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Show your support for small business and nominate for the Telstra Australian Business Awards

Local Federal Dunkley MP and Minister for Small Business is hoping another Frankston or Mornington Peninsula business can stand tall alongside Brad Smith’s Braap Motorcycles as a winner of the Victorian Telstra Business Awards.

There are around two million small businesses across the country and the Australian Government understands small business and the vital contribution the sector makes to strengthen communities and the economy.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate their success and encourage all Australians to nominate and recognise them for their valuable contribution.

The Awards recognise entrepreneurs and innovators across Australia including the Mums and Dads who have a go and contribute to a healthy local economy.

They celebrate the hard work, commitment and success and provide a unique opportunity for small and medium businesses to grow and prosper, recognising their perseverance and passion and elevating them to a national stage.

I’m very proud that the 2013 Victorian Small Business of the Year winner was local Frankston business owner of Braap Motorcycles, Brad Smith and I hope another local business picks up this year’s award.

Brad is an incredibly talented entrepreneur and turned his dream into reality at the age of 18 when he established a company which made riding motorcycles fun and affordable.

He is a great example of how hard work, innovation, determination and a commitment to meeting customer needs can help you turn a small business into an internationally recognised brand.

Brad continues to innovate and has just released a 250cc retro ‘café racer’ and financing package – a prime example of how innovation is helping him expand his enterprise.

At 26 years of age, he has won several awards recognising his entrepreneurship and the success of his motorbikes and I congratulate him on his success.

Around 43 per cent of Australians are employed in small businesses including coffee shops, child care centres, dry cleaners, mechanics and local supermarkets.

Nominations are open in five categories:

Start-Up Award for businesses that have been operating for between one and three years and have up to 200 employees.

Micro Business Award for businesses with five or less employees.

Small Business Award for businesses with more than five employees and up to 20 employees.

Medium Business Award for businesses with more than 20 employees and up to 200 employees.

Regional Award for businesses located outside the metropolitan areas of the capital cities in each state and territory.

Anyone can nominate and all award entrants will receive a free 70-page Business Health Check report which evaluates the business’s performance against independent benchmarking of core business indicators and reflects on their strategies to help them achieve targets and goals.

There is $500,000 worth of prizes up for grabs as well as the opportunity to network, increase business profiles and grow business knowledge.

Nominations for these five award categories close on 31 March and the successful nominees will be announced in June and July. Further information including how to nominate is available at http://www.telstrabusinessawards.com