The Deakin University Business of the Year will be selected from the category winners.
Deakin is one of a new breed of global universities – agile, dynamic and innovative.
From its beginnings as Victoria’s first regional university 42 years ago, to its current ranking among the top three per cent of universities worldwide, Deakin has had a consistent goal – to work in partnership with local and international industries, governments, communities and educational organisations to make a difference in the world.
Deakin collaborates with organisations and communities within Australia and across 40 countries around the world to provide better and more accessible individual educational outcomes and work with communities to positively contribute to growth and sustainability.
Business Leader of the Year
Open to all business professionals who can demonstrate successful management skills
Adroit are a team of over 140 dedicated insurance and risk advisers based in 9 locations across regional & metropolitan Victoria. Adroit specialise in providing a full spectrum of General Insurance, Financial Services and Workers Compensation expertise and risk management advice to over 25,000 clients.
As insurance & risk professionals Adroit’s dedicated team partner with you to identify your individual risk profile, to deeply understand your circumstances and needs. Why? Because true protection only comes with true understanding – and understanding allows Adroit to provide the best possible protection for you, your family and your business – when you need it most.
So, take on tomorrow by experiencing the confidence of insurance and risk solutions specific to your needs, with Adroit.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Open to all business professionals aged between 18 and 40 years.
Deakin Business School prepares graduates for careers of the future. We harness emerging technologies to facilitate innovative, borderless, and personalised education. Our research informs our practice and impacts the communities whom we engage. We provide opportunities for our students to grow through real world experiences, such as business internships, international study tours and in leadership positions as student mentors. We operate across three campuses in Victoria – Geelong Waterfront, Melbourne Burwood and Warrnambool, enabling us to have a unique connectivity to metropolitan and regional students.
Emerging Business – Under 3 years
Open to all businesses that have been operating for three years or less.
As one of Victoria’s largest regional stand-alone TAFE's, The Gordon has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of options in vocational ‘hands-on’ training with one of the most comprehensive suites of courses in Western Victoria.
Students can choose from hundreds of short courses and nationally accredited qualifications across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create a pathway to university.
Advanced Manufacturing & Industry
Open to all businesses operating in the manufacturing, building or trade industries.
Our commitment to stocking the Best Brands at the Lowest Prices is renowned throughout the trade and matched by the Hardings family commitment to providing exemplary customer service and product advice in everything we do.
Open to all businesses that operate 10 km or more from Geelong CBD
Gforce Employment Solutions matches your business with the best people. Our extensive expertise, highly trained and professional local staff can provide businesses in the region with a total employment solution. Whether it be apprentices, trainees, temporary staff, permanent staff or human resource advice, Gforce will become your committed partner for long term success.
With over 30 years experience, our quality recruitment services will reduce your business risk and cost, increase your competitive advantage and make your life easier.
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate a high standard of customer service using resources to the maximum efficiency while consistently looking to improve.
At Westpac, we have 200 years' experience supporting our customers to achieve their financial goals through good times and bad. We provide a broad range of banking and financial services – including retail, business and institutional banking. As Australia’s first bank and Australia’s first company, we put service at the heart of everything we do. We have a proud history of stepping up to be first for our customers, communities and people: from rescue helicopters to signing the Equator Principles, from adding biometric technology to our banking apps and being first on the scene with a helping hand in times of crisis. For more, see: www.westpac.com.au
Open to all retail businesses that sell commodities directly to consumers.
Roderick Insurance Brokers (RIB) is a locally owned, family business operating from offices in Geelong and Werribee. We are led by our Managing Director Keith Roderick who has been operating the business since 1986. The business began as a small family business and over 30 years it has grown into one of the largest regional brokerages in Victoria.
RIB employ a team of 30 highly experienced and qualified staff who are on hand to provide advice on all of your insurance needs. We strive for excellence in every aspect of our business.
Family Business – Second Generation or more
Open to all businesses that have at least second generation members of the family working in the business.
