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It's time to enter the 2017 Rising Stars Awards program. Registrations close Friday 12 May 2017. 

The Rising Stars Awards provide an annual platform to showcase organisations that have sustained solid rates of growth.  In 2016, we opened the Rising Stars awards to all private or public companies based in Western Australia, large and small, old and new. The Awards program is not just for new companies - it's for any WA company that:

  • is based in Western Australia;
  • has shown growth over the past few years;
  • would like to build its profile; and
  • wishes to inspire others to grow their enterprises.

If you are one of these, we would welcome your registration for a 2017 Rising Stars Award.

ENTRY CRITERIA

For participation in the 2017 Rising Stars Awards program an applicant must:

  • be a Western Australian public or private enterprise (headquarters situated in WA);
  • have achieved overall growth over the past three financial years;
  • exhibit growth in one or more of the following areas over recent financial years:  turnover, profit and/or staffing numbers, digital statistics (eg usage, traffic, app downloads);
  • be able to demonstrate how the company’s growth has been maintained from previous years, what the likely end of 2016/17 position to budget should be, and what is being done to work towards growth in this current market over the coming financial years;
  • be willing to substantiate growth figures (only if required and requested, for confirmation by the judging panel); and
  • adhere to category specific criteria (see below).

Entry Submission Guidelines: The Rising Stars 2017 Entry Guide

Advice on winning business awards: Download this article written by Charlie Gunningham.

AWARD CATEGORIES:

  • STARTUP are businesses set up after July 2014, have had less than three completed financial years of trading, usually have scalable business models and are aiming to disrupt an established industry using technology.
  • MICRO businesses (a new category for 2017) are organisations with less than 5 full time equivalent staff (as at 30 March 2017), and have been trading for at least the last three financial years.
  • SMALL businesses are organisations with less between 5 and 20 full time equivalent staff (as at 30 March 2017) and have been trading for at least the last three financial years.
  • MEDIUM businesses are organisations with more than 20 but less than 100 full time equivalent staff (as at 30 March 2017) and have been trading for at least the last three financial years.
  • LARGE businesses are organisations with more than 100 full time equivalent staff (as at 30 March 2017) and have been trading for at least the last three financial years.
  • FAMILY businesses are organisations that are family-owned and run and have been trading for at least the last three financial years.
  • INDIGENOUS businesses are organisations that are owned and/or run by indigenous people, and have been trading for at least the last three financial years.
  • NOT FOR PROFIT / CHARITY businesses are organisations that are run as not for profit and/or have official charity status, and have been trading for at least the last three financial years.
  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICES businesses are organisations that are in the professional services sector (lawyers, accountants …) and have been trading for at least the last three financial years.
  • DIVERSITY (a new category for 2017) for organisations that have been trading for at least the last three financial years and have championed diversity in the workplace and managment, be it the employment of women, people with disabilities, a variety of ethnicities or migrants or ages etc.  

Clarification: To have been trading for "at least the last three financial years" means the business was trading sometime during the 2013/14 year, or earlier.

Note: Business News reserves the right to withdraw an award in the event that a winning company goes into administration within 12 months of having received a Business News Rising Stars award.

You may enter multiple categories.

Awards Celebration Cocktail Party 

Winners will be celebrated at the Rising Stars Awards Cocktail function on Wednesday 28 June 2017 (from 6pm at Beaumonde On The Point).  Ticket sales for the cocktail celebration will be available soon.