KALAMUNDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2021 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS – NOMINATIONS OPEN SHORTLY
Now in its 15th year the 2021 Business Excellence Awards is the flagship event on the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce’s annual calendar.
The Awards recognise success, exceptional skills and innovation within the Kalamunda business community and represent an opportunity for businesses to showcase their achievements and set goals for future business growth.
The Awards are a time to acknowledge, recognise and reward the outstanding businesses and business people within our community and to celebrate how we work together to elevate Kalamunda as a thriving place to do business.
This year there are 14 Award Categories and in most cases you can select which awards you are entering.
Winning an award can be incredibly beneficial to your business. It sets you apart from your competitors and sends a clear message of excellence to your customers. All winners receive an engraved trophy crafted by a local artist as well as a certificate. The Chamber will also promote your business via our various channels.
In prior years submitting an award has been a time consuming exercise. In 2019 we streamlined the process considerably and this year we have gone even further by placing the whole process online. There is an investment in time to prove that you are deserving of a Business Excellence Award – and you are competing against others – but we have tried to make the application as simple as possible to ensure that all business owners are encouraged to enter.
All submissions are made online. You can save your submission at any time, edit it, add to it, upload photos and documents and when you are happy with it, you hit the “Submit” button and your submission will be sent to the Judges.
Entry to the 2021 Business Excellence Awards is open to all business owners operating within the City of Kalamunda, including not-for-profit organisations. Businesses need to have been in operation for at least 12 months to be eligible. Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee Members and staff are only eligible to enter the Panel Judged Awards (awards 1 to 9).
Committee Members can be nominated by third parties for the Outstanding Customer Service, Community Spirit or Business Person of The Year Awards.
You do not need to be a member of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce to enter the awards. However, entry to the Awards is free for Chamber of Commerce members.
Tuesday 8 June 2021 Award Submissions open.
Tuesday 31 August 2021 Award Submissions close at 5pm.
Wednesday 1 September 2021 Judging process commences.
Saturday 20 November 2021 Gala Awards Dinner at Hartfield Golf Club commencing at 6:30pm.
For further enquires, please contact our manager Judy Houlahan at firstname.lastname@example.org
PANEL JUDGED AWARDS
CATEGORY 1: NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recognises a business that is less than 2-years old (regardless of size), that has demonstrated outstanding business performance, personalised service to customers and an outstanding commitment to excellence.
CATEGORY 2: MICRO BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recognises a business with 1-4 employees, that has demonstrated outstanding business performance, personalised service to customers and an outstanding commitment to excellence.
CATEGORY 3: SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recognises a business with 5-10 employees, that has demonstrated outstanding business performance, personalised service to customers and an outstanding commitment to excellence.
CATEGORY 4: MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recognises a business with 11-20 employees, that has demonstrated outstanding business performance, personalised service to customers and an outstanding commitment to excellence.
CATEGORY 5: LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recognises a business with more than 21 employees, that has demonstrated outstanding business performance, personalised service to customers and an outstanding commitment to excellence.
CATEGORY 6: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recognises a business of any size that has demonstrated a strong commitment to reducing their environmental impact, carbon footprint and advocates for a sustainable future.
CATEGORY 7: COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
Recognises and celebrates a business that has made a considerable contribution to the local community for the benefit of others.
CATEGORY 8: EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD (NOMINATED)
Businesses are encouraged to nominate an exemplary employee who demonstrates exceptional organisational skills, courtesy and conduct, innovation, leadership, and team spirit. A letter of endorsement must be provided outlining the details of how the employee meets the criteria.
CATEGORY 9: YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recognises an innovative and inspirational young person aged 15 – 29 years in our community who has established their own business or has an exceptional business idea they are looking to make a reality.
NON-PANEL JUDGED AWARDS
CATEGORY 10: OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD (PEOPLE’S CHOICE)
This is a people’s choice award as voted by the community. This award recognises a business of any size, that has demonstrated exceptional customer service by going above and beyond to provide customers a unique and memorable experience.
CATEGORY 11: KALAMUNDA FARMERS MARKET STALL HOLDER OF THE YEAR AWARD (PEOPLE’S CHOICE)
This is a people’s choice award as voted by visitors to the Kalamunda Farmer’s Market.
CATEGORY 12: KALAMUNDA NIGHT MARKET STALL HOLDER OF THE YEAR AWARD (PEOPLE’S CHOICE)
This is a people’s choice award as voted by visitors to the Kalamunda Night Market.
