Small businesses urged to nominate for Champions Awards
Now in their 15th year, the Awards are one of the largest recognition programs for small businesses in Australia, with awards in 30 categories from cafes to child care centres and fashion stores to pharmacies.
In addition, two small business owners will be named Australia’s Young Small Business Champion Entrepreneur and Small Business Champion Entrepreneur at the awards night in April.
“Australia’s hard-working small business men and women are the backbone of our economy, and deserve to be recognised for their efforts and initiative,” Mr O’Connor said.
“More than two million small business owners work incredible hours to pursue their dreams of independence and a better future for their families. They provide jobs for around five million Australians and make up 20 per cent of our economy.
“They are all champions, and I would encourage them all to consider nominating for these Awards.
“The Gillard Government recognises the importance of small businesses to our economy and is determined to create the
environment in which they can thrive.
“That’s why we have introduced tax breaks for small business which also cut red tape, like the instant asset tax write-off, and why we have appointed the first Australian Small Business Commissioner.”
Entries close on Thursday, 21 February. More details and the entry form are available at www.businesschampions.com.au
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