Now in it’s 27th year, the Business Excellence Awards continue to recognise the outstanding achievements of the Greater Bendigo business community through the delivery of the awards program.

Is this year the year your business wins Business of the Year?

We understand that the journey of excellence is different for each business, employee and community organisation. The Business Excellence Awards is a free, capacity building program that allows participants to highlight their business achievements. It provides businesses with the opportunity to evaluate their business on all levels, by completing an application.

Connect your business to new opportunities as a Be.Bendigo Member.

Contact Be.Bendigo during office hours on (03) 5442 7816.

Program Launch

1st May 2020

Nominate a business.

1st May 2020 - 17th May 2020

Submit an application.

18th May 2020 - 14th June 2020

Judging your business.

15th June 2020 - 17th July 2020

Finalists Announced

6th July 2020

Awards Gala event.

7th August 2020

2020 Bendigo Ford Winners Dinner.

Celebrate your business winning in the 2020 program with other winners and award partners at this exclusive event. This is an invitation only event.

Ask us anything workshop.

Are you looking to apply for an award? Join us at our applicants workshop on the 11th and 15th of May 2020.

Finalists Workshop

29th July 2020

Key Dates
The Business Excellence Awards program is an opportunity for our local businesses to reflect on their current practices, achievements and receive recognition for their contribution to a vibrant and prosperous Greater Bendigo.

Improved and developed by Be.Bendigo, the Business Excellence Awards is the only awards program of its kind in Greater Bendigo and directly engages with over 4,500 people in our business community.

With our Major Partner Bendigo Bank and through the support of other Business Excellence Partners, Be.Bendigo is able to deliver the three month awards program with more than 15 award categories available for businesses to apply in.

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The Business Excellence Awards offer entrants, finalists and winners a range of experiences and opportunities that extend far beyond that incredible winning moment. Just ask one of the many businesses that have entered to date.
While a Business Excellence Award recognises the current achievements of a business, it also opens up the possibility of many more in the future.

The thoroughness of the application process focuses on every key part of your business, providing you with the opportunity to take the time to work on your business, rather than in your business.

The Business Excellence Awards aim to inspire business. Whether this be at a grass roots level where your customer nominates your business, encouraging our wider community to buy local or as an initiative you undertake to recognise your staff, all interactions with the awards program are designed to support Greater Bendigo businesses.

By taking the time to reflect on your business and complete an application, you will immediately recognise the opportunity to participate in the Business Excellence Awards program is a special one.

You will make new connections and uncover new opportunities. As an applicant you are invited to our events and updated with regular news that will support and inspire growth in your business.

Each applicant has the chance to become a finalist and meet our experienced Judges. Upon becoming a finalists you will be provided educated and actionable feedback on your application and business. Finalists will receive detailed support to be Awards Gala ready through our Finalist Workshop, feature on our social media and in our communications, as well as receive exclusive invitations and opportunities that extend further than the Business Excellence Awards program.

It’s more than winning an award. The self-reflection, recognition of you and your staffs efforts, as well as the process and participation in the awards program that will give you a strong sense of pride. Fill your business with prestige by showcasing your award win with an esteemed commemorative certificate and trophy that your entire business can enjoy.

Winners will be invited to celebrate together at an exclusive, invitation only, red carpet event with other winners and partners of the Business Excellence Awards program.

As a winner, become a member of Be.Bendigo you will be invited to partake in future interactions and events where you can highlight your achievement and promote your business.

Category winners receive:

  • An award and formal recognition at the Awards Gala event
  • Opportunity to be seen in the Winners Feature, print edition of the Bendigo Advertiser
  • Winners logo that can be displayed in your businesses marketing and communications
  • Promotion as a winner through various marketing and communications undertaken by Be.Bendigo
  • An invitation for 2 to attend the Winners Dinner


Assessed in the context of the organisations overall success, business and financial management, strategy and plan for sustained growth, judges will look for evidence of exceptional delivery, staff engagement, customer service, innovation, ethical practice and business growth.

To be eligible for the Business of the Year Award an applicant must first be a finalist and winner of a business excellence category.The winner of the Business of the Year Award will receive:

  • All inclusive and dditional business excellence category winner benefits as previously listed
  • An award and formal recognition at the Awards Gala event
  • One weekend of the winners choosing in a luxury Audi, gifted by Audi Bendigo
  • Complimentary 12 month membership of Be.Bendigo
  • Opportunity to partake in future Be.Bendigo events as a speaker or presenter
  • Inducted as an Ambassador of Be.Bendigo and the Business Excellence Awards
  • Historical profile listed permanently on the Business Excellence Awards website
  • A 12 month Be.Bendigo marketing package, valued at $2,500
Become a Member of Be.Bendigo.
As the place for business, Be.Bendigo is working hard to ensure your business has every opportunity to succeed.
By joining Be.Bendigo as a member you will contribute to a vibrant business community, build your individual capability, make new connections, grow and develop new opportunities for yourself and your business.

(03) 5442 7816
276 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo VIC 3550

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