Ballarat’s most outstanding and innovative local businesses have been celebrated as finalists in the 2018 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards.
Forty-seven businesses were named as finalists across 16 categories ranging from cafes, to events, health to innovation, not for profits and more.
“It’s about recognising businesses in the local area … that contribute to Ballarat’s economy,” said Commerce Ballarat chair Nick Thurlbeck.
BGT Jobs + Training Young Business Person of the Year: Dannielle James, Gerard Roney, Leigh Edward
City of Ballarat Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs Business Award: Carboni's Italian Kitchen, Hop Temple, Mitchell Harris Wines
MatchWorks Health and Wellbeing Business Award: Ballarat Veterinary Practice, Health Connection Ballarat, Oak Tree Ballarat Dental
Visit Ballarat Events and Attractions Business Award: 2017 Ballarat Cup Day, 2018 ALPG Ballarat Icons Pro Am, Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre Professional Service Business Award: AC Accounting & Business Solutions, On Tap Liquor Consulting, Chris Packer & Associates
Federation Business School Creative Industries Business Award: Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine, Leroy Mac Designs, The Academy of Classical Ballet
Commerce Ballarat Manufacturing Award: Jigsaw Puzzles Australia, Pamo Industries, Shade 'n' Sails
Central Highlands Water Trade Business Award: BC Construction & Concreting, Pipe Pro Directional Drilling, Waldron Heating, Cooling & Hot Water
Regional Development Australia – Grampians Paddock to Plate Business Award: Backyard Beekeeping, The Farmers Arms Hotel Creswick
The WIN Network Customer Service Award: Chris Packer & Associates, Oak Tree Ballarat Dental, Showbiz Cinemas Ballarat
Stockland Wendouree Retail Business Award: Beacon Lighting Ballarat, Studio g.a.s Ballarat, Whiteheads Timber Sales Ballarat
CGU Insurance Not for Profit Business Award: Ballarat Cemeteries, Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre, Pinarc Disability Support
Harwood Andrews Franchise/Buying Group Business Award: Beacon Lighting Ballarat, Boost Juice Ballarat, Buxton (Ballarat)
The Courier New and Emerging Business Award: Ballarat Car Sales, Handy Girl Australia, Plate Up Ballarat
Power FM Small Business Award: Ballarat Car Sales, Inspire HQ, Rococo Hair Lounge
Ballarat Technology Park Innovation Award: Advantage Feeders, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Hop Temple
Winners will be named at a gala dinner at the Mercure Ballarat on August 30.