Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Nominate a Top Business; National Awards Recognise the Achievements of Small and Medium Organisations

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Nominate a Top Business; National Awards Recognise the Achievements of Small and Medium Organisations

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AUSTRALIANS are urged to nominate the nation's best small and medium businesses for the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Awards.

Entries will open on February 6 for the 20th year of Australia's most prestigious national awards program that celebrates the achievements of the small and medium business sector.

Paul Newbound, founder and director of the 2011 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, Australian Pressure Testing Services, yesterday urged Australians to nominate businesses for the awards.

C[pounds sterling]Small business is the heart and blood supply of this country, making Australia better than it ever has been.

C[pounds sterling]The best companies seem to have one thing in common which is the passion they have for their business - it's incredible and it's contagious,C[yen] Mr Newbound said.

C[pounds sterling]My challenge to small and medium business is to dare to dream bigger and nominate your business in 2012.C[yen]

Telstra has introduced The Start-Up Award, for businesses that have been operating for one to three years and have up to 200 employees.

Will Irving, Telstra business group managing director and Telstra business awards ambassador, said: C[pounds sterling]For two decades, the awards have recognised businesses that demonstrate leadership and innovation as core to the success of their business operations.

The awards have enabled finalists and winners to build stronger business networks and expand connections with their customers and the broader business community.

C[pounds sterling]As part of Telstra's commitment to the sector's business growth, the new Start-Up Award will highlight those entrepreneurs who demonstrate dedication, enthusiasm and the business nous required to turn an idea into a successful commercial reality,C[yen] Mr Irving said. …

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