The Geelong Business Awards is open to the following:
The business must reside in Geelong & the Bellarine, Surf Coast, Queenscliff, Golden Plains area and be within 40 kms from the Geelong city centre.
Please note: A business also refers to a franchise or organization. It can apply to either a private and/or commercial business or department and to a part or fully funded government organisation or department including training/educational organisations and not for profit organisations.
Have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN);
Have been operating for at least 12 months;
If entering for the Emerging Business Category, have been operating between 12 to 36 months;
Previous Business of the Year Award winners will not be eligible to enter a business category for the three years following their win i.e. Business of the Year winner in 2019 cannot enter in 2020, 2021 or 2022;
Individual category: Young Entrepreneur entrants must be within the age category 18 years 40 years as of the time of entries closing date;
Sponsors and Partners of the awards are allowed to enter, however must not enter the category that they sponsor or represent;
The business that a Judge represents or owns is not allowed to enter the awards;
Geelong Chamber of Commerce Board Members and their associated business are allowed to enter (as long as they are not a judge);
In the event that retiring judges wish (either individually or their business which they own all or part of and/or are employed at) to enter or re-enter the awards, they must sit out for a minimum of 1 year from their retirement from the judging panel.