A major initiative has launched to celebrate the efforts and achievements of the Central Highlands’ diverse and dedicated business community.

Nominations have opened for the 2019 Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards, a biennial event delivered by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC).

A business can be nominated or self-nominate in up to three of 11 categories by completing the simple online form at chdc.com.au by COB Friday, 10 May.

Categories have been modified to now include not-for-profits, events, construction, research and skills development, and innovation and technology, to reflect the local growth in these sectors.

All winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on 14 September.

“The Awards recognise local businesses’ contribution to economic vitality and to creating a strong, healthy, vibrant regional community,” CHDC General Manager Sandra Hobbs says.

“There is so much talent, passion and hard work in the Central Highlands and it’s important for that to be highlighted and celebrated.”

This is the fourth time CHDC has hosted the Awards, in collaboration with a range of business, industry, and government partners.

Adani has already come onboard as a major sponsor for 2019 and other partnership opportunities can be found in the Awards Partnership Prospectus.

In 2017, the Awards attracted more than 100 nominations from which 86 entries were received.

“Nominating your business is the start of a rewarding journey, regardless of whether you become a finalist or a winner,” Ms Hobbs says.

“It’s an opportunity to promote your business and its achievements to a wider audience, while also reflecting on your achievements so far and what you can do differently in the future.”

Once a nomination is received, the nominee is invited to complete a comprehensive entry form, with support and guidance from CHDC’s Business Facilitator.

Finalists will host a site visit by the Awards’ three independent judges.

“Previous entrants tell us the Awards have been a valuable learning and motivational tool for their business,” Ms Hobbs says.

“They also appreciated the opportunity at the Gala Dinner to network, catch up with industry colleagues, and proudly celebrate the efforts and achievements of our region’s business community.”

All entrants are encouraged to take part in business development workshops that are being delivered from March to June.

The Awards also include a separate People’s Choice category for the general public to vote for a favourite business. Nominations for this category open soon.

Further details, including the Partnership Prospectus, can be found at chdc.com.au.

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