Media Release, 30 January 2019

South Australian small and medium businesses encouraged to nominate for prestigious Telstra Business Awards
Wednesday 30 January 2019 – Nominations are now open for the 2019 Telstra Business Awards, the program that celebrates and recognises the very best in business, and helps propel them to greater heights. 

Figures show that 2018 was a record-breaking year for the number of nominations in Telstra’s Awards program, however, there was also an 18 per cent decrease in selfnominations compared to 2017. 

Telstra is encouraging South Australian small and medium businesses, as well as not-forprofit organisations and social enterprises, to make 2019 the year they put their business in the spotlight by nominating for the Awards. 

Telstra Business Awards Ambassador and Acting Group Executive, Telstra Consumer & Small Business, Michael Ackland, said business owners should back themselves and take a chance by nominating for this year’s Awards.

“A successful business owner is a special breed with unique characteristics. They’re hungry. They’re creative. They’re bold. But at times, they’re also unsure.

“Having no one to answer to can be liberating, but it can also foster as much self-doubt as it can confidence. Applying for the Telstra Business Awards is a great way to put your business to the test and prove to yourself that you’re better than you think you are,” he said.

Now in its 27th year, the Awards program is designed to help business people analyse, evaluate and improve their operations, and thrive in the future. As part of nominating, every entrant will receive a Personalised In-Depth Business Report with professional insights, advice and guidance to help improve the future of their business. Research shows that half of the businesses that read their report said they would make changes as a result.

Hien Nguyen, Director and Co-founder of Happy Way, a protein powder company and 2018 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year, said the experience of entering the Awards was empowering.

“It may just be the boost you need to take your business to the next level. Being able to say we have an iconic company like Telstra supporting us has been extremely valuable for Happy Way. It has given us solid credibility and confidence,” he said.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding business by heading to the website today:

Nominations are open until 5pm AEDT, 7 March 2019.

Media contact:

Chris Marks 0475 963 824  

Media reference number: 005/2019