Colac Chamber of Commerce
Business Excellence Awards 2021

The Colac Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards will be held on October 23rd 2021. After such difficult times, and the ongoing challenges of operating and trading in a COVID- 19 environment, the Colac Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is celebrating the resilience and agility of the local business community, showcasing our region's innovative, agile and leading businesses as well as recognising outstanding emerging and established business leaders. First round applications open on July 16, and businesses and individuals are encouraged to self nominate for their preferred awards category (2 category maximum). There are two judging rounds and finalists will be advised before awards are announced at the Business Excellence Awards ceremony on October 23rd.

Business Excellence Awards - All Categories

The Business Excellence Awards will celebrate and highlight local producers, retailers, professional services, hospitality, manufacturing, agricultural and construction businesses as well as recognising outstanding emerging and established business leaders. Click on the above heading to go to the application & nomination form page.

Excellence in Small Business

The Excellence in Small Business Award recognizes outstanding achievement in developing and strengthening the management systems and processes of a business operation to improve performance and create value for clients, customers (& employees as applicable). This category is open to all businesses across the Colac Otway region with 20 or fewer employees. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Excellence in Retail

The Excellence in Retail Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of retail trade, and is open to all retail businesses across the Colac Otway region for example, clothing stores, pharmacies, homeware stores, bookstores etc. Click to go to the application page. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Excellence in Professional Services

The Excellence in Professional Services Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of Professional Services, and is open to all Professional Services businesses across the Colac Otway region for example, Accountants, Legal Firms or any other professional service industry. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism

The Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism Award recognizes outstanding achievement in hospitality, leisure and tourism services, and is open to all businesses who meet this criteria within the Colac Otway region. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Excellence in Manufacturing & Construction

The Excellence in Manufacturing & Construction Award recognizes outstanding achievement in this field and is open to all businesses within this industry across the Colac Otway region. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Excellence in Agribusiness / Farming

The Excellence in Agribusiness / Farming Award recognizes outstanding achievement by businesses that produce agricultural commodities, are primary processors of agricultural produce, or supply goods and services to farms, farming and farming related activities. This Award is open to all businesses within these industries located in the Colac Otway region. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Excellence in People & Culture

The Excellence in People & Culture Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the management of people and workplace culture, which includes learning and development, wellbeing, as well as organisational culture and is open to all businesses across the Colac Otway region. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Excellence in Customer Experience

The Excellence in Customer Experience Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a business in consistently meeting and exceeding customer expectations, and is open to all businesses across the Colac Otway region. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Excellence in Innovation

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the creation, development and implementation of a new product, process or service, with the aim of improving efficiency, effectiveness or competitive advantage and is open to all businesses across the Colac Otway region. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Outstanding New Business

The Outstanding New Business Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a business that has been operating for between 6 months and 2 Years and is open to all businesses across the Colac Otway region who meet this requirement. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Employer of the Year

The Employer of the Year Award recognize an employer who provides an employee experience that is outstanding from the perspective of its employees. This award is submitted by employees on behalf of the business or organisation they work for and must be located or have offices in the Colac Otway region. Judging is based on quality of applications, not quantity of submissions. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Employee of the Year

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an employee who has demonstrated characteristics of leadership, business excellence, community focus as well as other outstanding attributes. Open to applicants from within the Colac Otway region and is an employer nominated category i.e. the employer must complete the application. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Trainee / Apprentice of the Year

The Trainee / Apprentice of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a trainee or apprentice who has demonstrated characteristics of leadership, business excellence, community focus as well as other outstanding attributes. Open to applicants from within the Colac Otway region and is an employer nominated category i.e. the employer/training organisation must complete the application. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Emerging Business Leader

The Emerging Business Leader Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a Business Owner at or below the age of 35 who has demonstrated characteristics of leadership, business excellence, community focus as well as other outstanding attributes. Open to applicants from within the Colac Otway region at or below the age of 35. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

Business Person of the Year

The Business Person of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a Business Owner who has demonstrated characteristics of leadership, business excellence, community focus as well as other outstanding attributes. Open to applicants from within the Colac Otway region. Click on the above heading to go to this specific Award application form page.

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