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    Network NZ Business Awards Categories and Prizes

    The Network NZ Small Business Awards are launching Friday June 30th at 10am! We are looking to reward small business owners in New Zealand and with amazing prizes valued at over $12,000 this is not to be missed!

    Before we launch into all the category 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:

    These Awards are for small business owners all over New Zealand. Business owners who have operated their businesses for at least 12 months, can enter up to two of the main nine award categories. 

    What Are The Categories?

    1) Excellence in Business Product and Service Industries

    Recognises a business which has demonstrated excellence in selling products or services to other businesses. This category is for you if you own a business which:

    • Sells products to other businesses, such as paper bags, furniture, packaging etc.
    • Sells services to other businesses because you are an accountant, a web designer or a graphic designer etc.

    2) Excellence in Consumer Product and Service Industries

    Recognises a business which has demonstrated excellence in the selling of products or services to the public. This category is for you if you own a business which:

    • Sells products to the public such as jewellery, clothing or art etc.
    • Sells services to the public because you are a house painter, a real estate agent or a wedding planner etc.

    3) Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Industries

    Recognises a business within the hospitality and/or tourism industry which has demonstrated excellence in what they do. This category is for you if you own a business which:

    • Manages a motel or hotel
    • Operates a tour bus
    • Helps people with their travel arrangements
    • Works with foreign and local tourists 
    • Operate a café or restaurant etc.

    4) Excellence in NFP or Charity

    Recognises a business which is a not for profit business or a charity which has demonstrated excellence in what they do. This category is for you if you own a business which:

    • Is not operating to make money for the owner
    • Are a registered charity.

    5) Outstanding Start Up Business

    Recognises a new business which has demonstrated outstanding performance since their recent conception. This category is for you if you own a business which:

    • H as been in operation between 12-24 months
    • Sells any products or services to other businesses
    • Sells any products or services to the public.

    6) Outstanding Sole Operator

    Recognises a business which is a Sole Operator (regardless of business structure) which has demonstrated outstanding performance in what they do. This category is for you if you own a business in which:

    • You are the sole owner of your business (or you may be a joint owner)
    • You do not employ staff or contractors, though you may outsource up to 10 hours per week eg VA assistance, graphic design, copywriting etc 
    • You sell any products or services to other businesses
    • You sell any products or services to the public.

    7) Outstanding Customer Service

    Recognises a business which has demonstrated an outstanding level of customer service. This category is for you if you own a business which:

    • Goes above and beyond to provide customer service to other businesses which have purchased your products or services
    • Goes above and beyond to provide customer service to the public who have purchased your products or services.

    8) Outstanding Blogger

    Recognises either a business which has a blog or a professional blogger who has created an outstanding blog. This category is for you if you own a business which:

    • Has a blog on their business website
    • Blogs professionally (full or part time)
    • Includes any business who has both paid and unpaid product reviews on their blog, charges advertising to people to place a graphic on your blog etc.
    • Includes a business who has written their own blogs or outsourced them.

    9) International Achievement Award

    Recognises a business which has demonstrated great achievements in countries other than New Zealand. This category is for you if you own a business which:

    • Sells products or services to businesses or the public in countries other than New Zealand
    • Achieved awards from countries other than New Zealand
    • Has arranged events or manufacturing opportunities for countries other than New Zealand etc.

    The Finalists in all 9 Categories (up to 45 in total) are then eligible for the People's Choice Award.

    People's Choice Award

    • Decided by a 50/50 split between public voting and the Judges assessment
    • Businesses in this Category will receive a 'Vote for Me' graphic with their business logo and detailed guidelines for how to promote their entry and get votes from family, friends, colleagues, customers, social media followers etc.
    • Voting takes place from 3rd Sept 10am to 25th Sept 8pm.

    The nine Category Winners are eligible for the Network NZ Business of the Year!

    The Network NZ Business of the Year (Supreme Award)

    • This prize goes to the business with the highest overall score from the Judges assessement
    • Excludes the People's Choice Category.

    How Do I Enter the 2017 Network NZ Business Awards?

    Entry is free and easy. Simply enter via the online application form which will be available on our website from June 30th at 10am. 

    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.

    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 - Foundation 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 
    • 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