AWARDS FOUNDER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, PRECEDENT PRODUCTIONS
I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the Australian Small Business Champion Awards, the most prestigious small business awards program in Australia.
Since their inception in 1999, I have been immensely proud to watch and be part of the continued growth of the awards program as it has evolved into the nation's most respected initiative to recognise small business achievements. Precedent Productions thrive to ensure the Australian Small Business Champion Awards continue to innovate and develop to provide an exceptional experience for all involved.
The success of the program would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors, whose support and commitment is always greatly appreciated.
If you are an owner and manager of an Australian small business, you deserve to be acknowledged and recognised. I encourage you to be part of this exciting awards program and celebrate your achievements and success. I hope to meet you at our next Australian Small Business Champion Awards gala event
Senator The Hon Michaelia Cash
MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS, SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS
I am delighted to have been appointed the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business in the Morrison Government.
One of the things I love most about this role is that I get to meet with fantastic Australians whose hard work, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit make our economy the very envy of the world.
Across the country, small and family businesses are not only creating jobs - they are contributing to the vitality of the community and building the prosperity that we all want to see for future generations.
There are more than 3.4 million small businesses in Australia and they add $413 billion dollars to our national economy. They represent 99 per cent of all businesses and employ about 6 million people, which constitutes about 49 per cent of Australia's business employment.
With statistics like that, it is no surprise that small and family businesses are crucial to Australia's economic success. The Morrison Government is committed to putting in place the right economic framework for small and family businesses in Australia to thrive.
The diversity and innovation across the Australian small and family business sector is something that we recognise and celebrate. I commend the Australian Small Business Champion Awards for acknowledging excellence in the field and I encourage you all to nominate.
2019 SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION ENTREPRENEUR
At Art of Smart we're on a mission to support 1 million high school students in a rapidly changing world answer the difficult question, "What am I going to do with my life when I finish school, and how do I get there?" It's a huge ambition, and at times, it can feel like you are crazy. Winning the 2019 Small Business Champion Entrepreneur Award was an incredible validation that we're not crazy, a huge recognition of the amazing work our team are doing, and a great personal win for myself.
Winning the award has been incredible for building our brand as a company, and was incredibly humbling. It has motivated us to continue working hard to innovate and deliver even more for our students as they navigate their final years of school and make the transition to further studies and career. A huge thank you to Steve Loe and the team at Precedent for creating a platform to celebrate the amazing work that small businesses are doing in communities across Australia.
2019 YOUNG SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION ENTREPRENEUR
Being named the 2019 Australian Small Business Champion Young Entrepreneur was a once in a life-time achievement for me. With a deeply routed long standing dream of being recognised as a full time self funded entrepreneur, it's given myself and the business massive industry recognition and respect. Since winning the award it's taken our once small start-up onto the same page as some of the biggest brands in the Australian and International health food space.
It's helped build trust, form relationships and grow our business to another level and we're on track to have a 500%+ growth this year. Big shoutout to Steve and Precedent Productions for creating an amazing award platform to truly inspire and empower Australian Small businesses which are the true backbone to the Australian economy. When supporting small business you are supporting big dreams.