Everything you need to know about the 2019 Annual Business Awards

Voting has now closed in the 2019 Annual Business Awards

Voting in the Port Stephens Examiner's 2019 Annual Business Awards is now open.

Voting opened on Thursday, July 4 and will end 5pm on Wednesday, August 7.

Residents are once again being encouraged to get behind their favourite businesses and vote for them in the awards which are designed to recognise excellence in business and customer service across Port Stephens.

Businesses do not nominate themselves in the awards. It is up to customers to vote for their favourites businesses, thereby selecting them to go in the running for an award. The five businesses that attract the most votes in each of the 40 awards categories (full list below) at the end of the voting period become the finalists.

The official voting forms will be available in each edition of the Examiner in between those dates. A voting form and posters to help you promote that you want customers to vote for you are available for download below.

Voting can also be done online.


Awards judging will be done between August 12 and September 6. The business judged the best (highest points from the entire judging process) will win the overall award and a $15,000 advertising package with the Examiner.

Category 31: Real Estate - Sales winners - Century 21 Curtis and Blair Medowie. Jane Blair and Tiffany Jeffery.

Category 31: Real Estate - Sales winners - Century 21 Curtis and Blair Medowie. Jane Blair and Tiffany Jeffery.

Voters can find red boxes to drop in voting forms at:

  • Forever Hair and Beauty, Medowie
  • Spinning Wheel Hotel, Raymond Terrace
  • Wests Nelson Bay Diggers
  • Nelson Bay Bowling Club
  • Medowie Sport and Business Centre
  • Nelson Bay Golf Club and;
  • The Examiner's Raymond Terrace office

Voters go in the draw to win a $1000 shopping voucher to MarketPlace Raymond Terrace.

The voter prize will be drawn at the awards night, which will be held at Shoal Bay Country Club on Wednesday, October 16.

This year, those who buy a ticket to attend the awards night will go in the draw to win a one night stay at Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney.

The overall winner announcement in 2018:

The 2019 Annual Business Awards is sponsored by:

  • Forever Hair and Beauty Medowie
  • Medowie Family and Sports Physio
  • Port Stephens Council
  • East Coast Timber Floors and More
  • Nelson Bay Bowling Club
  • Raymond Terrace MarketPlace and;
  • Tomaree Business Chamber


Category 17: Fitness. Imugi Martial Arts, Williamtown. Kelly O'Brien, Tony Gillespie.

Category 17: Fitness. Imugi Martial Arts, Williamtown. Kelly O'Brien, Tony Gillespie.

I am a business owner, what do I do for the Annual Business Awards?

If you are a Port Stephens business owner or manager and want to put yourself and staff in the running for the Examiner's awards you need to let your customers know that they can vote for you.

Hang up a 'vote for us' sign in your store, put some voting forms on the counter and/or personally ask customers to vote for you. Let them know which category they can vote for you in, especially if there is more than one that you would go under.

For example if you run a restaurant, let customers know whether to vote for you in the Australian or international cuisine category (category 33 or 34).

Yes, you can pre-fill voting forms with your business name and category selected and photocopy them to make it easier for your customers to vote. Photocopies of the voting form will be accepted.

However, just remember that only one vote per person, per category will be counted. So, you need to encourage as many customers as possible to vote for your business.

Finalists in each of the 40 categories (listed below) are determined by the amount of votes the business receives. The five businesses that receive the most amount of votes in their category are the finalists.

You can also collect votes on behalf of your customers but you MUST drop them into the Examiner no later than 5pm on Wednesday, August 7 to be counted.

  • Keep scrolling down to find posters and voting forms to download, print out and promote your business in the 2019 Annual Business Awards


Mingling before the 2018 awards presentation at Shoal Bay Country Club.

Mingling before the 2018 awards presentation at Shoal Bay Country Club.

I am a voter, what do I do?

To vote for a business in the awards all you need to do fill out an official voting form and submit it to one of the voting boxes. Or alternatively, fill in an online form on the Examiner's website (this will go live on July 4).

Forms are available in the Examiner newspaper. Businesses may also have some forms on the counter for you to fill out.

Photocopies of the form will be accepted. A handy tip: check to see if a business is asking customers to vote in a certain category.

The more votes a business receives in the one category the higher its chances of becoming a finalist.

Just remember though, only one vote per person, per category will be counted. So, encourage your friends and family to vote, too.

As a voter, you go in the draw to win a $1000 shopping voucher to MarketPlace Raymond Terrace. Just fill out your details on the voting form.


The award categories

  1. Accommodation
  2. Accountant
  3. Animal Services
  4. Automotive Services
  5. Bakery
  6. Beauty Therapy
  7. Boating, Camping or Fishing
  8. Building, Construction or Renovation
  9. Butcher
  10. Cafe
  11. Children's Services
  12. Club
  13. Dance Studio
  14. Fashion or Footwear - Ladies
  15. Fashion or Footwear- Mens
  16. Financial Services
  17. Fitness
  18. Florist/Nursery
  19. Fresh Produce or Market
  20. Furniture/Home Decor
  21. Gift Store
  22. Hair Salon
  23. Hardware
  24. Health & Medical
  25. Hotel or Bottleshop
  26. Jeweller
  27. Learning, Training or Recruitment
  28. Legal Services
  29. Newsagency
  30. Pharmacy
  31. Real Estate - Sales
  32. Real Estate - Property Management
  33. Restaurant - Australian Cuisine
  34. Restaurant - International Cuisine
  35. Shopping Complex/Precinct
  36. Takeaway Food
  37. Technology Industry
  38. Tourist Attraction
  39. Specalised Services
  40. New Business


Resources

Poster - landscape

Poster - portrait

2019 voting form

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