Kinaway Business Awards

The Kinaway Chamber of Commerce has announced our inaugural Business Awards Night, celebrating and championing our members and partners who are doing outstanding work in their fields. The awards recognise our members who have shown strength, resilience, and innovation in their businesses over the past 12 months and acknowledge our partners who have demonstrated their commitment to working with the Indigenous business sector in Victoria. 

 

The Kinaway Business Awards offer a unique opportunity for businesses to have their hard work, commitment and, of course, success, recognised by their peers and the wider community. 

 

RSVP to the awards night here!

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Award winners will receive: 

  • A plaque and certificate presented at the Kinaway Business Awards Night Ceremony. 
  • Exclusive use of winner title and logo in your corporate communications. 
  • Recognition in local media. 
  • Logo displayed on the Kinaway Business awardees page. 

 

The Kinaway Business Awards Night Ceremony will take place online over live stream on the 29th October 2021 from 6-8pm. The ceremony will feature live music, an address from Kinaway’s CEO Scott McCartney, and of course, the award winners will be announced.

 

Kinaway is also excited to welcome our wonderful MC, Shelley Ware!

Shelley Ware is the host of the web show ‘Colour of Your Jumper’ and hosts her own Facebook show ‘Ware2Now?’, sharing everyday people’s stories. She is a member of ABC’s ‘Outersanctum’ podcast, also appearing regularly on the Facebook show ‘Broad Radio’. Shelley writes a fortnightly AFL column for the Koori Mail. She is well known as part of the ground-breaking NITV-SBS football program ‘Marngrook’. Shelley is also a well sought-after Master of Ceremonies and a regular keynote presenter to corporations and events, espousing her perspective on females in sport, AFLM and AFLW, Aboriginal issues, childhood education and her own journey. She was named the 2019 Fujitsu General Football Woman of the Year.⠀

Shelley is also a teacher and is passionate about embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture into classrooms and the national curriculum. She consults and works closely with schools, teaching and upskilling staff and leadership in Aboriginal history and culture. Shelley hosts workshops in Aboriginal history, culture and art within primary and secondary school classrooms around Australia

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Member Awards Categories: 

    • Excellence Award  
    • Up-and-Coming Business Award 
    • The Best Collaboration 
    • Social Media Excellence Award 
    • Social Enterprise Award 
    • Resilience Award 
    • Sista’s in Business Award 
    • Regional Business Award 
    • Creative Business Award 

 

Partner Award Categories:

    • The Best Collaboration 
    • Excellence Award 

 

Key Dates: 

Applications open: 27th September 2021 

Applications close: 17th October 2021

Judging week: 18th-22nd October 2021

Kinaway Business Awards Night Ceremony: 29th October 2021 6-8pm 

Member Eligibility Criteria for Kinaway Business Awards: 

  • Business is identified as more is or more then 50% Aboriginal / or Torres Strait Islander owned.  
  • Business is registered and operates in Victoria.  
  • Kinaway Chamber of Commerce member – if aren’t a member, please apply here. 

 

Member Award Nomination: 

Excellence Award 

This award recognises a business that is achieving outstanding outcomes in their field. To win this award, the business must demonstrate that they are leaders in their industry and show exceptional business achievement and outstanding practices. Judges will not define excellence in just monetary terms, but also consider excellence in social and cultural spheres. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must have been a registered business for at least three (3) years 
  • Must have been a Kinaway member for at least 12months 
  • Must be a current Kinaway member in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Up-and-Coming Business Award 

The Up-and-Coming Business Award is presented to a young business that has built a solid foundation in their business and industry and ready for growth. The judges will be looking for a business that set-up solid foundations and demonstrates an appetite and capability for growth. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Be a sole trader or a sole trader company (one owner/director)  
  • Must have been a registered business prior to 1 July 2020 
  • Must have been in business for less than 3 years (from the above date) 
  • Must be a current Kinaway member in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

The Best Collaboration 

This award recognises an Aboriginal business has collaborated with another business to achieve an important, innovative or new solution in the past year. The award will be presented to a member business that demonstrates evidence in their application of the unique collaboration and resulting achievements. The judges will be looking for evidence of the balance and contribution of both parties to the collaboration including a demonstrated ethics. Please submit one application form with both businesses’ details included for this award. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must have collaborated with another business in relation to an activity, service or product from 1 July 2020 
  • The collaboration must be a balanced collaboration involving a partnering process, not only a financial exchange. e.g. a collaboration is NOT one business paying another for services rendered 
  • At least one business must be a current Kinaway member located in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Social Media Excellence Award 

This award acknowledges a business that has a demonstrated excellence in social media marketing in the past year. The winner will have a well-targeted and engaging approach to marketing on social media that has considerably contributed to their success.  You may use followers, engagement stats, conversion rates as evidence. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria:  

