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The Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards are now open! (closed)

The last few years in business have been tough to navigate. We don’t need to highlight all the challenges, but we do need to recognise that we’re still in business. Maybe we’ve adapted to the demand or stepped sideways to reinvent how we do things. There’s a reason you became a business owner and stepped up to the challenges you now face. Business owners are strong, determined and optimistic. We don’t always get it right the first time, but it’s the things we do wrong that ultimately help our business grow. Without question, you need to be recognised for your belief in your business and yourself. This is why we’re encouraging all businesses around Lake Mac to get involved in the 2022 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards.


The benefits of recognition

Just imagine for a moment, stepping up on stage to be recognised for all the hard work you pour into your business. Amongst fellow business owners, who understand and appreciate the effort and determination that goes into owning a business. It’s the ultimate recognition. It’s like seeing that parent with the pram walking the newborn baby at 5am, all you have to do is nod. They know you know. But it’s more than that. It’s the trust, and proof that accompanies that recognition. Just being in the competition can ignite that spark to grow and improve your business. Plus the added media exposure definitely benefits your bottom line. 

What type of businesses can apply?

Are you thinking your business is the wrong fit for this? Read on. It doesn’t matter what your business provides, there is something for everyone with 13 categories available. From the most outstanding employee to outstanding start-up, excellence in sustainability, large, small or micro businesses. The best part is, this year, Dantia, the city’s economic development company, will be helping with the application portal for those business owners who might find this a little overwhelming.  Businesses can go and sit with a member of the Dantia team to complete their online application, email questions or get virtual assistance . This will give you the best chance of progressing. 

Business Excellence Awards categories

  • Outstanding Employee
  • Outstanding Young Business Leader
  • Outstanding Business Leader
  • Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality*
  • Employer of Choice
  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Excellence in Sustainability
  • Outstanding Community Organisation
  • Outstanding Start Up
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellence in Micro Business
  • Excellence in Small Business
  • Excellence in Large Business
  • Business of the Year*

*these awards are for Lake Macquarie only and won’t progress to Hunter or NSW awards

The details and how to apply

The Lake Mac Business Excellence Awards open on the 13th May 2022, and close on the 12th June 2022 (date has been extended). The application process is completed through an online form, and business owners will be asked a series of questions about their business. You can also nominate an outstanding business or individual by emailing info@dantia.com.au the following information: Name of nominated business/person, nominated category/categories, contact details for nominated business/person (if known), your name and contact details.

Don’t forget you can ask for help through this process from Dantia, who will assist you in completing your application on Tuesday 24 May and Tuesday 31 May, 12 – 2pm.

You’ll find out if you’ve made it through as a Finalist on Friday the 8th of July. The winners will then be announced at the gala ceremony on Friday the 29th July at Belmont 16s. If you do win, you’ll then progress through to the Business Hunter awards and possibly even the Business NSW awards. 

More information and how to apply can be found here: Lake Mac Business Excellence Awards

It’s your time to shine

We believe in your ability to make a difference in our community. Since starting Lake Mac Family Life we’ve discovered and now support so many local businesses, but there is only so much we can do. It’s your turn to step up and shine the spotlight on all your hard work. We’re here to stand with you as a fellow Lake Mac business owner. You’ve got this!

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