Entries have officially opened to the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards that celebrates the achievements and considerable economic, social and cultural contribution of Australia’s small business operators.
Marking the 26th consecutive year of the Awards, entries are invited across 100 categories, that include optometrists, doctor surgeries, psychology, physiotherapy and speech pathology, as well as special spotlight categories – Business of the Decade, Small Business Young Entrepreneur (aged 30 and younger), Small Business Entrepreneur (aged over 30) and the 2024 Growth Award.
Online entry is free and open until 15 February 2024.
the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards… celebrates the achievements and considerable economic, social and cultural contribution of Australia’s small business operators
Backbone of the National Economy
According to Australian Government data, small businesses provide employment for 5.1 million Australians (nearly double that of big business) and account for one-third of Australia’s GDP. Moreover, as recognised via a 2023 report released by the Reserve Bank of Australia, small businesses continue to play an important role in local communities – despite an ongoing challenging economic environment particularly during the past year.
“From high inflation and exceptional increases in operating expenses, to challenges associated with staff hire, productivity and the overall current high cost of living, there’s no disputing that Australian small businesses are currently doing it very tough,” says Steve Loe, Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions – a small business in its own right which has been coordinating the Australian Small Business Champion Awards since 1999.
“It is often rightly said that small business is the backbone of the national economy. The millions of Australian small business operators ought to be honoured now more than ever before, not just for their economic contribution but also for their invaluable support of community-based initiatives and worthwhile causes that couldn’t overwise be supported so significantly.”
CommBank is Presenting Partner of the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards.
Small business operators from metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia are encouraged to enter the Awards. Finalists will be announced during March; and winners will be revealed via two National Presentation Evening Gala events at Sydney’s The Star on 12 and 13 April 2024.