Harwood Andrews is one of Victoria’s leading law firms, with a long-standing record of providing specialised legal services
to family business and individuals. Harwood Andrews are proud and long-time supporters of the communities in which we operate and, as a firm, believe in the benefits of building strong and meaningful community partnerships.
Health and Wellbeing
Open to all businesses operating within the health sector including pharmacies, medical, clinics, allied health, health centres, medical specialists, dentists, holistic healing, psychologists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, fitness centres, weight loss assistance etc.
Chris Mackey & Associates are committed to improving mental health services, locally and beyond. They have developed over 21 years to be the largest psychology practice in Geelong.
Their purpose is to help people of all ages transform psychological problems into personal growth.
Their mission is to improve mental health services locally and beyond. Their overall aim is to encourage an optimistic approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Tourism & Hospitality
Open to all businesses that operate in the hospitality and tourism industry.
There’s never been a more exciting time to be in Tourism.
Our reputation as a short break for Melburnians is growing, driven by our coastal assets, events and the personality of the region as a smart but comfortable destination. The breadth and quality of our gastronomic experiences and some incredible key attractions are driving more and more visitors to our region.
In fact, just last year tourism was worth over $942m to the local economy supporting over 4900 jobs.
Home Based and Micro Business – 1 to 3 Employees/FTE*
Open to all businesses that are operating with 1 to 3 full time or equivalent employees. Automatic entry by number of employees.
Web Force 5 provide powerful website functionality for a fraction of the cost of comparable options, whilst ensuring that the initial development and ongoing management of your website is easy. All Web Force 5 customers are assigned locally based Account Managers who provide free assistance and guidance as required as part of the Web Force 5 service commitment.
Web Force 5 has developed a website platform that the average home computer user can manage allowing you to avoid the normal ongoing charges. Whether you want to create a new web page or image gallery, change the prices in the online store or send your quarterly e-newsletter, it’s easy, it happens immediately and you get all of the functionality without any additional costs.
Innovation, Research & Development
Recognises leadership through the practical application of innovative solutions.
Viva Energy is a truly local energy business. We own and operate the Geelong refinery and are committed to local manufacturing in Australia. Viva Energy is proud of the significant contribution the refinery makes to the economy supplying over half of Victoria’s fuel needs and employing more than 750 people locally.
Medium to Large Business or Division/Department of a business – 21+ Employees/FTE*
Open to all businesses that are operating with 21 or more full time employees. Automatic entry by number of employees.
Lyons Construction is Geelong's largest and oldest Construction Company which specialises in medium to large scale commercial building projects. We are a third generation family business with an enviable reputation earned over many years, built on performance, integrity and experience.
The company's project base currently takes in Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, Surfcoast Shire, Werribee and the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.
Small Business or Division/Department of a business – 4 to 20 Employees/FTE*
Open to all businesses that are operating with 4 to 20 full time or equivalent employees. Automatic entry by number of employees.
LBW aim to provide a complete range of quality business solutions and specialist knowledge by a team of approachable professional in a timely manner.
LBW has been in business for 30 years and provides services to clients ranging from individual tax returns to subsidiaries of multinational companies with the majority of clients being family businesses and high wealth individuals.
Services include tax advice, business advisory, audit, valuation services, estate planning superannuation and financial planning.
Best First Year Entry
Open to all businesses that have not previously entered the Awards.
Enterprise Geelong will bring a fresh, innovative and focused approach to greater Geelong’s economic development.
They are showing that Geelong is a ‘can do city’ and that we have a ‘can do council’ – they'll be making it very clear to investors in Australia and overseas that Geelong is a great place to do business.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Acknowledges the acceptance of corporate social responsibility while promoting inclusion in the workplace, community or other area which has lead towards the enrichment of the lives of those who are disabled or disadvantaged.
GenU (formerly Karingal St Laurence) has been helping people with a disability and those experiencing disadvantage to realise their dreams for over 65 years. As a community based not-for-profit we are committed to delivering programs that make a difference and although we now have over 200 sites across the country, we will always call Geelong home. Corporate Social Responsibility is fundamental to growing our community and we congratulate all of this year’s nominations.