CATEGORY 13: BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR (NOMINATED)
This award is judged by the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee. Nominations should identify an outstanding person in business who is inspirational to the community, and outlines their considerable achievements, the qualities that set them apart from others and why they deserve to be recognised for this award.
CATEGORY 14: CHAIRPERSON’S AWARD
This award is judged by the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Chairperson. The award is given to an organisation or an individual that has been a supportive member of the Chamber and has continually demonstrated all-round commitment to building a better community.
How To Enter
You can nominate yourself and/or your business or organisation. You can also nominate another person, business or organisation.
Depending on the size of your business (based on the number of employees) date of commencement and your age your submission will automatically be considered Micro, Small, Medium or Large Business Awards as well as New Business and/or Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
In addition you can choose to nominate for the Community Spirit and/or the Sustainable Business of the Year Awards.
Whether or not your are nominating personally, you can also nominate another person, business or organisation for the Community Spirit, Employee of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Person of the Year Awards.
Apart from the People’s Choice Awards and the Chairperson’s Award all Business Excellence Award Nominations are to be made online. You can access the submission form by clicking on the “Begin Your Award Submission” button.
Award submissions do not have to be completed in one sitting, you can save the submission and return to it at any time prior to the closure of submissions ( Tuesday 31 August at 5pm) and add additional information.
When you have decided to make a nomination and you have commenced the submission process we strongly advise you to email our manager Judy Houlahan at email@example.com to let us know to expect a submission.
Once you have completed and submitted your application it is sent to the judges and cannot be amended.
If you have any questions and for further enquires, please email our manager Judy Houlahan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our panel of judges is selected from various businesses and business support organisations. They are unbiased professionals who volunteer their expertise to judge the submissions.
These judges are bound by a code of conduct and strict confidentiality rules and must declare any conflict of interest prior to the judging process. Judges are not eligible to enter the awards.
Judges will be provided with a judging grid which they use to rate your submission. They are looking to see if nominees can demonstrate the following:
- Strong evidence that your business has a plan for growth, development and/or sales that guides your daily operations;
- A profitable and competitive business;
- Business practises that elevate you above your competitors;
- A clear understanding who your customers are and their market;
- Leadership and community spirit.
The judging process is conducted in two stages – an initial assessment followed by shortlisting of finalists. Judges will score each question out of 10 and provide their scores separately. The judges scores are then calculated onto a grid to reveal the top scores for each category. Winners and place getters are then decided by the judges. Some businesses may win in more than one category.
Shortlisted finalists in the panel-judged categories and people’s choice awards will be notified in advance of the Gala Award Dinner. All winners will be announced at the Gala Award Dinner.
People’s Choice Awards
For the first time this year the Outstanding Customer Service, Kalamunda Farmers and Kalamunda Night Market Stall Holder Awards will be voted on publicly. Market goers will have the opportunity to complete a nomination form at the time of their visit and all People’s Choice Awards will have online polls on Facebook, Instagram and on this website.
- Achievements must relate predominantly to the period of 24 months ending on the date of the Award Gala Dinner
- The judges decision is final and there will be no correspondence entered into between the judges and entrants
- Entrants may be successful in more than one award category
- Uploaded files and photographs should be less than 2Mb with photos resized to ensure they are less than 1Mb each
- Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on 31 August 2021
- Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee members are only eligible to nominate themselves for the panel-judged awards although they can be nominated by others for Outstanding Customer Service, Business Person of the Year or Community Spirit Awards
- The judges may decide not to make an award where entries are not of a sufficiently high standard
- Once submitted nominations cannot be amended but they can be withdrawn by contacting the Chamber
Terms & Conditions
- Award submissions are transmitted electronically by nominators to the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce and to the Judges. Although the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce will not further distribute or publish any submission material without permission it is unable to guarantee privacy of material included in the submission
- Applicants will be notified as soon as practicable if their application is judged to be ineligible for any reason
- Nominators indemnify the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce for any direct or indirect losses incurred as a result of their nomination
- Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce is not liable in the event of nomination material being lost during or after submission and nominators should keep a copy of their nominations
- Tickets for the Gala Award Dinner are limited and available on a first come first served basis
- In the event that the Gala Award Dinner is cancelled, other than tickets provided to sponsors on an in kind basis, all tickets will be refunded in full. Alternative arrangements will be made for the distribution of the award trophies and certificates
You do not need to be a member of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce to enter the Business Excellence Awards. Entry is free for all Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Members.
If you are not a member of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce and would like to enter a nomination, the cost is $300 +GST and this amount will be invoiced upon receipt of your nomination. Non-members’ nominations are passed to the judges upon payment of the entrance fee.
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