2017 Shoalhaven Business Awards

Awards Gala, Friday 25th August, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

The Shoalhaven Business Awards is the region’s most anticipated annual business event.

Just by entering the Awards you are giving yourself the opportunity to review your business operations, reconnect with your vision and strategy, and measure performance against objectives. Many entrants see the Awards as a time for forced self-assessment, which helps keep them accountable to their goals.

You are also giving yourself the opportunity to represent the Shoalhaven in the Illawarra Business Awards, and as we have seen in the past, the State Awards (if you enter an aligned category).

The Awards are about so much more than just winning. In addition to recognising and honouring the most outstanding businesses in the region, they provide an opportunity to celebrate the combined success of the Shoalhaven business community.

The 2017 Awards opened on Wednesday 17th May and entries closed on Tuesday 4th July.

Awards contacts


For general Awards enquiries

Miranda Packer
Awards Manager


For all portal support and technical enquiries

Lee Toomey
NSWBC Member Support Centre
1300 139 910


Awards Insider Podcast

Craft a standout business awards entry with practical tips from our guests who have won, judged or supported a range of business awards programs in Australia.

Available for download in iTunes, our show is sponsored by TAFE NSW.

It is hosted by multi award winning business owner, MC and radio host, Chance Hanlon, and Awards Manager, Miranda Packer, and produced locally in the HEV Studio. Check out our guests and discover our exciting podcast competition.

Awards Ambassadors

Our past Awards winners are often our best advocates for the Awards.

So this year we have selected two of our past winners, and regular supporters of the Awards, and asked them to become our official Awards Ambassadors.

Matt Simms, General Manager of Simmark, and Pete Russell, Managing Director of Integrity Real Estate, have both won multiple Awards and are passionate and outspoken about the plethora of benefits that entering the Awards brings to your business.

Award categories

In 2017 we will be presenting nineteen Awards, including Business of the Year. Of those nineteen Awards, nine are aligned with the Illawarra and NSW Business Awards.

Winners of the aligned categories will go on to represent the Shoalhaven as a finalist at the Illawarra Business Awards in October.

We have two new categories for 2017, Employee of the Year, which is employer nominated, and Start Up Superstar, which replaces Outstanding New Business.

Award Entry Workshop

Last year, we ran our very first Award entry workshops. We received great feedback, and we were also really proud that four of our Award winners attended the workshops.

Supported by UOW Shoalhaven, this year we will run a single workshop, and we will be making a few changes to the format to make it more practical and more hands on. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their submission and get immediate feedback from past judges.


Benefits of entering

The benefits of entering the Awards extend well beyond winning and glory. As a process of entering the Awards, you will review your business operations, reconnect with your vision and strategy, and measure performance against objectives. Many entrants see the Awards as a time for forced self-assessment, which helps keep them accountable to their goals.

Involving your team in the entry process is also an exceptional opportunity for team building. And being able to celebrate with you at the Awards Gala, whether as a finalist or winner, is the perfect way to say thank you to the people who make your business what it is.

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How to enter

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Entries are completed online using the NSW Business Chamber awards entry portal. The portal makes the entry, judging and management process efficient, and levels the playing field for entries. The portal is now open for entries, following our launch on Wednesday 17 May.

Read more on how to enter here. Want to know what our judges are looking for? Listen to the Awards Insider podcast on iTunes for tips for writing a winning entry and download our Award Entry Information Pack.

Awards Gala

The Awards Gala evening will be held on Friday 25th August at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.The pinnacle of the business year, the Awards provide unrivalled networking opportunities, the chance to share remarkable stories, and ongoing brand exposure to the entire region.

The theme of the Awards this year is ‘Cultivate’, which is about nurturing opportunities, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit through strong vision, passion, collaboration and business relationships. Tickets for the event will go on sale in July.

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Our Awards sponsors play an essential role in making the Awards possible.

Discover our 2017 sponsors here.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Awards, please contact Miranda Packer, Awards Manager on 0418885550 or email awards@shoalhavenbusiness.com.au.

Become a Member

Members of the Shoalhaven Business Chamber get access to a large number of benefits.