By Emma Doherty
In celebration of local businesses, the 2018 Business 3000+ Awards were launched on February 22.
The City of Melbourne’s Cr Susan Riley launched the event at the premises of BlueRock before introducing this year’s keynote speaker and awards ambassador Dr Elaine Saunders.
Dr Saunders, who is the managing director of Blamey Saunders Hears, spoke of her passion for innovation, specifically of its impact in her field of audiology.
Fellow speakers and sponsors also addressed the opportunity and potential for business development that can flow from winning a B3000+ award.
BlueRock managing director Bruce McFarlane welcomed guests and spoke of the importance of entering business awards and the positive effects it has on his business.
Co-CEO of StarRez, Adele Knipe, spoke about the growth of their business since being awarded the B3000+ Award in 2014.
The work of businesses and individuals can be recognised under the following categories: the 2018 Business of the Year Award (supported by BlueRock), the Alan Knipe Innovation Award (supported by StarRez), New Business Award (supported by VCSO), International Award (sponsored Chin Communications), Social Enterprise Award (supported by the RACV Club), Sustainability Award (supported by Moral Fairground) and Female Entrepreneur Award (supported by the State Government of Victoria).
Nominations close April 27 and award winners will be announced at the 2018 Business 3000+ awards ceremony on Thursday, May 31.