Using the portal
Entries are completed online using the NSW Business Chamber awards entry portal. The URL for the portal is http://www.businessannualawards.com.au/login?chamber=shoalhaven
Please note that the portal has undergone a number of changes this year, and as a result, every user MUST create a new profile, regardless of whether you have entered before.
This also means your historic data is not available within the portal.
After setting up your profile, if you forget your password, simply select the Forgot Password option which is located on the log in page of the awards portal.
Supported browsers for using the portal include:
Firefox 34 and higher
Internet Explorer 9 and higher
Chrome 39 and higher
Safari (Mac only) 7.1 and higher
Opera 26 and higher
Once you have completed your entry, we encourage you to download a PDF of your submission and review it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You will see blank fields with headers around assets and liabilities, yet you will not see this in the portal. This is because we use the same portal as the regional and state Awards, and entrants in those programs are required to enter such information.
Local award programs are neither required nor able to see or submit this information.
Every entrant into the Awards is entitled to a complimentary business diagnostic that provides you with an overview of where your business is performing well, as well as recommendations on how your business can improve to support your business growth and success.
The diagnostic, which has been created by the NSW Business Chamber, takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. It will be assessed by the NSW Business Chamber using international business benchmarks.
While the diagnostic is not essential, we recommend you complete and then attach the report in this section of your award entry. In addition to providing useful insights into your business, the judges highly regard those businesses that invest ten minutes of their time to undertake the diagnostic.
Portal User Guide
There is a very detailed portal user guide available on the NSW Business Chamber’s website, link here via digital PDF, or type this URL into your browser: https://www.businessannualawards.com.au/nswbcap/media/media/Banners/How-to-Guide-Business-Awards-Portal.pdf.
For password resets and changes, and all portal technical assistance please contact the NSW Business Chamber’s Member Support Centre on 1300 139 910.
Award Entry Information Pack
This comprehensive, 42 page pack contains everything you need to know about entering, including
- categories available & information about them
- the actual questions you need to answer
- information about the judging process
- tips on writing a great entry
- key dates
- and much more!
Entry writing tips
- Start early! The earlier you start, the better equipped you will be to approach your entry strategically and methodically.
- Aim to stand out from the crowd. Judges are assessing so many entries; you want yours to be different and be enjoyable to read
- Make it a team effort. Involve both internal and external people and ensure you give a complete 360 degree perspective on your business
- Tell a story with your responses. Storytelling is one of the best ways to captivate hearts and minds and to ensure your entry is memorable
- Use clear, concise language. Short, succinct sentences are much easier to read than long wordy ones.
- Back up any claims you make with evidence. Broad statements that do not clearly state facts will not help your entry.
- Re-read the question as you are answering it. Are you addressing precisely what is being asked? This is critical to judges in assessing and scoring your entry.
- Check your spelling and grammar – get someone else to review your entry, ideally someone with great attention to detail as well as a strong grasp of the English language.
- Work within the minimum and maximum word limits.
- Reference evidence – awards, testimonials etc. Although you can’t attach documents in the portal, you can reference them and if required, bring them to your interview.
- Download and print a PDF of your entry from within the portal, and conduct a final review before submitting.
Please note: as stated in the questions, all entries will be based on the success of the past 12 – 24 months only.
UOW student assistance
This year we have sought assistance from suitably skilled UOW Marketing & Communications students to assist businesses with writing their entries. Your written entry plays a crucial role in your submission. Not only is it assessed to determine whether you become a finalist, but it also forms part of the judges’ final assessment of your entry.
Plenty of successful people have poor spelling, poor grammar, poor sentence structure, or don’t know how to effectively and convincingly use the English language to their advantage. One of the most iconic entrepreneurs of our time, Richard Branson, suffers from dyslexia and is the first to admit that his spelling is far from perfect.
If any of this sounds like you, consider outsourcing the writing element of your submission. You will be giving yourself the best possible chance of creating a winning entry.
Providing your logo
After you have submitted your entry, please email your business’s logo to email@example.com in both JPEG and EPS formats.