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Charities Urged to Be in the Running for 2018 Telstra Business Awards


29 January 2018 at 2:43 pm
Wendy Williams
Charities are being encouraged to put their hat in the ring and nominate themselves and others for the 2018 Telstra Business Awards.


Wendy Williams | 29 January 2018 at 2:43 pm


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Charities Urged to Be in the Running for 2018 Telstra Business Awards
29 January 2018 at 2:43 pm

Charities are being encouraged to put their hat in the ring and nominate themselves and others for the 2018 Telstra Business Awards.

Arts and social justice company, Big hART, which was named the 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year, is calling on small and medium businesses, as well as charities, to make this year “that” year.

According to Big hART CEO Scott Rankin, the organisation has already seen the benefits of the recognition.

“Winning the 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Of The Year has already achieved two important things for Big hART. It has created new platforms to promote our work, opened doors to media opportunities as well as substantial conversations with governments and community leaders,” Rankin said.

The awards, now in their 26th year, will recognise innovative and entrepreneurial businesses across four categories: emerging and energised, small and succeeding, medium and making waves and social change maker.

The social change maker category is open to not-for-profit, social enterprise and profit-for-purpose organisations (contributing a minimum of 10 per cent of their profits back to the cause), where a positive social impact is at the core of their purpose.

Vicki Brady, Telstra Business Awards ambassador and group executive, consumer and small business, said the awards were part of Telstra’s commitment to SMBs.

“As a technology company and trusted advisor to SMBs, we are proud to be able to continue empowering businesses by providing them with the tools they need to enable their future success, and we’re there to celebrate with them with these awards,” Brady said.

“From the personalised Business Benchmark Report and networking opportunities, to the national recognition finalists and winners receive, the Telstra Business Awards not only support innovation and inspiration in our business community, they provide businesses with the chance to unlock their potential.

“The awards celebrate exceptional businesses from across the country and provide an opportunity for Australia’s brightest business minds to step up and reflect on their hard work.”

The winner of last year’s Australian Business of the Year, also urged Australians to nominate deserving local businesses.

Dr Sebastian Rees, the co-founder and director of GenWise Health, said winning the national award in 2017 had had a significant impact on GenWise Health’s business.

“We’ve had a surge in new enquiries from key stakeholders in our industry. It has been invaluable in raising our profile in the aged-care and health sectors,” Rees said.

Nominations are open until 28 March. For more information see the website.


Wendy Williams  |  Editor  |  @WendyAnWilliams

Wendy Williams is a journalist specialising in the not-for-profit sector and broader social economy. She has been the editor of Pro Bono News since 2018.

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