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate a high level of understanding towards accessibility while putting it to practice within their business
As a major employer in the Geelong region, the Transport Accident Commission is committed to influencing and supporting the communities in which our staff live and work. The TAC’s mission is to be the world’s leading social insurer. We offer financial support to people injured in transport accidents, educate the community about road safety and improve Victoria’s road network.
At the TAC we value life, we make every conversation count, we will find a better way, today, and we make the complicated simple. These values guide our behaviour, our thinking and the support we provide.
Health Promoting Workplace
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate a recognition of, and commitment to supporting a health promoting workplace.
Barwon Health is the region’s leading health service and it aims to work together with the community to build healthier lives inspired by world-class standards. With our consumers at the forefront, Barwon Health excels in delivering efficient, integrated care, education and research to advance health and wellbeing for all.
Working across five pillars, Barwon Health is committed to respecting the people we work with, showing compassion always, the highest quality in everything we do, being accountable and driving innovation or better care.
Clever & Creative Sustainable Business
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate eco-efficient initiatives that are good for the business and the environment.
Economically healthy and environmentally responsible businesses are valued by our community. Faced with challenges like climate change and economic adjustment, the region has pursued a collaborative and innovative approach to Geelong becoming more resilient and adaptive. The Future Proofing Geelong partnership focuses on the City becoming more sustainable, more liveable and more productive by promoting practices which work towards a low carbon future.
Major Media Partner
93.9 BayFM is your proud and passionate local station, if it’s happening in Geelong it’s on 93.9 Bay FM; 100% local News, weather, traffic and great music.
BayFM has a broad 35 plus audience with a slight female skew. You’ll find BayFM involved in the community and business broadcasting from schools, sporting events, local businesses and festivals. Start your day with BayFM's Morning Crew ‘Hayden and Milly’ and drive home from 4pm with Mark Hyland and The Catch Up team.
Loving life and Loving Geelong and our region – Geelong’s 93.9 BayFM.
Robot Army Productions is a group of once-freelance videographers who pushed the limits as far as possible working alone, joining together like Voltron to become a video production company juggernaut that is quickly gaining a reputation for our creativity, authenticity, and the courage to stand out.
Little Creatures loves supporting and giving back to our local community, so much so we brewed a beer especially for Geelong, and so Furphy was born. Come down to the Little Creatures Brewery for a cold beer, some delicious food and a range of mystical events for everyone to enjoy.
The Pier Geelong is uniquely positioned 250 metres over the water with floor to ceiling windows and spectacular waterfront views. This immaculate venue provides a flexible and centralised floor plan with the ability to provide an intimate setting of 50 guests to a large gala dinner for over 500 guests.
Snap Geelong specialise in providing fast, efficient and high quality solutions to all your print, design and website needs. Not only do the team at Snap Geelong deliver professional results and get your job done quickly they also take the time to learn about your business to help you get the most from your printed collateral.
From business cards to booklets, posters to banners and everything in between, the team at Snap Geelong can help you take your brand to the next level!
Business or pleasure - Avalon Airport is the easy way to fly. A simple drive and parking right out the front, or the option of grabbing the SkyBus from Geelong. Passengers stay connected with free wifi whilst charging mobile devices and enjoying a beverage by the gate. Direct flights to KL begin later this year, opening international opportunities for work and play. Avalon Airport. Flying made easy.
Small Business Victoria is a branch within the Victorian Government that helps businesses to plan, start and grow by providing information, expert business advice and low cost and local skills development training opportunities. Services include the Small Business Bus, mentoring programs, workshops and events around Victoria.
Print Media Partner
The Geelong Independent is a local free weekly newspaper delivered to houses in the Geelong region in Victoria that truly connects people and communities.
Established in 1982, Scott and Belinda Austin are second generation owners with a passion to craft Pinot Noir for the people, as well as Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz to be seriously shared. Austins & Co. affectionately stands for the company we love to keep - our circle of friends, family and followers - and the quality conversations that can be sparked by a glass of two of our wines. Brands include Austins & Co. and 6Ft6.