Tourism, travel and event industry small businesses are being encouraged to enter the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards, which is now in its 26th consecutive year.
The Awards feature more than 100 categories, including travel / tourism service categories and event management categories, as well as special spotlight categories – Business of the Decade, Small Business Young Entrepreneur (aged 30 and younger), Small Business Entrepreneur (aged over 30) and the 2024 Growth Award.
“From high inflation and exceptional increases in operating expenses, to challenges associated with staff hire, productivity and the overall current high cost of living, there’s no disputing that Australian small businesses are currently doing it very tough,” said Steve Loe, managing director of Precedent Productions, a small business in its own right which has been coordinating the Australian Small Business Champion Awards since 1999.
“It is often rightly said that small business is the backbone of the national economy. The millions of Australian small business operators ought to be honoured now more than ever before, not just for their economic contribution but also for their invaluable support of community-based initiatives and worthwhile causes that couldn’t overwise be supported so significantly.
“From regional and rural areas to the suburbs and capital cities, small business operators from all parts of the country are encouraged to enter the Awards, as we strive to celebrate the people behind the small businesses that shape their local communities and our nation as a whole.”
Finalists of the 2024 programme will be announced during March and winners of the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards will be revealed via two National Presentation Evening Gala events at Sydney’s The Star on 12 and 13 April 2024.
Online entry to the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards is free and will remain open until 15 February 2024.