The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Federal Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer
THERE is not a day as Australia's Small Business Minister where I do not meet a business owner or operator with a great idea, an amazing dedication or an inspiring passion for what they do. From the largest of our nation's cities to its smallest towns and villages, Australia's more than 2.7 million small businesses have an incredible story to tell. Employing more than 4.7 million Australians, the nature of small business in Australia is vast and diverse. The sector is what drives our country's economy and gives millions of Australians their first start - and often, their career - in the workforce. As the Minister for Small Business, I want to help the sector thrive. Central to this is helping showcase the stories of success and inspiration, so customer bases can grow and more Australians with a spark of an idea and a dedication can see their dreams become a reality. The sector has a wonderful story to tell and a bright future ahead and now is the time to recognise those businesses which help make the sector so proud. I encourage you to nominate for the 2017 Australian Small Business Champion Awards!
Awards Founder, Managing Director, Precedent Productions
From their creation in 1999, the Australian Small Business Champion Awards has become the most prestigious and comprehensive program that recognises small businesses throughout the nation.
The Awards seek to acknowledge the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community in generating employment for millions of Australians, as well as their contribution to the Australian economy.
The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is the pinnacle of business success. They recognise the values associated with successful small businesses. These values include service, commitment, leadership, endurance, courage, innovation, performance, persuasion and generosity.
I would like to thank our sponsors and encourage you, who own and manage Australian small businesses, to be part of this exciting awards program and celebrate your achievements.
2016 Small Business Champion Entrepreneur
I originally entered the Australian Small Business Awards because I believed it was a good exercise for any business to step back and reassess their business structures and policy. I also entered as our business is expanding and felt that the media acknowledgment of such an award is great PR. To be the winner of the 2016 Australian Small Business Entrepreneur was a great honour and achievement for me and also for women in agriculture. Winning an award like this is not just about the individual but about the team. While I am the public face of our company, the success of it, is due to the amazing team of people that work for the business. Winning such a prestigious award is very motivational, not only for the team, but also for the existing customers, who take pride and ownership of being a part of our success. Since winning this award the media attention has elevated the profile of our company both domestically and internationally and we are busier than ever. At this point I would like to thank Steve Loe and Precedent Productions for creating these awards. When people are so busy working in their business, the opportunity to step back assess and be a part of something like this is a great experience. For anyone thinking of entering and / or attending the awards night, just do it. Even if you do not walk away with a Small Business Logie, you will be inspired by all the stories you hear and you will feel proud to be an Australian and know that your contribution and hard work is making a difference.
2016 Young Small Business Champion Entrepreneur
It was an absolute honour to be named the 2016 Australian Small Business Champion Young Entrepreneur. To get that kind of recognition, for all your hard work, in front of 1000 like-minded individuals, was something very special. The response to the award from friends, family, customers, colleagues, and my industry in general was so supportive completely unexpected. Most importantly our business is still growing rapidly and it has even helped to create some new opportunities for us.