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    Low Down on 2017 Network NZ Business Awards

    Network NZ are opening applications for our first annual Network NZ Business of the Year Awards in June 2017.

    With an awesome prize valued at over $8,350, business owners throughout New Zealand are wondering how they can enter and who are the judges.

    Before we launch into all the details, please JOIN OUR FREE BUSINESS SUPPORT GROUP and subscribe to our newsletter so you don't miss a thing!

    Who Are These Awards For:

    We are looking to reward small business owners all over New Zealand, many of whom may not be able to afford to enter other Business Awards. Our awards are FREE to enter!

    Business owners who have operated their businesses for at least 12 months, can enter up to two of the nine award categories.

    What Are The Categories?

    • Excellence in Business Product and Service Industries
    • Excellence in Consumer Product and Service Industries
    • Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Industries
    • Excellence in NFP or Charity
    • Outstanding Start Up Business
    • Outstanding Sole Operator
    • Outstanding Customer Service
    • Outstanding Blogger
    • International Achievement Award

    Finalists in each category are eligible to win the Peoples Choice Award and the Winners of each Category are then eligible for the Network NZ Business of the Year Award.

    How Do I Enter the 2017 Network NZ Business of the Year Awards?

    Entry is free and easy. Simply enter via the online application form which will be available on the Network NZ website from June 30th. You'll be able to upload any supporting documentation.

    Entries are only accepted from business owner themselves, not by nomination of businesses. Important dates to be aware of include:

    • Self-Nominations: 30th June 10am to 28th July 8pm
    • Judging: 29th July to 25th August
    • People’s Choice Voting: 3rd Sept 10am to 25th Sept 8pm
    • Live Winners Announcement: 1pm Friday 6th October in the Network NZ Business Community Group.

    Who’s Judging the Network NZ Business of the Year Awards 2017?

    Each entry for each category will be randomly judged by three Network NZ Experts, of which there are 17 Experts in total. Each of the Experts will be specifically following the strict judging criteria for each entry to help them identify the top five finalists for each category.

    Each of the Network NZ Experts are endorsed by Network NZ because of their skills, experience and knowledge within their specific industries. They are:

    What Can I Win if I Enter?

    We are thrilled to be able to provide an amazing range of prizes, thanks to our generous sponsors.

    Each of the nine category winners will receive:

    A Network NZ Foundation Membership for one year (value $87)
    Digital promotion throughout the Network NZ network
    Category Winners badge to display on websites and social media
    Certificate
    Engraved trophy.

    Prizes for The Network NZ Business of the Year Award or the Supreme Winner - Value more than $8350

    • NZ Entrepreneur - PR & NZ Entrepreneur Profile Package Value $1850
      • NZ Entrepreneur Press Release to relevant media
      • Feature profile in NZ Entrepreneur magazine
      • Social media campaign for feature profile
    • Network NZ - Breakthrough Membership. Value $87
    • The Online Business Academy - Ticket to The Social Media Conference (dates 15th & 16th Sept), Value $1301
    • Calculated Advantage Ltd – Accounting Services Voucher. Value $500
    • 2 x 1:1 (One Planning, One Steps Going Forward) and One Month Accountability Coaching. Value $423
    • Website content review and up to two hours to implement content suggestions. Value $240
    • Willowgrove Insurance - Business risk review and assessment and report. Value $300
    • Complete Branding Package or voucher for Graphic Design work. Value $500
    • 4 hours of virtual assistance work. Value $200
    • 1 year "premium website hosting" - Value $400
    • aRc Intellectual Property - Voucher for IP advice. Value $500
    • Abel HR People and Performance - Voucher for HR Services. Value $250
    • Career Insights - LinkedIn profile written or 5 hours of recruitment services. Value $276
    • Winmill Creative – Product Photography Voucher. Value $300
    • Infinity Marketing (Marketing) - 1:1 90min Marketing Strategy Session. Value $258
    • Net Branding Limited - Initial Technical SEO Report'. Value $750
    • Restieaux Richards - Two wills. Value $300

    Prizes for the winner of the People’s Choice Award - Value more than $2800

    • Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park - Value $927
      • 2 Nights in a two Bedroom Motel Room
      • $100 Fuel Voucher
      • Family Gondola + 5 Luge Ride
      • Te Puia; Te Ra+ Haka Family Pass
    • Accounting Services Voucher. Value $500
    • Graphic Design Branding Package. Value $500
    • The Online Business Academy - Two hours social media coaching. Value $300
    • My Little Biz Online - Website review and up to two hours towards implementing changes (to sites built in Wordpress, Shopify, WIX or Weebly) = $360 value OR $360 towards a new WordPress website.
    • Willowgrove Insurance - Business risk review and assessment and report. Value $300

    Anyone who owns a business in New Zealand which is at least one year old can enter! Remember, entry is free and you do not have to be a member of Network NZ to enter!