Submissions are now open for this year’s prestigious My Business Awards, with last year’s Business of the Year winner revealing that profits have doubled due, at least in part, to their victory.
The freshly rebranded event will be held on Friday, 15 November, with 32 categories rewarding excellence by small and medium-sized businesses and their leaders nationwide.
While submissions will be accepted on the dedicated My Business Awards website through to Friday, 6 September, entrants are encouraged to get in before the deadline to avoid missing out.
Entries for the My Business Awards 2019 are open from Thursday, 8 August, and will strictly close on Friday, 6 September, and can be lodged via the event’s website.
From there, the first round of judging will determine this year’s finalists, who will be publicly announced in early October.
Winners will be announced at the black-tie ceremony and gala dinner on 15 November, to be held once again at The Star in Sydney.
This year, there are several new categories making their debut, including B2B Service Provider of the Year and B2C Service Provider of the Year, as well as Wellness Initiative of the Year and Regional Business Leader of the Year.
Popular categories from previous years making a comeback again in 2019 include Business Leader of the Year, Young Business Leader of the Year, Workplace of the Year and Innovator of the Year.
The prized Business of the Year award is not open to submissions. Instead, it is awarded to the business that receives the highest overall score across all of the other business categories.
Last year’s winners
At the 2018 Optus My Business Awards ceremony — attended by more than 800 business leaders and their supporters from across Australia — business matching platform Matchboard was crowned Business of the Year.
“The opportunities that have come out of the win have been incredible,” its founder, Sharon Melamed, said.
“Journalists started approaching me to run stories on Matchboard, and that generated a huge spike in activity on our website, and lots of new customers.”
Ms Melamed added: “Our profits have almost doubled in the last year, and I have no doubt that that’s partly thanks to the award win.”
Meanwhile, 2018’s Wedding Business of the Year, Eternal Bridal, showed that persistence and adaptability can pay off, taking out the award after being named a finalist for three consecutive years.
“In the past submissions, we had been focusing a lot on the internal side of our business operations, the experience that we’ve got along the way and the growth that we’re heading through as a business,” its CEO, Sebastian Lee, said.
“What made this [winning] submission different is that we took a step back to really look at the reason why we started Eternal Bridal in the first place… and that was to provide a level of unprecedented service that we felt was lacking when we were dress shopping for our own wedding.
“As part of this process, we actually asked our brides what is the one thing they will remember from their experience shopping at Eternal Bridal, and to much delight, pretty much all of them said it was the service. So, we were then able to reveal how much of this we have achieved… and delivered on our core founding principle.”
Submissions for the My Business Awards 2019 can be lodged here. The website also has the full category descriptions and eligibility criteria, as well as contact details for any queries about the submissions process or the event itself.
What makes a great award submission?
The My Business Awards has seen plenty of worthy winners walk away victorious. Yet the recurring question comes down to what makes a submission worthy of taking out top honours, or even to be named a finalist.
Judges from the 2018 event shared their insights into what made an awards application stand out to them for all the right reasons — as well as points that really turned them off a submission.
Common to the best applicants were a concise but specific approach in answering submission criteria, which were backed up by supporting evidence, as well as staff contributions to the submission, which demonstrate a team effort and collaborative work environment.
Conversely, judges advised against making generalist submissions, missing the deadline for lodging entries or leaving them with more questions than answers.
An upcoming episode of the My Business Podcast will feature Momentum Media’s senior event producer, Bronwyn Cooksley, who has around 10 years of experience running various awards programs, and has some valuable insights to share about what award-winning submissions have in common, the common gripes of awards judges, and even some mistakes that get submissions barred from the outset.
Enter now for your chance to be crowned Australia’s Business of the Year!
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.
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