Nominations are now open for the 2018 Telstra Business Awards, with businesses encouraged to make this year ‘that’ year by nominating themselves and others.

The Telstra Business Awards offer entrants, finalists and winners a range of benefits and opportunities including a comprehensive Business Benchmark Report with actionable advice and insights, as well as access to exclusive masterclasses and networking events. For the 26th year running, the Awards are giving Australia’s best small and medium businesses (SMBs) and charities a chance to shine among their peers, and to demonstrate that they are ‘that’ business – a leader in their field.

Vicki Brady, Telstra Business Awards Ambassador and Group Executive, Consumer and Small Business, said the Awards are part of Telstra’s commitment to SMBs: “As a technology company and trusted advisor to SMBs, we are proud to be able to continue empowering businesses by providing them with the tools they need to enable their future success, and we’re there to celebrate with them with these awards.

“From the personalised Business Benchmark Report and networking opportunities, to the national recognition finalists and winners receive, the Telstra Business Awards not only support innovation and inspiration in our business community, they provide businesses with the chance to unlock their potential . The Awards celebrate exceptional businesses from across the country and provide an opportunity for Australia’s brightest business minds to step up and reflect on their hard work.”

Co-founder and Director of GenWise Health, the 2017 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, Dr Sebastian Rees, urged Australians to nominate deserving local businesses and highlighted the benefits of entering the Awards.

“Winning the national Award in 2017 has already had a significant impact on GenWise Health’s business. We’ve had a surge in new enquiries from key stakeholders in our industry,” he said. “It has been invaluable in raising our profile in the aged-care and health sectors.”

Australian businesses can make their nominations online. Nominations close on 28 March.