Over 12 months, across 13 geographic regions and at 14 gala award dinners, we showcase the success stories of our members, helping to strengthen business in NSW through the sharing of success stories and lessons learned from our finalists and winners.
The Illawarra Business Awards is the Region’s most prestigious and anticipated annual business awards event.
In addition to recognising and honouring the most outstanding businesses in the region, the Awards provides an opportunity to celebrate the combined success of the Illawarra Business Community.
The highlight of the business year, the Awards provides unrivalled networking opportunities, the chance to share remarkable stories and ongoing brand exposure to the entire region. For entrants, the Awards provides a platform for reviewing business operations with fresh eyes, as well as the eyes and minds of experts. They place a spotlight on the Region, showcase the success stories of our most outstanding businesses and market the Illawarra Region.
Eleven of the fifteen categories are aligned with the NSW State Awards, meaning the winners of the aligned categories will be given the opportunity to compete at State level and bring further recognition and exposure to their business and the region.
Winners from local chamber of commerce business awards that are aligned with the NSW Business Chamber program will progress as a finalist to the NSW Business Chamber Regional Business Awards, with the opportunity of progressing to the State Awards.
You can also enter directly at the regional level*. The winners of each regional award category go on to be finalists in the state awards, culminating in the State Gala Awards Dinner in Sydney where the state winners will be announced.
This award takes into account all business award categories and is awarded to a business considered an “all-rounder” with superior performance in all aspects. Please note that entrants cannot directly nominate for this award. The winner of this award is selected from the Regional Category winners.
This award recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals. The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.
This award recognises an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business. This award recognises young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business people.
This award recognises an inspirational young professional aged between 18-35 years who has built a successful career with an organisation.
(for businesses employing 20 or more employees*) The Excellence in Business award recognises a business that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth over the previous 24 months.
The Excellence in Small Business award recognises a business (employing less than 20 employees*) that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the previous 24 months.
The Local Chamber of the Year Award recognises the achievements of a Local Chamber in supporting their members to maximise their business potential.
Recognises an outstanding business that has been able to achieve business success while acting in an ethically responsible way.
The Excellence in Export recognises the successes of a business that is forging a strong reputation for Australian products and services in international markets.
This Award recognises a business that has achieved measurable success and made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.
The Excellence in Sustainability award recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes.
The Employer of Choice award recognises excellence in HR and WHS initiatives and programs that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace for the benefit of the organisation and employee. Programs include employee education, training and development, as well as employee performance, remuneration, recognition and reward initiatives.