Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to announce the Annual Lismore Business Awards will be held on Saturday 20 July 2019 at Trinity Sports Hall, celebrating excellence in the following categories.
Click to see category criteria, or download a copy. 

Any business or individual entering the awards will need to register new login details as a new user on the platform to begin an entry, regardless if they entered in 2018. The Business Annual Awards Team can assist with any login issues that entrants encounter and can be contacted on 13 26 96 (9.00am -5.00pm for assistance) or via email businessawards@nswbc.com.au.

Enter the Awards the Northern Star 2019 Lismore Business Awards

Tips for Writing a Winning Business Awards Entry

A business award is a publicity goldmine for the lucky winners, with many reaping benefits such as publicity, interest from potential business partners and more customers. So how do you go about winning?

Winning a local business award depends 100% on the quality of your written entry. There is no opportunity to build rapport beforehand.

We have compiled the following top tips from a number of different resources to give you the best chance to be a successful award-winning business.

  • Be yourself. Judges are looking for great businesses, but they’re also looking for the human stories behind them. Be open about your failures as well as your successes and show how you’ve learned from the challenges you’ve faced. Write like you’re writing to just one person and use your natural tone of voice.
  • Find the uniqueness and value in what you do. Don’t just talk about how you do it. Long laundry lists and detailed descriptions of business processes are prime nod-off material for judges.
  • Don’t make stuff up if it doesn’t actually happen. A long, theoretical answer is a dead giveaway that you’re thinking about something but not actually doing it. Minimise the theory and use real examples to illustrate your claims.
  • Use facts, figures or statistics to support your statements
  • Answer every question, a blank question equals zero for that question. The difference between being a finalist and not is a matter of points so when you forget to complete a question, you’re guaranteeing that you will not only fail to win, but fail to be considered as a finalist.
  • A higher word count means the question has a higher rating = more opportunity to score points
  • Easy to Read/Follow Lay out your answer clearly. Write in clear sentences. Make sure you proof read it, and review it with a critical eye.
  • Don’t use Jargon. You understand all the ins and outs of your industry, but the judges may not. Speak in plain English. Let your passion flood out. If you can use less words, use less words. As few as possible. Judges have lots to read, make sure your best points come out clearly, so they are not missed.
  • Involve your staff. Invite relevant members of your staff to help you with the submission. Writing the piece actually makes you all look back collectively at what you’ve achieved, where you are going and think about what you want to do. This is a good process in itself, irrespective whether you win or not. And take them along to the gala dinner where the winners are announced.
  • Be Yourself Be human. Explain some of your mistakes, and what you learned from them. What you would have done different. Talk about your biggest wins, where you took a risk, planned your action, and went for it. Explain why you’re in business. I doubt it’s “to make money”, there’s a deeper reason. T
  • Enjoy it! Awards should be fun. Make the submission sing, and enjoy the night. You never know, you might just walk away with a gong. And if not, no worries, come back next year, or choose another one.

Judging Insights

  • The #1 reason entries lose points is judges don’t get the information they need.
  • Only some components of the question are addressed
  • There are no supporting facts, statistics or evidence to support your statement or alternatively you’ve stated a fact but not explained how or why
  • They can’t understand what you are trying to say – it’s confusing, illogical and not well presented

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The 2018 Lismore Business Awards received over 100 entries, culminating in 300 people enjoying the gala event.

Photographer: Flawless Imaging

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