Terms and Conditions
Hints and Tips


  • Applications Open - 19 April 2021

  • Applications Close - 31 May 2021

  • Judging - 4 to 16 June 2021



1. How to enter:

1.1. To enter the Coffs Coast Business Awards all applicants must read and understand the terms and conditions and complete the on-line entry form for your chosen category.

1.2. All entrants or nominations must operate in an area bounded by Grafton in the north, Nambucca / Macksville in the south, Dorrigo in the west and all locations in between.
1.3. To enter you must be web-enabled to enter the awards on the Coffs Coast Awards Website - www.coffscoastbusinessawards.com.au . You will use your email account to Upload your completed Entry Forms.

1.4. All entries for consideration must be lodged online and include the required information.
1.5. By lodging your submission, you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of entry
1.6. Your entry must be submitted by 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time on the 31st May 2021.  Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to extend or vary the entry period if required, before or after the award entry period commences.
1.7. Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to declare any entry ineligible, if during the term of the award process your entry form is incomplete or deficient, false or misleading in any way.

1.8. All entrants or nominations must be registered with the ATO as a business and hold a current ABN number.

1.9. Questions to be answered in order as per the entry form/s.

1.10. Be concise with your answers – remember more words do not necessarily make a better entry.

1.11 All entries must submit 4 high resolution (large file size) landscape images in JPEG format. Images will be used in the multimedia presentation on the awards night. Please re-name your JPG files to include the catagory you are entering eg. sustainablity1.jpg / sustainabilty2.jpg etc or retail1.jpg / retail2.jpg / retail3.jpg etc.

1.12 For those entering into more than one category a separate entry is required for each category.

2. Confidentiality

2.1. All information provided in the entry form will be used for the purpose of judging only and will be treated as commercial-in-confidence by Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce

2.2. Your privacy is protected and all entries are regarded as CONFIDENTIAL and all individuals involved in the judging process are required to complete a Confidentiality Agreement.

2.3. If you are selected as a finalist, the information provided in the entry will be used for the purpose of promoting the Awards and your business.

2.4. By submitting an entry, all entrants acknowledge and agree that the Coffs Coast Business Awards and all associated intellectual property, branding and images are the exclusive property of Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce Inc. The Chamber grants to entrants a licence to mention or feature the Coffs Coast Business Awards (and the entrant’s results) in their respective social media accounts but entrants must obtain the Chamber’s written consent before engaging in any other publicity, media interviews or media features concerning the Coffs Coast Business Awards.


3. Judging Panel

3.1. All entries are judged by a panel of subject matter experts, selected from business and community leaders from within the local region. The judging panel reserves the right to place your entry into a category it feels most appropriate. The judging panel reserves the right to create or delete categories based on the entries received.

3.2. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

3.3. Judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and disclose any conflict of interest.

3.4. Judges are encouraged to provide comments for all entrants.  The judges' comments can be made available following the announcement of the Business of the Year winner at the Coffs Coast Business Awards Gala Night - Date to be advised..

3.5 If you require feedback from the judges your request must be made in writing (email) within 14 days of the Gala Awards Night.

4. Hints and Tips

4.1. Use the word count effectively - take it to the maximum. If it helps start, with dot points when answering questions, then go back and put the "meat on the bones".  You may need to cull some of your ideas out if you go over the word count; maybe they could be used in another criteria.

4.2. "Sell yourself" - no one else is going to "blow your trumpet" - the reader needs to "feel" your "passion" for your business.  Make them want to "turn the page".  Show/ demonstrate the "Wow " factor.

4.3. Make sure you stick to the criteria.

4.4. Make sure you read and answer all the questions - it is easy to miss a question and then this will not be beneficial to you in the judging process.

​4.5. If you are using examples - ensure they are measurable - for example: maybe use % in growth, numbers increased by a certain amount after the promotion etc.

4.6 Have someone else read your application before you submit it, check that what you are saying flows / makes sense; check the spelling and grammar.

4.7 This link to the Small Business Toolkit, may serve as a useful tool to assist and provide guidance for entrants in any business in establishing a safety management system for their workplace be it small, medium or large – to better understand what health and safety compliance looks like and how relatively simple it can be to achieve without being costly. Small Business Tool Kit.