The Perks Business Boost Awards are open to start-ups and established businesses across all sectors and industries.
Perks managing director Mark Roderick said the awards aimed to provide support to small business operators in South Australia at a time when the state has the lowest start-up rate in the country and a high level of unemployment.
“Small business is pivotal to building a strong economy and in South Australia we know our business environment is characterised by innovative and resilient businesses,” he said.
“The difference between success and failure for many small businesses and start-ups is getting access to the right advice early in the journey. Unfortunately, many people starting businesses don’t know where to get help and cannot afford to pay for it. These awards solve both those problems.”
The Start-Up Business Advice award is for entrepreneurs with a business idea they’d like to pursue, or young businesses in operation for less than three years needing support to bring their idea to life or to really get their young business up and running. The aim of this award is to encourage and spark entrepreneurial flair.
The Business Growth award is suited to those who have been in business for three or more years. It is aimed at business owners who need assistance with their young business to reach the next level of growth.
Perks, together with award sponsor Michels Warren, will provide each winner with $15,000 worth of professional services tailored to their specific business needs – from budgeting, forecasting and finance to human resource management, business or start-up advisory, public relations, graphic design and more. In addition, the start-up prize will include a $5000 cash element for business owners to use in any way to bring their idea to life.
The awards will be judged by an expert panel including Adelaide entrepreneur Anna Dimond of Palas Jewellery, recipient of many business accolades including a Telstra Business Woman Award and Rob Chapman, Chair of Perks.
Entries must be submitted no later than October 17, 2016.
For further details go to www.awards.perks.com.au
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