  • Must use at least two social media platforms for the business 
  • Must be a current Kinaway member in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Social Enterprise Award 

The Social Enterprise Award recognises a member business that has contributed significantly to the Aboriginal community or other Aboriginal businesses. The business must provide evidence in their application of their business achievements and how they have helped others and made an impact on their community. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria:  

  • Must be a social enterprise, B-Corp or a commercial enterprise of a not-for-profit 
  • The business must be focussed on social impact or sustainability outcomes and demonstrate their outputs 
  • Must be a current Kinaway member in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Resilience Award 

This award acknowledges a business owner who has successfully adapted to overcome a business disruption such as the COVID-19 pandemic, bushfires, personal challenges etc. The judges will be looking for a business that has experienced and overcome a significant disruption to their business in the past two years and how their business has recovered. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Have experienced a significant unforeseen business disruption event in the past two years. 
  • Must be a current Kinaway member in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Sistas in Business Award  

This award acknowledges the achievement of a First Nations, female-led businesses owner. This award recognises significant business achievement in the past twelve months between 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must own a registered business prior to 1 July 2020 
  • The business must be owned by 50% or more, First Nations, Female Business owners  
  • Must be a current Kinaway member in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Regional Business Award   

The Regional Business Award acknowledges significant business achievement that a regional business has made in their community or industry. The judges will be looking for the positive impacts and outcomes of your work. This award recognises significant business achievement in the past twelve months between 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria:  

  • The business must be registered on the Australian Business Register as being located in Regional Victoria. 
  • This award recognises significant business achievement in the past twelve months between 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 
  • The business must have been operating in Regional Victoria during the above period. 
  • Must be a current Kinaway member in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Creative Business Award  

The Creative Business Award acknowledges a First Nations business owner in the field of the arts and creative industries. Whether in design, music, visual art or any creative practice, this award celebrates business innovation, creativity and uniqueness. We are interested in your creative achievements in the past 12 months and are looking for any innovation in your practice, business and strategic direction. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must be a registered business prior to 1 July 2020 
  • Must demonstrate creative achievements or be recognised for your creative achievements 
  • This award recognises significant business achievement in the past twelve months between 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 
  • Must be a current Kinaway member in Victoria 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Corporate Partner Award Nomination: 

The Best Collaboration 

This award recognises one partner business/organisation that has demonstrated a track record of Indigenous engagement excellence. The winning business will have shaped outstanding growth and development through effective Indigenous collaboration and engagement to maximise their performance. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must be a current Kinaway Partner 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

 

Excellence Award 

The Excellence Award acknowledges a Corporate Partner that is building the capacity of Indigenous business, creating opportunities and proactively engaging Indigenous people and community. The judges will be looking for partners that incorporate Kinaway goals into their business strategies, core decision-making and company culture, and overall show a great commitment to the growth of the Indigenous business sector. 

 

This award has the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must be a current Kinaway Partner 

 

Nominate a business for this award here. 

Nomination Information: 

The nomination forms will be run through an online portal. The link for each award nomination is available under each of the award descriptions above. The nomination form will require you to write a response to the above award criteria and attach any relevant documents. If you are selected as the winner for a category, you will be contacted by Kinaway so we can put together some content about you and your business for the Awards Ceremony on the 29th October. 

 

Judging 

There are nine award categories for member businesses and two award categories for partner businesses.  

The winner of each category will be determined by a panel of judges from the Kinaway Chamber of Commerce. 

  • The decision made by the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  • All judges will have a signed confidentiality agreement.  
  • The Kinaway Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to declare an entry submission ineligible if, in the reasonable opinion of the judges, the entrant is unable to represent or promote the awards in a satisfactory manner. 
  • All submissions will be destroyed after the awards have concluded. 

 

Entry Tips 

The judges are looking for demonstrated excellence in nominations and will base their decision on the quality and clarity of documentation provided. 

 

Begin your nomination by addressing the selection criteria specific to your category. When writing your nomination, it is important to keep the following in mind:  

  • Do not assume that the judges are aware of your company;  
  • Clearly communicate the complexities of the business;  
  • Explain your products or services in non-technical terms;  
  • Share a story that captures the character of the business;  
  • Use clear examples to illustrate your innovating and special achievements;  
  • Highlight key factors you consider make your business a success.  

 

To ensure details in your nomination are easily understood, by persons with limited knowledge of your business, it can be useful to ask someone outside of your company to read and give feedback as to whether it clearly addresses the selection criteria. 

 

All applying businesses must be registered with Kinaway as a member or partner. 

 

Applications close: 17th October 2021

Judging week: 18th-22nd October 2021

 

Support Available: 

If you have any questions or require any support during the next few weeks, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

 

Claire Waddell-Wood 

Email: clairew@kinaway.com.au  

Phone: (03) 9416 2304