The 2018 Casey Cardinia Business Awards are open for business.

A partnership between the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire Council, the annual awards program recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements and contribution of businesses and organisations across the region.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett encouraged businesses new and old, large and small to apply.

“With 11 categories covering a range of industries as well as the coveted Casey Cardinia Business of the Year award, the program is open to a broad mix of businesses that all contribute to our thriving local business community,” Cr Ablett said.

“It’s fantastic that through this awards program we can shine a light on the many amazing businesses whose passion and commitment contribute to enhancing our region, creating local jobs and boosting our economy.”

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Collin Ross said there were many benefits for local businesses to be a part of the awards program.

“These awards are a great opportunity for local businesses to review and reflect on their business through the application process and to receive publicity, network and establish relationships and gain feedback from industry experts,” Cr Ross said.

“The winners will share in $13,000 in prizes, so I encourage all local business operators to get their applications in.“

The categories for the 2018 Casey Cardinia Business Awards are:

• Agriculture and Food

• Business and Professional Services

• Health, Education and Wellbeing

• Home-based Business

• Hospitality

• Manufacturing

• New Business

• Retail

• Social Enterprise

• Tourism

• Trades and Construction

All category winners will automatically be eligible to win the prestigious Casey Cardinia Business of the Year award.

Applications for the awards are open until Friday 29 June 2018. Finalists will be announced at an event on 31 August 2018, with winners to be presented at a Gala Dinner on Friday 26 October 2018 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre.

For further details and to apply visit www.caseycardinia.com.au/businessawards.

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