Free online submissions for the 2023 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards are closing today, Friday 21 July. The prestigious awards, created by Precedent Productions, celebrate the growing number of female small business owners from across the country.

The popular awards programme has already seen thousands of entries for the diverse awards which represent more than 55 small business categories across a broad range of industries and sectors. Precedent Productions, renowned for putting exceptional small businesses in the spotlight, are encouraging female hospitality small business owners to nominate themselves for the lucrative awards and inspire more women in their sector to enter into ownership positions.

“There’s no doubting the rising success of female small business owners from all corners of this country,” says Steve Loe, Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions.

“Precedent Productions has been running the Australian Small Business Champion Awards since 1999 but especially during the past few years, we’ve noticed such a steep rise in the success of female-owned small businesses that we deemed it appropriate to have a standalone awards programme that showcases and honours the truly impressive work of women in small business.”

Research by the Australian Government suggests that female small business owners make up more than one-third of all small businesses. While female employees dominate the hospitality and tourism sectors, a significant minority of these women are small business owners or working in senior leadership roles.

Seasoned business awards judge Jo Buchanan said: “An award from a credible source can help to signify that a small business has ‘arrived’ and can also really work wonders in terms of boosting morale.”

“Telling your customers or clients how great your business is simply pales in comparison to independent, third party endorsement. Business awards hold huge marketing power, which can ultimately boost your bottom line.”

“It’s safe to presume that the vast majority of Australian women in small businesses would be time-poor and so, the time and effort required for a quality award application can be initially off-putting; however, the long term benefits can be simply priceless.”

Finalists will be notified during August, before the awards culminate in a National Presentation Evening Gala Event on Saturday 23 September. The awards ceremony, hosted by popular Australian broadcaster Deborah Knight, will take place at the new Western Sydney Conference Centre at Penrith in NSW.

To submit a free entry online before the closing date, visit

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