THE business community came together last Tuesday March 22nd, to launch the 2016 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards.
Commerce Ballarat Chair David Wright welcomed guests to the launch touched on 2015 and the few ‘firsts’ that took place – the hosting of B3; taking over BisNet; and the start of a relationship with the Federation Business School as the naming rights sponsor of the these awards. “We were thrilled with the additional opportunities that this relationship is providing not only to Commerce but also to our members,” he said. “Tonight is the start of what will be another successful awards campaign.” Executive Dean Federation Business School, Assoc Prof Bob O’Shea, said that on behalf of the business faculty at the school, they are committed to making a difference to people, the organisations, and the communities in which they serve and they do that in a number of different ways. “One of the ways we try to do that is deciding to partner with Commerce Ballarat and we did that because we think a thriving community really needs a thriving business community,” he said.
“We all want to be part of a thriving community, a good prosperous, healthy city to raise our kids in, the best to retire in, or visit and part of what makes a community, city, region great is business.
“There are other things, you need infrastructure, health, education and those sorts of things, but thriving business is an absolute key to a thriving community.” Mr O’Shea encouraged all businesses to enter the awards because it makes them step back and take a good hard look, analyze the business – take it apart and put it back together, and try to build a plan for success, for excellence. “These awards are not so much the prize on the night but the process of going through it, the analytical hard look at your business, deciding what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t be doing,” he said.
Nominations are now open and will close at 5pm on Thursday, April 28, 2016. For more information visit www.commerceballarat.com.au