. 

Entries usually close in September each year.

Top10 Dynamic Entrepreneurs (National)

The Top10 Dynamic Entrepreneurs celebrate Australia’s leading entrepreneurs in the start-up space, recognising the brightest talents in the industry. 

Entries usually open in September each year.

Australian Achiever Awards (National)

The Australian Achiever Awards measure and recognise great customer service delivery in a vast variety of industries. Entry dates vary per industry so you can check their 2020 schedule for your categories closing dates here.

Westpac’s Businesses of Tomorrow (National)

These awards recognise businesses, large or small, with the drive to shape Australia’s future and meet tomorrow’s challenges, ones that can demonstrate a clear purpose and vision, and who understand their customer’s needs. Entries usually open early in the year so keep an eye on their website. 

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (National)

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program recognises and celebrates the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs. Keep an eye on their page for entry dates.

B&T Awards (National)

These awards celebrate the achievements of marketing, advertising and creative agencies. 

Entries usually open in July each year.

The Franchise Council of Australia Excellence in Franchising Awards (National)

The Franchise Council of Australia Excellence in Franchising Awards recognise and reward excellence and provide a platform for companies and individuals to showcase the amazing work they are doing in the franchising sector. 

Entries usually open in March each year.

The Anthill 30under30 Awards (National)

The awards offer recognition to 30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 for their fantastic entrepreneurial efforts and achievements. Nominations and applications usually open from July.

New South Wales Business Awards

Local Business Awards (NSW)

The Local Business Awards acknowledge and celebrate great local businesses who go above and beyond providing an exceptional customer service experience. Register your interest to find out key dates in your region and category.

NSW Business Chamber Awards (NSW)

These awards recognise and reward outstanding businesses in NSW whose passion, determination, and innovation inspire other businesses to strive for success. Entries open and close at different times from February to September depending on your region, so be sure to check these key dates for your area and award category.

Queensland Business Awards

Women in Business Awards (QLD)

These awards recognise and honour outstanding women making a difference in business across Queensland. Entries open and close at different times throughout the year depending on your area within QLD, so check the website for key dates.

Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards (QLD)

The Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards recognise the city’s top business founders who have contributed to economic prosperity, challenged the status quo or pioneered social change.

Entries usually open in July each year. 

Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards (QLD)

These awards are the region’s leading recognition for business achievements. Each month, awards are presented in 11 categories. At the end of the year, all the monthly winners vie for annual awards in each category and compete for the Business of the Year Award honour at a black-tie Gala Awards Dinner held in November at The Star Gold Coast.

Entries are due by 5:00pm on the 1st of each month from May to October inclusive.

Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards (QLD)

These awards celebrate the business community’s contribution to the economic vitality and social fabric of the Toowoomba region. 

Entries usually open in July each year.

Western Australian Business Awards

AIM WA WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards (WA)

These are Western Australia’s premier business leadership awards established to recognise organisations across the state that outperform.

Entries usually open in August each year.

The Rising Stars Awards (WA)

These awards recognise and celebrate WA-based companies that are growing – private and public, old and new, large and small. They look for ‘rising’ stars, not ‘risen’ stars; companies that have experienced recent growth but still have future potential.

Entries usually open in March each year. 

Business News 40under40 Awards (WA)

The 40under40 Awards are open to Western Australian based business owners and executives/professionals. They recognise not only personal determination and commercial drive, but also the philanthropic pursuits that balance their professional achievements.

Entries usually open in August each year. 

Northern Territory Business Awards

NT Export & Industry Awards (NT)

These awards promote and recognise the importance of international trade and industry, seeking out top exporters and leaders in the industry in 12 different categories.

Entries usually open in June each year. 

South Australia Business Awards

The Business SA Export Awards (SA)

The Business SA Export Awards celebrate exporting excellence in South Australia by recognising the most dynamic and innovative businesses in the State. 

Entries usually open in May each year.

The application process

Now, while the award application process can seem a little daunting, don’t let that put you off! As the old saying goes, ‘you have to be in it to win it.’ And FYI – you can outsource your award application writing to the experts, like us! We take care of the complex and time-consuming award application process for you and amplify your chances of success.

At Green Door Co, we’ve written countless award applications for our clients. More than eight out of 10 of our awards clients are shortlisted.

We can help get you the recognition you and your business deserve. Fill out the form below to talk to a Green Door Co consultant today. 

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