SME business owners in Western Sydney are being urged to enter the 2015 Champions of the West competition for the chance to win business grants of up to $10,000.
An initiative of The Daily Telegraph, the Champions of the West competition is part of the Fair Go For The West Campaign, which celebrates the achievements of the Western Suburbs and highlight areas that need addressing. Now in its second year, the campaign launched last week and will climax with an awards ceremony on Wednesday March 25. Previous winners include Mary Malak (pictured below) of Bankstown's Peppermint Cafe.
The Champions of the West grants scheme rewards and recognises people and businesses in Western Sydney across 14 individual categories. Business owners in the local government areas of Parramatta, Penrith, Fairfield, Bankstown, Blacktown, Hornsby, Hawkesbury, Camden, Campbelltown, Auburn, Holroyd, The Hills and Liverpool are eligible to enter. Of the 14 categories, the following are relevant to SME business owners:
Champion of Champions – People’s Choice
Chosen by the public throughout the People’s Choice (15-22 March).
An innovative project that increases productivity and provides better outcomes for Western Sydney
A young entrepreneur, under 30 years of age who lives and works in Western Sydney, and whose start-up is of benefit to the Western Sydney community.
Small Business (50-100 Employees)
Excellence in small business located in Western Sydney (50-100 employees).
Small Business (under 50 employees)
Excellence in small business located in Western Sydney (under 50 employees).
For not-for-profit organisations running innovative community programs or projects that addresses unmet needs for residents, workers and visitors of the western Sydney community.
Programs that promote the development of relevant skills for Indigenous Australians, including education, life skills and employment prospects.
Workplace of the future
Innovative workplace initiatives.
Energy Smart Business
Excellence in making a difference with sustainable business operations and energy efficiency
Excellence in training and providing above and beyond career advancement opportunities for an Apprentice(s) within their business.
Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
A business that invests in the development and implementation of accredited Vocational Training programs to continually upskill their employees, meeting future business growth and future career prospects of their staff.
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