Individual awards descriptions

DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR CROW AWARDS IN WAGGA WAGGA

YOUNG BUSINESS EXECUTIVE (age 18 - 35)

The Young Business Executive award recognises an inspirational young professional aged between 18-35 years who has built a successful career within an organisation. To enter into this award the individual must have been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 12 months. 
Award eligibility 
  • I am aged between 18 -35 years  
  • I have been an employed by my current employer for 12 months and over at the time of this submission  
  • I am not a NSW Business Chamber Regional Advisory Councilor  
  • I am not a Local Chamber Executive team member 
Questions
  1. Entrants name 
  2. Entrants surname 
  3. Date of birth 
  4. Current job title 
  5. Name of the business/organisation you work for 
  6. What is your employment background? Word count: Max 400 
  7. Provide a current profile of yourself including current job role and scope of responsibilities including details of the role, any direct reports, your budget, your financial and organisational reporting line. Word count: Max 400 
  8. Detail your measurable career achievements including key milestones. Word count: Max 400 
  9. Provide an overview of your 5 year goals/milestones and how you are working towards each of these. Word count: Max 400 
  10. Describe key challenges you have faced as a young business professional and how you have dealt with each of these challenges, include examples. Word count: Max 400 
  11. What do you believe makes you a good leader? Include examples of where you have had to use your leadership skills. Word count: Maximum 400 words. 
In addition to the general T&C’s the following apply to this category: 
  • Entrant must be employed by the organisation for a period of 12 months and over at the time of entry submission. 
  • Should the entrant leave the organisation before the Regional or State Gala event, their entry is ineligible. 
  • The Finalist complimentary ticket is non-transferrable in this category at regional or state level. 
  • NSW Business Chamber State and Regional Councillors are ineligible to enter this category. 
  • Local Chamber of Commerce Staff and Executives are ineligible to enter into this category. 

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR (age 18 - 35)

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Proudly sponsored by Mercure Hotel Wagga Wagga
The Young Entrepreneur award recognises an inspirational young person between 18-35 years of age who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business. This award recognises young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business professionals.
Award eligibility 
  • I am aged between 18 -35 years  
  • I won or partially own my business
  • I am not a NSW Business Chamber Regional Advisory Councilor  
  • I am not a Local Chamber Executive team member 
Questions
  1. Entrants name 
  2. Entrants surname 
  3. Date of birth 
  4. Job title 
  5. Name of your business 
  6. How did you identify a market need? Word Count: Maximum 400 words 
  7. What problem have you solved for the market/customer? Word Count: Maximum 200 words 
  8. Describe your business/solution competitive advantage. Word count: Maximum 400 words 
  9. Who is your market? Word count: Maximum 200 words 
  10. Describe how you funded your business. Word count: Maximum 400 words 
  11. Provide an overview of your 5 year goals/milestones for your business and how you are working towards these. Word count: Maximum 400 
  12. Detail the measurable achievements in your business. Word count: Maximum 400 
  13. Describe the key challenges you have faced as a young entrepreneur and how you deal with these challenges. Word count: Maximum 400 
  14. Provide examples of how you demonstrate inspiration to other young entrepreneurs? Word count: Maximum 400 
  15. Why do you believe you should win this award? Word count: Maximum 300
In addition to the general T&C’s the following apply to this category: 
  • Entrants must have ownership or partial ownership, and been operating their business for a minimum of 2 years at the time of entry submission.
  • NSW Business Chamber State and Regional Councilors are ineligible to enter this category.
  • Local Chamber of Commerce Staff and Executive are ineligible to enter this category.

BUSINESS LEADER

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Proudly sponsored by WSM Recycling
The Business Leader award recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals. The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders. Individuals entering into this category can be self-employed or employed by a business. 
Award eligibility 
  • I am aged 36 years and over 
  • I am not a NSW Business Chamber Regional Advisory Councillor 
  • I am not a Local Chamber Executive team member 
Questions
  1. Entrants name 
  2. Entrants surname 
  3. Date of birth 
  4. Current job title 
  5. Name of organisation or business 
  6. Provide a current profile of yourself including your scope of responsibilities, details of your role, any direct reports, your budget, and financial and organisation reporting line. Word count: Maximum 400 
  7. Detail your achievements in business in the previous 5 years with clear measurable examples. Word count: Maximum 400 words
  8. Why do you believe you should be considered as a business leader, with examples of how you have used your leadership skills? Word count: Maximum 400 
  9. Provide an overview of your 5 year goals /milestones and how you are working toward achieving each of them. Word count: Maximum 400 10.Describe the key challenges you have faced as a business leader in the past 5 years and how you overcame each of them. Word count: Maximum 400 
  10. Demonstrate how you have helped the community (and or the business community) overcome social or environmental problems. Word count: Maximum 400
In addition to the general T&C’s the following apply to this category: 
  • NSW Business Chamber Regional Advisory Councilors are ineligible to enter this category. 
  • Local Chamber of Commerce Staff and Executives are ineligible to enter this category 

