Shoalhaven businesses, with the 2020 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards now open, are being encouraged to showcase their achievements and submit an entry.
While the Shoalhaven's own Business Awards have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, President of the Shoalhaven Business Chamber, Jemma Tribe, is encouraging her members to enter the 2020 Illawarra Business Awards program and get the recognition they deserve.
"Now is the time for businesses across the Shoalhaven to share their experiences and get the recognition they deserve for the remarkable resilience they have shown in a very challenging year," Mrs Tribe said.
"While we hope to hold a local end of year celebration that pays tribute to the many businesses who have gone above and beyond throughout this unprecedented year, the 2020 Illawarra Business Awards program presents a great opportunity to take part in an awards program of regional significance."
Executive Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber Adam Zarth said he looked forward to welcoming Shoalhaven businesses into the awards program again this year, which would be made easier with the judging process now entirely virtual.
"The 2020 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards are open to businesses across the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands as well as the Illawarra, and given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 lockdown this year, it was more important than ever that we celebrate the resilience, strength and adaptability of our business community," Mr Zarth said.
"We are working to arrange an outstanding gala awards night, with this year's theme, 'An Evening Under the Stars', symbolising the businesses who, despite challenging conditions, are shining brighter than ever."
There are 11 categories open for entry that will recognise the achievements of business across a wide range of areas including innovation and adaptability, workplace culture, sustainability, customer service, import and export, digital service delivery and resilience, as well as the inspirational employees and business leaders in the community.
The 2020 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards black-tie gala ceremony will be held on Friday, 16 October at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, and finalists will be announced on Wednesday, 26 August 2020.
To enter, visit illawarrabusiness.awardsplatform.com, or call the Illawarra Business Chamber on (02) 4223 0319.