Orange Business Chamber opens Banjo Business Awards for nominations | Photos

The Orange Business Chamber wants to recognise the city’s best with the Banjo Business Awards.

Chamber president Ash Brown said often businesses missed out on the recognition of the work they put in to develop, grow and be successful.

It’s not just about being recognised by peers in the business community, Mr Brown said being listed as a finalist and winning an award could help a business promote itself to customers.

Mr Brown said there were categories for every industry.

As well as recognising business, he said the Best New Employee award had been created for apprentices and trainees, but it’s not just for young people.

“It can mean someone who has moved from one industry to another,” Mr Brown said.

He said an example could include nominees who have worked a trade for 10 years before switching to retail, or started their own business.

Entry forms for the Banjo Business Awards can be found on the Orange Business Chamber’s website,

Nominations close on October 20.


Businesses can nominate for the following categories:

  • Best New Employee (employed for less than two years)
  • Excellence in Customer Service
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Business Leader (over 36 years old)
  • Best New Business
  • Employer of Choice 
  • Excellence in Hospitality
  • Excellence in Tourism
  • Excellence in Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Mining, Industrial and Trade
  • Excellence in Professional or Health Services
  • Excellence in Retail
  • Excellence in Personal Lifestyle Services
  • Excellence in Community Services

Judges will determine the winners for the following categories:

  • Excellence in Small Business (less than 20 full-time employees)
  • Excellence in Business (more than 20 full-time employees)
  • Banjo Business of the Year


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