EXCELLENCE IN SMALL BUSINESS

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Proudly sponsored by Bush & Campbell Accountants
The Excellence in Small Business award recognises a business, employing less than 20 people, that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the previous 24 months. This award is for businesses employing less than 20 employees in Australia such as contractors, casuals and labour hire staff. 
Questions
  1. What is unique about your business and how does it demonstrate excellence? Word Count: Maximum 400 
  2. Describe your business growth in the previous 24 months. Word count: Maximum 400 
  3. What were the strategies and plans you initiated to achieve your business growth over the previous 24 months. Word count: Maximum 450 
  4. Explain how these strategies and their outcomes demonstrate “excellence”. Word count: Maximum 400 
  5. Detail the measurable results you achieved both financial and nonfinancial and how these demonstrate “excellence”. Word count: Maximum 400

EXCELLENCE IN SMALL BUSINESS

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Proudly sponsored by Anittel
The Excellence in Business award recognises a business that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth during the previous 24 months. Excellence in Business This award is for businesses employing more than 20 employees on payroll in Australia such as contractors, casuals and labour hire staff.
Questions
  1. What is unique about your business and how does it demonstrate excellence? Word Count: Maximum 400  
  2. Describe your business growth in the previous 24 months. Word count: Maximum 400  
  3. What were the strategies and plans you initiated to achieve your business growth during the previous 24 months. Word count: Maximum 450  
  4. Explain how these strategies and their outcomes demonstrate “excellence”. Word count: Maximum 400  
  5. Detail the measurable results you achieved both financial and nonfinancial and how these demonstrate “excellence”. Word count: Maximum 400

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Open to businesses that have been established to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. These businesses are revenue generating and can be “not for profit” and “for profit”
Questions
  1. Explain the social purpose of your business and how this contributes to community and/or environment. Word Count: Maximum 400 words 
  2. Detail each of the strategies and actions to achieve the social purpose including revenue generating strategies. Word Count: Maximum 400 words 
  3. Detail measurable evidence of how each of these strategies and actions is contributing to the achievement of the social purpose goals for your business? Word Count: Maximum 400 words 

START-UP SUPERSTAR

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This category recognises a business that has been operating for less than 2 years that delivers a product/service/idea/invention with credible potential. This award recognises early stage start-up’s that have entrepreneurial spirit and a solid chance of market success.
Questions
  1. Is this your first startup? (If no please specify other business ventures and their degree of success). Word Count: Maximum 300 
  2. How did you come up with this business idea? Word count: Maximum 200 
  3. What problem (or need) is your business solving? Word count: Maximum 200 words 
  4. What kinds of people, groups, or organisations have that problem? How many are there, where are they, what do they do about it now? Word count: Maximum 400 
  5. What is unique about your business and how does it demonstrate excellence? Who will you compete with? How are they different? Word count: Maximum 400 
  6. Describe how you funded your business. Word count: Maximum 200 
  7. What is the product/service that you sell in your business? Word count: Maximum 200 
  8. Detail how your business has the potential to scale and achieve financial sustainability. Word Count: Maximum 400 
  9. Detail and include your current research, customer marketing strategy, logistics and service delivery. Word Count: Maximum 400 
  10. Provide commercial and technical evidence that your team has the ability and competency to achieve success and detailed strategy; include time frame involved. Word Count: Maximum 400 
  11. What is the most significant result or achievement for both you or the business, in terms of results to date? (Sales, customers, revenue, deals, growth). Word Count: Maximum 300 words 

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

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Proudly sponsored by Viatek
The Excellence in Innovation award recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application. 
Questions
  1. Provide details of the innovation or innovative approach in your business. Word count: Maximum 400 
  2. Explain how your business monitors and reacts to changes in the market including how your business acquires an understanding of emerging customer needs and market developments. Word count: Maximum 400 
  3. Provide examples of how your business has been innovative over the previous 24 months including cost effectiveness, integration and risk minimisation. Word count: Maximum 400 
  4. How well has the innovation been received by the marketplace? Provide details of the commercialisation, adoption or take-up of the innovation and its sustainability over time. Word count: Maximum 400 
  5. How has innovative activity in your business in the previous 12 - 24 months helped grow or improve your business such as increased size, greater scope, productivity improvements, higher revenue or lower cost?  Word count: Maximum 400 
  6. Demonstrate how the innovation has or is likely to have a positive impact beyond your business (i.e. to your industry, to the community).  Word count: Maximum 400 
  7. Did the innovation achieve its objectives and goals? How are these improvements or impacts to the business measured? Word Count: Maximum 400 

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY

Proudly sponsored by Wagga Business Chamber
Where sustainability is your core business, you must enter this category based on sustainable initiatives and projects within your business, not related to your core offering. The Excellence in Sustainability award recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes.
Questions
  1. Describe your business environmental sustainability goals. Note that these must be quantifiable targets. Word count: Maximum 300 
  2. Describe the initiatives/actions your organisation has undertaken to achieve its sustainability objectives in the previous 12- 24 months. Word Count: Maximum 400 
  3. Describe your sustainability achievements over the last 12 months. Word count: Maximum 400 
  4. Describe how you involve staff in your environmental initiatives. Word count: Maximum 400 
  5. Provide measurable evidence of how the sustainability objectives your business has achieved have contributed to business, customers, staff and suppliers. You may include financial outcomes, staff engagement, marketing benefits or supplier/customer loyalty. Word count: 400 

