Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards

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The business must

  • Conduct business in the town of Jurien Bay, and have no more than 20 full time or equivalent employees at the close of entries.

  • Be registered in Western Australia

  • Have been in operation at least 12 months at the time of entry of the awards

Is your business eligible?

Entry tips

Judges base their decisions solely on the documentation provided. When writing a submission, keep the following in mind:

  • Clearly communicate the complexities of the business

  • Keep it clear and concise

  • Demonstrate growth, include financial ratios or statements

  • Look at judging criteria and try to address each point

  • Show why your business should be business of the year, what makes it special?

  • Tell a story and capture the business character

  • Make sure the format is clear and easy to read

Formatting hints

To make the submission easy to read, it’s a good idea to do the following:

  • Use size 12 font in an easy to read typeface such as Arial, Verdana, Tahoma, Myriad or Times New Roman

  • Use clear headings

  • Keep paragraphs short ie:2-3 sentences

  • Make sure the document is well spaced and not cramped on the page

  • Use bullet points

  • Make sure the submission is easy to photo copy – please do not stick images or samples to the pages

The judging process

The judging panel will be chosen the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards committee.

Nominees will be judges against the following criteria:

  • Business Model                      50% of total assessment

  • Customer Care                       25% of total assessment

  • Business Performance          25% of total assessment

 

Business Model

In assessing the Business Model criteria, four essential elements should be considered:

  • Products and Services 10%

  • Does the business have innovative products and services?

  • Does the business use innovative business practices?

  • Has the business clearly identified a market need for its products and services?

  • Marketing 10%

  • Does the business have an understanding of its target market?

  • Does the business have a marketing strategy and is it effective?

  • Is the business aware of the features that give it a competitive advantage or unique selling point?

  • What is the unique selling proposition?

  • Staffing 10%

  • What sort of strategies does the business employ for recruiting staff?

  • What sort of strategies does the business employ for retaining staff?

  • What sort of programmes and strategies does the business have for the ongoing training and development of staff?

  • What sort of programs does the business have for recognising and rewarding staff?

  • Vision 20%

  • Does the business have plans for growth?

  • Does the business have systems for reviewing and improving its business processes?

  • Does the business have processes in place for ensuring products/services meet market demands and to identify new markets?

  • Is the business developing new products/services?

  • Has the business put in place a strategy or plan to enter new markets?

  • How does the business determine the strategic or long term direction of the business?

 

Customer Care

Some of the issues to consider include:

  • What sort of strategies does the business use for attracting customers?

  • What sort of strategies does the business use for retaining customers?

  • Does the business have a formal Customer Service Plan or Strategy?

  • How does the business measure customer satisfaction?

  • How does the business differentiate products/services from its competitors?

 

Business Performance

Some of the issues to consider include:

  • Growth in business turnover

  • Growth in profitability

  • Expansion into new markets

  • Expansion into new products and services

  • Does the business monitor its performance against its business plan?