The Illawarra Business Awards is the region’s most prestigious and anticipated annual business awards event. In addition to recognising and honouring the most outstanding businesses in the region, the Awards provides an opportunity to celebrate the combined successes of the Illawarra Business community.

Wollongong City Centre businesses once again have the opportunity to enter the Illawarra Business Awards in the category of ‘Wollongong City Centre Business Excellence Award’.  The Wollongong City Centre Business Excellence Award is open to all businesses in the City Centre and joins the 16 other award categories on offer at the annual event.

Key Dates:
Tuesday, 26 June – Awards launched & entries open
5:00pm Monday, 30 July – Awards entries close
Wednesday, 8 August – Judging of written entries commences
Wednesday, 5 September – Finalists announced
Friday, 7 September – Finalist interviews commence
Tuesday, 9 October – Judging completed
Friday, 19 October – Awards Ceremony

Twelve of the Seventeen award categories are aligned with the NSW State Awards, meaning the winners of these categories will be given the opportunity to compete at the State level and bring further recognition and exposure to their business and the region.

There are eighteen awards this year, seventeen of which you can directly enter.
Aligned Categories
The winners of these categories will go on to represent the Illawarra and compete in the NSW Business Chamber State Awards.
 Outstanding Young Entrepreneur (Age 18-35)
 Outstanding Business Leader (Age 36+)
 Excellence in Small Business (less than 20 employees)
 Excellence in Business (over 20 employees)
 Excellence in Social Enterprise
 Start Up Superstar
 Excellence in Innovation
 Excellence in Sustainability
 Excellence in Export
 Excellence in Workplace Inclusion
 Outstanding Employer of Choice
 Local Chamber of Commerce

Illawarra Only Awards
These categories are specific to the Illawarra Business Awards and winners do not progress through to the NSW State Awards
 Outstanding Young Employee
 Excellence in Tourism
 Excellence in Retail & Hospitality
 Excellence in Customer Service
 Wollongong City Centre Business Excellence*

*NOTE: There is no requirement to be a member of either a Local Chamber of Commerce or the Illawarra Business Chamber to enter this Award category.

2018 IMB Bank Illawarra Business of the Year
2018 IMB Bank Illawarra Business of the Year takes into account all Illawarra Business Award categories (except for Local Chamber of Commerce, Business Leader, Young Entrepreneur and Young Employee) and is awarded to a category winner which is considered to be an “all-rounder”, with superior performance in all aspects. Please note that entrants cannot directly nominate for this award.

Enter online here and to view the 2018 Information Booklet visit the Illawarra Business Chamber

Key Contacts:

Wollongong City Centre Team     P. 02 4227 8846 or Email

Illawarra Business Chamber     P. 02 4223 0305 or Email