EXCELLENCE IN EXPORT

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Proudly sponsored by Linx
The Excellence in Export Award recognises leading examples of businesses that are exporting their products internationally and are forging a strong reputation for Australian products and services in international markets. This applies to businesses that are exporting directly or through a third party. 
Questions
  1. Summarise your measurable export success in the past 24 months. Word count: Maximum 350 
  2. Outline the key points of your international marketing strategy over the past 12- 24 months and what role it played in your company’s success. Word count: Maximum 400 
  3. What strategies (communication/advertising/promotional/partnerships etc.) have you implemented to promote and sustain awareness of your brand/s in overseas markets in the past 12-24 months? Word count: Maximum 400 
  4. Briefly explain how your company differentiates its product/service from the competition and how are you maintaining/improving this advantage. Word count: Maximum 400

EMPLOYER OF CHOICE

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Proudly sponsored by Qantas
The Employer of Choice award recognises organisations that put in place strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for their employees. These strategies or initiatives must have a positive impact on both employees and the organisation as a whole. 
Questions
  1. Explain any specific HR and WHS programs and policies you have undertaken in the previous 24 months. Word count: Maximum 400 
  2. Why did your business embark on this project/s and/or initiatives? Word count: Maximum 400 
  3. What measurable results have been achieved and how have they positively contributed to workplace productivity and employee satisfaction? (i.e. reduction in voluntary staff turnover, absenteeism, training and development hours, employee satisfaction measures). Word count: Maximum 400 
  4. Identify and describe the benefits you offer as an Employer of Choice? Word Count Maximum 400 
  5. How does your business adopt inclusive practices and recognise the needs of a diverse community (including people with disability and seniors)?

REGIONAL FARMER OF THE YEAR

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Proudly sponsored by Hutcheon and Pearce
The Regional farmer of the Year Award is designed to recognise excellence across the many diverse facets of modern day farming. 
Questions
  1. Name of organisation or business 
  2. Brief description of your farm/property (Word count; max 400) 
  3. Provide a current profile of your farming operation including  
    1. location and commodities grown 
    2. history  
    3. size of the property and number of employees (Word count: Maximum 400) 
  4. Outline any risk management strategies you used to offset the effects of drought, disease, natural disasters and / or market downturns. 
  5. Describe your attitude toward farming and your community. This could include your views on the natural environment, agricultural industry or any aspect of living in a rural community. Alternatively, you could provide an example of how you provide leadership as a farmer generally, or within a specific agricultural industry. (Word count: Maximum 400)

BEST NEW BUSINESS

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Proudly sponsored by Tafe Riverina Institute
The Best New Business Award recognises a business that has been trading for less than 2 years at the time of application, who has achieved high levels of success, including maintaining a business plan, excellence in customer service and competitive edge against competitors.  
Questions
  1. Explain how your business addresses a need in the Wagga Wagga community? (Word count: Max 200) 
 
  2. Provide an overview of the businesses goals and how you have worked to achieve them? (Word count: Max 300) 
 
  3. What have been your biggest challenges during your last two years of operation and how have you overcome them? (Word count: Max 600) 
 
  4. Detail processes your business has implemented to ensure customer appreciation? (Word count: Max 600) 
 
  5. Provide an overview of your business goals for the next 5 years and what strategies you will use to attain them? (Word count: Max 300)

EXCELLENCE IN WORK PLACE HEALTH AND SAFTEY

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Proudly sponsored by SafeWork NSW
The Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Award recognises a business that is creating a safe and healthy work environment through the implementation of outstanding WHS management systems, solution and practices in businesses.
Questions
  1. Explain the assessment processes: place to identify, control and review health and safety risks in your business. (Word count: Max 300) 
  2. Explain how business officers (directors, company secretaries, senior managers) are made aware of their WHS responsibilities. (Word count: Max 200) 
  3. Provide details of your health and safety management systems and practices in your workplace. (Word count: Max 400)
  4. Provide measurable evidence of the WHS initiatives you have implemented and how they have created a safer work environment. (Word count: Max 300) 

EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS ETHICS

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Proudly sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co
The Excellence in Business Ethics award recognises an outstanding business that has been able to achieve business success while acting in an ethically responsible way. Criteria:  
Questions
  1. Explain how your business demonstrates excellence in business ethics? Please provide at least 3 specific examples. (Word count: Max 400)
  2. How do ethical practices contribute to your business success? Please provide evidence. (Word count: Max 400)  
  3. Detail measurable evidence of how you contribute to your local community. (Word count: Max 400) 
  4. Describe how your business interacts with your employees to promote excellence in business ethics with your suppliers and customers. Please provide at least 3 specific examples. (Word count: Max 400)

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WAGGA WAGGA BUSINESS CHAMBER'S AWARDS

2016 regional finalist
2016 regional winner
2015 state finalist
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