23rd February 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today called for the local community to publicly recognise outstanding local businesses by nominating them for the 2011 Telstra Business Awards.

The Awards are now open for nominations and entries for the 19th year with the program extended in 2011 by the introduction of a state and territory Telstra Regional Business Award and a People's Choice Award.

"Small and medium businesses are the backbone of our community and their achievements and contribution to the local economy deserve to be celebrated through this prestigious national Awards program," Mr George said.

"The Telstra Business Awards are an opportunity for customers, suppliers and supporters to highlight the outstanding owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and employees behind our best local businesses.

"It's also a chance to recognise those business owners that are doing great things in our community through the Yellow Pages Social Responsibility Award."

Mr George said many business owners that have entered the Awards say they gain enormous benefits from reviewing their business during the submission processes as well as from receiving the 70-page Business Health Check report, a benchmarking tool that can assist in identifying growth opportunities and business improvements.

The Business Health Check is based on international benchmarking standards including the Global Reporting Index and Innovation Standards, current legislation and accepted industry best practice. It was developed by Telstra Business in consultation with the NSW Business Chamber which has been using it to coach and develop businesses over the past four years.

Entries for the Telstra NSW Business Awards close on Monday 4 April 2011 and winners share in $500,000 in overall cash and prizes.

To nominate a business, you can go to or call the Telstra Business Awards team on 1800 262 3323 between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday for further information about the Awards.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.